The 2017 season will mark Coach Watson’s ninth as Head Baseball Coach at Bloomfield College, a Division II school. He is a highly respected coach who started with Bloomfield college in 2008 as an assistant coach, recruiting coordinator and hitting instructor.
Coach Watson graduated from West Milford High School and continued his athletic career as a two-sport athlete at American International College, starring in both football and baseball. He was a three-time All-Northeast 10 Conference selection and holds the school’s career records for hits, doubles and RBIs.
In addition to providing private one-on-one instruction, Coach Watson serves as the Director, Club Baseball Program for In The Zone Baseball & Softball Academy. In this role he will serve as a strong and consistent positive role model for our players and coaches. His knowledge of the recruiting process, network of college level contacts and high level coaching experience are invaluable to our academy.
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.
Coach Cornacchione begins his 9th season as head coach of the Warriors baseball program. Nyack College’s Warriors have reached the CACC playoffs four times during his tenure: 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
Cornacchione has received several honors throughout his tenure, twice receiving the honor of Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year (2012, 2014), NCCAA East Region Coach of the Year (2012), and has also received the institutional coaching award as Nyack College Coach of the Year twice (2014, 2016). The Warriors have also been selected as the recipient of the CACC Sportsmanship award on three occasions under Cornacchione (’11,’13,’14) an award voted on by the coaches within the CACC.
In 2012, Nyack completed the 2nd biggest turnaround nationally in NCAA D-2, moving from a 3-35 team in 2011 to a 26 win team in one yearstime. The 2012 team returned to the CACC post season tournament for the first time since 2009, and gained an at-large bid to the National Christian College World Series, which was the school’s first appearance since 2003.
The 2012 team would lead the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference in runs scored, total hits, on-base percentage, batting average, and team defense. The Warriors also established themselves as one of the fastest teams in the nation, their 181 stolen bases ranking 2nd nationally in NCAA Division II.
Before arriving at Nyack, Cornacchione spent two years within the conference at nearby Bloomfield College, where he served as Assistant Head Baseball Coach and Sports Information Director in the Deacons Athletic Department.
Cornacchione spent two years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Geneva College, during the 2005 & 2007 seasons, helping lead the Golden Tornadoes to a 2007 AMC North Division regular season title, Geneva’s only AMC title in school history.
As a 3-year starter at Geneva College, he made starts for the Golden Tornadoes at 6 different positions including catcher, pitcher, third base, outfield, and designated hitter. In 2004 he was named a team captain and also received AMC All-Conference Honorable Mention, helping the Tornadoes to their first American Mideast Conference playoff appearance in school history, and a 4th place finish at the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series.
Cornacchione holds a bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Geneva College and a Master’s degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Sports Administration from Montclair State University. Along with coaching, Cornacchione also serves as the Facilities Coordinator within the Athletics Department.
Matt and his wife Makayla were married in 2011 and reside in northern New Jersey with their son Pierce.
Tony Peralta enters his third season as an assistant coach on the Bears Baseball staff at Bloomfield College. He will assist in all areas of the baseball program, including recruiting and working with the program’s pitchers.
Tony brings professional playing experience after signing with the Detroit Tigers organization in 2003. Peralta played in the Tigers organization for 4 years and pitched to a 3.70 ERA in over 107 innings. Tony was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of high school, but decided to continue his playing career in college prior to playing professionally. He played for the County College of Morris where he compiled a 7-1 record and led the team with a 1.25 ERA.
Before college, Tony played baseball for West Orange High School where he starred as a pitcher, outfielder and first baseman. During his high school career, he was named to the all conference and All-County teams for three seasons and also named to the All-State during his senior year. Tony currently holds the NJ state record for lowest strike out to walk ratio by compiling 109 strikeouts and only 9 walks in 88 innings. His high school career was capped off in 2014, when he was inducted into the West Orange High School Hall of Fame.
