Matt Belford Matt Belford- Owner, Director, Coach Expertise … Pitching Biomechanics Experience Assistant Coach Piscataway HS 1994-1997 Assistant Coach Kean University 1997-2001 Head Coach Bloomfield College 2001-2008 Associate Head Coach Montclair State 2008-2010 Head Coach Elizabeth HS 2010- current HS/College Education … BA- Education- Kean University MA - Sports Administration Montclair State MA- Ed- Educational Leadership - Kean University Coaching philosophy … “Players can always get better if they put the work in” “You are either getting better or worse there is no in between” Mentors/Idols… Martin Luther King, John Wooden, Norm Schoenig, Coach K Interests/Hobbies unrelated to baseball … Photography, viewing athletic events Awards/Records/Fun Facts … 2006 CACC Collegiate Coach of The Year Took me two years of bartending and late nights to realize, I needed to go to college and get an education! About Me My favorite baseball team is the NY Mets and have 2 great kids Matt and Justin, and a way to beautiful a wife for me. I am one lucky dude!
Charlie Thielman Experience ... Piscataway HS Kean University Current Assistant Varsity Coach Franklin HS Pitching Coach - Springfield Sliders of Prospect League (Summer College League) Pitching Coach - Fond Du Lac Dockspiders of Northwoods League (Summer College League) 5 years at Full Count College Education … BS in Communication Expertise … Pitching Coaching philosophy … Compete Understand the How? And Why? Interests/Hobbies unrelated to baseball … Golf, Weight Lifting, Football, & Basketball Awards/Records/Fun Facts … 2012: Named to the NJCBA All-Rookie Team 2013: Named NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament Most Outstanding Player, ABCA/Rawlings Mid-Atlantic Region Second-Team, NJAC Second-Team, Tied the Kean single-season mark for wins in a season with 10 2015: Ranked second in the NJAC in innings pitched (84.0) About Me My favorite sport teams are the Mets, NY Giants, Spurs, & Devils. My ultimate goal is to become a Head Coach of a successful college baseball program.
Nick McConnell Nick McConnell … Coach, Instructor What is your Playing/Coaching/Instructional Experience ... Bishop Ahr HSNyack College1 year as Catching Coach at Post University 2 years at Full CountHS/College Education …BS in Criminal Justice MA in Homeland Security (Present) Expertise …Catching/Hitting/Mental Game Coaching philosophy …Make Baseball Fun Again Preparation+Anticipation=Domination Learn the WHY and HOW behind the WHAT Explosive strength and conditioning liftsRule #76, no excuses play like a champion Mentors/Idols…Jim Schlossnagle, Bobby Tewksbary, Josh Donaldson, and the Founding Fathers Interests/Hobbies unrelated to baseball …Reading, Writing,Weight lifting, Going to the movies, and other Sports and Recreational ActivitiesAwards/Records/Fun Facts …2015 Nyack College Team Captain2015 Nyack College P.R.I.D.E. (Pride.Responsibility.In.Daily.Effort) Award WinnerPlayed the inaugural fall Full Count Baseball ClubGraduated Cum Laude from Nyack College (3.5 GPA)
Stephen Zurawiecki Experience ... Roselle Catholic Head Coach Montclair Kimberley Academy Assistant Coach Full Count HS/College Education … West Essex High School B.A. History/ Education M.Ed.- Curriculum and Design Expertise … Pitching/Hitting/Fielding/ Mental preparedness Coaching philosophy … Baseball is a game, and should be fun to play. Be the best player you can be. Hard work + Determination = success Mentors/Idols… Dr. Tom House, Tony Gwynn, Jean Piaget and John Dewey. Interests/Hobbies unrelated to baseball … Reading, hiking, watching movies, bike riding, working out and relaxing with my wife. Awards/Records/Fun Facts … NJ Certified Teacher NCAA- Ramapo College Baseball About Me I am a certified teacher in New Jersey. I hold certifications in multiple subjects and have taught at every age level. I take me educational background onto the baseball field and work with athletes at their ability level. My goal for each of my players is to prepare them to be the best player they can be. I teach my players that through hard work and perseverance you can be great.
