Tommie was a two sport athlete at St. Joseph's High School in Trumbull, CT. He was the Cadets starting QB and MLB on the football team and was a starting catcher and pitched for the cadets baseball team. After high school Tommie attended Milford Academy for a post-graduate year where he served as the Falcons starting catcher and as a pitcher lead the team in wins and ERA. Tommie played his college ball at Western CT State University where he finished with a career .368 batting average. Tommie has spent the last 17 years as a full time instructor and travel baseball coach. He started his coaching career with the CT Dawgs travel baseball program serving as their 12U head coach. In 2002 Tommie was hired by the St. Louis Cardinals AA affiliate The New Haven Ravens as Director of Baseball Programs and Instruction. From 2007-2014 Tommie was the lead Instructor for Extra Innings in Agawam, MA. While at Extra Innings Tommie founded the Western Mass Storm a highly successful travel baseball program. As an instructor Tommie has had numerous students go on to successful pro and college careers. As a head coach he has lead his teams to a Ripken National Championship, 2X AAU National Championship finalist, Triple Crown World Series Finalist, and 8 Regional Tournament Championships. Tommie resides in Manchester with his wife Heather and sons TJ and Brady.
Mike Hepple, currently pitching for the independent, professional New Britain Bees, was a pitcher in the New York Mets Organization prior to this season reaching the Double A level. He was a 4 year letter winner at Eastern Connecticut State University. 2015 Florida State League All Star while in the Mets organization. Posted a 2.51 ERA in 60 innings pitched out of the bullpen. Mike was then invited to pitch in the Arizona Fall league following the season. 2014 pitched in the New York Penn League for the Class A SS Brooklyn Cyclones. He posted a 1.93 ERA in 24 innings out of the bullpen. In 2013 Mike pitched professionally in the Frontier League, and American Association. Before signing a pro contract he completed his internship at Perks Sports Academy in California, and brings his experience back home to 860 Baseball. Mike just wrapped up his season with the Bees and does pitching lessons throughout the off-season.
Joe Serfas is a former pitcher in the New York Mets organization and is currently the Head Coach at Windsor High School. Joe finished his professional playing career with the Binghamton Mets (Double A) and posted outstanding numbers as a middle reliever. Joe was the winning pitcher for Eastern Connecticut State University when the team won the NCAA Division III National Championship in Division III. While at Eastern, he was a two-time DIII All-American, named to the DIII All-Decade Team, and set the NCAA record with 47 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. Joe currently conducts pitching lessons at 860 Baseball and coaches the 18u team for the CT Blue Jays.
Ace Adams will be in his 3rd season with the Detroit Tigers organization as a pitching coach. Known for building strong relationships with his pitchers, Ace has been a pitching coach at the professional level for various organizations for the past 20 years. Adams was a collegiate coach for thirteen years at University of Michigan (1989-96), Brandeis University (1986-89), Harvard University (1985) and Dartmouth College (1984) before embarking on a professional career. He was also a traveling batting practice pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in 1984-1986. HIs professional organizations have included the Montreal Expos (1997-2001), Florida Marlins (2002), Boston Red Sox (2003-2006), ST Louis Cardinals (2007-2014) and now currently the Detroit Tigers (2015-present). Ace currently gives pitching lessons in the off-seasons.
Jordan Tabakman, former UConn Husky pitcher, was recently named Director of Player Development and Baseball Operations at UConn. During his four-year UConn career, Tabakman split time between the starting rotation and the bullpen. The right-hander appeared in 59 games with 41 starts made, accumulating 269.1 innings placing him fourth all-time in UConn history. Tabakman’s 16 wins on the mound for the Huskies ranks in a tie for 13th in program history. Since graduating in 2015, Tabakman has coached three summers with the Bourne Braves in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League, working as pitching coach alongside Braves’ manager and UConn alum, Harvey Shapiro. Tabakman has spent the last two seasons as pitching coach at Amherst College, one of the top Division III programs in the country.
Ish Bolorin graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University (Sport and Leisure Management), where he was a four year member of the Warriors baseball team. He recorded a record 13 triples in 2007 as a junior right fielder, led the team in steals (14) and helped lead the team to the Division 3 World Series. Ismael assisted at various camps held by head coach Bill Hollowaty. He also played two years in Puerto Rico after college where he led the team in triples and stolen bases. As a Senior captain he helped lead Manchester High School to the state tournament under former Eastern CT Graduate Paul Winarski. Ish has been an instructor at 860 Baseball and coached for the Connecticut Capitals from 2009-2017.
