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2021 Coaching Staff

Field Manager – Harvey Shapiro
General Manager – Darin Weeks
Coaching Staff –  Wayne Hancock, Eddie Marko, Kevin Graber, Casey Cummins and Quinton Stebbins
Team Physician – Dr. Richard Mosychuk

Harvey Shapiro

Field Manager

Harvey is returning for his eighteenth season as manager of the Bourne Braves. As the coach with the third most wins in Cape Cod Baseball League history, Harvey will be inducted in the CCBL Hall of Fame in November. 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 25 years. He is the all-time wins leader in Bourne with 389 wins, and, as a Cape manager, Harvey has 503 victories, which include 28 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.

 

Harvey led the Braves to their first Cape Cod Baseball League Championship in 2009! The team finished the season with a record of 25-17-2 and a first 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. 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 Baseball 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 over 90 major leaguers (15 first round draft picks). A few of these big leaguers include Nick Ahmed, Pete Alonso, Chad Green, Colin Moran, Mitch Moreland, Travis Shaw, Nick Solak, 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. Most recently, Harvey was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

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. 

Wayne Hancock

Assistant Coach

Wayne is returning for his fourth 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.

EDDIE MARKO

Pitching Coach

Coach Marko returns for his fourth season on the Cape and third with the Bourne Braves. He comes armed with over a decade of coaching experience at multiple levels, NCAA Division I playing experience and a resume that includes over 56 pitchers he tutored that were either drafted or signed a professional contract with 8 reaching the Major Leagues.

The Chardon, Ohio, native previously spent time as an NCAA Division I pitching coach at the University of Buffalo and Youngstown State (Ohio) University where he also served as the recruiting coordinator. Marko started his coaching career at the University of Texas Pan American as the student assistant while he finished his degree, before moving to the University of Buffalo. From 2006-2008, he served as the pitching coach at National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I powerhouse Grayson County (Texas) College. At Grayson County College, he was in charge of a pitching staff that had a team earned run average of 2.99 in 2007 and helped win the NJCAA Division 1 National Championship in 2008. In addition to a pair of regional appearances, the Vikings won two conference championships and one NJCAA regional title during Marko’s tenure.
Marko served as the pitching coach for three seasons at Lake Erie (Ohio) College of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). School records set during that time included most victories in a season (32), lowest earned run average in school history and most conference tournament wins. Lake Erie advanced to the GLIAC Tournament championship game for the first time in 2014 and later made the program’s first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament appearance. In 2013, the Storm pitchers set a program record with 304 strikeouts.

As Pitching Coach at Gannon University, the program broke the school record in wins (31) and made the PSAC tournament for the first time in a number of years and had several pitchers receive PSAC Honors.

Outside of the traditional collegiate season, Marko has received rave reviews for his coaching throughout the years in several summer leagues. He served as a roving pitching coach at the IMG Academy college summer league for two seasons, and pitching coach for the Laconia Muskrats in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). Marko has also spent seven years as an associate scout for Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies.

Fifty-Six of the pitchers he has worked with have been drafted or signed professional contracts. The list includes three first-round selections in Chris Sale, Victor Black, and Kyle Gibson. Eight of his former student-athletes have reached the major-league level including Sale, Black, Gibson, Jordan Walden, Steve Geltz, Justin Grimm, Michael Bolsinger and Red Patterson. Both Walden and Sale have been selected to play in the MLB All-Star Game during their professional career.
Marko’s playing resume is as impressive as his coaching experience. He was a four-year letter winner at a pair of NCAA Division I programs. He originally started his collegiate career at Cleveland State (Ohio) University, before transferring to University of Texas Pan American. After graduation, he pitched three seasons in professional baseball for four teams.

Marko received a bachelor’s degree in general studies from UTPA in 2002.

KEVIN GRABER

Assistant Coach

In 12 seasons as head coach, Kevin Graber has led Phillips Academy Andover (Andover, Mass.) to 12 consecutive Central New England Prep Final Four appearances, winning back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013, the school’s 10th Central New England Prep Championship in 2016, and another — the program’s 11th — in 2018. His 2018 and 2019 teams finished No. 1 in New England according to the year-end New England Baseball Journal Coaches Poll, and his 2021 team rose as high as 20th in Perfect Game’s national high school rankings. In 2018, Graber was named Northeast Region Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), New England Coach of the Year by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association, and finalist for National Coach of the Year by both organizations. He’s a featured presenter at the World Baseball Coaches Convention at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, Conn., and he’s been selected to present at next year’s ABCA National Convention in Chicago.

As a college player, Graber transferred from Division I Winthrop University to The College of Saint Rose in his hometown of Albany, N.Y., where he was named all-league and all-region and captained the Golden Knights to an NCAA Division II Regional berth. His ensuing playing career included stops in Australia, Minnesota, and upstate New York, batting .311 as a middle infielder for the Prairie League’s Southern Minnesota Stars in his best professional season. Graber then managed in pro baseball, guiding Southern Minnesota to a 48-24 record and earning league Manager of the Year honors before hiring on to manage the Adirondack Lumberjacks in the Northern League of Professional Baseball.