Tyler LaVine What is your Playing/Coaching/Instructional Experience ... • Mater Dei Prep HS • CQ Indians Program Head Coach • Director 5 Tool Baseball Camp • First Year at Full Count HS/College Education … • BS in Sport Management- St. Johns University Expertise … • Catching/Defense Coaching philosophy … • “...teach these young men how to play the game of baseball the right way, to be a positive impact on them as young men, and do all of this with class.” • Control what YOU can control • No matter what you are, strive to be the best at it • No excuse for lack of hustle; first one there, last one to leave • Tool #5, What’s between your ears Mentors/Idols… • Matt Galante, Mike Matheny, Tommy Weber, and my father Awards/Records/Fun Facts … • St. John’s Catholic Scholar, St. John’s Deans Scholar (3.8 GPA) About Me • An avid golfer, a Mets, Knicks, & Packers
Sean Johnson What is your Playing/Coaching/Instructional Experience Woodbridge High School: Class of 2008 Middlesex County College 1st year at Full Count HS/College Education BA in Elementary Education K-6/5-8 Concentration Area – Standard English Working towards a Certificate in Special Education Expertise … Pitching/ Corner Infield/ Mental Preparation Coaching philosophy … Fundamentals, Fundamentals, and more Fundamentals Always be prepared and focused Do everything with a purpose Did I mention FUNDAMENTALS! Mentors/Idols… Darin Nagy, Lou Urbano, and Michael Lepore Mrs. Coyle (3rd Grade Teacher), Derek Jeter, and Robert Frost Interests/Hobbies unrelated to baseball … Reading, Drawing, attending country concerts, and spending quality time with my wife and family. Awards/Records/Fun Facts … 2010 Middlesex Team Captain Graduated with a 4.0 in my Education Major Every March, I shave my head through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise awareness for childhood cancer About Me My favorite baseball team is the NY Yankees, but I love baseball in general. I have been to all baseball stadiums on the East Coast (except Toronto) and will start on the West Coast this summer. I have a passion for the game and my goal is to instill my passion in your son.
Jim Fontanilla What is your Playing/Coaching/Instructional Experience ... Emerson HS. (Union City) 6 years Asst. Softball Coach at Union City HS. 2 years Columbia University Baseball 1st. Season at Full Count Baseball HS/College Education … Saint Peter’s College: BA in Education New Jersey City University: MA: Special Education Expertise … Catching/Infield/Outfield Coaching philosophy … As a coach and educator, I am very adamant in making successful student athletes on and off the field. My approach to my high school athletes involve: first, setting priorities such as: education, respect, commitment, and good sportsmanship. Holding players accountable for their actions and building consistency is my main priority in building a successful program. A good coach must be able to cultivate a sense of urgency in his players. This sense of responsibility will develop a commitment to being effective in doing what is right on the field and helping the program achieve greatness. What I teach my players will not only help them on the field, but also in the classrooms and after high school throughout their lives. Mentors/Idols… Brett Boretti, Jimmy Walsh, Bobby Hurley, Derek Jeter, and past educators. Interests/Hobbies unrelated to baseball … Outside of baseball he enjoys many activities such as: running, crossfit, hiking, and any snow activities. He also enjoys relaxing catching up on television shows on Netflix and trying different cultural foods. Awards/Records/Fun Facts … Won Hudson County Softball Championship in 2011 Made 3 appearances to NJSIAA State Tournament. About Me Special Education Teacher for the Union City School District. When not on the baseball field coaching, he enjoys his time at the beach and traveling around the world learning and embracing many different cultures. During the winter months, he works as a basketball official traveling to various schools throughout the state officiating showcases and county/state tournaments.
Rob Arvanites Playing Experience: 4 Year Varsity Starter at Sayreville War Memorial HS 2 Year Starter at Middlesex County College 2 Year Starter at Washington Adventist University Coaching Experience: 1 year Catching Coach @ WAU 6 Years Assistant Varsity Coach @ SWMHS 5 Years @ Full Count HS/College Education … 2005 Sayreville War Memorial HS Graduate BS in Health and Physical Education Expertise … Catching and Hitting Coaching philosophy … Have fun - if you're not having fun, it’s not worth playing Always try to improve Respect the game - play it the right way and it will treat you right Mentors/Idols… Rich Gluchowski Johnny Bench Lenny Dykstra Thurman Munson Interests/Hobbies unrelated to baseball … Coaching High School Football Visiting Disney World Awards/Records/Fun Facts … 2008 USCAA National Champion 2009 USCAA National Champion Runner Up USCAA All-Tournament Team (2008 & 2009) Home News Tribunes Most Improved Player (2005)
Jared DeBrizzi What is your Playing/Coaching/Instructional Experience... St. Joseph (Metuchen) HS Wagner College Fairleigh Dickinson University 3 years at Headfirst MLB summer camp. 1 year at Full Count HS/College Education … BS in Elementary Education/American Literature MA in Elementary Education Expertise … Pitching/First base/Baseball IQ Coaching philosophy … See yourself completing an action before doing it. Confidence is everything in baseball. The basics and mechanics are the most important pieces because without a solid base, building becomes difficult. Baseball is a privilege so make the most of your time playing and enjoy every moment. Mentors/Idols… My father, Karl, Nolan Ryan, Vince Lombardi. Interests/Hobbies unrelated to baseball … Weight lifting, playing basketball, playing video games, hanging out with my friends, watching action or comedy movies Awards/Records/Fun Facts … - I have visited 8 major league stadiums and my goal is to visit all 30 of them in my lifetime. - I played for Full Count in the summer of 2010 after I graduated from high school and was moving into my freshmen year of college. - I finished both my BA and MA on Dean’s List at FDU with a GPA of 3.6 About Me My favorite baseball team is the New York Yankees. I am a huge basketball fan and LeBron James is my favorite player. I am a 6th grade teacher. In my spare time, I still go to the local fields and take BP with my friends.