Gary Burnham, A native of South Windsor, CT Gary lead SWHS to a Class L state championship and earned All-American honors. In that same year he was named CT Gatorade High School Player of the Year. Gary was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 22nd round but elected to go to Clemson University instead. While at Clemson, Gary would participate in two College World Series Tournaments while earning All-American, All-ACC, and team MVP honors during his 4 year career. During the summer months Gary was a two time Cape Cod League All-Star for the Orleans Cardinals, and the Falmouth Commodores and was MVP of the Cape Cod League All-Star game in 1995. In 1997 Gary was drafted in the 22nd round by the Philadelphia Phillies and earned New York Penn League All-Star honors during his first half season in the minors (.325BA 5HR, 45RBI). In 2001 Gary earned AA Eastern League All-Star status for the Reading Phillies (.318BA, 15HR, 77RBI). In 2002 Gary was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays and earned AAA International League All-Star honors and was the teams' MVP. (.281BA, 18HR, 88RBI). After bouncing around with the AAA Reds, and AAA Cardinals Gary was back with the Phillies in 2006 where he set the career HR record for the AA Reading Phillies with (56HR). That same year he was also named to the AA Eastern League All-Star team and was the teams' MVP. In 2007 Gary would be promoted to the AAA Ottawa Lynx still with the Phillies minor league system and posted another team MVP year.(.292BA, 12HR, 84RBI). Taking his bat to Taiwan in 2008 Gary set the all-time foreign hitting streak record at 23 games in a row. In 2009 at 34 years old and still hungry for a major league job Gary finally got his break and landed a pinch hitting job on Bobby Valentine's team (Chiba Lotte Marines) in Japan.
Sean played four years at Central Connecticut State University where he was the NEC player of the year, first team all conference, first team All-New England and Louisville Slugger All American in 2010. He played independent baseball in the Frontier League after his collegiate career. Sean gives lessons on hitting and position play and just wrapped up his season as an Assistant Varsity coach at Glastonbury High School.
Danny played collegiate baseball at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. He was a Captain of the 2006 Wethersfield High School team, where he was elected to the All Conference team 3 years in a row. Danny has coached in the CT Capitals Organization for 7 years and coached the 11u and 15u teams this previous Spring/Summer season.
Ethan Newton joined the University of Hartford baseball team in September 2017. Newton came to Hartford from Allegany College of Maryland, where he served as the Associate Head Coach for two seasons. During his time at Allegany, Newton oversaw all aspects of player development, including hitting defense and base running. Additionally, he worked with student-athletes off the field, assisting academic advisors to assure success in the classroom. During this time, he also coordinated multiple youth camps and assisted in several prospect camps at various universities.
As a player, Newton played two years for Allegany before transferring to Ohio University for his junior and senior years. At Allegany, he was a part of the NJCAA DII World Series team that finished sixth in the nation. He finished first in program history in career hits and second in stolen bases. At Ohio, Newton earned second team All-MAC honors his junior year while leading the Bobcats in five offensive categories. He was named Defensive MVP during his senior campaign at both centerfield and shortstop. In only two seasons with the Bobcats, he was able to break Ohio’s career stolen base record. In the summer of 2011, he was named to the Great Lakes Summer League All-Star Team while playing for the South Ohio Copperheads.
He earned his associate’s degree in general studies from Allegany in 2010 and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio in 2012. He is currently working toward his master’s degree in communication from Morehead State University.
Fielding / Catching Instructors
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Samantha Esque joined the Hartford Softball staff in September 2017. The pitching coach joined the Hawks after spending the previous year under Hawks head coach Angie Churchill at Wagner. Under her leadership, the Seahawks posted 16 complete games and four shutouts in 2017. Top pitcher McKaleigh Goodale showed strong improvement throughout the season, allowing three earned runs or fewer in 17 of her last 18 appearances. Prior to her coaching career, Esque was a standout pitcher for Post University. As a two-year captain for the Eagles, Esque was named CACC Pitcher of the Year in 2015 and 2016, DII CAA East Region Pitcher of the Year in 2016 and earned a spot on the All-ECAC Team in 2016. As a senior, the Springfield, Pa., native was 19-7 with a pair of saves in 31 appearances, including 23 starts in 2016. Esque posted a 1.33 ERA over 178.2 innings of work, while also striking out 149 batters compared to just 15 walks. Her 10 shutouts ranked fourth in NCAA Division II, and she owns Post’s school record in the category with 20 career shutouts. After graduating from Post, Esque played a season professionally in Orebro, Sweden. While there, she traveled the country running youth pitching clinics and being an ambassador for the sport. Esque also excelled in the classroom and was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team in 2016. She received her bachelor’s degree in sport management from Post in 2016.