TEAMMATES & coaches

Get to know all of the Next9Up coaches and teammates!

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Zach Brown is the Franklin High School Varsity Baseball Head Coach. One player who had the opportunity to play for Coach Brown for 3 seasons at FHS said "Playing in back to back Super 8 championships was more than gratifying but playing for Coach Brown and learning the intangibles of baseball while gaining Life Lessons was really what it was all about." He went on to talk about his practices and leadership and how much he enjoyed it! Coach Brown has an innate ability to lead young men in the right direction. His resume speaks for itself, but like many of our coaches here at Next9Up, it truly is not about him.  Unselfish tendencies define him and his staff, which he has bestowed onto his players.

ZACH BROWN
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BRETT EDMUNDS

Brett Edmunds is a Franklin resident and Assistant Coach with the Franklin High School varsity baseball team. His primary responsibility with the Panthers is infield defense and he also assists with the hitters. Brett is a former infielder at Wheaton College where he was part of a program that won four NEWMAC Conference Championships and participated in four NCAA Tournaments. After graduation and during law school Brett also coached baseball at Roger Williams University. 

 

Brett also coaches a number of youth programs in Franklin, including the Franklin Bulldogs, a local AAU baseball program, Metro basketball, youth soccer and flag football. He is on the Board of the Franklin Youth Baseball Organization and volunteers his time coaching town baseball.

 

Brett graduated from Wheaton College in 2003 and Roger Williams School of Law in 2006. He is an attorney for the Flynn Law Group, husband to "Trainer Jen" and proud father to Ethan and Charlotte.

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PETE PASQUAROSA

Pete Pasquarosa was the head coach at Franklin High School for 13 years, from 1992-2004. His teams won 70% of their games during his tenure at FHS. He won three Hockomock League championships. His teams made it to the sectional finals  3x and captured the South Sectional Championship in 2000.

Peter finished his coaching career with more wins and with the highest winning percentage in the history of Franklin High School. During this time he also served as a coach in the Massachusetts Bay State Games from 1994-2003. Among coach Pasquarosa’s many achievements is his 2002 club being the recipient of the First-Annual statewide Sportsmanship Award for baseball. In 2002 Pete was named the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Regional “Coach of the Year.” Colleagues have consistently commented on Pete’s enthusiasm and his motivational ability.

 

Since 2005 coach Pasquarosa has moved on to the collegiate ranks serving as an assistant coach at Boston College, Babson College, Wheaton College & Northeastern University. Pete has also served as an assistant coach for the Harwich Mariners of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League from 2004 thru 2019. His commitment to the game of baseball is unsurpassed. He is an elite teacher of the game.

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DOUG HOUSTON

Doug Houston has been coaching baseball at Bellingham High School since 1995, after successful baseball careers at both high school and Westfield State University. He is the current Head Coach having taken the reins from TJ Chiappone, where Doug served as TJ's bench coach and first assistant for 22 consecutive years. During those years, the Blackhawks won four Tri-Valley League titles and were part of the state tournament for all 22 seasons, winning the D3 State Championship in 2014. 

 

Doug ended his tenure of being an assistant coach by being named Assistant Coach of the Year by Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association (MBCA) in 2019.  

 

In 2017, Doug coached the winning team for the New England Super Regional Championship for New England AAU at the 14u age-level. His team for Hock Valley Panthers were a complete team that was a result of his leadership and their effort. 

 

Doug also brought Franklin Legion its first ever State Championship in 2018 when he led the Post 75 Junior Legion Team from box to wire calling all the right shots, while maximizing the ability of his talented players from both Franklin and Bellingham.

 

In 2020, Doug led a team to a championship for Hock Valley Fall Ball Season amidst 14 competitive high school and club teams. His team amassed 207 runs for and allowed just 37 with a 19-1 record and a championship to conclude a very much-needed baseball season.

 

From mentoring and developing athletes at a young age through Bellingham High School to Hock Valley Sports, Doug’s determination and trusted input has helped shape hundreds of baseball players.

