Our Staff

TONY ABBATINE

Founder, International Director

As the founder and Director of Performance, Tony oversees the curriculum and player development implemented at Frozen Ropes. He has worked with MLB teams, college programs, and Olympic-level teams across the world. 

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.”

JAMES REILLY

Instructor

James Reilly, a dedicated baseball professional from Garnerville, NY, joins Frozen Ropes as a passionate Baseball Instructor, bringing an extensive background in the sport. With a strong foundation in player development, James has honed his skills through various key roles in the baseball community.

Previously serving as a Performance Coach at Apex Performance in Garnerville, James has not only demonstrated his expertise in personal training but has also played a crucial role in expanding baseball operations, showcasing his commitment to the growth and improvement of players.

James's journey in baseball includes noteworthy achievements, such as being named the 2021 East Coast Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year and earning the title of a 2022 Preseason All Region Finalist. His impact extends to the collegiate and major league level, having been a part of the St. Thomas Aquinas College and Rockland Community College Baseball teams, and being drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2016. He also played in the MLB Draft League last year.

BOBBY INGALLS

Travel Team Coach & Senior Instructor

Meet our esteemed instructor Bobby, who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Frozen Ropes USA in Chester, NY. Having played baseball and football for four years at Division 2 Springfield College in Ma, he possesses a deep understanding of both sports. With a degree in physical education/health fitness, his knowledge extends beyond the playing field. With a passion for coaching, he spent two years coaching baseball at Bennet Middle School in Manchester, CT, and an impressive five years at OCCR Orange County Cal Ripken in Walden, NY. As a senior instructor and coach for the 11u and 12u Frozen Ropes Rockies, he imparts invaluable skills and knowledge to young athletes. Additionally, he serves as a baseball instructor for our summer camp, both onsite and off-site, ensuring that his expertise reaches aspiring players beyond our facilities.

“Love is the most important thing in the world. But baseball is pretty good too.”

DOMINGO CHRISTIAN

Travel Team Coach & Instructor

Domingo Christian brings a wealth of baseball knowledge and experience to the Frozen Ropes USA team in Chester, NY, as an esteemed Instructor. With a lifelong passion for the sport, Domingo's journey began on the diamond, where he honed his skills. Guided by his unwavering work ethic, he has since transitioned into coaching, making a significant impact on young athletes' lives. Having led two championship 10u teams in California as Head Coach, Domingo's expertise and dedication shine through in his instruction. With his infectious enthusiasm and belief in the power of hard work, Domingo inspires players of all ages to reach their full potential on the field.

There May be People who have more talent, but there’s no excuse to work harder than you - Derek Jeter

KYLE ESKILDSEN

Travel Team Coach & Instructor

As a former Frozen Ropes player and Division 1 pitcher for the Binghamton Bearcats, Kyle was a stand out player Monroe-Woodbury High School. Kyle will assist in our new pitching performance academy and coach and instruct all of the young Rockies players.

 

MICAELA ABBATINE

Instructor

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

Instructor

Anthony graduated from Division 1 Saint Peters University this spring and is headed to the MLB Draft League this summer. 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.

COURTNEY SEMKEWYC

Director of Sports Science, Frozen Ropes

We are excited to announce the hiring of Courtney Semkewyc as our National Director of Sports Science. Courtney will be a major resource to our staff, players and coaches in player development with major emphasis on Biomechanics, video analysis, and Coaching Quality Control.

Semkewyc, a graduate of Rutgers University with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She has worked as a Performance Science Biomechanics Assistant with the New York Yankees and most recently with the Rockland Boulders professional baseball team. Semkewyc will oversee the video analysis of our baseball and softball players and provide individual recommendations to our trainers to improve hitting and pitching performance.

Semkewyc will also be offering her biomechanical expertise and motion capture to area high school, travel teams, and colleges.

JENA SORRENTINO

Softball Instructor

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