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2019 Cannons Coaching Staff:
 
 
Senior Cannons Head Coach - Mike Abate
Director of Baseball Instruction – Bobby Valentine’s Baseball Academy
 
 
One of the most celebrated athletes to come out of Fairfield County, Mike has had an illustrious baseball career that was cut short only by injury. Along with his valuable professional experience, Mike brings outstanding skills and an even more impressive baseball resume:
 
  • As a four-year starter at Norwalk High School, Mike was named to the All-Conference team three years in a row, while twice earning All-State recognition
  • After his career at Norwalk High, Mike was drafted by the California Angels, but he felt it was more important to continue his athletic development
  • Mike took his passion for baseball to Norwalk Community College where he quickly amassed a number of honors including included two-time Northeast Player of the Year, two-time First Team All-American, and 1998 Rawlings National Junior College Player of the Year
  • After setting a number of school records at NCC, Mike decided to sign with the Seattle Mariners to pursue his professional baseball dream. Mike played in the Mariners organization for three years before his career was cut short by injury.
  • After his professional career ended abruptly, Mike enrolled at Southern Connecticut State University where he did what many people would consider impossible. Showing the drive that made him such a phenomenal baseball player, Mike fulfilled his dream to play college football by first earning a position on the SCSU football team and subsequently becoming the starting quarterback
  • Not only did Mike make the successful transition to football, but he again demonstrated his significant athletic talents, twice making the All-Northeast 10 team, as well as finishing his two-year stint having shattered a number of school records
  • Mike then took his football passion to the next level, signing to play quarterback with the Manchester Wolves of the Arena Football League

In 2007 Mike began working at Bobby Valentines Sports academy. He has served as director and curriculum coordinator for BVSA since his arrival. Abate, along with his mentor Bobby Valentine, produced one of the most respected curriculum and training programs in the industry. 

 

In 12 seasons as the Senior Cannons coach ,Mike has amassed a 270-89 record and earned the American legion coach of the year award for CT in 2008. His teams have also won zone/state and regional titles in 2008, while winning the zone again in 2011,2012 and 2017. His amazing work caught the eye of the NY Mets organization, who hired him as a spring training hitting coach in 2014 and again in 2018 to the positions of professional Northeast scout since 2015. Since then Mike built his own business in "Abate training” where he continues to help athletes accomplish their goals on and off the baseball field. www.abatetraining.com 

 

Junior Cannons Head Coach - Frank Carbino
  • Greenwich High School Baseball 1985-1987
  • Varsity Captain 1987
  • University of Connecticut-Avery Point -1987-88
  • Won 1987 CSCC Championship
  • Babe Ruth Baseball Coach 1986-1990
  • 13 Year Old All-Star Coach 1986-1990
  • Greenwich High Freshman Coach-2007
  • Greenwich High Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach-2008
  • Frank was born and raised in Greenwich.  He currently lives in Greenwich with wife Lynn and their two daughters
  • Frank says "The reason I'm involved: Greenwich baseball, from little league through college, gave me memories that will last a lifetime.  While I'll never forget my teammates, it was the coaches that really made the experience memorable. Some 30+ years later, those memories are still alive and laughed about today. My goal is to be that coach."

Junior Cannons Coach - Phil Tarantino
  • Head Coach of GHS Varsity 2014 -2016; JV Coach for 9 years
  • Played baseball at GHS 1991-93.  Phil still holds records for scoring 40 runs in 23 games
  • Named All American Outfielder in 1993 and had a .423 batting average
  • Played baseball at Central Connecticut State University
  • Physical Education teacher at Western Middle School in Greenwich since 2002
  • Phil is proud of all he does to help players reach their goals --- his attention to detail, positive attitude and strong work ethic are evident in his coaching style and results.

 

Prep Cannons Head Coach - Andrew Coffey
 
13u Cannons Head Coach - Mike Moeller
 
  • B's Baseball Academy Coach
  • Greenwich High School Varsity Assistant Coach 4 years
  • Greenwich High School captain
  • Honorable Mention All American​
  • Concordia College
  • NYCAC Rookie of the year
  • NYCAC Player of the year
  • 2X All American
  • All time NCAA Div 2 leader for most career  RBI: 279
  • All time NCAA Div 2 records: #3 most career HR: 66
  • All time NCAA Div 2 records #6 most career total bases: 531
  • Professional Independent league Adirondack Lumberjacks & Greensville Bluesman
 
Senior Cannons Assistant Coach - Rich Sullivan
 
Senior Cannons Assistant Coach - Alex Loparco
  • 2015 Greenwich High School Baseball Alumni - Captain of 2015 team
  • Back-to-back All FCIAC player during career at Greenwich High School
  • 3-year starter for Senior Cannons
  • Standout All-Conference and Player of the Year during career at Western New England University
    • 3-time All-CCC Shortstop
    • 2018 conference player of the year
    • 2018 second team All-New England SS
    • 5th in Western New England history for hits, runs, and stolen bases
    • Named Captain as Junior and Senior 
  • Joined Cannons coaching staff in 2019
  • Has helped previously with Cannons and high school off-season workouts 

“I am involved with Greenwich baseball because the coaches and mentors I had throughout my playing career had a tremendous impact on my life both on and off the field. I love coaching because I am able to pay that forward and hopefully help the next generation of Greenwich baseball players. You will simply not find a group of coaches who care more for their players. This program is all about teaching kids the fundamentals and discipline it takes to succeed at a high level, in order for them to flourish later in life, as young men.”

13u Cannons Assistant Coach - Christopher Halstead
  • Varsity Baseball, Softball, Football and Basketball coach for the past 25 years 
  • High school 3 sport athlete at Pelham
  • Played College Football at Iona College
  • Currently Head Football Coach at Blind Brook High School, Rye Brook, NY