Robert Lukachyk

General Manager, Senior Instructor
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Rob is the General Manager and senior instructor for Frozen Ropes Union after a long and successful playing career. After an All State high school playing career at Henry Hudson High School in Highlands, NJ, Rob was drafted in the 28th round by the Baltimore Orioles in 1986, but instead opted to go to college.  In September 1986, Rob played in the Big League World Series and then started playing for Brookdale Community College.

In 1987 Rob was drafted again in the 10th round by the Chicago White Sox where he signed with the club and reported to rookie ball in Sarasota, Florida.

In June of 1988, Rob played short season A ball in Utica, New York for the Utica Blue Sox. From April of 1989 to 1992 Rob played A ball for club affiliates with the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers, where in 93’ he played Double A and Triple A for the Brewers organization. In 94’ Rob signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Orioles Double A affiliate the Bowie Baysox and in 95’ signed with the Detroit Tigers organization Triple A Toledo Mudhens.

In 1996, Rob signed with Montreal Expos organization where he played Double A and Triple A. In July of 1996, Rob was called up to the Major Leagues with the Expos where he made his Major League debut. Rob played Triple A Ottawa in 1997 and later signed with the Independent team Somerset Patriots from 1998 to 1999.Througout Rob’s playing career he was asked to participate in three Minor League All Star Games where he won a homerun derby title.

In 2000 Rob retired from playing and became a member of the Patriots front office. In his time there he worked his way up from Operations Director to Assistant General Manager. Rob assisted the General Manager in evaluating talent and acquiring players for the season and in season moves. He also scouted and contacted players that were available to be signed by the Somerset Patriots including speaking with player agents. Rob currently is a board member for the Woodbridge Little League and an active coach in the league for his three children.

Danny Zeffiro

Baseball Travel Team Director, Senior Instructor
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Danny Zeffiro is the Travel team director and senior instructor for Frozen Ropes Union. Prior to joining Frozen Ropes, Danny enjoyed a successful playing career. He was a two-time All-American, is the winningest pitcher in Kean University history. While at Kean he helped lead the school to its 1st ever National Championship in 2007. During that season, Danny pitched seven complete games including Game 1 of the College World Series where he struck out nine and allowed an unearned run on four hits in 12 innings as Kean won 4-1. In addition to the numerous All-State/All-Region awards Danny earned during his years at Kean, he won a national award for the lowest ERA in 2005 with 0.90 ERA in 80 innings. He was named a College All-American in 2005 and 2007.

After graduating from Kean, Danny signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds organization. He played in the Pioneer League as well as the Florida State League where he pitched over 35 innings in relief striking out 26 batters. Danny spent his 2009 season in Southern Illinois playing for the Miners in the Frontier League where he was 6-4 with a 4.69 ERA in pitching 109 innings.

Danny has been instructing baseball and softball players of all ages on the finer points of the game for over 10 years and is the director of the Frozen Ropes strength and conditioning and team training programs.

Ryan Doty

Softball Travel Team Director, Senior Instructor
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Ryan Doty is a member of the Frozen Ropes of Union staff as a baseball and softball instructor. Ryan leverages his high school and college playing experience along with his college softball and travel baseball coaching experience to teach hitting, pitching, fielding and all-around skills to athletes of all ages.  Ryan is currently a the Co-Head Softball Coach at Montclair State University.

Ryan was a 4-year varsity starter for St. John Vianney where he starred as a short stop and a pitcher.  That is where he honed his baseball and leadership skills.  While at St. John Vianney, Ryan played for the elite NJ Super 17 Baseball Program.  Ryan parlayed his high school baseball success to a college baseball playing career at Montclair State University.  While at Montclair State, Ryan was a pitcher and was a leader on and off the field.

After finishing his playing career, Ryan transitioned to the coaching ranks.  Prior to serving as the Co-Head softball coach at Montclair State University, Ryan has had various coaching positions including as the head coach at SUNY Purchase. Ryan has had much success while getting coaching experience.  During his time at MSU, Ryan has been part of two conference championships and has finished in the top 5 in the national championship tournament in three straight years.  Ryan has also coached 4 All American players.  Ryan will leverage his playing and coaching experience and passion for the game to teach baseball and softball players of all ages and experience.

John Quirk

Instructor
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John Quirk joins the Frozen Ropes of Union staff with an extensive background in the baseball world.  In 1993 he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox and was a minor league pitcher with the organization for three years.  He also played for the Bangor Blue OX and the New Jersey Jackals in the Independent Northeast League.

Following his playing career, John held several coaching positions before becoming the pitching coach at Farleigh Dickinson University in 2004. He was then named Head Coach of the Lehman Lighting in June 2006 and was the CUNY Coach of the Year in 2008.  John was also a player coach for the Westchester Rockies of the Westchester/Rockland Wooden Bat League and pitching coach for the Yonkers Yankees and the Stamford Robbins in the highly competitive ACBL league.

