NATICK MA

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

Mike Coggeshall

Senior Instructor
Baseball Travel Team Director
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Mike Coggeshallgrew up in Shrewsbury Mass where he played baseball, football and basketball. He went on to play baseball at Assumption college in Worcester as a 3 year starter making the All Rookie team and 3rd team all conference his junior year. Mike transferred to Franklin Pierce after a medical redshirt for his grad year where he went on to make 2nd team all conference.

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 14U softball travel team.

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

Instructors, Coaches and Customer Service Staff

Micaela Abbatine

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.

Jack Baldwin

Instructor
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Jack Baldwin grew up in Western Massachusetts and was a 4-year collegiate baseball pitcher at Springfield College, receiving his undergrad degree in Applied Exercise Science. He has experience teaching baseball lessons and strength and conditioning classes at Advanced Performance Academy under current Red Sox hitting coach Peter Fatse. He has a Master’s degree in Sports Psychology/Kinesiology from Long Beach St. University and loves to infuse mental skills training into his coaching with athletes. Outside of Frozen Ropes, Jack also works as a strength and conditioning coach under the former Boston Celtics strength coach Bryan Doo, working with athletes from youth to professional levels. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys anything outdoors, reading and playing multiple sports.

Kevin Gledhill

Softball Travel Team Coach
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Kevin Gledhill has worked at Frozen Ropes as an instructor and now as an assistant coach of the ICE travel softball program. Kevin brings 6+ years of baseball coaching experience, having coached at Franklin Pierce and at the Natick High School. Kevin played college baseball at Franklin Pierce and currently plays travel slow pitch softball.

Kevin is the assistant coach of the Frozen Ropes ICE 18U Gold softball travel team.

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  is a senior at 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.

Ghenry Navarro

Instructor
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Ghenry Navarro  is from Caracas, Venezuela. Ghenry played baseball in the Caribbean for several years and later went on to play in Puerto Rico. Represented Puerto Rico and Venezuela internationally for several years (2013-2015). He also went on to play on Youth AA ( 16-21) in Trujillo Alto for 2 years. In the U.S he played with Marlborough on the summer Babe Ruth League and won the Championship on 2018-2019.

Dave Nix

Softball Travel Team Coach
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Dave Nixhas coached travel softball for over 9 years with several organizations. He has extensive experience at all age groups from 14U through 18U with a focus on fundamentals, player development and a team first mindset.

Dave is the head coach for the Frozen Ropes 18U Black softball travel team.
Travel Team related email: 18ublacksb.natick@frozenropes.com

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 12U softball travel team.
Travel Team related email: 12usb.natick@frozenropes.com

Jack Rose

Instructor
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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.

MacKenzie Still

Instructor
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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.

Dylan is the head coach for the Frozen Ropes 13U baseball travel team.
Travel Team related email: 13ubb.natick@frozenropes.com 

Kenny Walton

Instructor
Baseball Travel Team Coach
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Kenny Walton is a 2019 graduate of Springfield College. He was a relief pitcher for the baseball team while pursuing a degree in Finance and Accounting. Originally from Lancaster, PA, Kenny moved to the Boston area after college and joined Frozen Ropes as an instructor and is now also a travel team coach.