TEAMMATES & coaches

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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 this 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, in which he has bestowed that onto his players.

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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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Clara DeCarvalho: A Franklin High School graduate, class of 2017. Clara played four years for the Panthers as a catcher and third basemen. During her time at Franklin, Clara was a hockomock league all-star and a senior team captain. Also during her high school career, Clara played for the club softball organization, Mass Drifters, where she was coached by softball New England legend, Carol Savino. Clara played two years of 18U Showcase under Savino, traveling the country for competitive tournaments, which included a victory at the Pony National Tournament in Virginia in 2017. Clara was recruited by Rachael Powers at Wheaton College in Norton as a third basemen/catcher. She was a starter for the Lyons freshman-junior year and is currently entering her senior season at Wheaton and will be graduating in May 2021. Clara also serves as a Wheaton Athletic Mentor (WAM) for her team, supporting the first year students with balancing life as a student-athlete at the collegiate level. Outside of Wheaton, Clara is back with the Mass Drifters Organization as an assistant coach for the 18U Showcase team alongside Carol Savino. Coach Clara also held a 6 week hitting/fielding clinic in the fall of 2020 for the Franklin Girls Softball Association. Coach Clara gives softball hitting, catching, and fielding lessons to all ages.

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Zoe Haley:  A graduate of Bellingham High School, Haley played four years on the varsity softball team. In 2014, the team won the D2 State Championship Title. In her senior year, she was named captain and made first team all-star. She finished with a 19-5 record on the mound, .97 era, 154 strikeouts and a .330 average at the plate. Haley played her first two years as a Lancer on the Softball team and senior year was the WSU Baseball Manager. She has worked the WSU Winter Baseball Clinic and also has been an assistant 12u baseball coach for the Inside Corner Coyotes coached by Eric Cormier. Coach Haley has been giving softball lessons since 2013 at Inside Corner Baseball. Currently, Coach Haley is the Head JV softball coach for Franklin High School and head coach of the 12u Blackstone Valley Venom AAU softball team. She continues looking to help the youth learn and work on ways to better themselves on and off the field, and giving them the best tools to succeed. Coach Haley gives softball pitching, hitting and fielding lessons to all ages, along with baseball lessons.

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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 8 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. We have had kids from Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Milford, Wrentham, Plainville, Norfolk, Hopedale, Mendon, Upton, Hopkinton, Medfield, Millis, Blackstone, Millville, Walpole and I am sure I am missing a couple of towns. 

 

The current program over at Franklin HS where his son played is second to none. Nally stated!  To have my son and the rest of Hock Valley kids from Franklin get coached and mentored by Coach Zach Brown and his staff was extremely fortunate for those kids! 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.  Coach Chiappone and Houston has 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 could not be happier to have my organization bleed both Black & Blue, where they play for great HS programs in two of the toughest leagues in the state when it comes to baseball. It is an honor to provide a place for these kids to gear up for HS baseball and enjoy the time of their life.  

 

I like what we stand for.  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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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 and the husband to "Trainer Jen" and proud father to Ethan and Charlotte.

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Doug Houston, Bellingham HS Head Coach & HVP Director/Senior Advisor

Doug Houston has been coaching  Bellingham HS for the past 25 years. The current Head Coach who took over from TJ Chiappone where Doug served as TJ's bench coach and first assistant for 22 consecutive years.  During those 22 years, the dual of TJ & Doug led their Bellingham HS teams to the state tournament for all 22 seasons..  He was named Assistant.Coach of the Year by MA BASEBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION (MBCA) in 2019!    

In 2014, Doug and TJ won the D3 state championship while coaching at Bellingham HS after winning 7 TVL Titles in previous years. 

Doug brought Franklin Legion it's 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 & Bellingham.

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

Recently he won the championship for Hock Valley Fall Ball Season with 14 competitive HS and Club Teams in 2020's Year of the mask! His team amassed 207 runs for &  allowed just 37 with a 19-1 record & a championship to conclude a very much needed baseball season.

Coach Houston is one that pushes the accolades to his players and staff, however anyone that has had the chance to play under Coach Houston or coach side by side with him is fortunate to have had that experience. Doug has been an integral part of the baseball program here at Hock Valley, Nally continued to state.  From mentoring & developing athletes at a young age through Hock Valley to Bellingham HS, Doug's determination and trusted input has helped shape hundreds of baseball players.

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

Peter finished his coaching career with more wins & 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 1st 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 Univ. Pete has also served as an assistant coach for the Harwich Mariners of the prestigious Cape Code 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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Jeff Ambrosini is currently an Assistant Coach with Franklin High School. He brings a diverse resume to Next9Up as a former Pitcher and Shortstop at Mascenic Regional High School in southern New Hampshire and Catcher/ Outfielder at Wheaton College. After being part of 4 NEWMAC Conference Championships and 4 NCAA Tournament appearances as a player at Wheaton, Jeff joined the coaching staff a year later working as a position coach and assisting Zach Brown as a Hitting Coach. He was on the staff for 3 more NCAA Tournament appearances including the 2006 Division 3 World Series Runner-Up team. At Franklin, he has been on the staff since the 2014 hiring of Zach Brown. In the 6 seasons there, Franklin has qualified for the State Tournament all 6 years including winning the Super 8 Division 1A State Championship in 2018. He was also a member of the Central Mass Umpiring Board from 2012 to 2019 working all levels of Baseball from Little League to Tri-Valley League Varsity games.

 

At Mascenic Regional High School, Jeff piled up accolades as a 3-sport athlete earning Athlete of the Year in 1999 and induction into the school's inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame Class in 2013. If you ask him, none of the individual accomplishments compared to being a part of the school's first ever State Championship Basketball team in 1999.

 

Off the field, Jeff graduated with a Psychology Degree from Wheaton College in 2004 and has worked at State Street Bank in the Financial Services industry since 2005.

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