Our Team

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Russ Cohen- Director/Owner

  • College:

    • Rockland Community College 1991-1993 Baseball Scholarship

    • Captain, Regional All Tournament 1993. 1993 team finished 5th in the country. Team is now in the Rockland Hall of Fame

    • University of New Haven 1993-1995, Full Baseball Scholarship

    Coaching:

    • Coach to all GRIT teams 2017-present

    • Head Coach Sandlot Baseball 9U-12U 2014-2017

    • Assistant Coach 12U-14U Westchester Nationals 2013-2014

     

    Instruction:

          -Head Coach of GC Catching Academy 2016- present

    -Head  catching/hitting instructor throughout Rockland, Westchester and New Jersey.

    • Head Coach at Sandlot, Get Coached, Grit camps & clinics, 2012-present

    • Instructional Partner to Knights Baseball/Nanuet Little League (Nanuet, NY) 2013-present

    • Instructional Partner to Briarcliff Bears Little League(Briarcliff, NY) -2013-present

    • Instructional Partner to Ossining Little League(Ossining, NY) 2017-present

    • Instructional Partner to Old Tappan Little League(Old Tappan, NJ) 2017-present

    • Instructional Partner to New City Generals Baseball 2014-2018

    • Instructional Partner to Northern Valley Knights 2016-2017



    Ownership

    • GET COACHED Consulting LLC 2013- Present

    • GC GRIT BASEBALL- 2017-Present

    • Bear Down Baseball Club 2017-present

    • GC Baseball Club 2018-present

    • Sandlot Baseball 2013-2017

 
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Joe Curreri

6 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL EXPERIENCE:

  • Bristol Whitesox of the Appalachian League 1999, 2002-2003

  • Arizona League Whitesox of the Arizona League 2002

  • Winston Salem Warthogs of the Carolina league 2001-2002

  • Charlotte Knights of International League 2001

  • Burlington Bees of the Midwest League 2000-2001

  • Drafted in the 23rd round by the Chicago Whitesox 1999

COLLEGE:

  • Long Island University 1995-1999, Full Scholarship

COACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Head Coach for the Grit Black- Nationally Ranked Showcase Team- 2018-Present

  • Head Coach for the Sandlot 10U team- 2015

  • Head Coach for the Westchester Nationals Showcase Team 2014

  • Head Coach of the 16U Croton Bombers- 2016- present

  • Pitching Coach for the 12U Cooperstown NATC champion New Jersey Hurricanes of Northern Valley 2103-Present

  • Pitching Coach for the 12U Cooperstown NATC champion New Jersey Hurricanes of Northern Valley

  • Head Coach for Westchester Nationals 16U Showcase Team 2012-2013

  • Head Coach for Westchester Nationals 15U Fall and Spring New York Elite Championship teams 2011-2012

  • Pitching Coach for St. Thomas Aquinas College 2006-2011

  • Coach for Diesel Baseball Showcase Team 2008-2010

  • Pitching Coach for Dominican College 2004-2006

  • Head Coach for the Rockland Brewers 20U College Select team 2005

INSTRUCTION:

  • Active Private Pitching/Hitting Instructor throughout Rockland, Westchester and Bergen Counties

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Brian (Smitty) Smith

PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL:

  • Member of the Irish National Baseball Team 2010-Present

  • Advisor to the 18U Irish National Baseball Team

COLLEGE:

  • Concordia College 2004-2006, Full Scholarship

  • Dominican College 2007, Full Scholarship

COACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • GC Grit Hitting Instructor 2018-Present

  • Head Coach of the Gameon Fury 2015-2016

  • Head Coach of the Don Bosco High School Junior Varsity Baseball Team 2013-2015

  • Head Coach of the Westchester Nationals 13U Travel Team 2014

  • Head Coach of the Westchester Nationals 12U Travel Team 2014-Present

  • Head Coach for Rockland Astros Summer Collegiate Team 2012

  • Hitting Coach for St. Thomas Aquinas College 2010-2011

  • Head Coach for Rockland Astros 16U Summer Travel Team 2011-012

  • Assistant Coach for Albertus Magnus High School Varsity Baseball Team 2009-2012

  • Head coach for OTB Pirates Junior Summer Team 2008-009

  • Head coach for Albertus Magnus HS Freshman Baseball Team 2008-2009

INSTRUCTION:

  • Active Private Hitting/Fielding Instructor throughout Rockland and Westchester Counties

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Blake Crouch

COLLEGE:

  • LIU University 2008-2009, Scholarship

  • William Patterson 2010-2011, Starter, Full Scholarship

COACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Head Coach Grit Orange 14U 2018-Present

  • Head Coach- Generals Blue 13U 2018

  • Head Coach- Nanuet Knights 12U 2018

  • Head Coach of the 12U Generals White 2016

  • Head Coach of the Northern Valley Knights 2014-2016

  • Assistant Head Coach of Borgata HS 2013-2014

INSTRUCTION:

  • Active Private Hitting/Fielding Instructor throughout Rockland and Westchester Counties-

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Danny Gonzalez

COLLEGE:

  • Rockland Community College Fall 2005-Spring 2007

  • Manhattanville College Fall 2007-Spring 2009

COACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Head Coach Grit Silver 14U 2018-Present

