Brandon Mann, Director/Founder
Coach Mann captained the 2002 Clarkstown North Rams to the only baseball state championship in Clarkstown’s history. As a result, he garnered 2002 New York State Player/Athlete of the year. Coach Brandon competed against the likes of MLB All-Stars Ryan Braun and Glen Perkins while at Florida Atlantic University before ending his college career at Lynn University in Boca Raton. While at Lynn University, Coach Brandon helped lead the Fighting Knights to their first ever regional appearance while leading the nation in double plays turned with 69. Coach Mann has 8 years of college coaching experience split between Iona College and Manhattanville College. In his first year coaching at MVILE, Coach Mann helped the Valiants lead the nation in stolen bases with 141 in 40 games. Coach Mann spent 2015-2018 helping rebuild the Clarkstown South baseball program with Coach Amendola before helping lead them to their first ever Section 1 title in 2018 (only the second one in Clarkstown history besides 2002). In the fall of 2019, Coach Mann returned to the college ranks after being anointed the Assistant Head Coach at Manhattanville College. He is co-owner of Pitch by Pitch Sports Camps in Congers, NY. He resides in New City with his wife Rachel, daughter Makenzie, and son Dylan.
John Bagatta, Coach/Founder
John Bagatta received his degree in Business Management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. He currently plays for the Palm Beach Waves of the National Amateur Baseball League (NABA), a highly competitive and nationally acclaimed wood bat league made up of former Major League, Minor League, Independent, and collegiate ballplayers, earning the prestigious MVP award during the 2005 NABA Championship game. With Coach Mann, Bagatta helped lead the American Legion Rockland Pirates to back-to-back state titles, a regional title, and a berth into the 2002 World Series in Danville, VA. Bagatta along with Mann, co-captained the 2002 Clarkstown North team to a state championship, and has been directing youth sports camps in the Rockland and Westchester areas for over 5 years. Presently, John resides in Florida where he works alongside top youth baseball coaches providing baseball training, running clinics, and giving one-on-one lessons.
Greg Chertok, /Coach/Founder
Greg Chertok is currently a Sport Psychology Counselor and Fitness Trainer at The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center (PMR) in Englewood, NJ. He received his B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and M.Ed. in Counseling specializing in Sport & Exercise Psychology at Boston University in 2007. While at Tufts, he captained the 2006 Baseball team and, as the three-year starting shortstop, led the team to its 14th consecutive winning season and the conference championship. He finished his career as an ESPN The Magazine Academic Regional All-American and a New England College All-Star, playing his final game at Fenway Park for the All-Star team. At PMR, Greg has created the EXACT Sports and Just for KIX programs, which act as joint physical and mental conditioning programs for students to enhance athletic performance and develop healthy lifestyles. Greg has written numerous articles in various athletic newsletters on sport psychology topics, and has co-authored a book geared toward youth baseball coaches entitled The Baseball Starter: A Handbook for Coaching Children and Teens. He resides in Bardonia, NY.