Our coaching staff has both professional and college playing and coaching experience and knows what it takes to develop exceptional players

Matt Antonelli

Matt graduated from St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA where he was a three-sport athlete in football, hockey and baseball and was inducted into the St. John’s Prep Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. He earned the Massachusetts Gatorade High School Player of the Year honor in football his senior year. He also was a three time All-Scholastic selection in baseball and two time in hockey. He attended Wake Forest University where he started all 163 games the Demon Deacons played during his three years there. He set the school record with 128 career walks and finished with a .324 batting average, 18 home runs, 110 RBI and 46 stolen bases. He was the San Diego Padres 1st Round Pick, 17th overall, in 2006 and made his Major League Debut in 2008. He played eight professional seasons with the San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and Cleveland Indians. He was an assistant coach at Wake Forest University for the 2013-2014 season and was the Assistant Coach at Holy Cross for the 2014-2015 season. At Holy Cross, Matt was responsible with developing the hitters and fielders, as well as recruiting nationally. Matt has first-hand knowledge of the recruiting process, going through both as a player and as a college coach. He knows what college programs look for in high school student-athletes and has built connections with hundreds of College Recruiting Coordinators and College Head Coaches around the country.  Matt is known as one of the best young hitting and fielding coaches in New England. He currently also coaches varsity baseball at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA.


Jack Antonelli

Jack graduated from Peabody High School in Peabody, Massachusetts where he played baseball and soccer. He attended North Adams State and North Shore Community College where he pitched. (1979-1982) He has coached both baseball and football at Peabody High School (1990-1996) and St. John’s Prep (1999-2017). He has also coached The New England Lighting (16U), The Mass Magic (15U,16U), The Boston Jr. Rams (10U,12U,13U,14U,15U,16U), and The Academy (14U) AAU programs. Jack has spent the prior three seasons coaching the 15U and 17U Antonelli Baseball teams. Jack coached and developed his son, Matt Antonelli, from Little League through college, helping him receive a baseball scholarship to Wake Forest University and become a 1st round draft pick of the San Diego Padres. Jack has experienced the recruiting and MLB Draft process first-hand and knows how to develop players for the next level and navigate these complicated processes.


Joe Massa

Joe graduated from Malden Catholic in 1986 and was inducted into the MC Hall of Fame in 1998. He played baseball and football and was a Catholic Conference All-Star in both sports. He continued his baseball career at the University of Maine, Orono, playing 2B and graduated in 1990. Joe coached Little League Baseball in Everett for 11 years, winning multiple District 12  All-Star titles as well as winning the 11 year old All-Star State Championship in 2007. Joe has coached AAU and EBL baseball for the Boston Jr. Rams (12U, 14U) and SilverHawks (12U, 14U, 15U) baseball teams. Joe has spent the prior three seasons coaching the 14U, 15U, and 16U Antonelli Baseball teams.


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Roberto Valdez

Roberto brings a wealth of baseball knowledge gained as both a player and coach at the professional level. He was an outfielder in the Milwaukee Brewers and California Angels organizations and has twenty years of experience as a coach in the Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers organizations. During his professional coaching career, Roberto excelled as a scout, field coordinator, and manager. He has coached several very successful Major League players including David Ortiz, Jose Reyes, Nelson Cruz, Carlos Gomez, Damaso Marts, Ramon Santiago, Rafael Soriano, Melky Cabrera, and many others. He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association, National Baseball Coaches Association, and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Roberto is the head coach of the 14U Antonelli Baseball team.


Alex Markakis

Alex graduated from St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA where he played varsity baseball and served as team captain. During his time in high school he played in both the Bay State Games and Lynn Invitational, where he received top hitting awards in both events. After high school, he was a four year starter in both the infield and outfield during his college career at St. Joseph’s College in Maine, winning four GNAC conference championships, as well as four NCAA Regional appearances. He finished his senior year hitting a robust .331 with 18 RBI and 1 home run. During the summers of 2012 and 2013, he played for the North Shore Navigators of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) as well as the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL). Alex currently serves as an associate scout for the Baltimore Orioles and is the cousin of Atlanta Braves starting right fielder, Nick Markakis.



Ryan McDermott

Ryan currently serves as an assistant coach with the UMass Boston baseball program as the hitting and infield instructor and head coach of the 18U Antonelli Baseball team. As a player, McDermott was a four-year starting shortstop at UMass Dartmouth and was a .311 career hitter.  During his standout career, McDermott totaled 186 hits. Before joining the UMass Boston and Antonelli Baseball staff, Ryan enjoyed a very successful coaching career at both the Legion and AAU level.



Dave Allie

Coach Alley currently serves as the head coach of the 13U Antonelli Baseball team. As a player, Dave was a High School Pitcher and Captain for the Danvers High School baseball team. He continued his playing career as a pitcher for Westfield State University. He began his coaching career as an assistant for the Danvers Varsity Baseball team and won a State Championship in 2001. Dave has also coached many years at former Boston Red Sox infielder Mike Andrew’s baseball camp and Danvers High School Head Coach Roger Day’s baseball camp. He is also currently a hitting and pitching instructor at Extra Innings in Middleton.


Charlie Palma

Charlie comes to Antonelli Baseball after seven years of travel baseball coaching experience with Legends Baseball. This will be Charlie’s second season with Antonelli Baseball. He has coached both Antonelli Baseball 14U and 17U teams. His outstanding baseball knowledge and ability to relate and communicate with players makes him a tremendous coach at the high school and youth level. Charlie’s son Nick was a starting outfielder on the Peabody High School baseball team this past season as a Sophomore.


Bryan Menduke

Bryan currently serves as the pitching coach for the 17U Antonelli Baseball team and brings a wealth of knowledge as both a former player and coach. As a player, Menduke enjoyed a successful career as a left-handed pitcher for Bryant University, one of the top division 1 college baseball programs in the northeast. He also played in both the Hamptons and Futures Collegiate Baseball Leagues, where he was selected as a Futures League All-Star. Before joining Antonelli Baseball, Bryan served as head coach at the 13U and 14U AAU levels.


Zach Rice

Zach graduated from St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA where he enjoyed successful seasons playing varsity baseball. He also played travel baseball as a high school player on some of the top teams in Massachusetts. Zach went on to play baseball at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. This past season, Zach coached the Antonelli Baseball 14U team. Zach offers immense personal experience and knowledge to AB players, as he personally went through the recruiting process as a high school player and knows what it takes to play at the next level.


Board of Advisors 

Shawn Wooten

Shawn played fourteen professional seasons with the Anaheim Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, and Boston Red Sox as a catcher, first baseman, and third baseman. He won a World Series ring as a member of the 2002 World Series Champion Anaheim Angels. After his playing career ended, Shawn became a hitting coach with the San Diego Padres organization and is currently the manager of the Lake Elsinore Storm, the Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.


Wade LeBlanc

Wade received a baseball scholarship to the University of Alabama where he pitched from 2004 – 2006. In 2004 he earned Baseball America’s National Freshman of the Year. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the second round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. Wade made his Major League debut on September 3rd, 2008. He has currently played eight professional seasons and five seasons at the Major League level with the San Diego Padres,   Miami Marlins, and Houston Astros.


Mickey Wiswall

Mickey received a baseball scholarship to Boston College where he played third and first base from 2008 – 2010. During his three year career at BC, he left the school ranked second in career home runs (37), third in RBI (152) and hits (208) and eighth in runs (133). He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2010 Major League Draft by the Seattle Mariners. He is currently in his fourth professional season.