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Chris was a three year letter winner at Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton, Ma. He served as team captain in his senior season for Ray Bresnahan. Chris played collegiate baseball at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA. Currently studying Sports Management and minoring in Business Administration, Chris hopes to one day coach baseball at the collegiate level.
As a coach, Chris has worked at the town, travel and AAU levels. "You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you." This is the quote Chris teaches his players to live by and strives to teach his players to be great ball players on the field and even better people in life. Chris is the head coach for Dirt Dawg 11u Black & 11/12u Purple team. Also, served as pitching coach at his alma mater Cardinal Spellman High School. Chris was the head coach of the Randolph High School Varsity Baseball Team, also coached at Brockton Rox's and recently was hired to be part of the coaching staff for Pine Manor College. Chris is available for private pitching lessons at Dirt Dawg Sports and works with players at every age and level.
Watervliet, NY native Ryan Parker is currently the pitching coach at his alma mater, Wheaton College, where he is beginning his 12th season. He is also the co-founder and head coach of the Troy Baseball Expo in Troy, NY, which provides free baseball instruction, academic advising, and workforce development to youth in the Capital District of upstate NY.
Parker was a member of the first varsity baseball team in Wheaton history in 1998, where he contributed to three NEWMAC conference championships and two NCAA Regional Tournament appearances as a player. As an assistant coach for the Lyons, Parker has staffed eight NEWMAC conference championships, nine NCAA tournament appearances, and two NCAA Division III National Championship finalist teams in 2006 & 2012. Individually, Parker has coached a total of 17 All Conference pitchers, including five conference Pitchers of the Year and numerous Major League Baseball signees.
Parker also served as pitching coach for the Harwich Mariners of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League from 2008-2010, helping to end a 21 year championship drought in Harwich when the Mariners were crowned league champions in 2008.
Parker spent 2015 as head coach at Fitchburg State University (MA) and 2016 as the associate head coach and pitching coach at Worcester State University (MA).
Off the field, Parker received his degree in sociology from Wheaton in 2001, and successfully completed his master's degree in higher education counseling at Bridgewater State University in 2008.
John’s mission is to give back to the game that has provided him so much in his lifetime, to be a reliable and supportive mentor for any youth that has an interest in baseball or softball. John is a graduate of Milton High School where he was a three sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball) Captain in 2002 for the baseball team. After undergoing Tommy John surgery during his senior season at Milton, John moved on to Nichols College where he earned a degree in Business Management and was a four year starter for the Baseball team. John was named Captain in both his Junior and Senior seasons (2006, 2007) at Nichols, he was also named to the CCC All conference first team as a pitcher in 2006.
After college ball John continued playing for his summer team in the Yawkey Baseball League of Boston, the Al Thomas Athletics. He has helped develop and advance college baseball players each summer by creating a competitive summer program. He has since moved on to the Boston Park League, where he manages the Boston Athletics Baseball Club. John started his AAU coaching career five years ago and has called Dirt Dawgs home for three of those five seasons. He is involved with Instructing baseball and softball clinics throughout the year and is available for private lessons.
Arnold is the son of former Red Sox pitcher Jose Santiago (1963-1971) who pitch the 1st game of the 1967 World Series. Arnold signed with the Cleveland Indians in the 24th Round of the 1994 Amateur Draft. He played with the Indians from 1994-96, with the Cubs in 1998 and with the Royals in 1999. In 1995 with the Burlington Indians he led his team in hitting .285 and was elected to the Appalachian League All-Star Game. In 1997 with the Meridian Brakemen of the Big South League (Independent League) Arnold led the league in hitting .371, in RBI’s with 53. Arnold was named league MVP and still holds the Big South League record of hitting 4 home runs and 12 RbI’s in one game. He retired from baseball with a .290 career average. Arnold from 1994-2004 played winter ball back in his hometown Puerto Rico with San Juan, Ponce, Caguas and Mayaguez teams. Back there he was able to played with MLB players like, HOF Roberto Alomar, Carlos Delgado, Carlos Baerga, Edgar Martinez, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Javier Vazquez , Javy Lopez, Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, Sandy Alomar Jr , Alex Cora, Joey Cora and many more, his career average in the winter league was .313 and his 1st winter league hit was against lefty Billy Wagner and his last against lefty JC Romero. Also played minor league baseball with Bartolo Colon, Manny Ramirez, Russell Branyan, Sean Casey, David Ortiz, Vladimir Guerrero and many more, his 1st minor league hit was against RHP Kevin Millwood.
