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Mike DiPietro: Owner / President Brigade Baseball / 16U Coach / Littleton Mariners Coach / 18U Head Coach / Pitching Instructor

DiPietro is a 1990 graduate of West Boylston High where he was a three-time varsity baseball starter in the outfield.  Coach DiPietro is a member of the West Boylston Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the George Cook award, Athletics Director Award and was a Central Mass Football All-Star. After completing his active military service in the United States Navy, Coach DiPietro began his coaching career in 1994, which has continued for over 27 years.  DiPietro has coached baseball at many different levels including little league level, AAU / Travel Tourament Teams (12u – 18U levels), Varsity High School as a pitching coach for Bromfield School and Nashoba Regional High School and just completed his fifth year as the Head Littleton High School Varsity Coach, leading the Tigers to the Central Mass District Finals in 2018. Coach DiPietro was named 2018 Lowell Sun Coach of the Year. In 2019 Coach DiPietro created the Littleton Mariners, an expansion team into the CNEBA League, where he serves as Head Coach. Coach DiPietro is also a private pitching and fielding instructor.  He can be reached at 978.502.2540 or mdkmbosd@yahoo.com for lessons 

 

Alex Winkelmann: 13U Coach / Fall Baseball Coordinator / Instructor / Vice President of Brigade Baseball.

Alex is a 2017 graduate from Saint Michael's College with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Finance. At Saint Michael's, Alex was part of the starting rotation beginning his Freshman year. During his rookie campaign he was selected to the DII NE-10 All-Rookie Team and spent the summer playing in the New England Collegiate Baseball League for the Winnipesaukee Muskrats in Laconia New Hampshire. Prior to Saint Michael's Alex played high school baseball at Tilton Prep, where he served as captain his junior and senior year. He lead the team to consecutive Lakes Region Championships in 2012 and 2013.

Alex has eight years of coaching experience beginning as the manager of the Gilford Cal Ripken 12U All-Star team. In 2012 he led the Gilford All-Stars to their first ever District VI Championship with a tournament sweep. Other coaching experience includes a year at the 15U level, and three years as an assistant coach of the Post 1 Senior American Legion team in Laconia New Hampshire. While assisting with Post 1, the team made state tournament appearances two of the three years he was involved in the program.

Personal interests and hobbies include skiing, spending time on Lake Winnipesaukee, and going to Fenway to watch the Red Sox. Alex has been a certified umpire in the Granite State Umpire Association for 10 years.

 

Chris Santucci: 12UCoach / Private Instructor / Lead Hitting Instructor

Coach Santucci comes to Brigade from a successful and decorated baseball family, playing days, and softball career.  As a 2 year starter in college baseball, Chris led his team in hitting and all offensive categories hitting a combined batting average of .396 with 7 Home-runs in 2 full seasons.  After college Chris's love for the game brought him to become an M.B.U.A. Umpire in Central MA calling High School, Legion, and Babe Ruth games for several years.  

Softball would be where Coach Santucci would experience some of his proudest sports accomplishments playing professionally for a Men's Major Softball organization where he played exclusively for some of the top sports brands in the game...(Team TPS / Louisville Slugger, Worth and Easton).  Chris competed professionally for over 12 years at this level traveling all over the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico where he earned multiple awards in over 60 national tournaments with selections to All Tournament Teams, as well as earning multiple MVP honors. Chris was recognized for his career accomplishments and dedication to the game recently as he was selected for induction to the U.S.S.S.A. Softball Hall of Fame as a player.  An accomplishment he is very humbled to have received.  

After retiring from the professional circuit, Coach took his passion for both baseball and softball in a new direction, coaching and the development of young players.  With almost 18 years in coaching and player development, coach has led tournament and travel baseball teams coaching age groups ranging from 12U to 16U and has been giving instruction and lessons for over 15 years . Coach Santucci is very much looking forward to continuing his coaching and player development/instruction with Brigade baseball and sharing his passion for the game with younger players. Coach Santucci is a private hitting and fielding instructor. He can be reached at 978.870.4177

 