Coach Turner BIO:You may have noticed another new face around Full Count but I am no stranger to the club. The fact of the matter is, I have been here since the very beginning. I began coaching alongside Owner Matt Belford in 2001 as an assistant coach at Bloomfield College. Furthermore, Coach Matt and I were teammates at Piscataway High School where together we won the Mid State Conference championship in 1988. While at Piscataway I was named to the All Greater Middlesex Conference teams in 1989 and 1990 in both Baseball and Basketball. I was named the PHS Male Athlete of the Year in 1990. My biggest honor also came in 1990, when I was selected as the State of New Jersey McDonald’s Award for Excellence in Athletics. In a ceremony held at PHS, then NJ State Governor Thomas H. Kean, delivered to me a beautiful Gold Medal which I was allowed to wear at my Graduation.
Ken Molnar Bio:
I grew up in Edison , NJ and graduated from JP Stevens High School in 1993 where I was a middle infielder . I then graduated from Kean College in 1997 with a degree in Physical Education / Health & Driver Education . I have been a physical education teacher in the Edison public school system since 1997. Since then , I have taught every grade level in elementary , middle , and high school physical education. Recently , I was named 2015/16 teacher of the year for my current school , James Madison Intermediate Elementary School.
Coached baseball at Edison School from 1999-2007 ( 9 seasons ) . 7 years as a freshman coach and 2 years as a varsity assistant . While at Edison , won a freshman county tournament championship , and made 3 other freshman tournament championship games. As part of the program , also assisted in 2 varsity GMC championships and a varsity state sectional Group IV championship.
My specialty is in middle infield play and I love to teach the overall basics of the game from the ground up, which I did in my years as a freshman coach . I was privileged to help develop several future Division 3 college players while at Edison High School. Also involved in baseball as a player , little league coach , high school summer coach, umpire , little league board member ,and summer tournament director. Joined Full Count baseball in the Fall of 2015 where I coached the 16 U team , winning 13 of 20 games and winning a wood bat tournament to end the season .
I have also coached winter track and field and middle school cross country and basketball .
My favorite baseball team is the NY Yankees and have loved traveling with my wife and friends to see almost 20 major and minor league baseball stadiums across the nation.
Bill G Experience ... Dover High School Keystone College (JUCO) 7th year Coaching Elizabeth HS 7th year Coaching Full Count HS/College Education … AA Keystone College BA Kean University (Physical Education/Health) MA Administration Education (Summer 2017) Expertise … Hitting/Outfield/Infield Coaching philosophy … I’m not here to coach your effort and attitude. Mentors/Idols… My Parents-Taught me meaning of hard work Chris Homer (Player at Keystone College) Mike Collins & Jamie Schevchik (Coaches at Keystone) Matt Belford-Took a chance and gave me an opportunity to be a part of something special. About Me… Love spending time with my wife and 3 children.
I appreciate the offer and I am really looking forward to becoming a part of the Full Count coaching staff. I played my high school baseball at Edison High School.
I received a partial scholarship to play at Wilmington University in Delaware so I went there and ended up redshirting my freshman year.
I transferred to Kean where I played my 4 years. I was a relief pitcher / closer my whole career. My freshman year I was named to the NJCBA All Rookie Team with a 3-1 record and a 1.75 ERA. Both my sophomore and junior seasons I was named to the NJCBA Division II/III All State Team First Team.
Overall I finished with a 9-4 record, 12 saves, 104.2 innings pitched, and a 2.06 ERA. Despite my senior season I feel like I had a pretty good career and I enjoyed every minute of playing the game that I love.
Thanks again for the opportunity.
