2017 Firecracker Baseball Showcase Tournament
Another unique aspect of Firecracker Baseball Showcase Tournaments is the personal experience you get when traveling and competing in our tournaments. We hire dedicated and experienced baseball personnel to help coordinate, supervise and operate these top notch collegiate and high school facilities that we use to run our tournaments and showcases. Our baseball operational staff are highly qualifed, experienced and provide that first class experience for baseball coaches, players and families that are participating in our tournaments. Most of our staff come from all backgrounds of baseball including playing professionally, collegiately and the showcase circuit. We also have personnel that are baseball coaches in the high school, college and travel ball arena plus umpires that are high school and collegiately affliated as site supervisors.
Our site supervisors arrrive at the fields 45 minutes to 1 hour before the first game each day. They make sure each game gets started on time with both teams. They maintain the time limit clock, keep scores and handle any issues or protests at those sites. After each game, they manage the transition of teams on and off the field for the next tournament game while also reporting the game to the tournament director for the website, our online app and social media. They are your liasion for your time at our events, if you want to take batting practice or find a field to work out, they know the area. if you looking for entertainment or dinner options they are your liasion for the tournament. They are the backbone of what makes our events so special.
Tournament and Site Supervisor Coordinator: Dave Niro
Coach Niro is currently in his third season as an Assistant Coach at Dean College in Massachusetts. Dave brings with him over 30 years of baseball coaching experience to the Firecracker Baseball Showcase Tournament adminstrative staff. Coach Niro was inducted into the All-American Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002 and is a member of the 200 Victory Club of the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association. Coach Niro found continued success over his career, which included time at Shrewsbury HS (MA) before caching at Franklin HS (MA). In nine years at the helm of Franklin HS, he compiled a 125-65 record with four Hockomock League titles and eight MIAA Tournament appearances. He'll be most known for the 2011 season, when the Panthers backpedaled their way into the D1 South tournament at 12-8 with the No. 9 seed, only to capture the sectional title in dramatic fashion. The Panthers torched BC High in the semifinals, 17-6, then beat Xaverian in thrilling fashion, 6-5, via a walkoff home run for the South title. Coach Niro has also coached over 50 players that have gone on to play collegiately and several players who has signed professional contracts, such as Lou Merloni and Mike Remlinger. We are very excited to have Coach Niro back as a site supervisor and help out with our College Showcase Day at URI this year.
Bryant University: George Albuquerque
Coach Albuquerque played varsity baseball at Tolman High School (RI) from 1994 until 1997. Coach went on to attend Dean College where he received his associates degree in sports management. After graduating from Dean College, George went onto Rhode Island College where he received his bachelors of science in physical education. Coach Albquerque coached Varsity baseball at Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School (Marlboro, MA) for 5 years, starting the program from the grass roots which is located in the MIAA Division 3. Coach Albuquerque saw 6 of his players go onto play collegiate baseball under his tuteledge in the MIAA. Coach Albuerque coached the Pawtucket RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) program with some of the best high school players in Rhode Island those years from 2001-2004 with the likes of Michael Watkins (drafted by the Washington Nationals); Jeff Costa (former Rhode Island College great) and many other talented high school players from the city of Pawtucket. George now resides in Seekonk, MA and works as an school adminster for the City of Providence, continuing his work with the young student athletes in the state of Rhode Island. George has been the site suoervisor at Bryant Uniersity for the last 6 years and has an outstanding reputuaton for keeping the tournament games, umpires and all the teams coming back year after year. We are happy to have Coach Albuquerque back for his 7th season with the Firecracker Baseball Showcase Tournaments.
Rhode Island College: Gus Levesque
Gus has been with the Firecracker Baseball Showcase Tournaments since it's inception back in 2008 as the main assignor and head of umpires. Gus has been working with the Tournament Director, Mark Cooke for over 14 years doing umpiring and assinging baseball leagues, tournaments and even basketball games for the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club, Pawtucket RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) and American Legion. Now going into our 9th year of running tournaments and showcases, Gus now serves on the tournament committee as Head of Umpires/Rules and Regulations. Gus brings over 20+ years of umpiring Rhode Island High School games and is a baord certified Rhode Island Umpire's Association member. Gus has been assigning the Firecracker Baseball Showcase Tournaments since their inception in 2008 and has the great task of supervising, organizing and assingning over 40 umpires for 200+ games at 14 different sites this summer. He will be site supervising Pierce Field this summer while he manages the crew of umpires working this year's event.
University of Rhode Island Site Supervisor: Zack Scarberry
Brown University: Gregory Kay
Greg was a four year varsity pitcher for South Kingstown High School (RI), graduating in 2016. During his senior season, the southpaw posted a 6-0 regular season record and then posted a pair of playoff wins. The ace of the pitching staff at South Kingstown High School, Greg played a major role in the teams posting of the best Division 1 regular-season record and reaching the title round of the State Tournament in 2016. He finished his senior season with a 1.71 ERA in 58 innings. As a junior and a senior, he was named All-Division and was selected as RI Baseball Coaches Association All Star. Greg was named a Division 1 First Team All-State player as a senior. Greg received the Bob Cavanaugh Sportsmanship Award as a senior. Greg played Summer and Fall baseball for the RI Rebels, Ocean State Waves, and American Legion Post 39. Greg is currently a sophomore at Endicott College majoring in Sport Management and minoring in accounting. In addition, he is also working toward a certification in coaching.