Tony resides in Livingston with his lovely family.
Grant Neary recently completed his 5th season as an Assistant Baseball Coach at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) where he is the Hitting and Infield Coach, runs the offense as the 3rd base coach and is heavily involved in recruiting. During his tenure as the Offensive Coordinator and Hitting Coach there have been 20 individual career or single season offensive school records broken. The NJIT Baseball program has also posted the highest single season winning percentage in the Division I era and set school records for single season team Batting Average, Stolen Bases, Slugging, On-Base and Fielding Percentage in the same time span.
Prior to Neary’s arrival at NJIT, he served as the Assistant Baseball coach at Bloomfield College, an NCAA Division II school. In 2012, Bloomfield advanced to the Quarterfinal of the Central Atlantic College Conference (CACC) Tournament and finished with a 22-21 overall record. Six players on the 2012 squad earned all-Conference honors, two garnered all-Region honors and two were Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipients under Neary’s watch.
Neary served as the Associate Head Baseball Coach, Head Baseball Coach, Assistant Athletic Director and Head Strength and Conditioning coach at the City College of New York from 2009-2011. In 2010 and 2011, Neary led CCNY to the Quarterfinal Round of the CUNY Conference Playoffs. He coached 12 players to All-Conference honors and one National Strength and Conditioning All-American during his time at CCNY.
Before Neary’s time at CCNY, he was an Assistant Baseball Coach at Watchung Hills Regional High School from 2005 to 2006. He helped guide the 2005 Watchung Hills squad to a State Championship and led the Watchung Hills American Legion program to its first playoff berth in over a decade in the summer of 2006.
Neary began his coaching career as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Stevens Institute of Technology from 2001-2003. He was a first-team all-state baseball player at Bridgewater-Raritan (NJ) High School. His college baseball career ended prematurely due to reoccurring shoulder injuries and subsequent surgery.
He is a graduate of Kean University with a degree in Physical Education/Adult Fitness and earned his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meagan Madsen is entering her 3rd 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.
Sam graduated in 2009 from Haverford College with an undergraduate degree in English and then went on to pursue a graduate degree in Special Education. She taught both English and Special Education at the secondary level before assuming her current position as an Assistant Professor of Practice at Relay Graduate School of Education.
While at Haverford College, Sam was in the starting pitching rotation for the women’s softball team and was a tri-captain her senior year. She still ranks among the top three pitchers in program history with a 2.43 career ERA.
Sam went on to become the bullpen coach for Haverford Softball for 5 years. Three of her pitchers ascended the program ranks and became All-Centennial Conference performers under Sam’s guidance and two were named to Regional All-Tournament teams. Haverford set a new program record with a team ERA of 1.86 during the 2014 Centennial Conference Championship season. To date, three of Haverford’s top four team ERAs came in the 2013 through 2015 seasons under her watch. The lone exception to that group is Sam’s senior season when she was part of a staff that broke the then-school record mark for team ERA. During Sam’s time with Haverford Softball, the team boasted 2 Centennial Conference Championships, 1 Regional Championship and 1 Super Regional appearance.
Current Mendham Township Middle School Softball and basketball coach where he has been to the county final in softball the last 4 years, winning 2 championships. Also recently worked as on field trainer and assistant coach for NJ Venom(Since 2013), developing players ages 12U to 18U. Prior to that was head coach and founder of Mendham Mavericks 14U team compiling a record 133-28 in 4 seasons while also winning several regional tournaments.
Coach Surella’s gets the most out of players by building on their strengths through positive communication and improving the challenging parts of their game through repetitive and sometime innovative drills. He is passionate about the game and believes effort and energy are essential to overcoming obstacles.
A resident of Long Valley where he lives with his son, daughter and labradoodle ‘Maverick’. Coach Surella volunteers his time as treasurer of both Mendham High School softball and basketball booster clubs along with being President of Mendham Patriot Basketball.
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.
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.
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.