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Meet our 2017 Coaching Staff

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2017 Coaching Staff

Field Manager – Harvey Shapiro
General Manager – Darin Weeks
Coaching Staff – Jordan Tabakman, Vincent Redmond, Joshua Rodrigues and Wayne Hancock
Team Physician – Dr. Richard Mosychuk

Harvey Shapiro

Field Manager

Harvey is returning for his fifteenth 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 325 wins, which includes 20 playoff wins and, overall, has 439 victories as a Cape manager.

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 and 2009. During the 2005 and 2010 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 Mitch Moreland, Brad Lincoln, Justin Maxwell, Micah Owings, 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.

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Wayne Hancock

Coaching Staff

Wayne is returning for his second 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 39 years, Maria Ulloa.

Jordan Tabakman

Coaching Staff

Jordan returns for this third season as Braves pitching coach.

Joined the Amherst College coaching staff as pitching coach in the summer of 2015 where he is still coaching and working on his master’s degree.

As a student-athlete, played at the University of Connecticut for four years. Was member of the 2013 Big East championship team and earned the Mary Dropo Unsung Hero award. Finished 3rd all-time in innings pitched at UConn. Was selected Captain in the 2014-2015 season. 2010 graduate of Pequannock Township High School.

 

Vince Redmond

Coaching Staff

For the past 2 seasons, Redmond has served as the Volunteer Assistant coach at UMass Lowell. His responsibilities there include coaching the infielders and assisting with hitting and baserunning. During his time there, the River Hawks set a D1 program record for wins in a season.

The Braves are not his first experience in collegiate summer leagues, as he has coached in the NYCBL with the Sherrill Silversmiths, and the Valley league with the Aldie Senators. Redmond has also made coaching stops in the Junior College ranks (Onondaga CC and Shoreline CC.)

The Lansing, NY native played collegiately at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Redmond was a 3-year starter in the infield and helped the team to its first NE-10 conference championship. That same season, the team set the program record for wins. Redmond was named a team Captain in his final season.

While working towards his Master’s Degree at Le Moyne College, Redmond served as a batting practice pitcher for the Syracuse Chiefs, the AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

Joshua Rodrigues

Coaching Staff

During college, Joshua umpired for the SMBUA for six seasons at the high school level and coached for the local youth athletic league in his hometown of Dartmouth. Wanting to pursue his passion for baseball, he took a position as Freshman Coach for the Sandwich Blue Knights for two seasons before moving on to the Old Colony Varsity program. During the spring of 2016 Josh developed an instructional program, Baseball EDU, offering local players the opportunity to advance their fundamental skills in both a clinic and showcase environment. Joshua is excited to be back with the Braves for his second season.

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Bat Boys

Dominic Carrier

Dominic is 9 years old and is in 3rd grade. He’s very athletic and loves to play football, basketball and baseball. His favorite position to play in baseball is pitcher. When he’s not at his own games or the Braves games, he’s either home riding his bike with his little brother or at the canal fishing with his mom and dad. This is Dominic’s first year as a Braves batboy.

Ben Conlon 

Ben is 10 years old and will be entering 5th grade at Bourne Middle School in the fall. This will be his second year with the Braves. Ben really enjoyed being part of the “team” last season and is very excited and grateful to be returning. He hopes to play in the Cape League someday. Ben plays baseball for the Cape Riptide Travel Team, Bourne All-Stars and plays for the Reds in BYB. When he is not practicing or playing baseball, he plays travel basketball over the winter months.

Jack Ferreira

Jack is 11 years old and is returning for his fifth season as a Bourne Braves Batboy. Jack loves baseball and the Bourne Braves. He is a member of the BYB and the 11U Cape Riptide out of the Cape Cod Baseball Club this spring. He will also be representing BYB on the 11 year old All Star team this summer. He plays baseball year round and plays basketball in the winter months to stay active. Jack will be going into sixth grade next year at Bourne Middle School.

Matthew Gabriel

Matthew is a nine-year-old young man that loves baseball. Matthew currently lives in Braintree with his parents, cat, and plays baseball for the East Braintree Little League. His favorite position is catcher. Matthew’s favorite big league players are Jackie Bradley Jr. and former Braves slugger Travis Shaw. Matthew enjoys watching his teams play and really loved watching the Bourne Braves last summer. This is his first season with the Braves.

Mark McKay, Jr.

Mark plays catcher for the 11U Team Mizuno USA Gold, and for YAC in Plymouth Little League. He also played for the South Plymouth Youth Baseball 10U All Star team that made it to the Cal Ripken State Semi Finals. His favorite player is Bryce Harper, and loves the New York Yankees. Mark enjoys watching Star Wars movies and Disney World is his favorite place.

Mario Minaudo

Mario is returning for his third season as a Braves’ batboy. He is 12 years old and will be attending St. Francis Xavier Prep School in the fall where he will be a 7th grader. In his spare time he enjoys Star Wars, fishing, basketball and legos. This summer, he will also be sailing with the cadets at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Connor Mackenzie

Connor is 10 years old and is from Plymouth and goes to Manomet Elementary School. This is his third season as bat boy for the Braves. He loves playing sports and is currently playing for Plymouth Little League and AAU baseball for Atlantic baseball club, as well as soccer for Harvest.

Mitchell Norkevicius

Mitchell Norkevicius returns to the Bourne Braves as a Batboy for his fifth season. He will be entering the 6th grade at the Rising Tide Charter Public School in the fall. Mitchell plays baseball for Plymouth Little League and the Dugout Dawgs, of the New England Elite Baseball League.  Mitchell is also a hockey goalie for the New England Junior Hurricanes, where his team won the prestigious JWK Tournament last winter.

Danny Slazas

Danny is 11 years old. He is excited to be a first time batboy for the Braves. He lives in Plymouth with his parents, his 13-year-old sister, Ashley, and 8-year-old brother, Ronan. He attends Plymouth South Middle School. Danny enjoys baseball, basketball, swimming, skiing, gaming, reading, and riding his bike. He plays Little League Baseball for Plymouth and has played on All-Star teams for the past two summers. Danny and his family are looking forward to hosting another Braves player this summer and learning more about the sport he loves.

Jake Walman

Jake Walman attends St Francis Xavier Preparatory School in Hyannis and will be in the 7th grade next year. He plays baseball for the Cape Cod Riptide and with Bourne Youth Baseball (Dodgers). He also loves to play hockey and basketball and has achieved highest honors every semester at school. This is his second year as a batboy for the Bourne Braves. 

Nicholas Weeks

Nicholas begins his 5th season as a Braves batboy and is entering 6th grade at St. Francis Xavier Prep School in Hyannis. Nicholas is an All-Star baseball player for Sandwich Little League. He also plays Pee-Wee hockey for Barnstable Youth Hockey, as well as Sandwich Pop Warner Football. He is an avid sports fan who idolizes Red Sox’ slugger David Ortiz.