Staff

Staff 2017-11-28T22:04:34+00:00

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.”

CAL WALLACE

Instructor, Travel Team Coach

Cal, a Texas Class 5-A All-State Baseball player, joins Frozen Ropes as an Instructor and Coach. Having studied at St. John’s University, Cal has a concentration in Sports Management. He has extensive experience in giving private lessons and coaching travel baseball with organizations in both Texas and New York.

SAM ALONZO

Instructor

Sam comes to us from Wappingers Falls, NY. A Ketcham graduate, she played varsity softball throughout high school and earned All-League, All-Section, and All-State recognition. Throughout her childhood and still today, Sam has played travel softball.

After High School, Sam went on to play shortstop and first base for Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware. There, Sam double majored in sports management and psychology. Sam went on to break her college’s batting records; in her freshman year she broke both the school and the CACC records for triples. She earned many Rookie of the Week and Player of the Week awards. Sam also received Most Valuable Newcomer and Defensive MVP from Goldey-Beacom College.

Sam transferred on to SUNY Purchase. There she received a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. Sam pitched for Purchase for two years, earning many Pitcher of the Week honors. While at Purchase, Sam earned her 100th hit as well as her 100th career strikeout. Sam went on to take the Purchase Panthers to their first post season game in ten years during her senior year and finished her career by being named MVP by Purchase College.

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”

CONNOR MORIARTY

Instructor

Connor splashes on to the scene from Mahwah, NJ. An alumnus of Don Bosco Preparatory, Connor pitched for the Ironmen and was a member of the 2012 North Jersey State Championship team.

Post-high school, he spent his time in Collegeville, PA with the Bears of Ursinus College. In his final season, he helped the Bears win 25 games, the most the team had seen since 2009. Upon graduation, Connor received degrees in both English and Communications. Come 2018, Connor will begin pursuing an MA in Communications from Johns Hopkins University.

An idealist at heart, Connor is a firm believer that a hot dog at the ballpark will always beat a roast beef at the Ritz.

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