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Meet our 2019 Coaching Staff

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2019 Coaching Staff

Field Manager – Harvey Shapiro
General Manager – Darin Weeks
Coaching Staff –  Wayne Hancock, David Fischer, Aaron Meyer, Casey Cummins and Nick Rascati
Team Physician – Dr. Richard Mosychuk

Harvey Shapiro

Field Manager

Harvey is returning for his seventeenth season as manager of the Bourne Braves. He has over 30 years of baseball coaching experience at the college level, including stints at Springfield College, Bowdoin College and the University of Hartford. Harvey has been a coaching mainstay in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League for more than 20 years. He is the all-time wins leader in Bourne with 370 wins, and, as a Cape manager, Harvey has 484 victories, which includes 27 playoff wins.

In 2017, the Braves had an exciting playoff run. After sweeping Cotuit and Wareham in the first two rounds, the team lost the deciding third game of the Championship.

In 2009, Harvey led the Braves to their first Cape Cod Baseball League Championship! The team finished the season with a record of 25-17-2 and a 1st place regular season Western Division Title. The Braves went on to sweep the Orleans Firebirds in the first round of the playoffs and then swept the Cotuit Kettleers for the Championship.

In 2014, Harvey led Bourne to their sixth regular season Western Division Title in fourteen years. That same year, the Bourne Braves received the President’s Cup for their achievement of the most regular season wins in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Harvey managed the Braves to the Cape Cod League playoff finals in 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2017. During the 2005, 2010 and 2013 seasons, the Bourne Braves were presented with the Commissioner’s Cup, which recognizes the extraordinary accomplishments of an individual franchise.

As the manager of the Falmouth Commodores from 1994-1998, Harvey led the Commodores to a divisional regular season championship in 1994 and the playoff finals in 1996. Harvey was the 1996 Cape Cod League Manager of the Year. Before managing Falmouth, he was an assistant coach at Wareham and Yarmouth-Dennis.

Harvey has managed the West squad in seven Cape League All-Star games, two of which were at Fenway Park. He has had the privilege of coaching a number of major leaguers who have played for him in the Cape League. Just to name a few, these players include Chad Green, Travis Shaw, Mitch Moreland, Brad Lincoln, Justin Maxwell, Darin Erstad, Adam Kennedy, Eric Milton and Jeff Weaver.

Harvey also has international ties, having served as the Netherlands National Baseball Coach for three years, and he coached the Dutch in two world championships in Cuba and Holland. He has conducted clinics in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Holland, Germany, and the Netherlands Antilles. Harvey is also a published author on baseball and has served on various collegiate and international committees.

Harvey is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where he played baseball and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He holds a master’s degree in physical education from Springfield College. 

Harvey lives in Falmouth with his Wife, Lynne, and enjoys when his biggest fans grandsons William and Theo cheer on the Braves throughout the summer.

Wayne Hancock

Coaching Staff

Wayne is returning for his third season with the Braves. Haling from Gardner, Massachusetts where he was a two-time North Worcester County All Star catcher and a three sport GHS Hall of Famer. Caught for the Massachusetts State Champion Leominster American Legion Post 151 team in 1971 while being named to the Zone 4 All Star and in 1998 was named a charter member of the Post 151 Hall of Fame. Went on to play at Springfield College under Archie Allen from 1972-1975. Caught for Eastern Mass Baseball league champions Acton A’s in 1973. Also served as a player-coach for the Liverpool Laurapers in the Southwestern Nova Scotia Baseball League from 1976-78 where his team earned a championship in 1978.

Hancock concluded a 38-year teaching-coaching career at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts that stretched from 1977 through his retirement last summer. Instrumental in creating the Central New England Prep School Baseball League in 1983 Hancock-guided teams appeared in 16 title games winning championships on 8 occasions. He also served three different stints coaching the Gardner American Legion Post 19 Baseball teams in the ‘80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. Hancock was elected to the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009 and currently serves on the MBCA executive board.

Hancock has two adult children and lives in Ashburnham with his wife of 40 years, Maria Ulloa.

ACE ADAMS

Coaching Staff

Ace joins the Braves for his first season but he is no stranger to the Cape League..  

He played for three years in the Cape from 1972-74 and was a league All Star in ’73.  He has served as an assistant in Falmouth, Chatham and Couit and was the manager in Falmouth from 1992-93 where he coached future CCBL Hall of Famer Darin Erstad.

From 1984-86, he worked for the Red Sox as a batting practice pitcher. He has worked in the minor leagues for Boston, Montreal, Florida, St. Louis and Houston. He joined the Detroit organization in 2016, coaching the Connecticut Tigers of Class A NY-Penn League. 

In 2018, Ace was elected into the Western Massachusetts Hall of Fame as well at the Cape League Hall of Fame. He lives in Longmeadow, MA with his wife, Wendy and daughter, Abigail. 

AARON MEYER

Coaching Staff

Aaron Meyer joins Braves for his first season. Meyer has just completed his second year as a member of the Missouri State coaching staff and his first as a graduate manager. Following the completion of his four-year Missouri State playing career, the Millstadt, Ill., native served as a student assistant for the Bears while wrapping up work on his undergraduate degree last season.

Meyer worked with the MSU infielders and hitters, in addition to assuming first-base coaching duties in 2018. A first-team All-MVC choice at second base as a senior in 2017, Meyer hit .292 with career-best figures for homers (4), slugging (.441) and fielding percentage (.962), despite being limited to 41 games due to a season-ending knee injury. For his career, he batted .287 with 164 total hits, six homers and 76 RBIs in 187 games, including 151 starts.