  • Head Coach Nanuet Knights 13U Travel Team 2018

  • Head Coach of the Seward Park Campus HS Varsity Baseball Team 2013- Present

  • Assistant Coach Seward Park Campus HS Varsity Team 2010-2013

  • Head Coach of the Nanuet Travel Knights 12U Travel Team 2016

  • Head Coach of the Northern Valley Knights 13U Travel Team 2016

INSTRUCTION:

  • Active Private Hitting/Fielding Instructor throughout Rockland and Westchester Counties

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Manny Fernandes

COLLEGE:

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University 2005-2006

COACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Head Coach Grit Orange 14U 2018-Present

  • Assistant Coach - BC Cyclones 2015 - 2016

  • Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach - Lodi Rattlers 2013 - 2016

  • Lodi Rattlers - 13U NEBUS Fall League Champions - 2016

  • Lodi Rattlers - 12U NEBUS Summer League Champions - Undefeated Season - 2015

  • Head Coach - Lodi Little League 11 & 12 Year Old All Stars - 2016 - 2017

  • Assistant Coach - Lodi Little League - 2013 - Present

INSTRUCTION:

  • Active Private Hitting/Fielding/Pitching Instructor Throughout Bergen County

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Matt Vickers

COLLEGE:

  • Drew University 2003-2007

  • 2nd Team All-NJCBA 2006-2007 

COACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Head Coach Grit Silver 2016-2018

  • Sandlot Silver 12U 

  • Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach Wayne Hills High School 2017-present

  • Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach Pearl River High School: 2013-2017

  • Head Coach New City Generals 12U White 2015

  • Head Coach Montville HS American Legion: 2011-2012

  • Asssitant Varsity Head Coach Pearl River 2013-2016

  • Assistant Varsity Head Coach Caldwell High School

  • Assistant Coach City College of NY: 2008-2009

  • Assistant Coach Cedar Grove HS American Legion: 2008

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Rookie Demarrais

COLLEGE:

  • Hamilton College 2011-2015
    Varsity Baseball and Football

COACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Head Coach Grit 13U Rockland 2018-Present

  • Generals 10U -2017-18

  • Assistant Coach for various Extra Inning Stone Crab teams 2017

  • Head Coach of various Oradell Travel Baseball teams 2012-2016
     

INSTRUCTION:

  • Head instructor for NJ Giants Hitting Clinic 2015-16

  • Head instructor for NJ Cardinals Hitting Clinic 2016-17

  • Head Instructor for the Extra Inning Stone Crabs Hitting Clinic 2016-17

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Garret Demarrais

COLLEGE:

  • Current Stockton Baseball 3rd Baseman

COACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Assistant coach Grit 13U Rockland 2018

  • NJ Cardinals Hitting Clinic Instructor 2016-2018

  • NJ StoneCrab assistant coach and camp coach 2017

  • RiverDell High School Summer Baseball Camp Coach 2016- 2018

  • Oradell Travel baseball (12u) assistant coach 2015-2016

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Mike Leslie

COLLEGE:

  • University of Buffalo 2001-2004, Scholarship

  • Team Leader in Strikeouts per 9 Innings 2001

  • Invitee to Expos, Blue Jays, Phillies and Pirates Talent Scout Camps 2001

  • Top Rotation Starter 2002
     

COACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Head Coach of the 13U Generals White 2017

  • Head Coach of the 12U Generals Gray 2018

  • Assistant Head Coach New City Generals 15U Baseball Team 2015

  • Assistant Coach OTB/Rockland Pirates Legion Baseball Team 2011

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Mickey Stec

College:

Bergen Community College 2013-2014

Neumann University 2015-2016

Coaching:

Varsity Pitching Coach, Dwight Englewood High School 2019-Present

Head Coach, PBI Eagles 18U 2018

Head Coach, Englewood 12U

Head Coach, Englewood Maroon Raiders 16U

Instruction:

Professional Baseball Instruction 2016-2018

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David  Fazulak

COLLEGE:

  • Brandeis University 1995-1999

  • Dominican College- Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy 2021-2015

    • Co-author of “The Immediate Effects of Two Different Stretching Interventions on Passive Shoulder Internal Rotation in Collegiate Baseball Players- 2015

    • CURRENT Physical Therapist at Jeffrey Sanoian, PT PC

COACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Head Coach Grit 9U 2018-present

  • Head Coach Armonk Bobcat Travel Teams 2015-2018

  • Head Coach Nanuet Knights 10U 2016

 

INSTRUCTION:

  • Head instructor Arm Care/Injury Prevention Program 2017-present

  • Active Private Instructor throughout Rockland, Westchester and Bergen Counties

  • Active Certified Trainer throughout Rockland and Westchester Counties

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Chris Flood

 COLLEGE:

  • Suny Cortland 2014-2018

 

COACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Assistant  Coach Grit Silver 14U 2018-present

  • Head Coach Old Tappan Travel Teams 2018- present

 

INSTRUCTION:

  • Head instructor GC Baseball Camps 2018-present

  • Head instructor Pearl River Pirates Baseball Camps 2006-present

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Jaime Lorenzo - Softball Instructor

COACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Concordia College Head Coach of the softball program in 2017-Current

  • Concordia College Assistant coach in the 2012-2016

COLLEGE:

  • Played at Concordia College- 2008-11.

  • Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC)

  • All-Tournament Team selections in 2010 and 2011 while being named to the All-CACC Second Team in 2010.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Education from Concordia in 2011

  • Master of Science in Special Education from Concordia in 2014.