Lonnie Quirion: 11U Head Coach / Private Instructor

Quirion is a 1996 graduate of Hudson Catholic High School where he was a four-year starter in both baseball and football.  He played one year of baseball and two years of football at Tufts University before graduating in 2000.  Following graduation, Lonnie began his coaching career at Hudson Catholic High School where he served as head coach from 2001-2009.  Lonnie went on to be an assistant coach at Worcester Technical High for two years before becoming the head coach at Marian High School from 2012-2015 and then head coach at The Bromfield School from 2016-present.  Quirion has amassed over 170 wins in his fifteen years as a head coach and his teams have qualified for the MIAA playoffs in thirteen of those sixteen years.  This past year he led Bromfield to their first ever league title and their first playoff appearance in over 30 years.  In addition to coaching at the high school level, Lonnie was head coach of Marlborough’s American Legion team from 2007-2012 and has coached AAU baseball since 2011 at the 10U, 11U, 12U, and 18U levels.  Lonnie is also a private pitching, hitting, and fielding instructor.

 

Jon Cruickshank: 15U Head Coach / Private Instructor

Jon is member of the graduating class 1998 at Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, VA).  While at Hargrave he played 3 years of varsity football, basketball and baseball.  He later attended Lasell College to play basketball and graduated in 2005.  Coaching has always been his passion.  Jon's baseball coaching career started in 2008 at Lasell College as an assistant coach for their club program.  Lasell officially became part of D3 NCAA baseball in the 2009 season.  He was there for 7 full NCAA seasons.  He held many roles during this time such as recruiting, fundraising and baseball operations.  In 2017 Jon moved on to Marlboro HS to become the varsity assistant coach. Beginning in 2021 Coach Cruickshank will begin his first season as the head coach for Marlboro High School. This allowed him to be closer to his family.  Jon currently is a board member for Marlboro Youth Baseball Association (since 2014).  Jon has also coached a team of college prospects that travel to Dominican Republic to compete against current and former MLB prospects.   

 

Jim McGuire: 14U Head Coach

Jim brings a wealth of coaching experience at both the Collegiate and HS level.  Jim is presently the Head Football Coach At Fitchburg State University and the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at The Bromfield School.  Jim's coaching career spans over a 35 yr period with stops at Assumption College, WPI, Algonquin Regional HS, Auburn HS and Hudson Catholic HS for football and Marian HS, Algonquin Regional HS, Marlborough HS, Marlborough American Legion and Triple Play AAU for baseball.  As a player, Jim also  participated in the 1983 National Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado as a member of the Quinsigamond Community College Baseball Team.  Jim resides in Clinton with his wife Laurie and has two children Jim, 29 and Cassie 27

 

Mitch Crory: 15u Assistant Coach

Mitch is a 2018 graduate of Littleton High school, where he played for Coach DiPietro and he was a standout for the 2018 Littleton Tigers District Finalist Team on the mound and at the plate. In his senior season was the  Mid-Wach D League MVP and a Lowell Sun all star with a 1.56 ERA. He is now going into his senior year at Assumption University as a data analytics major. After being a pitcher on the baseball team for 3 seasons, he has had to stop playing because of shoulder injuries. 

 

Mitch played on the first ever brigade baseball team for the 18u team in 2018, and then for the Littleton Mariners. He is going onto his 3rd year of coaching. He was the head coach for the 12u Jr Spinners team, and now is the assistant coach for the 15u Brigade team with Alex Winkleman.

  

Patrick Aubuchon Sr: 11U Assistant Coach / Lead Catching Instructor / Private Catching Instructor

 

A 1984 graduate of Notre Dame Prep School in Fitchburg, MA, Pat was a three-time varsity starting baseball catcher, as well as a three-time starting varsity football tailback. He received numerous athletic awards in both baseball and football, including the District E Athletic Directors Award. In addition, he was the recipient of the Headmaster's Award, given to a graduating senior whose character best exemplifies the values of the school.

 

Pat has always remembered how fortunate he was to have received quality catching instruction at a young age, and in 1986 began sharing his knowledge as an instructor at the Senior Babe Ruth level. He became an assistant varsity baseball coach at St. Bernard's High School in Fitchburg, MA, in the early 1990's, and continues to provide instruction to various youth, high school and college aged catchers. Pat has been an assistant coach with Brigade Baseball since its inception; coaching at the 16U, 17U and 18U levels. In addition to being a co-head coach for Brigade 10U, he is also an assistant coach for the Littleton Mariners of the CNEBA. 

