Senior Hitting Instructor, Catching Instructor, Pitching Instructor | Professional Scout Cincinnati RedsCurrently a professional scout for the Cincinnati Reds, Jim Sheppard brings both playing and coaching experience to In The Zone Baseball & Softball Academy. He played college baseball at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he was a four-year starter behind the plate. He graduated in 2009 and is currently working on his Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Jim has played with the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am league and also an assistant coach on the Randolph High School Varsity Team that won the Group 4 State Championship.
General Manager, Private Instructor, Travel Team Coach
Taylor brings years of valuable playing and coaching experience to In The Zone Baseball & Softball Academy. As a four-year starting catcher and DH for Dowling College from 2008-2012, he was a key contributor on both offense (led all offensive categories in 2008) and defense. He was named team captain in 2012. Taylor was also the starting catcher at Northern Highlands Regional High School for three years, earning multiple 1st-team all-league selections while serving as captain.
Since his scholastic playing days, he has continued to share his love of baseball with aspiring athletes. Taylor coached youth baseball for three years in addition to instructing at prominent New Jersey baseball academies.
Marketing Manager, Travel Team Coach, Private Instructor, Group Training
Joe Hofmann recently concluded a three-year career as a pitcher for FDU-Florham, where he was a team captain as a senior. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration. Joe overcame Tommy John elbow surgery as a senior in high school and worked his way back onto the mound. Through hard work and dedication, he saw his fastball velocity increase 15 MPH in two years. Joe enjoys sharing his knowledge with athletes seeking to work to get to the next level.
While at FDU, Joe:
- Was third in the Middle Atlantic Conference-Freedom Division in strikeouts as a senior with 62 in 46.1 innings.
- Finished fourth in the entire 16-team MAC in strikeouts.
- Was 10th in the country in Division 3 in strikeouts per nine innings (11.60 strikeouts per nine innings).
- Finished seventh in FDU school history in strikeouts in one season.
- In his three-year career, Hofmann fanned 126 batters in 103.2 innings.
Director of Baseball Operations, Showcase Team Coach, Group Training
André Narvaéz, serves as the Director of Baseball Operations and head coach for the 18U teams.
A 2004 NJIT graduate, Narvaez spent seven seasons as the Highlanders first base coach and also assistant coach and trainer with pitchers and outfielders. Narvaez coached during NJIT’s transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I.
In 2006, the Highlanders capped the school’s Division II era, including the 2006 ECAC postseason championship and posted a school-record 27 wins, including a three-game sweep of the ECAC Tournament for NJIT’s third straight season with at least 20 wins and an ECAC postseason berth.
Private Instructor, Travel Team Coach, Group Training, ITZ Showcase Director
A 4-year varsity letter-man from North Salem High School in NY. Awarded all section, all league accolades with an all-county honorable mention. After graduating in 2003, Coach Galluccio went on to play division 2 baseball at Post University located in Waterbury, Connecticut. Injuries led him to begin a coaching career 2006.
Over his 10 years of coaching, he has brought club teams to top tournaments in the country. With 25+ players from those teams going on to play college baseball. His knowledge of and passion for the game is reflected in his players. Coach Galluccio also spent 4 years with the Sleepy Hollow, NY varsity program. Under Galluccio, Sleepy Hollow posted their best school record in 20 years, reaching late rounds of sectional play 3 out of the 4 years with the program.
Player Development & Recruiting, Travel Team Manager, Showcase Team Coach, Group Training
Coach Bates has over 20 years of Baseball Coaching experience in High School and Club Baseball. He has been a constant participant in Perfect Game events and has traveled the East Coast to many tournaments playing across several college campuses.