John enjoys working with both beginner and advanced players to help them achieve their goals and develop a greater appreciation for the game.  He also enjoys sharing some of the highlights of his pitching career including throwing 2 perfect games in high school, striking out Derek Jeter in a minor league game and starting a game against Mariano Riviera which ended in a no-decision.

Alexis Wayne

Instructor
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Alexis Wayne joined the Frozen Ropes staff following stellar high school and college softball careers.  A native of Cheektowaga, New York, Wayne was a five-year varsity starter at DePaw High School where she earned All-WNY Honors during her junior and senior seasons and was named All-WNY Player of the Year in 2009. She finished high school with a .427 batting average and currently holds the school record for hits in a season (46).

Wayne earned an academic/athletic scholarship to Niagara University.  While at Niagara she earned All-MAAC Academic Team Honors in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and All-MAAC Second Team Honors in 2013.  She started all 46 games of her senior season and finished the year with .317 batting average with 46 hits, 26 RBIs, 10 2Bs, and a .400 slugging percentage.  She graduated from Niagara University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Sport Management Program with magna cum laude honors in 2013 and went on to earn a Master’s in Sport Administration from Niagara in 2015.

In addition to her role at Frozen Ropes, Wayne is also the Director of Women’s Basketball for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.   At Frozen Ropes, Wayne will provide semi and private lessons, lead softball classes and clinics and coach our 16U softball travel team.

Juan Reina

Instructor
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Juan Reina joins the Frozen Ropes staff following successful high school and college baseball careers.  He was a 4-year varsity starter at Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) where he was a two-time First Team All-County player (2013, 2014), First Team All-State (2013) and team MVP (2011 and 2013).  Among his impressive stats at PCTI, he hit .602 with 10 homeruns and 42 RBIs in his junior year.

Juan received an academic/athletic scholarship to Bloomfield College and continued his baseball career as 4 year starter for the school.  He had 150 hits and 9 homeruns in college games and led the team to the playoffs in 2017.  He graduated from Bloomfield College with a 3.4 GPA with a double major in accounting and business finance.

During college Juan also played summer baseball with the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League (GSCBL) playing for the San Francisco Seagulls for two years. He batted .327 over two summers with 104 hits, 6HRs and 65 RBIs earning MVP runner up in 2016 and 2017.

Juan enjoys working with players to develop their skills and looks forward to sharing his love and passion for the game.  In addition to group and private instruction, Juan is coaching our travel softball teams.

Matt Roland

Instructor
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Matt Roland is an instructor at Frozen Ropes. Prior to joining the instructional staff, Matt was involved with Frozen Ropes for many years as both a player and an employee, working in various roles throughout the facility.

Matt was a three-year varsity starter at Jonathan Dayton High School where he was named a three-year All Conference and 1-year All County player.  He also started for two years at Penn State Altoona as a pitcher and an outfielder.

Matt is currently studying civil engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology and recently led the Frozen Ropes 14U travel team to a winning season. He is eager to work with players to develop their skills and foster their love of the game.

Chrissy Yard

Softball Pitching Director, Senior Instructor
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Chrissy Yard has been part of the Frozen Ropes staff as a softball instructor since 2011. She leverages her college playing experience along with her college coaching experience to teach pitching, hitting and fielding skills to softball players of all ages. Chrissy is currently an assistant coach at Kean University serving as the pitching coach for the Cougars. Since her first season at Kean in 2012, she has been a part of staff that has guided them to 3 NCAA appearances. She and the rest of the staff were named the 2015 National Fastpitch Coaches Association East Region Coaching Staff of the Year after leading the Cougars to their first College World Series appearance in nearly 30 years. Yard has helped produce one of Kean’s most decorated pitchers in history breaking records in nearly every pitching category.

Yard spent the previous two years coaching in Connecticut as she worked as a graduate assistant for the University of New Haven in 2010 and assistant coach at Hartford University in 2011. During the 2010 season her team enjoyed a 42-8 record, advancing to the NCAA Division II Super Regional. Prior to coaching, Yard was a four year member at Rutgers University appearing in 117 games and tossing over 400 innings. During her sophomore campaign for the Scarlet Knights she recorded three saves, tying her for the standard in the single-season category. Yard excelled in the classroom as well by being named as a member of the BIG EAST all-academic squads in 2008 and 2009 and named a NFCA Academic All-American in 2009.

Prior to joining the Scarlet Knights, the Hillsborough, NJ native finished an impressive career at Hillsborough High School. As a freshman Chrissy was a standout both in the circle and at first base. The two time All-State and Somerset County Player of the Year led the Raiders to three consecutive Somerset County Championship titles and a Skyland Conference Champions her senior year. Yard also was named to the All-Group IV, All-Area and All-County teams in 2002 through 2005 seasons. In 2014, Yard was inducted into the Hillsborough High School Athletics Hall of Fame.