Tony Abbatine


Founder, International Director

Tony is responsible for the training program and instructional model used at all Frozen Ropes locations. He is considered one of the leading  experts in the baseball and softball world that can integrate the physical, mental and visual skills needed to perform at a higher level.  Tony is one of only a few coaches who has instructed around the world at both the amateur and professional levels of baseball and softball.

Mike Bertotti


Sr. Baseball Instructor

As a former Major League Pitcher with the Chicago White Sox, Mike has been involved with Frozen Ropes, first as a student and now as a National Instructor, for over fourteen years.

The former Monroe-Woodbury Little League All-star and Cornwall HS grad played his college ball at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY before being selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 1991 Major League Draft. Mike reached the Big leagues in 1995 and pitched for the White Sox for two years before spending time with the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees.

Mike’s instructional wisdom in all aspects of the game has made him a crowd favorite throughout the Hudson Valley and New Jersey. Mike is also a Frozen Ropes National Instructor and travels throughout the U.S presenting the Frozen Ropes teaching model.

“I have seen that the instructors at Frozen Ropes have had instrumental roles in improving the overall skills of all students and it is evident in their individual and team play.”

Jon Canazon, Instructor at Frozen Ropes


Instructor and Baseball Coach

Jon graduated in 2006 from Chapel Field High School. He went on to play college baseball at Orange County Community College for one year and Baptist Bible College for 3 years.  Jon graduated with a B.S. in Business. Following graduation, he coached Varsity Baseball at Landmark High School in Haines City, Florida. Afterwards, he started and coached the baseball program at Clark’s Summit University in Clarks Summit, PA for 4 years.

Bob LaPolla



Micaela currently instructs our Rock Fit classes classes while training and coaching the travel softball teams at Frozen Ropes. She recently became a Certified Personal Trainer. Micaela plays Division I softball for the Maryland Terrapins in the Big Ten Conference. In 2019, she was named to the first team All-Big Ten Defense in Centerfield. Micaela has international softball experience, playing for the Italian National team in the European Championships in the Summer of 2019. Prior to playing in the Big Ten and internationally, Micaela starred at Warwick Valley High School, where she played five years of varsity softball, as a center fielder and took home
numerous accolades. Micaela played her whole career with Frozen Ropes Force as a young athlete.

Anthony Abbatine



Anthony currently plays junior college baseball at Orange County. Anthony was a Region 15 Golden Glove winner in 2018 (OF). Anthony played high school baseball at Warwick Valley High School, where he was a standout scholar and athlete. He currently instructs our B4 Strength Classes, Turn-and-Burn, hitting and pitching classes.


Travel Team Coach

Denis Mclaughlin has been a student and coach with Frozen Ropes for over 20 years. He was drafted 7th round during his junior year at Old Dominion University. He was a minor league baseball player for the Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves and was the 1991 Times Herald Record Player of the Year. He has held the position of Varsity Assistant Coach at Norview High School and Pitching Coach at Fordham University.

Rebecca Carkhuff

National Softball Director 

Rebecca was a four year starter in softball, and soccer, at Becker College in Worcester, MA. Rebecca earned her Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. Rebecca was a college coach for two years at powerhouse Franklin Pierce in New Hampshire after a year at King’s College. Rebecca has an extensive background in Exercise Science and will work with all of  our softball teams and area players to improve their technical skills and overall strength.

Lisa Birocci Banse

National Pitching Director

The Frozen Ropes National Pitching Director finally has landed in Orange County! Lisa will  bring her national reputation and next level instruction to our Staff this Fall. The former Big Ten Pitcher of the Year at Iowa and  College Pitching Coach at Penn State brings a unique blend of coaching and player development experience. In addition to overseeing our softball pitching academy,  Lisa will be actively involved in all team’s strength and conditioning. Lisa is also a certified Pilates, Personal Trainer and Yoga instructor. She just finished her professional and international  playing career with the Italian National team.

Jackson Coutts


Jackson Coutts is currently playing within the Washington Nationals Organization after his baseball career at URI. With the Nationals, Coutts is a first baseman developing within the league. During his time in Kingston, he was a three year standout first baseman and outfielder for the Rams. He is pursuing his Bachelors at URI in Kinesiology, helping here at the Rock with the Rock Fit Strength Classes.

Elias Ramirez


The former LA Dodger infield prospect and native New Yorker will be a big part of our instructional and Rock Fit staff.