Cumberland High School: Dave McCarthy
David McCarthy is the Varsity Asstistant Baseball Coach at Blacksonte Millville Regional HS in Massachusetts. Coach was previosuly at Dover Sherborne HS in 2015 after spending 5 years with Bishop Feehan HS. Coach ran the JV Program for 5 years, where he led the Junior Varsity program to double-digit wins in all five years. Coach McCarthy was the Varsity/JV's baseball program pitching coordinator and led the pitchers in drills, proper mechanics, throwing programs and game strategies. Coach previosuly coached at St. John’s HS in Shrewsbury (MA), where he was the Varsity Assistant Coach. He has coached various teams at Foxboro HS, Millis HS, Walpole HS and Franklin HS. Coach McCarthy does extensive private instructing, where some of his players have signed on with major college programs such as UCONN, Boston College, Siena and Marist. Dave McCarthy got into coaching after an extensive playing career that started at St. Mary's of Lynn then he moved onto Amherest College where he pitched for 4 years and was with the Cleveland Indians organization for a brief time.
Pierce Stadium/CCRI: Pete Olson
Coach Olson played for North Providence HS (RI) as a 4 year varsity starter and a 3-time first team all divisional player. He was a 2-time Rhode Island All Star player and a 2-time team MVP for the Varsity program at North Providence HS. Coach Olson was the team captain, divisional player of the year and also won the divisional MVP award by the RI HS Coaches Association his senior year. Coach Olson won the Senior Babe Ruth state championship in 2003 with the town of North Providence. Played Pawtucket RBI in 2004 and won the Northeast Regional Championship under Coach Cooke for the 18U priogram and went onto to compete at the RBI World Series in Detroit, Michigan, finishing 7th in the world. Pete went onto to play at Rhode Island College where he was a 4 year starter, 2-time Little East All conference player and on the 2005 Little East Conference Championship program.
After garduating from Rhode Island College, Coach Olson went into coaching initially for 5 years as the 13U Head Coach of the GBG's (Garciaparra Baseball Group) formally known as the RBI Hawks in Foxboro, MA. Pete spent 3 years as the assistant varsity coach at North Providence High school and 1 year as the JV Head Coach. Coach Olson moved onto Bishop Hendricken HS (Warwick, RI) where in his 1 year as JV Head Coach they won the state championship in 2015. Now in his first full year as Head Coach of the Wheeler School (Providence, RI) Varsity's program, they finished 16-3 overall and won the first Rhode Island Interscholastic Baseball State Championship in school history. Coach Olson during the winter/summer months instructs and leads the Providence Sports and Leadership program with their 16U program on and off the field with academic, athletic support as their Head Coach. We are excited to welcome Pete back into the Firecracker Baseball Tournaments and as a site supervisor at McCarthy Stadium.
Bishop Hendricken High School: Billy Young
Billy was a three year varsity starter for North Kingstown HS (RI). The southpaw posted a 10-2 record, even with missing his junior year to Tommy John Surgery. As a senior he was Division 1 All-Division player and was elected to the Rhode Island All-Star team. After his time at North Kingstown HS he moved on to play 2 years at Dean College (MA) posting a 6-4 record in the two years. As a starting pitcher his sophomore year he posted a 4-1 record with a 2.23 ERA, which was 23rd in the Nation for NJCAA which led him to be named First Team All Conference for Region IX.
Johnson and Wales University: Dave Hanson (Not an employee of Johnson & Wales University)
Coach Hanson is one of the most respected and decorated coaches in the state of Rhode Island while leading the Scituate HS (RI) baseball program. Coach Hanson played high school baseball at Johnston HS (RI) from 1986 until graduation in 1990. During his time at Johnston, Coach Hanson was a 4-time All League selection. Dave went on to play collegately at Community College of Rhode Island in 1991 and at Rhode island College from 1993-1995. Coach Hanson was named captain for his senior year in 1995, where he finished a stellar 3 year playing career for the Anchormen. Now Coach Hanson has been the head coach at Scituate HS (RI) for the past 4 years leading them to the playoffs in all 4 seasons while leading the Scituate Baseball Club during the summer months. Coach Hanson does extensive private instruction and camps speciailziing in hitting/pitching during the winter months to stay involved in the town and helping the youth of Scituate, RI.
Coach Hanson prevsiously coached from 2007 to 2010 at Seekonk HS (MA) where he had 3 succesful teams competitng and all time high in numbers of student athletes participating. Coach went on in 2011-2012 to Davis Vocational to buidl that program only in 2013 to take over D2 Scituate High School. Coach Hanson is entering his third year as a site supervisor for the Firecracker Baseball Showcase Tournaments and we are excited to have him back again leading the program and helping the tournament teams, families and coaches at Bishop Hendricken HS.