He segued to the college ranks shortly thereafter, and his career in collegiate athletics administration and coaching has included stops at Lassen College (Susanville, Calif.), Riverland Community College (Austin, Minn.), the University of West Alabama (Livingston, Ala.), and most recently, Amherst College (Amherst, Mass.). All the while, Graber spent summers managing the Saratoga Phillies of the New York Collegiate Baseball League and the Electric City Giants of the Mountains Collegiate Baseball League (MCBL), earning MCBL Coach of the Year honors. Graber mentored a slew of future major leaguers during his time as a head coach in college summer leagues, including J.D. Martinez of the Boston Red Sox, Mike Fiers of the Oakland A’s, and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas.

Graber was inducted into the Schenectady, New York Baseball Club Hall of Fame in 1994, The College of Saint Rose Athletics Hall of Fame (along with his 1990 team that advanced to the NAIA World Series) in 2014, and the Amsterdam Mohawks Hall of Fame in 2016 in recognition of a trio of all-star seasons (1988, 1989, and 1990) playing in the Northeastern Collegiate Baseball League.

Although now entrenched in high school baseball, Graber continues his involvement in professional baseball as an associate scout for the New York Yankees.

CASEY CUMMINS

Assistant Coach

Casey returns to the Braves coaching staff for his second season. Currently, he serves as the head coach with the Sutton High School varsity baseball program.

Cummins had 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. He 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.

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, son, Kyle, and daughter, Caroline.

QUINTON STEBBINS

Volunteer Coach

Quinn Stebbins joins the Braves coaching staff for his first season.

Stebbins joined the coaching staff at Thomas College (Maine) in the fall of 2020. He was involved in a variety of different program roles, including recruiting, practice planning, strength and conditioning, and served as first base coach. He primarily worked with the pitchers and outfielders.

In the summer of 2019, Stebbins joined the Braves as a Baseball Operations Intern. He was scheduled to return in 2020 before the pandemic cancelled the season.

As a student athlete, Stebbins was a four-year member of the Thomas College baseball program, being elected captain for his senior season. He was voted the conference baseball Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2020.

Stebbins graduated in 2019 with an undergraduate degree in Sport Management with a Coaching minor and again in 2020 with his MBA.

2021 Bat Boys and Girls

Chase Barrette

Chase Barrette is soon to be a 7th grader from Sandwich. He plays town ball and also on the Dugout Dawgs and is never happier than on the mound. Chase’s buddy is his big Newfoundland dog named Sailor.

Michael Blanco

Michael is 13 years old and looking forward to the Cape League season.  He loves to read, ride his bike and most of all, fishing every chance he can get.

Benjamin Buckley

Ben Buckley is an 11-year-old that loves baseball, hockey, and basketball.  He lives in Bourne with his sister, 2 brothers and a dog.   He is going into 6th grade in the fall.  He plays baseball for Bourne Youth Baseball and his favorite positions to play are outfield and short stop.   This will be his second season being a bat boy for the Braves!

AIDEN DOYLE

Aiden, a 5th grader from Sagamore Beach plays 1st Base for his hometown Little League (Majors) team.  His all-time favorite Bourne Braves player is Josh Madole from the 2019 season.  Aiden enjoys spending time at beach, with his family and at Doran Park. 

EMERY DOYLE

Emery will be a 4th grader who enjoys playing all sports and is a great student.  Like her brother Aiden, she has been a long time Braves fan and when not at the beach likes spending time at Doran Park cheering on the team with her family.

Kobi Polisky

Kobi Polisky -12 years old – Kobi is very excited to be returning as a bat boy for his 4th season with the Bourne Braves.  Kobi attends 6th grade at PSMS.  He enjoys skiing, tennis, baseball, traveling along with many other activities. Kobi is currently playing for his town team and playing on AAU travel team Mizuno Roadrunners.  Typically you will find Kobi pitching, second base, shortstop or third base. 

LIAM SMITH

Liam Smith is 11 years old and entering 7th grade. This is his second year as Bat Boy.   He lives in Bourne with his parents, sister Caroline and dog Bosun.  Baseball is his favorite sport and his favorite positions to play are 2 & 6.  Liam’s favorite team is the Padres and his favorite player is Fernando Tatis, Jr.

Tyler Weston

Tyler is 13 years old and has played baseball since he was 4 years old. He attends Bourne Middle School in the 7th grade. This year Tyler pitched, caught, and played third base for his AAU team. He has played on the AAU Gateway Mug Dawgs for three years, and Bourne All Star team for the last 3 years. He is an avid fan of the Bourne Braves. This is his third season as a bat boy for the Braves.

JACKSON YESPY

Jackson Yespy is 10 years old and going into fifth grade in Boxford, MA. He spends his summers in Bourne with his family. Jackson’s favorite sport is hockey where he enjoys playing goalie the most. He also loves baseball and likes to play every position especially catcher and pitcher. Jackson has two sisters who like playing sports with him. He enjoys being active on Cape Cod by fishing with his dad, rollerblading along the canal and digging for clams with his grandparents. He is very excited to be a bat boy for a second year for the Bourne Braves.