Meet Our Instructors
Jimmy Ferraro is a native of Kingston, NY where he played and captained the Tigers baseball team. After his time at Kingston, Jimmy starred at Ulster County Community College where he collected Second Team All Region Honors. After his time at SUNY Ulster , Ferraro landed at the division 3 powerhouse Keystone College. While at Keystone, Jimmy was the backstop for a top pitching staff in the country and earned NEAC honorable mention status
Aaron Brooks comes to us after a six year professional baseball career with the Seattle Mariners. Brooks, who hails from Mountlake Terrace, Washington played in college at Gonzaga and the Edmonds Community College. Brooks was drafted in the 26th round but he quickly progressed through the Mariners organization reaching AA. Brooks moved up the Seattle chain as a reliever with a mid-90's fastball and finished his tenure with the Mariners with a career earned run average under 4.00.
In his post minor league career, Brooks and his family relocated to Columbia County. He has built his clientele as a pitching coach through his Brooks Velo Academy at The Facility, located in Saugerties, NY. Additionally, Brooks is in his third year as a head coach for the Northeast Pride, an East Coast based travel baseball program.
Aaron lives in Germantown with his wife Emma and two children, Eva and Mason.
Kristin Koegel (Gelsleichter) is a Saugerties native, graduating from Saugerties High School in 2003. During her high school career, she led her team to back to back MHAL titles, was named 1st team in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and earned Daily Freeman Player of the Year honors in 2003. Kristin continued her softball career at Division I Manhattan College. Over her 4 years as a Jasper, Koegel appeared in 103 games with 327.1 innings of work and a 3.39 ERA.
Elan Trischitta, 28, is a Saugerties native that played baseball for Saugerties from Little League through high school. He played on teams that won back to back Babe Ruth State Championships in 2008 and 2009, and in his senior year of high school in 2011, his team made it to the state final four in Binghamton, NY. He went on to play college baseball for four years at SUNY Purchase College, a division III college in the Skyline Conference where he went on to be named a 1st Team All-Conference player and Captain in his Senior year (2015) in which he batted .361