Coach Bates has had the fortunate opportunity to coach 6 HS All Americans, 4 South Carolina Player’s of the Year and one Olympian. He has coached several current Major League Players and coached against many more current MLB players. Former players have played in the College World Series with a few winning the National Championship while with the University of South Carolina. Some of his additional accomplishments include:
- Helped Over 50 Players Achieve College Scholarships, 11 Of Which Selected In the Major League Draft
- Brought 2 Teams To The National Classic In Anaheim, CA
- Participated In International Paper Classic 2003 to 2008
- Achieved A 192-31 Record With Riverside High School From 2002 to 2008
- Won The Region Championship 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008
- Won 3 State Championships
- Played In Upper-State Championship 6 Times
- Nationally Ranked 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 & 2008 And Finished Top 3 In 2003 & 2004
- Led District 7 Big League Team To South Region Championship And Big League World Series Title In 2008
- Finished 3rd Place In Perfect Game Wood Bat World Championship In 2008
- Led Rock Hill High School To Upper State Championship In 2010
- Set Rock Hill High School Record With 26 Wins
- Overall Record Of 250-64 As A High School Head Coach Over 10 Years
- Named Region Coach Of The Year 7 Times
- Named State Coach Of The Year Twice
- One Of Eight Finalists For National Coach Of The Year In 2003
Travel Teams Coach, Private Instructor, Group Training
Brandon played his first 2 years at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ before transferring and finishing his college career playing at Arcadia University just outside of Philadelphia. In college he primarily played the corner outfield positions. Brandon was a 2010 graduate at Jefferson Township High School where he was a two year varsity starter. In 2009, as a Junior, he helped lead the varsity team tp capture the school’s first Sussex County Tournament Championship as well as help get them to the Group 2 Section Final.
Brandon graduated from Arcadia University in 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in Health Administration and is also a Personal Trainer pursuing a career as a physical therapist.
Travel Team Coach, Private Instructor, Group Training
Matt is a graduate of Union Catholic Regional High School where he was a varsity starter for 3 years. As a pitcher and centerfielder Matt earned honors including 3 time 1st Team All-Conference, 2 time Second Team All-County, and 1 Time First Team All-County. In addition, he has gained experience playing collegiate baseball at Kean University and Montclair State University.
A 4-year letterman on the pitching staff at Kean University and Montclair State University as a mainstay in the bullpen, Matt brings a keen eye for detail and a knowledge of technique to his duties of developing pitchers.
He received his bachelor of arts in Criminal Justice from Montclair State in 2013.
Travel Team Coach, Private Instructor, Group Training
Sam is a 2012 graduate from Edison High School, where he worked his way into the baseball record books with a .368 batting average and a .563 on base percentage. He played both catcher and first base for both high school and club teams. He continued his career at Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham as an outfielder. Through hard work on the field and in the gym, he worked his way up to a starter. He finished his senior year with a .359 batting average, the highest on the team, and a .440 on base percentage.
Sam enjoyed helping his younger teammates better their skill set on the field and in the gym with strength and conditioning. While in high school, he assisted his former club coaches during lessons and gained knowledge in the teaching aspect of coaching. While in college, he continued learning other aspects of coaching during his internship, training many D1 athletes.
In 2016, Sam received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham in Madison NJ.
Director Club Softball Program, Club Team Coach, Private Instructor, Group Training | Varsity Softball Coach, Wayne Hills H.S.
Amy graduated in 2009 from Geneva College with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and has been teaching fourth grade in the Roxbury School District for the past eight years, just recently receiving a Masters in Special Education from William Paterson University.
While at Geneva College, Amy was the starting catcher for the women’s softball team for four years, as well as being a captain her junior and senior years. She has been a catcher since age 12 but also played Center-field throughout my career. Although catching is her first love, hitting is a close second. Amy holds nine offensive records at Geneva College – Single Season Hits, Single Season Batting Average, Single Season Home-runs, Single Season RBIs, Career Hits, Career Batting Average, Career Home-runs, and Career RBIs. Below are some of the awards Amy received throughout my career:
- NCCAA Scholar Athlete 2007-2009
- NCCAA All American Catcher First Team Spring 2007, 2008, and 2009
- NCCAA All Region Player of the Year Spring 2008 and 2009
- NCAA East Regional First Team Spring 2008 and 2009
- NCAA PAC Coaches Honors First Team Spring 2008 and 2009
- NCCAA AMC All Conference Spring 2008 and 2009
- NCAA Pre-Season All-American Winter 2009
- Eastern College Athletic Conference All-Star Team Spring 2008
Amy have a total of 8 years of coaching experience at the high school varsity level. She coached at Madison High School for 6 years, helping lead the program to the state finals 2 years in a row. The last 2 years she has been coaching at Wayne Hills High School in Passaic County.
