COACHING STAFF / INSTRUCTORS

*Individual or group instruction is available through Rivals. Visit our contact page to request more information.

Co-Owner

Lead Hitting

Instructor

Phone:

781.696.3313

Dana D'Agostino

 

Dana is co-owner of Rivals and is the lead hitting instructor at Rivals Training Facility. From Wakefield, Dana played his college ball at UMass-Lowell where he was twice named the University’s Top Male Athlete. A three time All New England selection, Dana graduated as the career leader in HR’s, RBI’s and Total Bases. He moved on to play for the Modena Baseball Club of the Italian Professional League finishing among the league leaders in HR’s, RBI’s, 2B’s and SB’s. He was selected to play for the Italian National team and earned 2nd team all-tournament honors for the 2003 University Games in Messina, Sicily. Having coached both high school varsity baseball and Elite/AAU baseball, Dana is recognized as one of the area’s top hitting instructors.

 

Co-Owner

Lead Pitching/Catching Instructor

Phone:

617.981.3091

Joe Marchesi

 

Joe is co-owner of Rivals and is the lead pitching/catching instructor at Rivals Training Facility. Joe has been coaching Elite/AAU baseball since 2005. Over this time period, his teams have captured numerous state and regional titles including an AAU National Championship in 2005 with Lightning Baseball of New England. During his 6 year tenure as Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Everett High School (2009-2012) and Masconomet Regional High School (2007-2008) his programs compiled 96 wins, including a Divisìon 2 North Championship (2008), a Division 2 North Final appearance (2007), 5 league titles (Cape Ann 2007-2008, GBL 2010-2012), and 6 straight state tournament appearances. Joe is a graduate of Bentley University where he was a 4 year starting pitcher/infielder for the Falcons and named team captain (2004).

Baseball

Instructor

 

Shawn Secondini

 

Shawn Secondini is a pitching/hitting/catching instructor for Rivals Training Facility. From Stoneham, Shawn graduated from Stoneham High School and Anna Maria College in 2013 with a degree in education. Some of Shawn’s achievements include a Middlesex League All Star in High School and a career .400 batting average. During his collegiate years, Shawn helped the Anna Maria baseball program break the single season wins record and capture a 2010 ECAC Championship. After completing his undergraduate degree, he continued his studies in Special Education at Anna Maria College and graduated in 2015 with a M.Ed. while serving as the school's hitting coach. Coach Secondini is currently a Special Education Teacher at SEEM Collaborative in Stoneham and his coaching background includes a multiple years as Malden Catholic's JV coach and head coaching duties withinthe Rivals Baseball program since 2018. In 2019, Shawn was named Danvers High School varsity coach.  

Baseball

Instructor

 

Kevin Gately

 

Coach Gately is a hitting/fielding/pitching instructor at Rivals Training Facility.  Kevin has coached at all levels of baseball. He has coached at the collegiate level for 12 years at Northeastern University, Holy Cross, and UMass-Lowell. He was also involved with Lightning Baseball of New England and the Seacoast Thunder Baseball program. Kevin is a graduate of Northeastern University and was the starting shortstop for NU from 1991-1994. During those years, the Huskies set the record of most wins by the program twice, 35 in 1991 and 35 in 1994. Gately captained the 1994 team that won the America East Conference, earning a bid to the program's first NCAA regional tournament since the 1960's.

Bobby Hastry

 

Coach Hastry is a pitching/hitting/fielding instructor at Rivals Training Facility.  Bobby attended Maynard High school where he was a 3 time All-League selection. He was a 3 time Central-Mass All-Star selection, posting a 21-2 high school pitching record. Playing on scholarship at Division 1 Marist College, Bobby appeared as a late inning reliever and as a weekend starter. Marist College captured the MAAC conference title in 2005 and went on to face LSU in the College World Series tournament. After graduation, Coach Hastry was signed by the Kansas City Royals organization. In one season (Single A-Burlington, NC) he posted a 3.41 e.r.a. as a reliever. Bobby's coaching career began at Belmont High School as the varsity pitching coach for 5 seasons and he currently works at Woburn High School as a special education teacher. Coach Hastry has been a head coach within the Rivals Baseball program since 2018.

Baseball

Instructor

 

Michael Barbati

 

From Melrose, Mike attended Malden Catholic where he played football, hockey, and baseball.  He started all four years for the Lancer baseball team and was a Catholic Conference All-Star, leading the league in hitting in 2007.  He also holds the program record for most career starts with 86. Mike played college ball at Endicott College where he was a two year starter at second base while earning his degree in sports management.  He played summer baseball in the Inter-City League with the Andre Chiefs from 2008-2018, leading the league in hitting in 2014 and finishing his career among the club's leaders in hits and RBI.  Mike has served as the Malden Catholic JV coach, Saugus High School varsity assistant, and is currently the varsity assistant for Malden High School.

