Staff

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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.
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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.”

BOBBI JO GONNELLO

Director, Softball,  Sr. Instructor & Coach

Bobbi Jo Gonnello rejoins the Frozen Ropes Staff.  Bobbi Jo was the the Director of Softball Operations for Frozen Ropes Training Centers from 2005 – 2007.  Representing Frozen Ropes, Bobbi Jo spent two weeks training the Women’s German National Softball team.

Bobbi Jo was the Assistant Softball Coach at SUNY New Paltz during the 2006 to 2007 season where she developed their hitters and pitchers.  She also spent time as a Senior Instruction at the Frozen Ropes in Albany, New York from 2007 through 2008.

Bobbi Jo is a Clifton High School Graduate and two time All-State Selection who received a full softball scholarship to attend Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  During her collegiate career Bobbi Jo was a 4 year starter behind the plate.  She graduated from Marist College in 2003 with a degree in Communications and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Leadership and Coaching Psychology.

” The Frozen Ropes teaching model is proof that to be the best you must train with the best.  I have seen how the players who train at Frozen Ropes apply their training to be successful in their sport but also in life.”

BOB LAPOLLA

Instructor, Travel Team Director

Attended: CCHS, Marist College, University of Bridgeport, Manhattan College (BS – Physical Education – Cum Laude)

Playing Exp: College Baseball – 4 Yrs, Captain – Full Baseball Scholarship, HS Varsity Baseball – 2+ Yrs, Captain – State Champions

Coaching Exp: Cornwall Varsity Baseball – Asst Coach,  3 Yrs : 3X Section IX Champions,  Clarkstown North Varsity Baseball – Asst Coach,  2 Yrs: League Champions, Riverdale Baseball – Asst Coach, 3 Yrs: League Champions, SUNY Rockland Baseball Camp – Director/Head Specialist, 5 Yrs, Private Baseball Pitching Instructor, 3 Yrs. 

Bob hails from Cornwall, NY where he was once the Green Dragons ace and Co-Captain helping lead the team to the school’s first NY State Championship in 1993. From there, he received full baseball scholarships to Marist College and University of Bridgeport where injuries hampered his college career which was highlighted by ECC Player of the Week honors twice in one season.

After Bob’s playing days were over, he decided to go back to school where he received his BS in Physical Education (Cum Laude) from Manhattan College. Thus, embarking upon his teaching and coaching career. From 2002-2010, Bob was an assistant coach and helped lead his teams to League Championships in all but one season that he had coached including 3 Section IX Championships. Also during this time, he started and was the Director/Head Specialist of SUNY Rockland’s Baseball Academy camp for 5 years.

“I am a product of Frozen Ropes instruction which led me to help win a State Championship and receive full scholarship offers to Division I and Division II baseball programs. My passion for the game has been lifelong and I’ve always looked to give back through instruction and coaching. I couldn’t be more excited to come full circle and work full time for Frozen Ropes – I would not have found the success I had as a player without them and I look forward to helping the next generation of Frozen Ropes players raise their game to its fullest potential.”

BRANDON RIVERA

Instructor

Graduate of Monroe-Woodbury High School , Brandon played all four years with the Crusaders earning 1 of the first freshman in Crusader history to be called up to pitch on varsity. Named team MVP after batting .400 with 24 RBI’s during senior year. He attended Niagara County Community College out of high school then transferring to Limestone College to pitch out of the bullpen for The Saints.

Brandon guided the Pawley’s Island Man-O-Wars to the Beach Collegiate Baseball League championship during the 2016 summer season while posting a 3-0 record with five saves and a 1.20 ERA. He pitched for the Saugerties Stallions in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League in 2015, finishing with a 1-0 record and a spotless ERA through 8 games.  Brandon was a part of the Fall 2016 Conference Carolina’s Presidential Honor Roll earning a bachelors degree in professional communications.

“Frozen Ropes is the place to be if you truly want to make it to the next level and become a better athlete. Bringing the energy and commitment to each and every player with every session and lesson will mentally and physically prepare them on achieving their goals and moving on in there playing careers”

JOE PICCONE

Instructor

Joe is a graduate of Washingtonville High School in 2013, where he played Varsity Baseball for 3 years and was Captain both his junior and senior years. After High School, Joe went on to be the starting shortstop at Onondaga Community College his freshman year, before transferring to Post University, where he spent his final three years, also as starting shortstop. Joe was named to the All-Tournament team his sophomore year when Post played in the CACC tournament. As a senior he hit .278 and led the team in RBI’s in a wood bat conference. Joe earned his degree in Sports Management while at Post University.

Joe grew up training with Frozen Ropes, playing for our travel team as well.

“Frozen Ropes helped to develop me and prepare me to play at a college level so I’m here to pass on the knowledge I have gained over the years to the next group of dedicated ball players.”