MEET OUR STAFF

Staffed with both professional and semi-pro athletes, JR Spinners baseball club offers superior coaching and instruction to its players that is unheard of in the youth baseball market.

Marc Deschenes

President

Coaching History: 

Head Coach at many levels throughout the program’s history.
Coached 2010 Team to New England AAU Title.
Many of his players have gone on to play at the college level and two have gone on to play at the pro level.

Player History: 

Dracut High School
U-Mass Lowell
Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Dodgers
Pittsburgh Pirates
Chicago Cubs
Boston Red Sox

Jr. Spinners History:

Owner and founder of New England Diamond Dawgs, now known as Jr. Spinners Baseball Club

Coaching Inspiration comes from:

Being able to impact a player’s life both on and off the field.  Helping players fulfill their dream and play baseball at the highest level.

Favorite Quote:

Baseball was, is, and always will be the best game in the world.”
-Babe Ruth

Mark Rurak

Player Development

Coaching History: 

Head Coach at many levels throughout the program’s history.
Coached 2010 Team to Division II National Title.
Coaches at Lowell High School

Player History: 

Lowell High School
U-Mass Lowell
Lowell Braves

Jr. Spinners History:

Has coached at many levels throughout the program’s history and is now in charge of player development, scheduling and is the program’s college liaison.

Coaching Inspiration comes from:

To teach kids to take responsibility on and off the field and not only make themselves better ball players, but better men.

Favorite Quote:

“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”

Adam McCusker

Program Admin

Coaching History:

Chelmsford High School Baseball – Assistant Varity and Freshman Coach
Assistant Coach for Lowell All Americans in the NECBL
Nomar Garciparra Camp Instructor 2004, 2005
Owner and head coach of the Merrimack Valley Thunder AAU Baseball Player program.  2005-2013.

Player History:

Chelmsford High School
U-Mass Lowell

Jr. Spinners History:

Coaching Inspiration comes from:

To teach young players to play the game the way it is meant to be played.

Favorite Quote:

“If you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”

Ramcy Lora

11 U

Coaching History:

Head Coach at many levels throughout the program’s history.
Coached 2010 Team to Division II National Title.
Coaches at Lowell High School

Player History:

Lowell High School
U-Mass Lowell
Lowell Braves

Jr. Spinners History:

Has coached at many levels throughout the program’s history and is now in charge of player development, scheduling and is the program’s college liaison.

Coaching Inspiration comes from:

To teach kids to take responsibility on and off the field and not only make themselves better ball players, but better men.

Favorite Quote:

“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”

Dan Ubele

12U  Prospect 16U/17U Prospects

Coaching History:

6 years

Player History:

Tyngsboro H.S.

Franklin Pierce University 

Worcester State University

Jr. Spinners History:

1 Season as an Assistant Coach. 5 years as a Head Coach. ( 11U, 14U, 15U, 16/17U)

Coaching Inspiration comes from:

Ken Connerty (KC). KC was my personal hitting coach since I was 8 years old and I worked with him all the way through my college playing days. I was also fortunate to play 4 years of varsity baseball under KCs leadership. KC has been a role model and mentor to me since I first took a lesson with him and he still is to this day. I truly feel blessed to be coaching for the same program as he doe

Favorite Quote:

"Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is." - Bob Feller

Cam Roper 

12U Scout/ 15U Prospect

Coaching History:

Lowell High School – Pitching Coach
Lowell Catholic High School – JV Head
Lowell Catholic High School – Northeast Head
Merrimack Valley Thunder – 13 U & 18 U Assistant

Methuen High School – Head Coach 

Player History:

Lowell High School

Fitchburg State University

Jr. Spinners History:

Coaching Inspiration comes from:

Ability to help young men become better on and off the field.

Favorite Quote:

“Hard Work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”
-Unknown

 Connor Callery

13U Elite HC

Coaching History:

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Player History:

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Jr. Spinners History:

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Coaching Inspiration comes from:

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Favorite Quote:

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Phil Haddad

13U Scout

Coaching History:

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Player History:

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Jr. Spinners History:

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Coaching Inspiration comes from:

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Favorite Quote:

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James Parker

13U Prospect

Coaching History:

5 years at Lowell Catholic High School

Player History:

Lowell Catholic High School, Northern Essex Community College

Jr. Spinners History:

2 years

Coaching Inspiration comes from:

My father, and wanting to assist young athletes

Favorite Quote:

"There is nothing to be nervous about, we are just a bunch of kids playing baseball." -Matt Stone

Steve "Rocky" Rivela

14U Prospect

Coaching History:

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Player History:

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Jr. Spinners History:

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Coaching Inspiration comes from:

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Favorite Quote:

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Ken Connerty

15U Scout/ 18 Showcase

Coaching History:

U-Mass Lowell
Lowell All-Americans
Merrimack Valley Thunder
Tyngsboro High School

Player History:

University of Lowell
Cleveland Indians
Lowell Braves

Jr. Spinners History:

Coached 13U - 18U 6 years 

Coaching Inspiration comes from:

Being able to teach kids to play the game the right way and to get the most out of their abilities.