Baseball

Instructor

 

Baseball

Instructor

 

Jarrod Marchesi

 

Jarrod is a pitching & hitting instructor with Rivals Training Facility and will be entering his 3rd year with Rivals Baseball (NEEBL Baseball Program). A graduate of Everett High School and a 2 time Greater Boston League All-Star, his playing career continued at Bentley University. Earning Second Team NE-10 Honors in 2008, Jarrod was also named captain for the Falcons (2009) and graduated among the Top 5 Career Leaders in: Wins, Appearances, Innings Pitched, ERA, Saves, and Winning Percentage. A 10 year veteran of the Intercity League, Jarrod remains among the league leaders in numerous statistics.

Baseball

Instructor

 

Nick Vennochi

 

Nick Vennochi is a pitching/hitting/catching instructor for Rivals Training Facility. From Melrose, Nick graduated from St. John's Prep in Danvers, MA and Emerson College in 2011 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. After Emerson, he studied Athletic Administration at Endicott College and graduated in 2014 with a M.Ed. Since graduating, Coach Vennochi has worked at UMass Boston, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Wesleyan University in their Sports Information Departments. Nick is an experienced instructor who formerly worked at Extra Innings in Middleton/Woburn and currently manages the Malden Maddogs baseball club in the Yawkey Baseball League.  Nick currently serves as Head Baseball Coach at Emerson College in Boston, MA.

Softball

Pitching & Hitting

Instructor

Email:

lkwalter9@gmail.com

 

 

Laura Walter

 

From Duxbury, Laura started playing tournament softball at the age of 12 for the Mass Drifters before moving on to the Bay State Thunder. At this time Laura began taking pitching lessons and within a year was running softball clinics for Duxbury Youth Softball. A four year varsity player, Laura graduated from Duxbury HS a two time Patriot League All-Star, team MVP and Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic in 2010. A captain her senior year (2010), Laura pitched every inning of her team's 20 games finishing with an amazing 221 strikeouts and only 4 walks, while also going 39 consecutive innings without giving up a single run. A graduate from Roger Williams University, Laura is available for softball pitching and hitting lessons at Rivals Training Facility.

Softball

Pitching & Hitting

Instructor

Jacqui Greene Walbourne

 

Jacqui Greene Walbourne, from Woburn, MA, joins the Rivals Coaching Staff with years of experience both instructing and coaching softball. She has helped many young players with their hitting, pitching and fielding techniques. She started her softball career at a young age on the junior Olympic Tanner Pride Softball Team. She was the starting first baseman at Woburn High School and 2001 Middlesex League all star. She went on to becoming the starting first baseman and backup pitcher at Assumption College. She eventually became an assistant coach on the Junior Olympic Tanner Pride Travel Team for 6 years. She is available for private lessons or team lessons for hitting, pitching or fielding.

Softball

Pitching & Hitting

Instructor

Melissa O'Donnell

 

Melissa O’Donnell is a softball instructor for Rivals Training Facility.  From Everett, MA, Coach O'Donnell enters her 4th season as Weston High school Varsity Softball assistant coach. Melissa played for the Mass Comets and the Mass Hotshots, appearing in the softball World Series twice once in North Carolina and once in Ohio. She played high school softball for Everett High School where they won 4 GBL titles as she earned GBL All-star honors.  Her collegiate years were spent at Regis College playing first base and pitching where she captured many school records. Melissa also competed with the USA Junior Olympic team in Italy, obtaining the tournament's MVP award.  Coach O'Donnell is available for softball hitting, pitching, and fielding lessons.

Softball

Pitching

Instructor

Gennifer Durham
 
Gennifer Durham is a softball pitching instructor at Rivals Training Facility. Gennifer is a graduate from Holy Cross where she was a four year starting pitcher. During her career at Division I Holy Cross, she left the school ranking third all-time in career starts, third all-time in career strikeouts, fourth all-time in complete games, fifth all-time in career ERA, and sixth all-time in career wins. Her Senior season left her ranked third all time in season starts. She was ranked fourth in the Patriot League in strikeouts in 2014. Gennifer also recorded the first seven-inning perfect game in Holy Cross history in 2013. In 2015 she ranked first in the Patriot League and third in the nation in walks allowed per seven innings. Gennifer was named to the 2016 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Gennifer is from Abbeville, SC and played for the Georgia Knockouts Gold travel softball team based out of Atlanta, GA. 

CONTACT

RIVALS

FOLLOW 

RIVALS

 

  • Wix Facebook page
  • Wix Twitter page