East Coast Baseball Coaches
Coach Michael Sabatello is the Director of Baseball Operations for East Coast Baseball and Head of Operations of the Yorktown Sports Complex at Navajo Fields . There is no question that baseball is not only Michael’s passion but that it is a genetic fact that his love of the game is part of his very family fiber. One need only take notice of the facts of his pedigree as a collegiate player and subsequently as collegiate coach & that of the like pedigree of his older brother; a standout player at Manhattan College and collegiate coach himself to appreciate how deep the commitment to excellence runs.
Coach Sabatello’s years at Fordham Prepatory laid a strong foundation for his personal commitment to both to education excellence and competitive athletics. While a four year starter for the Rams baseball team and a two year team captain, he learned to balance the demands of a heavy academic work load with the physical demands of competitive athletic in the CHSAA. These experiences give him insight into the challenges that current East Coast Players face in their desire to play at both a high level while maintaining grade eligibility for the next level.
As a Manhattanville College baseball player, Michael Sabatello was a four (4) year starter and team captain in both his Junior and Senior Years, a direct extension and mirror of the success that he worked to achieve in high school. During his collegiate baseball career, Michael set the Valiant’s ALL TIME stolen base record, left as the ALL TIME leader for hits in a single game with six(6) and was first (1st) in runs scored in a single game with five (5). In 2005 Michael garnered All Skyline Conference Honors with a .390 Batting Average and a .973 fielding percentage. Other Valiant athletic accolades include his position as sixth (6th) all time in games played and sixth (6th) all time in walks.
What players and parents truly need to know about Coach Sabatello is not only the successes that he enjoyed in his baseball career but the challenges to which he rose giving him the unique quality of knowing what it takes and how to get from where you are in your game to where you want to be.
Case in Point: Coach Sabatello went from a .180 Batting Average as the 9th hitter in the Valiant lineup in his freshman year to an All Skyline Conference lead off hitter batting .390 roaming center field with a .973 fielding percentage. As his stats show, he demonstrated durability, diversity of skills, commitment and leadership.
Michael Sabatello coaching resume includes:
- Manhattanville Coach 1 year (2005 / 2006)
- Concordia College Coach 2 years 2006/2007
- Bronxville Varsity Coach 2008-Present
Proof is in the pudding. Coach Sabatello has balanced the highly competitive environment of college baseball with the scholarship of higher education. In testament, he graduated from Manhattanville College with a degree in Early Childhood Education Degree / Psychology Degree and is a licensed New York City, Physical Education teacher Certified Kindergarten through 12th grade. He is also First Aid and CPR certified. It is precisely these skills and character that Coach Sabatello has woven into the very fabric of East Coast Baseball.
- Manhattanville Coach 1 Year 2005/2006
- Concordia Coach 2 years 2006/2007
- Bronxville Coach 2008-Present
- Fordham Prep 4 Year starter 2 year Captain
- Manhattanville 4 year starter 2 year Captain
Anthony Vaglica, a Brooklyn, NY native graduated from Midwood High School in 2002. At Midwood, Anthony was a four year letter winner and led the Hornets to a league title in 2002. He went on to play baseball & run Cross Country at NCAA Division II Concordia College.
Coach Vaglica went on to Coach baseball at Bronxville High School and has been coaching there since 2006. In 2012 he led the Broncos to a league championship and a #3 seed in the class B sectionals. During his tenure he has led the Broncos to the post-season each year, including in 2010 when the Broncos made it the furthest in sectionals they have ever been in program history. In 2010 Coach Vaglica was named third base coach for the All-Section High School Baseball All-Star Game which took place at Hudson Valley Renegade Stadium. During his time at Bronxville, he has an overall record of 67-53-1, 2 league championships, 2 coach of the year awards, 6 diamond nine recipients, coached 3 league player of year honorees, won the 2012 Bronco Tournament, coached 7 all-section recipients, & coached 2 All-Americans. With Bronxville, Vaglica supervises all aspects of the baseball program including: scheduling, in-game management, individual player development, staffing, and off-season improvement.
From 2010 through the fall of 2012 Vaglica Coached with the Westchester Rockies Sports Club. In 2011 he was the General Manager and Head Coach for the Rockies Showcase baseball team and in 2012 he was the Director of Athletics of and for the Club. While Director of Athletics, Vaglica oversaw all aspects of and related to Athletics. He was in charge of all athletic programs, personnel, budgeting, contest scheduling, transportation, facility management, fundraising, community engagement, recruitment, and evaluation of coaches and staff. Anthony supervised the athletics office staff, head coaches, director of coaching, pitching coordinator, and assistant coaches.
