STAFF

All of our instructors arrived at Frozen Ropes with two common traits; outstanding communication skills and a strong affection for baseball and softball. Having played or coached at higher levels is secondary to learning how to teach and present a training curriculum recognized as the best in the baseball and softball industry. More relevant than their playing backgrounds, the training and orientation period since arriving at Frozen Ropes has been significant. Starting with our nationally acclaimed instructional curriculum and hours of video review, our instructor training starts in the classroom and finishes in the hitting tunnels and pitching mounds with our national and local staff. Training topics include vision training, sports psychology and of course, the latest training techniques and drills in baseball and softball. After the classroom work, our instructors observe and participate in hours of mock classes and lessons before working with your child.  Frequent staff meetings present new drills, individual case studies and a video review of past lessons.

The Frozen Ropes instructional model has challenged and changed the teaching methods now being used in the baseball and softball industry in the United States and abroad.

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Management Team

Steve Abbatine

Owner and General Manager
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Steve Abbatine is the Owner and General Manager of the Frozen Ropes training center in Natick, MA. He has been with Frozen Ropes since 1990, working for Frozen Ropes National Office in New York as the Director of Operations.  Steve oversees all business operations and facility management issues for all Frozen Ropes Training Centers throughout the United States and is involved in the expansion of new franchise locations.  Steve was the owner of the Frozen Ropes training center in Franklin, MA before it was moved to Natick.  Steve has coached softball teams for over 15 years including high school softball for the Ashland High School Clockers.

Lexi Gifford

Senior Instructor
Softball Travel Team Director and Head Coach
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Lexi Gifford joined Frozen Ropes after a very successful college career as the starting shortstop for 4 years at the University of Connecticut. Lexi set the UConn program record for defensive assists with 520, led the team in 9 offensive categories including Batting Average and Home Runs, and made the Second Team All-Conference in 2016. Lexi also played 4 years of varsity Softball, Basketball and Soccer at Natick High School.

Lexi is the head coach of the Frozen Ropes ICE 18U Gold softball travel team.
Travel Team related email: 18ugoldsb.natick@frozenropes.com

Mairéad O’Sullivan

Senior Instructor
Softball Travel Team Head Coach
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Mairéad O’Sullivan  joined Frozen Ropes after graduating from Providence College in May of 2022. At Providence, Mairéad competed for 4 years on their softball team where she earned Big East All-Academic Team twice, was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma – NCAA Honor Society in 2021, and served as a member of the Student- Athlete Advisory Committee for three years. Outside of softball, Mairéad was a member of the all-female a cappella group on campus, and received a Bachelor of Arts for her studies; including a minor in Black Studies and a dual major in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies. Mairéad is excited to follow in the footsteps of her four older siblings by joining the professional world of sports.

Mairéad is the head coach of the Frozen Ropes 16U softball travel team.

Travel Team related email: 16usb.natick@frozenropes.com

Joe Dorman

Senior Instructor
Baseball Travel Team Head Coach
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Joe Dorman played baseball for 5 years at Anna Maria College as both a starter and reliever. While in school, Joe earned his Bachelor’s in Sport Management and received his Master’s degree in Business. In 2019, he was awarded District 10 Pitcher of the Year while representing the Clark-Haddad Post 188 Legion team. Joe played baseball and football for St. John Paul II High School in Hyannis, MA. Joe also has experience coaching baseball at the high school level.

Joe is the head coach of the Frozen Ropes 14U baseball travel team.

Travel Team related email: 14ubb.natick@frozenropes.com

Mary Partridge

Human Resources, Bookkeeping, Business Consultant
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Mary Partridge has been with Frozen Ropes since April 2019. She graduated from Babson College with a B.S.B.A and M.B.A. Her experience includes working in the fields of finance, marketing, internal audit, sales and business development. She has been involved in running sports camps, managing teams, and serving on the board of a club sport. Mary is an avid beekeeper,working with her husband, Doug, who is President of the Worcester County Beekeepers Association.

Instructors, Coaches and Customer Service Staff

Gianna Abbatine

Instructor
Customer Service Representitive
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Gianna Abbatine played for the Frozen Ropes Travel Softball team for 9 years. Gianna also played Varsity softball for 4 year at Ashland High School and was a captain in her senior year. She now attends college at Penn State University. Gianna helps run classes, camps and parties and is one of our customer service representatives.

Micaela Abbatine

Seasonal Instructor
Softball Travel Team Roving Coach
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Micaela Abbatine starred at Warwick Valley High School in New York where she played five years of varsity softball as a center fielder and took home numerous accolades. Micaela played her entire travel softball career with the Frozen Ropes Force based in New York at the Frozen Ropes National Training Center. Micaela played 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.  Micaela is playing her last year of eligibility in the Big East at Providence College in Rhode Island. Micaela trains and coaches the Frozen Ropes ICE travel softball teams in Natick.  She has also recently became a Certified Personal Trainer.