Club Team Coach, Group Training
Carly began playing competitive club softball at age 12 that led her to a Division III softball career at William Paterson University. She also plays college field hockey at WPU and is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in earth science.
She played for High Point Regional High School where she was a 4 year letter winner and second base starter. She helped her team to two state titles in 2012 and as a captain in 2014. Carly’s natural lefty batting/slapping abilities helped her attain her high school records for career batting average and career on base percentage that she still holds today.
Private Instructor, Group Training | Pitching Coach, Centenary College
Meagan Madsen is entering her 2nd season as the Assistant Softball Coach and Pitching Coach for the Centenary Cyclones. Madsen played all four years at Centenary setting records throughout her career and leading the team to back-to-back CSAC Championships in 2011 & 2012.
She became the first Centenary pitcher to make over 100-career appearances, while also becoming the All-Time leader in complete game shutouts (16) and innings pitched (439.1) and saves (5). In 2012 as a sophomore, Madsen led was named CSAC Pitcher of the Year following a season of 123 innings pitched recording an ERA of 3.06 with 59 strikeouts and five shutouts.
In 2011, Madsen was named to the Second Team All-CSAC Pitcher, Team MVP and ECAC South Pitcher of the Week.
Throughout her career, Madsen has been named to the CSAC All-Academic Team three times, recipient of the Cardy Gemma Award, First Team All-CSAC, CSAC Honorable Mention and multiple CSAC Pitcher of the weeks.
Madsen graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelors in Social Work and currently working towards her Masters in School Counseling.
Club Team Coach, Group Training
Casey is a 2007 graduate of Sparta High School. She was selected to the All-Northwest Jersey and All-Conference teams in her senior season.
She continued on to play softball at Rowan University, starting all 4 years, where she ended her senior season with a .414 batting average and .475 on base percentage. For her performance in the 2011 season, she was selected first team for the NJAC All Conference team and the Regional All-Tournament Team.
While attending Rowan, Casey helped run hitting clinics during the winter and coached the South Jersey Cobras in the summer.
As a coach, she wants to show how working hard at practice, motivating each other, and communication leads to success as a player and team.
Club Team Coach, Private Instructor, Group Training
Brittany is a 2007 graduate of West Morris Central High School. She was twice named All-Morris County Coaches Team, 2nd Team All-Conference, 3rd Team All-Morris County, and 3rd Team All-Area. She concluded her high school career by being named the Daily Record’s Athlete of the Week in May 2007.
Prior to her journey to play Division I for the Sacred Heart University Pioneers, she was featured in the 2007 IDT Softball All-Star Game in Boulder, CO hosted by Louisville Slugger and seen around the world on ESPN.
As a Pioneer, she was selected to bat for Olympic Athlete Monica Abbott for a pitching session in San Francisco. She also assisted the Pioneer’s to their 2009 NEC Conference Championship.
After her Division I success, she went on to coach competitively for the Parsippany Thunder 18U College Showcase team. During her years of coaching, she was invited to coach alongside Olympic Gold Medalist Jennie Finch and Silver Medalist Andrea Duran for the introductory training program of the Finch’s Aces at Diamond Nation.
Club Team Coach, Group Training
Christina Sammarco is a 2006 graduate of Pompton Lakes High School and three year varsity third baseman. She continued on to play Division I softball at Seton Hall University as a walk-on utility player and finished her freshman year of college with 1000 fielding percentage playing both infield and outfield. After a shoulder injury, Christina stopped playing competitively but continues to play co-ed softball.