He attended Indian Hills Community College in Iowa where he was the closer and first basemen from 1992-94. Arnold received several awards while at IHCC, 1992-93 All Team ROY, Conference ROY, JUCO 1st Team All-Star. He led the Conference in Saves with 24 and had the lowest ERA for a reliever 0.50 ( 79 SO in only 43.2 IP ), as a 1st basemen hit .398 with 9 HR and 37 RBI’s, played in the JUCO World Series. In 1993-94 All-Team Sophomore, Conference Player of the Year and MVP, 1st Team All-Star, elected to the 1st Team All American. Arnold hit .410 with 18 HR and 79 RBI’s and in the District Tournament was named MVP after hitting .556 with 3 HR and 15 RBI’s in 6 games. In 1993 was named College Player of the Year by (LAGA) Latin Athlete Golden Award, presented by Pepsi.
Alex is the son of former MLB Boston Red Sox Player 1967 Jose Santiago. Born and raised in Baseball. His baseball summary as a player includes more than 30 years of experience playing baseball. Played every position started as a Pitcher and finish as Catcher. Catcher of the 1982 Puerto Rico Big League Team World Champions and selected All Star Catcher. Played for 18 years at the Puerto Rico Semi Pro Baseball League. Three National Titles at the Puerto Rico Semi Pro Baseball League with Juncos team (1989-1990-1991). Two Runner Up Titles at the Puerto Rico Semi Pro Baseball League with the Juncos team (1988-1992). Selected to participate as a player on 8 All Star Games. Member of the COLICEBA National Team Champions Stan Musial Tourney B.Creek, Michigan (1985). Selected as the All Star Catcher. Inducted to the Puerto Rico Semi Pro Baseball League Hall of Fame in 2009 and his hometown of Carolina, PR Hall of Fame of Sports in 2013.
As a Manager and Coach more than 30 years of experience managing or coaching. Manager and Coach of Little League Baseball and Softball teams from 9 to 18 years old since I was 13yrs old. Manager and Coach of several Juvenile Baseball Teams from ages 16 to 18. Manager of the Puerto Rico Big League National Team.(1989-1990). Manager of the Year Guardianas of Dorado Puerto Rico Women’s Baseball League (2008). Selected to manage the first Women’s Baseball National Team (2009). Silver Medal Puerto Rico National Team Pan-American Women’s Baseball Tournament Venezuela (2009). Gold Medal Cuban Olympic Games Puerto Rico National Team Women’s Baseball (2010). Manager of the Year West Region Puerto Rico Semi Pro Baseball League Patrulleros of San Sebastian (2012). 7th Place 2010 Women’s Baseball World Cup Puerto Rico National Team Women’s Baseball (2010). Manager of the Year West Region Puerto Rico Semi Pro Baseball League Tiburones of Aguadilla (2010). Manager, Coach and Instructor at Dirt Dawg Sports since 2012. Coach of the 2013 NEAAU 14U Dirt Dawg Team Champions. Head Coach Lakeland Pirates 16u Cost to Cost College Exposure Classic (2014). Alex is the actual coach of the 14u Black & 18u Showcase Dirt Dawgs Teams. Alex is available for private Basebal and Softball lessons at Dirt Dawg Sports and works with players at every age and level.
