Staff

Staff 2017-06-22T14:27:57+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.”

MARC RUSSO

Sr. Instructor

A three-sport athlete at Valley Central High School, Mark Russo has extensive local ties to the area and has been working at Frozen Ropes for more than 15 years. More recently, Mark ran the Danbury facility for 10 years, and is now be a Senior Instructor at our National Training Center in Chester, NY.

Mark played soccer and baseball at Johnson State College and studied sports medicine at Old Dominion University. He was Conference Freshman of the Year in baseball.

Mark is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and has worked side by side with more than 25 professional players. He has helped develop hundreds of college players, including Matt Barnes, the top pitching prospect in the Red Sox organization.

Frozen Ropes in Chester welcomes back Marc Russo from its Danbury location. Marc has been with Frozen Ropes as an instructor for over 10 years and has personally trained many HS softball pitchers that have gone on to play College softball. Marc oversees the PitchFit and RockFit strength programs for softball pitchers and all players at Frozen Ropes.

JIM SCHULT

Senior Instructor, Travel Coordinator

Jim Schult, a first team All-American at Eastern Connecticut State University, New England Player of the Year recipient, and former professional pitcher has joined the Frozen Ropes National training staff in Chester, NY.

While at Eastern Connecticut, Jim was Team Captain, and received numerous awards for both his playing and academic performance. He received his BS in Business, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2011.

Jim played in the United States for the Newark Bears and Rockland Boulders in the Can Am League, as well as Joliet Slammers and New York Federals. In the Australian Baseball League, Jim was a starting pitcher for the Brisbane Bandits, recording 39K’s.

Jim will be a major part of the instruction and baseball travel team coaching program, as well as overseeing the college selection process for high school level players.

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