Cranston Stadium: Jeff LaRose
McCarthy Stadium: TBD
Brown University: Gregory Kay & Franklin Salcedo
Coach Salcedo played High School baseball at The Wheeler School (Providence, RI) from 2003-2007 where he won 3 Prep school titles out of his 4 years on Varsity baseball. Franklin played in the Pawtucket RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner City) program for 2 years in 2003 and 2004 and won the Northeast Regionals both years to go on to represent the region at the RBI World Series in Houston, Texas and Detroit, Michigan competitng against some of the top teams in the world from Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Santo Domingo. In 2003, his RBI program finished 3rd in the world winning the bronze medal game on the last day of competition. Following his high school career, Franklin continued to play at Rhode Island College for 3 more years before injuries set in. In 2011 his Rhode Island College team won the Little East Conference title. After his playing days were over, Coach Salcedo started coaching at Providence Sports & Leadership in the fall of 2013 and since then has been the head coach of the 14U & 18U travel teams. Recently Coach Salcedo was an assistant coach for two years at The Wheeler School before becoming an assistant coach and catching instructor at Dean College (Franklin, MA). Having Coach Salcedo back for another year as a site supervisor is a privledge and an honor as his former coach to see him give back to the community and the program where he was a part of at Rhode Island College.
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth: Skip McCarty
Coach McCarty joins the Firecracker Staff this year as a Site Supervisor at the UMASS-Dartmouth site. As a player, Skip was a 3 year starter at Duxbury High School, serving as Team Captain and earning an Atlantic Coast League All-Star spot in 1992, his Senior Year. As a coach, he brings over 20 years of coaching experience at various levels with him to the Firecracker, from Senior Babe Ruth, Legion, AAU, High School, and Collegiate Summer League. Skip has also served in a Directorial Role with Minutemen Baseball (2011-2012) and with RBI/GBG Hawks (2014-2016), and has worked various camps including the Dustin Pedroia Baseball Camp. In 2015, Skip was named Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Carver (MA) High School. Prior to Skip’s arrival, the Varsity Program had won 4 games combined in the 3 prior seasons. In the 3 seasons since Skip’s arrival, they have won 17 games, including winning 9 games in 2017, which was the most at Carver High School since 2009.
Bridgewater State University: Alex Richardson
Alex played baseball, basketball, football and track when attending high school at Bishop Feehan from 2012 - 2015. He was a member fo the 2012 Massachusetts D3 State Championship Football team which was played in Gillette Stadium. Alex was named a 3x EAC All-Conference All Start for baseball in 2013, 2014 & 2015. Alex went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic with the Boston Red Sox Luendos Suenos program and helped with youth camps and played in the Boston Red Sox Dominican Republic Academy. Alex is currently a member of the NE-10's D2 Assumption College baseball program, led by Coach Mike Rocco. In 2016, his freshmen year, he started 41 games as an outfielder while committing zero errors. Alex was given the honor of being named NE-10's Rookie of the Week for March 14-20, 2016.
Stonehill College: Evan Dean
Coach Dean graduated from North Attleboro High School (MA) in 2010 after playing 4 years of HS baseball and 3 years on Varsity, earning accolades from the Hockomock League baseball coaches and the local newspapers, including the Sun Chronicle All Stars as a pitcher and third baseman.Evan went on to play 2 years at Dean Jr. College (MA) and graduated in 2012. Evan transferred to Bridgewater State University in 2013 to continue his career path with a physcial eduational degree while substitute teaching in the public sector. Coach Dean started coaching for the North Attleboro Post 49 Junior Legion (MA) program in 2012 and has continued while moving up to the South Attleboro Post 312 (MA) Senior Legion program as a pitching coach. Coach Dean also coaches at North Attleboro High School, his alma mater the past 3 years and in 2015 started his first year at Dean College (MA) as a roving instructor and 1st base coach. We are excited add Coach Dean and his experiences as a teacher, coach and baseball player to work with our incoming coaches, players and families to make their experience 1st class.
East Bridgewater High School: Glenn Gonsalez
Salve Regina University: Eric Cirella/Ryan Kelly
Strong Field (Bridgewater, MA): Matt Mandes
Coach Matt Manders has been involved in youth baseball since 2000. Started his coaching career with South Shore Seadogs where he was also a full time instructor with SSBC. In 2009 Matt left for Team Connecicut Baseball where he became the 12u Director , where he also worked closely with Perfect Game USA's northeast division. Coach Manders was an assistant coach at Massasoit Community College from 2012-2013. In 2014 Matt took over Blue Hills Regional Technical School, he has qualified for the state tournament in his first 4 seasons, won 2 league titles, and won 2 league coach of the year awards. In the summer of 2016 he was the bench coach for the NECBL's Plymouth Pilgrims.
Assumption College: Kevin Quinlivan
Mickey Stevens Complex "Field A": Ryan Depatie
Ray Silva Field (McCarthy Stadium): Tommy Doran