Dave is a graduate of Oliver Ames High School in Easton starting in both soccer and baseball High School Accomplishments (graduated with a 4.15 GPA) Soccer- All American, All New England, 2 Time All-State, 2 Time All Eastern Mass, Hockomock MVP, 2 Time Boston Globe and Boston Herald All Star, 3 Time Enterprise All Star, 3 time Hock All Star. 40 Career shutouts with a .66 GAA. Baseball- 2 Time All Hock, All Eastern Mass, 2 Time Enterprise All Star, Boston Globe All Star. Most Career hits with 114.
College- (graduated with a 3.88 in accounting) I went on to play both soccer and baseball in college but baseball ended up being my better sport in college. Accolades- 2 Time First Team Academic All American, Player of the Year in 2016, Cape Cod League All Star in 2015, Most career hits at the University of Hartford with 269 (2nd most 223), Most hits in a season 85 (2nd Most myself twice with 68). 4th highest career average at .359. 2 Time Male Scholar Athlete of the year for the America East Conference.
Professional Baseball- drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in June of 2017. spent the summer in Orem Utah and hit .398 with 2 homeruns, 25 walks and only 11 strikeouts.
Players who take lessons with Kevin realize immediately his passion for the sport and his extensive knowledge of the mechanics of hitting. Kevin studies in detail each movement of professional baseball players on video then breaks down the mechanics to be able to teach players the proper body position to maximize strength and hitting angles. At Dirt Dawgs Kevin taught all instructors his method of hitting instruction so all of our instructors work together to build on the mechanics of hitting for all athletes. Kevin has helped many players, from several communities to become some of the most feared hitters in the region on the baseball and softball diamonds. Kevin has gained the respect of those associated with professional, collegiate, amateur and youth baseball programs. Kevin has committed his life to youth baseball and softball. His passion is clear as you see him working through a lesson or attending students games in and around the state. Experience Includes College Showcases – Nationwide Major Prospect Clinics in Puerto Rico for the past 8 years Hitting Clinics – Professional,College, High School and Youth Levels US-Puerto Rico-Domincan Republic
Don is a graduate of Catholic Memorial High School and Boston College where he earned a degree from the School of Business in Business Management, with a concentration in Computer Science. Having worked in the corporate world for 25 years as well as in his own entrepreneurial business, DC Enterprises, he now brings his business skills to Dirt Dawg Sports. Don combines this business savvy with his baseball and softball managerial experience of 30+ years coaching and volunteering for Legion, Senior Babe Ruth, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken and Little League.
He also held positions on the board of Directors as President, Vice President, Player Agent, Tournament Director-, and League VP. He continues to be an advisor to local baseball and softball programs. Don has 3 sons who he coached through various sports and one son who played varsity baseball in college.
Ray Brewer grew up in Lexington, Kentucky with his parents and little sister: Patrick, Lynn and Calbi. Ray found baseball success at a young age, leading to a starting position on the Varsity team as an eighth grader and being the team captain for three years. In that time, he set school records in Home Runs, RBI, Strikeouts, Wins and ERA. After having Tommy John surgery his Senior Year, Ray elected to continue his baseball and academic career at Cornell University instead of pursuing a pro baseball career out of high school.
He played at Cornell for three years before further injury caused him to leave the game as a player. His love for the game made it clear that he would stay involved in baseball in some capacity, and his extensive experiences – both positive and negative – help him coach and counsel young players not only for solid baseball skills, acumen and success, but for long-term health and career longevity. For the past year, he has helped coach one of our Dirt Dawg teams. Now, Ray will also lead the pitching division of the Dirt Dawg Organization as we continue to strive to be the premier organization in New England.