Chloe Beland

Instructor and Assistant Coach
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Chloe Beland is currently attending Regis College in Weston as a Criminal Justice and Political Science major. She has been a 3 year starter for the softball team playing as an outfielder. At Regis Chloe is also part of the admissions staff, helping with tours and other academic events. She has also coached travel softball at the 12U and 14U level. 

Zoe Goldberg

Instructor
Customer Service Representative
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Zoe Goldberg has been playing softball for ten years. She played in her town league for seven years, and started playing travel ball in 8U. She has played on the Frozen Ropes ICE Travel Teams for four years and currently plays on our 18U Gold team. She is a pitcher and middle infielder, but over her many years of experience, she has played every position on the field. Zoe helps run our classes and is one of our customer service representatives.

Robbie Johnson

Instructor
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Robbie Johnson joins the staff at Frozen Ropes with vast experience coaching baseball, all the way from little league to high school. After graduating from Mount Ida College in 2012 with a degree in Sports Management, Robbie spent the spring of 2013 as a volunteer assistant coach at baseball powerhouse Lincoln Sudbury High School. Prior to that, Robbie spent a season as a volunteer assistant of the JV team at Wellesley High School. Robbie looks forward to bringing his knowledge of the game, as well as his passion and hard work ethic to the staff at Frozen Ropes.

Kate Killam

Instructor
Customer Service Representative
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Kate Killam graduated from Natick High School. Kate has played softball for 10 years at the travel, tournament and high school level. She has played at Frozen Ropes for 6 years, winning multiple tournaments and traveling across New England to compete. She is a catcher and middle infielder with a love for the game looking to spread her knowledge to younger players. Kate helps run our instructional classes and is one of our customer service representatives.

Jaycie Luke

Softball Travel Team Coach
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Jaycie Luke has coached softball for over 6 years including Lexington Middle School and tournament teams based in Westford. Jaycie teaches students with autism in the Acton-Boxborough School District and loves the balance of working with kids on and off the field.

Jaycie is the head coach for the Frozen Ropes 12U softball travel team.

Travel Team related email: 12usb.natick@frozenropes.com

Lucy Mauro

Instructor
Customer Service Representative
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Lucy Mauro is a senior at Holliston High School and has been playing softball for over 10 years. She has played on the Frozen Ropes travel team for 4 years and is now on our 18u gold team. She is a first baseman and outfielder looking to spread her knowledge and love for the game. Lucy helps run our classes and is one of our customer service representatives.

Sydney Miccile

Instructor
Customer Service Representative
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Sydney Miccile currently attends Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, where she majors in Civil Engineering and plays the infield for the softball team. She has been playing softball for over 10 years, and played for the Frozen Ropes travel softball team for 8 years.

Sydney helps run our classes including softball pitching and is one of our customer service representatives.

Gavin Moser

Camp Staff
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Gavin Moser was a four year starter for the Wayland High School Baseball team earning conference and all-state recognition. Gavin also excelled on the basketball court and soccer field, as well as the classroom. Following his high school career, Gavin played baseball at Brandeis University for his freshman year before transferring to Seton Hall to pursue a degree in Finance and Sports Management.

Kylene Pease

Senior Instructor, Softball Pitching
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Kylene Pease brings a lot of experience and knowledge to our growing softball program.  As a starter and infielder at Saint Anselm College in 2010, Kylene had a batting average of .380 and a .962 fielding percentage.  Prior to playing at Saint Anselm’s, Kylene was part of Ashland High School’s State Championship team two years in a row; a team that went a combined 52-0 over those two seasons.  During her senior year she was asked to captain alongside of Nicole Dargento, an all-scholastic player for the Boston Herald and part of the Metro west All star team for four years, and served as one of the team’s pitchers and position players.  Although no longer playing, Kylene is excited to bring her experience and knowledge to Frozen Ropes.  She currently attends Worcester State College and is majoring in Criminal Justice.

Angelena Piers

Softball Travel Team Coach
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Angelena Piers has coached travel and club softball for over 6 years and has taught softball for ages 8 through high school. She is a senior captain of the Lasell University softball team as a first baseman and a 3 year starter. Angelena is also the Vice President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at Lasell.

Angelena is the head coach for the Frozen Ropes 14U softball travel team.
Travel Team related email: 14usb.natick@frozenropes.com

Jack Rose

Instructor and 14U Baseball Assistant Coach
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Jack Rose is from Monroe, CT where he played 4 years of baseball at Masuk High School. He went on to compete as a relief pitcher for the University of Hartford Baseball team all 4 years. Jack was a part of the only Hartford Baseball team to win the America East Championship (2018) and make it to the D1 NCAA College World Series Tournament. He graduated in May 2021 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Architectural Design + Engineering Technology.

Dylan Ursino

Instructor
Baseball Travel Team Coach
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Dylan Ursino played baseball at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine as an outfielder, graduating in 2020 with a degree in Sports Management with a double minor in the Coaching and Writing fields. Along with his experience at Thomas College Dylan brings several years of experience coaching travel and All-Star teams in his home town of Burlington, MA.