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CLARA DECARVALHO

Clara DeCarvalho is in her first season as the Graduate Assistant Coach at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Clara primarily works with the hitters along with catchers and infield. Clara will serve as Clark’s graduate assistant for two years through the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 seasons. Along with Clark, Clara also coaches with the Mass Drifters 18U Showcase travel ball team helping high school players pursue their dreams to play at the collegiate level.

 

As a Franklin native, Clara played four years for the Panthers as a catcher and third-baseman. In her senior year at Franklin, Clara was a team captain and Hockomock League All Star. After her high school career, Clara was recruited by Rachael Powers of Wheaton College (MA) where she competed for 3 years as a catcher/third baseman, cutting it short from the pandemic. At Wheaton, Clara served as a Wheaton Athletic Mentor (WAM) for her team, supporting teammates with balancing life as a student-athlete at the collegiate level. Clara was also awarded the NEWMAC All Sportsmanship award following the 2019 season.

 

Clara offers hitting, catching, throwing, and fielding instruction to all ages.

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T.J. CHIAPPONE

Bellingham native T.J. Chiappone is an accomplished and well-known baseball coach. 

In 1995, T.J. became the Varsity Baseball Head Coach at Bellingham High School, and, three years later made his first postseason trip as Head Coach. The Blackhawks then followed every year to the tournament for 22 consecutive years. Under his leadership, the Blackhawks have won four Tri-Valley League Championships and, in 2014, were victorious in the MIAA State Championship.

During his tenure with BHS baseball, T.J. has been named Tri-Valley Coach of the Year multiple times, inducted into the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class of 2020, and is part of the Class of 2021 Bellingham High School Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Since stepping down as Varsity Coach in 2020, T.J. has continued to assist coaches within Bellingham High School, Hock Valley Sports, Bellingham Youth Baseball, and at Next9Up. He was named the Hock Valley Head Coach for the Cranberry League, a league for amateur collegiate and former professional players. True to form, in his first year in the position, T.J. was named the Cranberry League Coach of the Year in 2021.

T.J. continues to elevate players to their fullest potential and creating strong team mentality for success. We are fortunate to have him at Next9Up.

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Megan Cook is in her first season as a softball assistant coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She primarily works with the pitchers, but will secondarily assist in development of outfielders. She is coming from completing two graduate assistant positions, two years assistant coaching at Regis college and a year in the weight room as a strength coach at Umass Lowell. She also coaches the Mass Raiders 18U travel ball team, a top program in New England.

 

She played at Merrimack College, having a versatile experience around the field and a career in the circle.  She had a 1.39 ERA as a senior and a career ERA of 2.07. She graduated 6th all time in both strikeouts and innings pitched. She also finished her last year with career bests at the dish posting a .378 average. While at Merrimack, she was named Conference Pitcher of the Year, All-Region Pitcher of the Year and an All-American. 

 

Megan offers pitching, offensive, and positional defensive instruction to all ages. She also leads sport specific speed, agility, and conditioning training.

MEGAN COOK
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DENNIS NALLY

Dennis Nally initiated Hock Valley Panthers with a sincere admiration & love for the game of baseball. He wanted to play a key role in helping kids improve their skill at the game they love. Converging student-athletes from various towns in the surrounding area, just eight years ago! He started off with Franklin kids where his son Jack Nally played baseball for FYBO and eventually FHS. Dennis grew up on Tuttle & Richardson Field in Bellingham, so he then reached out to legendary coaches over at the Ham - TJ Chiappone and Doug Houston to get the Blackhawk presence over to his organization. Hock Valley was quickly formed.

 

Hock stems from Hockomock (Jack Nally his son, Franklin Panthers) and Valley stems from Tri-Valley from where he grew up (Bellingham). His goal was always to provide a great venue for kids that was affordable for everyone, yet do his best in providing the best trainers and coaches in the area for these kids. The Franklin-Bellingham area has a vast history of great baseball, including kids from Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Milford, Wrentham, Plainville, Norfolk, Hopedale, Mendon, Upton, Hopkinton, Medfield, Millis, Blackstone, Millville, Walpole and more.