Johanna is a female right handed baseball pitcher, born in Aguadilla, PR on October 29, currently living in Avon, Ma. Started to play baseball at Isabela, PR Little League at the age of 5 where she played till she was 16 years old all in boy’s teams. Named pitcher of the year 6 times, and also made several All-Star Games and All Star Teams in that frame. Stopped playing baseball at 16th because it was difficult for her to get a boys team to sign her to play. She kept on playing softball when she got to college playing as a short-stop and as a first base but did not pitched. On 2008 the 1st Womens Amateur Baseball League was created, and Johanna is actually pitching on the League with the Arecibo Lobas and she also pitched with the Roosevelt Cangrejeras. Has Won four national titles in her twelve years of participation.
Named the MVP player on two occasions. Pitched 18 games and finished undefeated with a perfect record of 18-0 in her five years of participation. Member of the Puerto Rico National Team that won Silver on the 1st Panamerican Tournament Held on Venezuela on 2009. Was the first pitcher from Puerto Rico to start and win a game internationally when she defeated in the first game the Venezuela squad. She left the game winning on the 5th inning on the final medal game, but Puerto Rico lost the game to Venezuela, she finish the tournament with 1-0. Member of the Puerto Rico National Team that won Gold on the 4th Cuban Olympic Games celebrated on Cuba on 2010, she finish the tournament with 1-0 and 1 save.
Also member of the 1st Puerto Rico Womens National Team that participated in the World Cup held on Venezuela on 2010, she lost her first game as Womens baseball pitcher against Cuba and then won against Netherlands, finish the tournament with 1-1. On 2012 she started to practice at the Dirt Dawg Sports Facility in Canton, MA in order to prepare for the 2014 Team USA Tryouts she made it to the Top 40 on the nation. Johanna, graduated from Inter-American University in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s Degree on Criminal Justice on 2014 where she finished studying the last two years when she moved to USA doing on line classes. She is actually playing with Lobas de Arecibo womens baseball team in PR where she goes and play several times on the season. Recently invited again to join the PR Womens National Team and participated in the 2019 World Cup Pre Qualifier celebrated in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Also is the assistant-coach for her husband Alex Santiago on the 14's AAU Dirt Dawg Team.
Awards and Recognitions
· 2009 MVP Lobas de Arecibo and (2) League Championships (2008-2009)
· 2009 Selected by the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee as the Women's Baseball Player of the Year.
· 2009 Nominated in Puerto Rico to ASES Sports Award as Female Athlete of the Year.
· 2009 Inter-American University in Aguadilla, PR Selected Female Athlete of the Year.
· 2009 Recognized in her hometown Aguadilla, PR as Female Athlete of the Year.
· 2010 Womens League Championship with Roosevelt Crabbers.
· 2014 Invited to USA Womens National Team Tryouts in North Carolina and California.
· 2015 Played on the Boston Mens League as a pitcher for the Boston Cardinals.
Graduate of Xaverian Brothers High School where he was a multi sport athlete. Rich was a standout player in both baseball and hockey in high school. Rich focused on Hockey at a younger age and was drafted by the New Jersey Devils of the NHL. His career was cut short by career ending leg injury. It was at this point that Rich’s passion for baseball took root. Rich has coached at all levels of the game for the past 31 year, certified at the Babe Ruth , Cal Ripken and Little League level. Rich has volunteered for the past 25 years to local programs and boards. Rich’s volunteer spirit stems from his mother’s passion for the game as she was the President and one of the founders of Stoughton Little League.
Achievements: 17 League Championships at the Little League, Babe Ruth ,Suburban and Hockomock Levels 3 Babe Ruth State Titles NEAAU Titles as well as various Tournament Championships Nationwide. 2013-2015 NEAAU 14u Championship.
