Alex Ingram - Director of Operations & Head Coach

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Alex is the director of operations for the Bay State 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

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Chris Fay serves as the 10U coach for the Bay State 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 Bay State 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.

Brian Rhone - Head Coach, Social Media Manager

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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. 

 

Joe Napolitano - Head Coach

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 Joe joined the Braves in 2020 after spending the 2019 season with Purchase College and 2020 season with Medalle 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 Medalle 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.

Jarrod Marchesi - Head Coach

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Jarrod Marchesi has been coaching and instructing since 2011 and has been with DCBA since 2020. Most recently, Jarrod led a successful season with the 13U Blue team.

Jarrod comes to DCBA after a successful 4-year career at Bentley University ending in 2009 with 2nd team conference honors in 2008. Jarrod currently stands as a Top 5 career leader Wins, Saves, ERA, Innings pitched, Winning Pct. And Games Pitched. He continued his career for multiple years in the competitive Intercity League Baseball League. 

When not coaching with DCBA, Jarrod loves to spend time with his family and 2 young children. When time allows, he loves going to concerts, spending time with friends and golfing as much as he possibly can without saying “fore right” more than twice in a round. 

Brandon Smith - Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Brandon Smith is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S) with over 22 years of strength training experience.  After playing hockey and baseball locally at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Brandon went on to graduate with a degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Rhode Island while playing baseball for the Rams.

 

Brandon started his career as a member of the Strength and Conditioning staff with the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians from 1999-2005. After his time in MLB, Brandon served as Director of Sports Performance for Velocity Sports Performance in Sudbury, MA.  While at Velocity Sports Performance, Brandon refined his skills while working with hundreds of youth, high school and collegiate athletes, teaching sprint mechanics, speed building, weight room technique and the value of proper nutrition, sleep and recovery. 

 

Brandon has trained and developed athletes from: MLB, MiLB, NFL, PGA, LPGA, NCAA D1 as well as amateur programs such as FC Stars Soccer, Boston Jr Bruins, Lawrence Academy Football and Akadema Braves Baseball.