Rick Aldrich-Hitting & Fielding Instructor
Rick grew up in Salem New Hampshire where he played 3 years of Varsity Baseball at Salem High School and was named Captain in his Senior year. He went on to a fantastic college career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he played Varsity Baseball all four years, once again captaining the team as a senior While at RPI, Rick earned a number of accolades and awards including 2-time NY State All Region Team, All Upstate NY College Division, All NY State College Division, 2-Time NYSCBCA All State Team, All ECAC, Empire Athletic Association All Star, 2-Time NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team, and the RPI Baseball .400 Club (.407 full season batting average)
After college Rick continued playing baseball competitively when he joined the Lowell Braves in the Eastern Mass League where he played for 8 seasons. He also began instructing at several camps and clinics in Mass and New Hampshire, including the Stevie B Baseball Clinic and the Hit ‘N Run Baseball Clinic. Rick is currently the Program Hitting Coordinator for the New Hampshire Prospects Baseball Club
Juan Amador – Hitting & Fielding Instructor
Juan has been playing or coaching baseball for over 25 years. Playing primarily as a center fielder, Juan graduated from Pinkerton Academy in 2007. While at Pinkerton, Juan was named 1st Team All State in his Sophomore, Junior, Senior seasons. He was also named 2007 Pinkerton Academy Athlete of the Year & 2007 Varsity Magazine Athlete of the Year.Juan continued his baseball playing career at Siena College and Southern New Hampshire University. Juan has been coaching at many levels including 12U up though 16U. His coaching strengths are Hitting Instruction, Pitching Instruction, Defense & Conditioning.
Zach LeBarron-Pitching Instructor
A native of Bennington, Vt., LeBarron was a two-year member of the SNHU baseball program during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In 23 career appearances the lefthander went 5-3 with a 2.08 earned run average and recorded 83 strikeouts in 90.2 innings. As a senior LeBarron went 5-0 in 13 appearances (10 starts) as the Penmen advanced to the NCAA Division II World Series.
Following graduation, LeBarron signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and pitched for the Angels’ rookie league team in 2012. In 2013 he pitched for the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League. Zach will be available for Private and Semi-Private Lessons, as well as instruct at camps and clinics
Zach LeBarron joined the Penmen baseball staff prior to the 2014 season.
John Friday-Hitting & Fielding Instructor
John played college baseball at Franklin Pierce University for four years under renowned coach Jayson King. John was part of the team that was ranked #1 nationally in Division II baseball during his freshman and sophomore years. His Franklin Pierce University team went to the Division II College World Series in 2016 in Cary, NC. John was selected as third team All-NE10 after junior season in 2017. In 2018 he was selected as unanimous 2nd team All-Region and 1st Team NE-10. John was a career .340 hitter at Franklin Pierce University while playing primarily third base.
John is entering his second season as coach at Southern New Hampshire University under Head Coach Scott Loiseau
Steve Xirinachs – Pitching Instructor
Steve spent four seasons pitching for Division One University of Massachusetts – Lowell (UML). During his tenure at UML, Steve pitched 146 innings, while facing 686 batters and striking out 103 opponents. X only allowed 1 homerun per 115 batters!
Over Steve’s four-year collegiate baseball experience, he has had the opportunity to learn from some amazing pitching coaches, such as Dom Johnson who is well known for working closely with Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals. The pitching coach that taught him the most is Brendan Monaghan, who transformed him from a “thrower” to a pitcher! Steve’s last pitching coach, Sean McGrath from UML taught him to trust in his abilities. Steve has combined all three coaching styles and has applied them to his own technique which greatly assists him with his current coaching models.
A native of San Diego, California, Steve was a four-year varsity player at Del Norte High School where he graduated in 2013 and served as Captain of the team. Steve also played for the Baltimore Orioles Scout Team in 2012.
Steve is a 2017 graduate of University of Massachusetts – Lowell with a degree in business.
Steve will be available for individual and group pitching lessons and will also participate in the NH Prospects and The Sports Mill Grizzlies baseball pitching programs.