Onix Mercado grew up in Puerto Rico but was recruited to play high school baseball in FL. After high school Onix was awarded a scholarship to play college baseball but was soon drafted into the Minor Leagues where he played for the GCL Reds, Billings Mustangs, Daytona Dragons and Stockton Ports. From there he was called up to play for the Cincinnati Reds Major League Organization where he was a catcher for the 2003 season. Onix stayed on with the Reds as a Catching Instructor, and bullpen catcher before moving into the Independent Baseball Leagues. There he played for the North Shore Spirit, Elmira Pioneers, El Paso Diablo’s, Winnipeg Goldeyes and Worcester Tornadoes. Upon return to Puerto Rico he ran his own professional baseball clinic. Dirt Dawgs is now his home base where he offers Strength and Conditioning clinics, Catching Instruction, Pitching, Hitting and Fielding instruction as well as coaching AAU teams.
Jay is from Stoughton, Massachusetts and graduated from Stoughton High School in 2010 where he played varsity baseball. After high school attended Curry College and graduated in 2015 with a degree in business management. Started coaching career as a volunteer with Stoughton Babe Ruth at the age of 16, then later began coaching summer all-star travel teams for Stoughton and AAU at Dirt Dawg Sports. Has won championships at all 3 levels he has coached for a total of 9 championships in 7 years.
Jay is the current assistant coach for the 13u Black , 13/14u Purple and 18u Showcase Dirt Dawg Teams.
Kyle Graduated from Curry College with a degree in Business Management and was a 4 year starter at Curry College in Centerfield and on the mound. Kyle was the Stoughton High School varsity baseball captain 2009 & 2010, then went on as a freshman starting center fielder and pitcher for the Curry College Colonels. Kyle was named to the CCC All Conference Squad both his freshman and sophomore years, and was a part of the 2015 Curry College Baseball CCC Championship team, helping the team achieve the win with a walk off single in the championship game. Hes made his mark on the game with his ability to play the outfield both mentally and physically, hes been a successful hitter, and base runner at a high level and has had success on the mound as well and brings all his teachings and tips to the Dirt Dawg family. Kyle’s love for baseball started at a very young age. He currently shares his passion and enthusiasm for the game with current Dirt Dawg players and has boundless energy both on and off the field. And has also been given the opportunity to work with Stoughton High School, where he will volunteer as an assistant coach and help with the pitchers and outfielders as well.
JOHN F. KOSTAS JR.
Born in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico on August 15, 1940. Jose had an eight-year career in major league ball, three years with the Athletics and five with the Red Sox. José Santiago became a professional baseball player in 1957. He was signed by Kansas City scout Félix Delgado. In 1965, he started the season with the big league club, but only appeared in four games. His record was 12-13, with seven complete games to his credit and 119 strikeouts. José was selected as Red Sox Pitcher of the Year. In 1967. Dick Williams named José Santiago as his starting pitcher in the first game of the 1967 World Series. Santiago pitched a solid game, allowing the Cardinals just two runs in seven full innings. It was his misfortune to be paired against Bob Gibson, who allowed but one Red Sox run - a third-inning solo home run by José himself in his first-ever World Series at-bat. In 1968, Santiago appeared in just 18 games, every one as a starter. His record was 9-4 with a sterling 2.25 ERA. Dick Williams named Santiago one of his seven pitchers for the 1968 All-Star Game, but he developed tendonitis in his right elbow in early July and did not pitch in the game.
Santiago also managed the Puerto Rican national team for some time, and was pitching coach as well. During the 1980's, he served as Press and Publications Officer for the Sports and Recreation Department of the Government of Puerto Rico. In fact, after leaving major league baseball, José has been very energetic with an almost bewildering array of activity. Among other things he has been: Voice of the San Juan Senators for five years, General Manager and Voice of the Santurce Crabbers for almost 10 years, named Narrator of the Year three times, President of Little League baseball for 20 years, Manager of the Puerto Rican national team, Manager of a number of AA Amateur Baseball League teams, including Coamo, Juana Díaz, Río Piedras, Juncos, San Sebastian, and Río Grande, Pitching Coach for the Chicago Cubs Daytona Beach Class A team in 2000 and Voice of the Carolina Giants in the Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League team 2004-2006.
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