Alex Ingram - Director of Operations/Head Coach
Alex is the director of operations for the Akadema Braves as well as a head coach. Alongside being the director of operations Alex is also the general manager for DC Baseball Academy, the home of the Braves.
Alex played professionally in Prague, Czech Republic and Beaucaire, France from Spring 2011 to Fall 2012. While abroad he also coached youth teams, most notably leading the Beaucaire Chevaliers to a national championship in the 12U bracket, and a 5th place finish in the 15U bracket. Alex graduated from Macalester College in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. He was a 4-year Varsity starting pitcher. In his senior season as captain he led Mac to its first MIAC Conference Championship in 62 years, going 8-1 with a 2.49 ERA and 59 K’s. That year he received All- Conference 1st Team recognition as well as being voted the team MVP.
Chris Fay - Head Coach
Chris Fay serves as the 10U coach for the Akadema Braves. Chris joined the Braves in 2018 during the inaugural season of its 9U program and is excited to share his passion for the game of baseball with the Braves and its players.
Chris works full-time as a trainer for Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA); a national non-profit that believes in the power of sports to transform lives. Chris travels throughout New England working with youth and high school baseball programs and is dedicated to using baseball as a tool to teach life lessons and develop character. Chris has presented at the World Baseball Coaches' Convention for three consecutive years, as well as numerous workshops for the Red Sox Foundation and many youth baseball programs across New England on issues related to sports psychology. Chris coached at Newbury College in 2007 and 2008 and currently writes for the New England Baseball Journal on topics related to youth baseball and coaching.
Christopher Panell - Head Coach
Christopher serves as the 9U coach for the Akadema Braves. Christopher joined the Braves in 2016 as a staff member running clinics in the greater Metro West area. He is excited to share his passion for the game of baseball with the Braves and its players.
Christopher has coached youth baseball for over 25 years including Williamsport and Lou Tompkins. He is also actively involved in Community Investors, a non-profit program which focuses on bringing sports and movement programs to children of all skill levels.
Joe Napolitano- Head Coach
Joe Napolitano serves as the 10u and 14u coach for the Akadema Braves. Joe joined the Braves in 2020 after spending the 2019 season with Purchase College and 2020 season with Medaille College as an assistant coach. Napolitano graduated from Medaille with a bachelor's degree in sports management.
Joe started his college career at Eastern Nazarene College where he made an immediate impact as a freshman. He was a top arm for the Lions where he finished with a 1.54 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .190 batting average. Joe spent the next three seasons at Medaille College where he was a utility player, playing everywhere on the diamond. He was named to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) All-Academic team in 2016.
Brian Rhone - Head Coach
A 3 Year Varsity Player at Notre Dame-West Haven from 2011-2013, Brian was part of the 2011 CIAC Class L State Championship team at Notre Dame. He also played for the CT Bombers from 2006-2013.
Brian attended Newbury College where he played as a middle infielder. He earned NECC Academic All-Conference honors from 2014-17, and was an Athletic/Academic Award recipient at Newbury from 2014-17 as well.
From 2018-2020 Brian was the Assistant Varisty and JV Baseball Coach at Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden, CT.
Besides his role as an private instructor serving hundreds of youth players in the CT area..he was the manager at Batter’s Box in Hamden, CT from 2017-2021. Brian was the director of the 12 and under program as well as the social media coordinator for the program.