Shane Alvarez Shane Alvarez- Coach/instructor Expertise … Outfield/ defensive instruction/ baserunning Coaching philosophy … It all starts from practicing fundamentals on a daily routine and being consistent with your approach. Mentors/Idols… Coach Vinny Esposito, Paul Esposito, Mike Butler, Neil Ioviero. Interests/Hobbies unrelated to baseball … Competitive Softball, Fishing, Golfing. About Me I am from Somerset County, NJ, Born and raised. I graduated from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen in 2010. I played baseball for four years there including three years on the varsity level. Winning a county championship, state sectional title, and the GMC’s. I was an All-State outfielder in High School my Senior year. I went on to play baseball at Kean University where I truly became a baseball minded person. I grew as an individual and really started to develop a feel for the game and the way it’s properly played. Learning from some of the best coaches in NJ, I have taken what they have taught me and i implement that into how I coach now. At Kean University, I was selected all-conference, All- State and Rawlings Mid-Atlantic Gold Glove Winner. We won conference titles, regional titles and made three World Series appearances. I know am presently the Varsity Assistant Coach at Colonia High School under head Coach Vincent Esposito. He coached me in High School and in College and it is a pleasure to now be coaching with him at Colonia High School. My sole purpose from coaching is to help each and every individual grow to become better men on and off the field and to help each child progress and develop into the best baseball player and most importantly, best person they will become. I take great pride in helping players grow and develop.
Jason Laub Jason Laub- Coach/instructor Expertise … Catching Coaching philosophy … Do or Do Not. There is no inbetween Mentors/Idols… My Father and Mother Interests/Hobbies unrelated to baseball … Kettlebell Lifting Fitness sci fi movies About Me I am a native of Middlesex, N.J. married and have 3 children. I graduated from Middlesex High School in 1993 where I played football, basketball, and baseball. I was an All-State athlete in football and baseball and the freshman catcher for Middlesex High School’s first state championship in 1990. In 1993 I was selected as The Courier News Player of the year. I went on to play college baseball at Rutgers and DeSales University and graduated in 1998 with a degree in sports management. My professional baseball experience included time with the Allentown Ambassadors, Nashua Pride and Somerset Patriots. One of my proudest moments in baseball was catching the inaugural game as a Patriot in the new Somerset Ball Park in June 1999. I worked in corporate fitness for Pro-Fitness Health South in New Jersey and Connecticut, where I became a certified fitness trainer with International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), Russian Kettlebell Instructor (RKC) through Dragon Door and Certified Underground Strength Coach. I later moved to Lady Lake Florida and graduated from the Florida Fire Academy and EMT schools. I worked as a Firefighter for The Villages Department of Public Safety for one year then was hired by one of the largest and most respected fire departments in the country, Orange County Fire Rescue in Orlando, Florida After 8 years of service I moved back to my home town of Middlesex to raise my family. I have a passion for coaching both baseball and fitness which drives me to keep learning and improving professionally. I believe this is a quality of a good professional as well as a mentor to young ballplayers.
Christopher Metz What is your Playing/Coaching/Instructional Played baseball for 18 years Been in love with the game since birth 4 year Varsity starter at various positions 1 year at division 2 Raritan Valley Community College as starting catcher Coaching Philosophy -listen to your players, know your role, always be prepared -everyone likes to have fun and after all, baseball is a game meant for everyone's enjoyment -Play as a team Coaching influences -baseball itself, you're always learning new ways to handle situations About me I'm a Red Sox fan at heart but can never get enough baseball, my love is for the game itself. I've traveled to 13 stadiums with my dad and want to continue on and see them all! I also am interested in different playing styles from other countries because you can learn to think outside of the box, if you're comfortable in baseball it means you're not challenging yourself hard enough.
Ralph All of my life I’ve had a great passion for the game of baseball. I always worked hard to move up in the ranks in little league and into High School. I realized early on that without the support of my parents and opportunities from coaches that believed in my potential, that getting to play in a higher level was going to be difficult. Needless to say, I didn’t continue as a young adult do mostly because of family circumstances. After establishing myself in the 9 to 5 work force, I made time to revisit my skill sets in the armature level. There I started to excel quickly and learned more about the game. Combined with Books, the internet and professional ball players in the game that I meet and befriended through my employment at HBO, I’ve obtained an immense amount of knowledge that helped me enhance my skills. During that time I’ve made several all star teams and won a few championships along the way. My teammates acknowledged my understanding for the game and asked if I would help their kids enhance their game, mainly because that they wouldn’t listed to their parents and responded better to me. So in my spear time I volunteered to help. As the word got out thought my community I started being offer paid jobs to train 10 U, 12 U & 14U kids in winter camps in preparation for travel teams and out of state tournaments. Since then, I’ve trained kids at the High School, College and even College softball levels and loved every minute of it. Now at this stage of my life with 2 grown daughters, I can devote more time to teaching baseball to those who allow me the honor to do so.