Chris Shanahan-Hitting & Catching Instructor
Coach Shanahan has extensive experience coaching at all different levels of competition up to being head coach at Northern Essex Community College where he brought the Knights to the Junior College World Series in Texas. In his last season as head coach of the Knights the team finished with an overall record of 30-9 and finished 3rd at the Junior College World Series, while also being ranked nationally in each poll and ranking as high as #3 in the country.
In his 3 years as head coach the NECC program won 2 conference championships and 1 regional championship and also had 3 First Team All-Americans. Most importantly more than 30 of Shanahan’s players moved on to 4 year programs, most with scholarships, including 8 moving on to Division 1 programs.
Coach Shanahan is back at NECC as an assistant coach and also has experience as an assistant coach at Daniel Webster College and Rivier University
Shanahan, a native of Tyngsboro, MA is a 2006 graduate of Daniel Webster College, earning his bachelor’s in Sport Management. At DWC, he was a four year letter winner, three time all conference player and holds numerous offensive records. During his senior year, Shanahan was names 1st All-GNAC catcher, GNAC Player of the Year and ABCA New Englan All-American Catcher.
Shanahan left DWC with a career batting average of .419, holding the school record. In 2006, he also won a NCAA National batting title, hitting .524 for the season, breaking DWC record for hits. He finished his college career playing at the NEIBA College All-Star game at Fenway Park.
Coach Shanahan resides in Nashua with his wife Stacey and son Hunter (3)
Pete Bissonnette-Hitting Instructor
Coach Bissonnette has been coaching baseball for over 20 years at all levels.Currently, is an asst. coach at Manchester West Varsity baseball where previously coached Varsity and JV baseball for 6 years in the past and has returned to assist in building that program. In previous coaching experience he was the JV and Freshman head coach for Merrimack high. Was the Head coach of Jutras Post 43 Jr Legion and built that program from scratch with John Dunham, Head Coach of Jutras Post 43 sr legion. Coached in the Manchester Babe Ruth League having coached with the team that played in the 2013 World Series in Moses Lake, WA, and also coached the Babe Ruth State Champions in 2014, losing in the Regional final. Coached and served on board of directors as Umpire in Chief at Manchester South L.L. for 7 yrs. Peter strives to build each players confidence and skill, preparing them for next the next level. He feels underlining the word “student” in student-athlete is as important as improving baseball skills. Coach Bissonnette’s strength is hitting instruction.
Lenny Pappas-Hitting & Pitching Instructor
Lenny has coached baseball for 27 years at all levels from 10U to Legion, most recently as Head Coach and Pitching Coordinator for the NH Bobcats. Has led teams to Championships in every level, including League championship at East Little League in 2009, Manchester Babe Ruth League titles in. 2006, 2010, and 2011; NH Babe Ruth District titles in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012; NH Babe Ruth State Titles in 2007, 2009, 2011; NH American Legion District A title 2010; 2016 CT SportsPlex 17u Title, 2017 Elite Baseball league 18U Title, 2018 Lowell Spinners Springshot title and 2018 Elite Baseball League 10U title.
Steve Kraytenberg – Softball Instructor
Steve Kraytenberg has coached baseball and softball for over 30 years, spending the last twenty years coaching girls’ fast-pitch softball. He is currently a college coach, travel ball coach and private hitting instructor.
At the college level, Steve coaches at New England College and is in his fourth year as an assistant. He is the hitting coach, infield coach and the pitching and catching coordinator.
Steve also works with New England Storm, one of the larger travel ball organizations in New England. There he is the 18U coordinator and hitting instructor. He also educates the players and families on how to get recruited to play in college. Over the last 10 years, he has helped well over 100 girls to get in to college to play softball.
During the last twenty years of coaching, Steve has served on the Board of Directors for various softball organizations in the region. He is the former Vice-President of Softball for the Londonderry Athletic and Field Association and a former District Commissioner for Babe Ruth Softball.
Steve is married and lives in Londonderry, NH. He has three daughters of which two of them played softball in college, one at Middlebury College and the other at Clark University. He also has a daughter who coaches Softball at Brandeis University.