Favorite Quote:

“Nothing like being a champ!”

Cal Carroll

17U Elite

Coaching History:

Entering 5th season as a Head Coach in the Jr Spinners program.  

Currently Head Coach of 17U team 

Professional instructor for all age levels. 

1st year Varsity Baseball Assistant at Methuen High School.  

3 seasons as Bedford High School Football Varsity Assistant.

Player History:

Methuen High School 2007-2011 

Suffolk University 2013-2016 

Somerville Royals, Boston Intercity League (2016-present)

Jr. Spinners History:

Player for New England Diamond Dawgs 2006-2009 

Head Coach & Instructor (2016-Present) 

Program Manager (Present) 

Coaching Inspiration comes from:

Love of the game and previous coaches’ impact.

Favorite Quote:

Hustle NEVER slumps. 

Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest, until your good is better, and your better is best.  

Joe Marchesi

Co-Owner Rivals Baseball

Co-owner of Rivals and is the program's lead pitching/catching instructor.  Joe has been coaching Elite/AAU baseball since 2005. 

 

Over this time period, his teams have captured numerous state and regional titles including an AAU National Championship in 2005 with Lightning Baseball of New England. 

 

During his 6 year tenure as Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Everett High School (2009-2012) and Masconomet Regional High School (2007-2008) his programs compiled 96 wins, including a Divisìon 2 North Championship (2008), a Division 2 North Final appearance (2007), 5 league titles (Cape Ann 2007-2008, GBL 2010-2012), and 6 straight state tournament appearances. 

 

Joe is a graduate of Bentley University where he was a 4-year starting pitcher/infielder for the Falcons and named team captain (2004).

Dana D’Agostino

Co-Owner Rivals Baseball

From Wakefield, Dana played his college ball at UMass-Lowell where he was twice named the University’s Top Male Athlete.  

A three time All New England selection, Dana graduated as the career leader in HR’s, RBI’s and Total Bases.

He moved on to play for the Modena Baseball Club of the Italian Professional League finishing among the league leaders in HR’s, RBI’s, 2B’s and SB’s.

He was selected to play for the Italian National team and earned 2nd team all-tournament honors for the 2003 University Games in Messina, Sicily. Having coached both high school varsity baseball and Elite/AAU baseball, Dana is recognized as one of the area’s top hitting instructors.

Kevin Gately

Hitting/Fielding/Pitching Instructor

Coach Gately is a hitting/fielding/pitching instructor for Rivals Baseball.  

Kevin has coached at all levels of baseball.  He has coached at the collegiate level for 12 years at Northeastern University, Holy Cross, and UMass-Lowell.

He was also involved with Lightning Baseball of New England and the Seacoast Thunder Baseball program.

Kevin is a graduate of Northeastern University and was the starting shortstop for NU from 1991-1994.

During those years, the Huskies set the record of most wins by the program twice, 35 in 1991 and 35 in 1994.

Gately captained the 1994 team that won the America East Conference, earning a bid to the program's first NCAA regional tournament since the 1960's.

Bobby Hastry

Hitting/Fielding/Pitching Instructor

Coach Hastry is a pitching/hitting/fielding instructor for Rivals Baseball.  

Bobby attended Maynard High school where he was a 3 time All-League selection.  He was a 3 time Central-Mass All-Star selection, posting a 21-2 high school pitching record.

Playing on scholarship at Division 1 Marist College, Bobby appeared as a late inning reliever and as a weekend starter.

Marist College captured the MAAC conference title in 2005 and went on to face LSU in the College World Series tournament.

After graduation, Coach Hastry was signed by the Kansas City Royals organization.

In one season (Single A-Burlington, NC) he posted a 3.41 e.r.a. as a reliever. Bobby's coaching career began at Belmont High School as the varsity pitching coach for 5 seasons and he currently works at Woburn High School as a special education teacher.

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