John Bagatta received his degree in Business Management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. He currently plays for the Palm Beach Waves of the National Amateur Baseball League (NABA), a highly competitive and nationally acclaimed wood bat league made up of former Major League, Minor League, Independent, and collegiate ballplayers, earning the prestigious MVP award during the 2005 NABA Championship game. With Coach Mann, Bagatta helped lead the American Legion Rockland Pirates to back-to-back state titles, a regional title, and a berth into the 2002 World Series in Danville, VA. Bagatta along with Mann, co-captained the 2002 Clarkstown North team to a state championship, and has been directing youth sports camps in the Rockland and Westchester areas for over 5 years. Presently, John resides in Florida where he works alongside top youth baseball coaches providing baseball training, running clinics, and giving one-on-one lessons.
Alex Chertok is currently a Lecturer at Cornell University, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing in 2012. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Virginia in 2006. Alex was part of the 2002 state championship-winning Clarkstown North High School baseball team, along with Coaches Greg, Brandon and John. He’s been a part of summer day camps in the Rockland area for several years, and has directed the All-Sports camp at Pitch by Pitch since its inception in 2012.
Michael Murphy was a three-year Clarkstown North varsity baseball player and starred as a leader on the NY State Championship team in 2002, impressively receiving All-League, All-Section, and 4th Team All-State honors that year. Throughout his high school career, Michael earned a number of accolades. During his sophomore season in 2000 he received MVP of the Dan Casey Tournament, and received All-League, second team All-County, and honorable mention All-Section a year later. After high school Michael played four years of baseball at the College of Saint Rose. Michael graduated from the College of Saint Rose with a degree in Elementary Education. He is now a fifth grade teacher at Hector Fonatanez School located in Bronx, New York. Michael resides in New City, NY.
After spending two years as 1st Assistant Coach and Pitching Coach at Division I Iona College, Brandon accepted the full-time graduate coaching position at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY in the fall of 2008. Although Brandon graduated from MVILLE in 2010 with his MA in Physical Education he continues to help out in the every day aspects of the Valiant Baseball Program. In Mann's first year, Manhattanville College won the regular season Freedom Conference Championship as the team went on to hit .356 with 23Hrs and average over 10 runs a game. They also led the nation in stolen bases with 162 in 41 games. Mann's second season with valiants proved to be a record setting year for the Manhattanville Valiants as the team went on to compete in the DIII Mid-Atlantic Regional after hitting .372 as a team and belting 34 Hrs. Before making the move into coaching, Coach Mann had a successful collegiate baseball career at Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University in Boca Raton. As a member of the 11th ranked 2003 A-Sun Champion FAU Owls Coach Mann competed in the regional at Coral Gables. He also played a big role in leading Lynn University to its first NCAA regional appearance. As a co-captain of the 2002 Clarkstown North state championship team, Coach Mann was named New York State Player and Athlete of the Year in 2002. Along with fellow owner John Bagatta, Coach Mann led the 2002 Rockland Pirates to the American Legion World Series in Danville, VA, finishing 5th in the country and losing to the eventual champions Mississippi. Coach Mann was elected to the Clarkstown North Hall of Fame in 2009 for his impressive baseball accomplishments. He resides in Nyack, NY.
Greg Chertok is currently a Sport Psychology Counselor and Fitness Trainer at The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center (PMR) in Englewood, NJ. He received his B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and M.Ed. in Counseling specializing in Sport & Exercise Psychology at Boston University in 2007. While at Tufts, he captained the 2006 Baseball team and, as the three-year starting shortstop, led the team to its 14th consecutive winning season and the conference championship. He finished his career as an ESPN The Magazine Academic Regional All-American and a New England College All-Star, playing his final game at Fenway Park for the All-Star team. At PMR, Greg has created the EXACT Sports and Just for KIX programs, which act as joint physical and mental conditioning programs for students to enhance athletic performance and develop healthy lifestyles. Greg has written numerous articles in various athletic newsletters on sport psychology topics, and has co-authored a book geared toward youth baseball coaches entitled The Baseball Starter: A Handbook for Coaching Children and Teens. He resides in Bardonia, NY.