Anthony Vaglica is also an Assistant Boys Cross Country coach at Bronxville High School. He joined the coaching staff in 2012 and helped guide the Broncos to a 2012 league championship, 2012 Sectional team runner-up, and coached top male athlete in the county.
Prior to coaching cross country at Bronxville Coach V had a two year stint as the Head Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Coach at NCAA Division II Concordia College from 2009 through 2011. While at Concordia, Vaglica coached 3 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) All-Academic winners. Coach Vaglicas’ primary responsibilities included overseeing all recruiting, running team practice sessions, meet preparation, player development, academic progress, and off-season skill development. Vaglica was also in charge of athletic administration skills for the cross country programs which included: budgeting, travel planning, public relations, staffing/scheduling, monitoring athletes academic standards, and recreational teams.
Coach Vaglica has been an Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach since 2006. Vaglica assists in managing and instructing the Varsity Basketball Program. Coach V motivates and expands the knowledge of the intricacies of the game of basketball to his athletes. In addition, Coach V assists in developing games schedules, practice plans, and off-season workout programs.
Vaglica has worked with the Special Olympic program at Bronxville High School since 2005. Vaglica works with the students to develop appropriate social skills, for home, class, and community while supporting the emotional, physical, and educational growth for children with autism, Down’s syndrome, and severe communication disorders.
Vaglica earned his Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College where he was a two sport athlete competing in Cross Country and as a member of the baseball team. He was also a Resident Assistant for three out of his four years. After graduating Concordia College Anthony went on to receive a Master of Arts in Teaching, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy from Manhattanville College. Vaglica is married and lives with his wife Maria in Mahopac, NY.
When asked about his coaching philosophy Vaglica stated: “Through coaching, my goals are for players to demonstrate teamwork, sportsmanship, responsibility, time management, respect and dedication while developing the skills necessary to compete at a varsity level.”
- 1982 – 1986 Played at Bronxville High School – All-League, All-County, All Daily News Selection
- 1987 – 1990 Played at NCAA Division II Concordia College
- 1987 ~ All NY/NJ NCAA Division I-II-III (.417 BA)
- 1988 ~ All Knick Conference (.372 BA)
- 1989 (.495 BA). Declined offer from Detroit Tigers ~ June 1989.
U.S. Olympic Exhibition Tournament Team (Los Vaqueros de los Estados Unidos).
Guadalajara,Mexico~ Summer 1989 (U.S.,Cuba,Mexico,Nicaragua)
2nd Place Finish, All Tournament Selection (.428 BA, 6 2Bs, 13 RBIs)
- 1990 ~ All Conference, All NY/NJ NCAA Div. I-II-III, All American NCAA Div. II.
- National Div. II RBI Leader (1.63/Game), 4th in BA (.484).
- Concordia College Records ~ Career BA (.429) and Career OPS (1.165).
- 1990-1991 ~ Milwaukee Brewers Rookie/Extended Spring Training.
- 1992 ~ Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies Mini-Camp Invitee.
Teaching & Coaching Experience
- McClintock High School 4A-1 Nationally Ranked Team (Tempe, AZ) ~ Hitting Coach (1991)
- The Chapel School, Bronxville NY – Athletic Director (1996-Present)
- Assistant Principal/Middle School Administrator (1999-Present)
- Physical Education Teacher (1996-2011)
- Eastchester Little League ~ Coach (2003-Present), Baseball/Softball Summer Tournament Team Coach ~ District 20 Champs (2009-2012).
- Eastchester Baseball League ~ Coach/Manager (2009-Present), Manager ~ District 20 13U Babe Ruth Champions (Summer 2010).
- Concordia College ~ B.S. Business Administration (1990)
- Iona College ~ M.S. Education (1996)
- Damien was a four-year starter at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx.
- He attended Concordia College where he was a four time all conference pitcher including Rookie of the Year in 1999.
- In 2002, Damien was the NYCAC conference player of the year on his way to also being named first team All American.
- He holds the all time wins record at Concordia College with 40 which is sixth all time in division II history.
- Damien was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 27th round of the 2002 MLB draft. He played three years in various levels ranging from Rookie ball to High A compiling 160 innings with an ERA of 2.36.
- From 2005 to 2007 he pitched in the independent league circuit.
- He was the Assistant/Pitching coach at Concordia College for 2 seasons from 2007-2008.
- Damien also coached 3 seasons at Westhill High School in Stamford, CT serving as pitching coach.