As a junior, Meyer emerged as one of the Bears’ top offensive threats, hitting a career-best .315 and posting the longest hitting streak by a Valley player in 2016 with a 20-game streak. He turned in a torrid summer of 2016 with the DuPage Drones, setting a Prospect League record for hitting (.423) en route to collecting the circuit’s Mike Schmidt Player of the Year honor. Additionally, he was named MSU’s Danny Cook Rookie of the Year after starting 32 of the Bears’ 57 games and hitting .226 for the season.

Meyer graduated from MSU with his degree in sport administration last May.

CASEY CUMMINS

Coaching Staff

Casey joins the Braves coaching staff for his first season.  He recently served as the pitching coach for the Worcester Bravehearts of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League from 2014 to 2018. During that time, the Bravehearts won the league championship in 2014, 2015, and 2018. In all of those seasons, the pitching staff finished the year in the top-half of the Futures League in team ERA. Also, Cummins directed the Bravehearts Youth Baseball Camps for over 100 local youth players.

He also was an assistant coach at Nichols College and Saint John’s High School. Currently, he serves as a coach with the Sutton High School varsity baseball program.

Cummins graduated from Merrimack College in 2012 and earned a bachelor’s degree in history and education. He currently teaches Social Studies at Sutton Middle School and resides in Leicester, MA with his wife, Laura, and son, Kyle.

Cam Brown

Cam Brown is excited to start his third season as a bat boy for the Bourne Braves. He is going into the seventh grade at Amherst Middle School in Amherst, NH. He spends his summers in Bourne and has attended nearly every Braves game for the past four years. When he isn’t watching the Braves play in a game or practice, he enjoys playing baseball, football, skiing, and sailing.

 

Dominic Carrier

Dominic is a 12 year young boy from Bourne, who loves to play and watch baseball, football and basketball. His favorite teams are the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics. His favorite positions to play in baseball are pitcher and short stop. When he’s not bat boy for the Braves or at his own baseball games he’s home playing baseball or basketball with his little brother, at the beach or at the canal going for bike rides. He’s looking forward to his fourth year of being a batboy for the Braves.

Chase Barrette

Chase Barrette is a 10 year old young man that loves baseball. Chase currently lives in Sandwich with his parents, brother Kellen and his big Newfoundland dog Sailor. He plays baseball for Sandwich Little League and All Stars baseball in the summer. His favourite position’s are short stop, center field and pitcher. Chase loves going to Fenway Park and watching Mookie Betts & Mitch Moreland hit home runs over the Green Mon- ster. Chase has done Bourne Braves camps for years and is thrilled to be a bat boy!

Matthew Gabriel

Matthew Gabriel is a twelve-year-old young man that loves baseball. Matthew currently lives in Braintree with his parents, brother Jeffrey, and cat Haley. He plays baseball for the Braintree Babe Ruth league and AAU in-house league. He also had a successful Little League season playing Majors for the East Braintree Pirates in 2018. His favorite position is second base and catcher. Matthew’s favorite big-league players are Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts. Matthew enjoyed being a bat boy last summer and is looking forward to his fourth season as a Bourne Braves bat boy.

Kobi Polisky

This is Kobi’s third year as bat boy for the Bourne Braves. Kobi plays baseball for Plymouth Little League. He is in the Majors on team VFW. He is a pitcher, shortstop and third baseman. In the off season you can find Kobi skiing every weekend. Kobi has many interests. He is a Cub Scout, he loves to travel and be outside hiking, kayaking, swimming. This summer you will also find Kobi on the big screen in American Woman on AMC for NOS4A2 television series and Trust No 1 Amazon Prime. Kobi is very excited for this baseball season and is looking forward to playing with his new team, being a bat boy and attending the clinics.

Chaz Thomas

Chaz Thomas is a 10 year old 4th grader from Orleans. This will be Chaz’s third year as a Bourne Braves bat boy. He enjoys karate, riding his bike, ripstick and also playing baseball for the Brewster Little League.

Michael Blanco

Michael Blanco is an eleven and one-half year-old young man that loves to participate in and watch sports. His favorites include; Baseball, Football, Basketball, and Jiu-Jitsu. Michael’s love of baseball grew after joining the Bourne Braves as a Bat Boy last summer. He also participated in the Bourne Braves summer clinic where he gained confidence, made friendships, and was able to hone in on his skills. Michael really enjoyed being a Bat Boy last summer, and he is very much looking forward to returning to the Bourne Braves as a Bat Boy this summer.

Benjamin Buckley

Benjamin Buckley is a nine-year- old that loves baseball, hockey and basketball. Ben currently lives in Bourne with his parents, sister, 2 brothers and a dog. He is going into the fourth grade in the fall. He plays baseball for Bourne Youth Baseball and his favorite positions to play are outfield and third base. Ben’s favorite big league player is Mookie Betts. He is excited to be a bat boy for the Braves!

Logan Desrosiers

Logan Desrosiers is a 7.5-year-old young man that loves baseball. Logan lives in Sagamore Beach with his parents, brother Cody, and dog Bauer. He plays baseball for the Padres. His favorite position is catcher and pitcher. Logan’s favorite big league players are Mookie Betts and Chris Sale. Logan enjoyed being part of Bourne Braves baseball camp last year and is looking forward to joining the Bourne Braves as a bat boy this year.

Tyler Weston

Tyler is 11 years old and has played baseball since he was 4 years old. He attends Bourne Middle School in the 5th grade. This year Tyler pitched and played third base for his AAU team. He has played on the AAU Gateway Mug Dawgs for one year, and Bourne All Star team for the last 3 years. He is an avid fan of the Bourne Braves. This is his second season as a bat boy for the Braves.