 

The current program over at Franklin HS where his son played is second to none. High character & respect for the game is the key factor in baseball. The Franklin program has a knack of taking those kids that love the game and play the game right, then preparing those kids to compete at the collegiate level. Franklin HS leads the Hock by far in league titles with Back to back Super 8 appearances in 2018-2019. Bellingham HS Baseball has clearly been the top program in the TVL when it comes to baseball over the last 30 years, if not top right there at either 1 or 2 depending on the era. 

 

Coaches Chiappone and Houston have taught life lessons and both have helped student-athletes make their dreams of playing college baseball a reality. They have taken that little town of Bellingham where there is about 130 kids to each class and have over-achieved each and every year making the state tourney 22 years in a row along with a state title in 2014, while coaching together. Both of these Coaching staffs have played a key role in helping Hock Valley kids reach their potential. 

 

"I like what we stand for," Nally says. "We provide the most compelling price to value proposition around. I have had numerous parents over the last 8 years tell me exactly that and it means a lot. Just two years ago, I counted 49 kids that were in my program at one time playing HS baseball! Those youth coaches, their parents, the youth programs and a little bit of Hock Valley all had contributions to keeping these kids in the game. I take a lot of pride in that alone! Just keeping them coming back for more. Staying humble and competing hard at every practice defines our program. Very excited now to finally have a home in Next9Up for our multiple teams and families!"

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Doug Carroll - Specializing in Hitting, Fielding, Throwing, and Individual and Team Workouts.  Doug Carroll is a local product of Holliston, Ma. As a senior in Highschool Doug was drafted in the 5th round by the Boston Red Sox and was the State's player of the year.  Carroll then decided to go to University of South Florida on a full baseball scholarship. While at USF Carroll played for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League. Carroll was also  invited to play for the USA National team.  As a junior in College at USF Carroll won many individual awards most notably College All- American.  The Seattle Mariners then drafted Carroll again in the top 10 rounds. Carroll then went on to have a steady pro career with the Seattle Mariners for 4 years and Tampa Bay Rays for 2.

DOUG CARROLL
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RYAN PARKER

Ryan Parker is currently in his 13th season as pitching coach at his alma mater, Wheaton College. 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 New York. 

As a player and coach for the Lyons, Parker has staffed 11 NEWMAC conference championships, 12 NCAA tournament appearances, and two NCAA Division III National Championship finalist teams in 2006 & 2012. Individually, Parker has coached a total of 18 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.

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.

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George Mulcahey is a former Wheaton College baseball player, who takes pride in mastering the fundamentals of the game. Over his 4 years at Wheaton, George learned the importance of team work, discipline, and practicing in a manner that will show itself on the field, and in the W column. He is a middle infielder who spent most of his college time at second base. He aims to pass along a lot of valuable fielding and offensive knowledge to young athletes looking to play at the next level. As a senior in 2021, George helped lead Wheaton to a regional championship win, and their 4th college World Series appearance. George is confident in his ability to develop all players and instill the right values in them, while having fun getting better

GEORGE MULCAHEY
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Jack Dicenso is a Norfolk resident and enjoyed great baseball careers at both King Philip High School and at Nichols College. At Nichols, he was able to lead the pitching staff and finished his career among the top in career ERA, strikeouts and wins. He also won Conference Pitcher of the Year during his graduate year.

 

Jack played his first professional season as a part of the 2021 Pecos League champion Tucson Saguaros. He is currently signed with the Gateway Grizzlies in the Frontier League for next season.

JACK DICENSO
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Courtney Parker is the Bellingham High School Junior Varsity Coach and volunteers with Bellingham Girls Softball Association. She was a 2009 graduate of Bellingham High School and a three-year varsity softball player on the Blackhawks. A pitcher, Courtney was a three-time Tri-Valley League All-Star before heading to Merrimack College after graduation. She also played for the Concord Raiders 18U team. At Merrimack, she was on the softball team for four years and assisted as a student pitching coach.

Courtney has been training players in both pitching and hitting since 2007, and is available for both private, small group, and team coaching at Next9Up.

COURTNEY PARKER