 

Pat is a retired Leominster Police Department detective, and is currently an adjunct professor for the criminal justice program at Mount Wachusett Community College.

 

Pat is a also private catching coach, and can be reached at 978-732-8683 or

 

Josh Desai: 14u assistant coach / pitching instructor

 

 

Coach Desai is a graduate of Shrewsbury High School and was the team MVP in 2011. Coach Desai then continued his baseball career from 2012-2015 for the Suffolk University Rams. Josh capped off his senior season in 2015 with a GNAC title, guiding them to the NCAA Regionals as the GNAC Tournament MVP. The four-year letterwinner picked up GNAC Rookie of the Year status in 2012, was named to the All-GNAC Tournament team in 2013 and was a first-team all-conference selection as a senior.
 
He also has three summers of experience playing in Major League Baseball Affiliated Summer Leagues. In 2014, he was on the mound for the Worcester Bravehearts of the Future's Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL). He did not allow an earned run in nine appearances in the regular season and pitched the Bravehearts to the FCBL Championship that summer earning the win in a 1-0 series clinching victory. The summer before, Desai threw for the Wincehster Royals of the Valley Baseball League, an NCAA collegiate wood bat league in Virginia. Desai's summer baseball career began in 2012 for the North Shore Naviagotrs of the FCBL. 
 
Coach Desai would return to his roots at Shrewsbury High to be an assistant coach from 2016-2019. Coach Desai then became the pitching coach of Shrewsbury Legion in 2016 and was a coach on the Shrewsbury Legion team that advanced to the New England Region Final Four and memorable runs to the American Legion World Series in 2017 and 2019. 
 
Josh currently resides in Ayer with his wife and 2 children and he is a still an active player as a member of the Lunenburg Phillies of the CNEBA.

 

Matt Pingitore: Catching Instructor

2016 graduate from Wachusett Regional High school where he played 3 years of varsity baseball and was the starting catcher for 2 years. As a mountaineer, Matt played in the Super 8 baseball tournament in 2015. In 2016, he served as the team captain for the Mountaineers and was named a T&G All-Star. He Moved on to play at Fitchburg State where he was a 3-year starter behind the dish. In 2020 Matt was named the recipient of the Sue Lauder Male Athlete Leadership award. He was also named a National Strength and Conditioning All American in 2020. He graduated in 2020 with a degree in Criminal Justice. Matt will be continuing his playing career in 2021 for Fitchburg State as he works towards his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Matt’s Coaching career began in 2018, when he began giving private catching lessons with high school ages athletes. He also coaches for a 13u team in the Nor’Easter’s AAU Program, along with being the coach and general manager of the Fitchburg A’s, a team in the Central New England Baseball league. Matt has a great passion for passing on his knowledge and love for the game to anyone willing to listen. For private catching lessons, Matt can be reached at (508)-886-8893 or mpingo212@yahoo.com

 

Tony Durkan: Private Instructor

Coach Durkan was part of the coaching staff at Nichols College, serving as pitching and catchers coach. Coach Durkan was a member of the Assumption College baseball coaching staff from 2004-2006.

A 1993 graduate of Assumption, Coach Durkan served as an assistant coach at Grafton Hill American Legion in 1995. In 1996, he went back to his alma mater for his first stint as an assistant coach for the Assumption Greyhounds. Also in 1996, Coach Durkan was an assistant coach for the Central Massachusetts Collegians of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Coach Durkan was a T&G All-Star in Baseball from Holy Name C.C.H.S. and a starting catcher at Assumption College and Shelton State CC in Tuscaloosa, AL.

 

Darren Magan: Private Instructor 

1986 graduate of Holliston High School where he was a 4 time varsity baseball player and 3 year varsity football player. He played two years of college baseball as an outfielder and pitcher (Cape Cod Community College and then transferred to Hofstra University).  Darren has spent over 11 years in youth baseball as a coach, vice president and player development coordinator in Harvard, MA.  He was instrumental in developing the current Harvard Youth/AAU offering with introducing off-season programs to enhance the players skill levels and confidence.  He has been involved with AAU baseball for 8 years as an assistant coach (11U, 12U and 13U) and the most recent 4 years, as a head coach (10U, 11U and 12U).  In 2017, his 12U team finished in top 8 (out of 54 teams) in New England.  His passion is developing future leaders while incorporating a life classroom on the baseball diamond.