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Coaches Clinic with Coach Joe Sottolano

By Jared, 02/14/16, 12:00PM CST


In February of 2016, thanks to a generous anonymous donation, SPYB was able to bring in Coach Joe Sottolano to conduct a weekend coaches clinic for our rec coaches at every age level.

Coach Joe talking with our Major and Junior League coaches

The clinic was structured and focused to equip our coaches with specific tools they could use to coach their teams and provide the best possible quality coaching we can provide.  If you were able to attend you know how invaluable this clinic was, and we would like to share some of the take-away’s from each clinic.  To the right is a list of documents you can download from this clinic:

Coach Joe's Bio

Coach Joe Sottolano working with the New York Yankees Manager Joe Girrardi

National Trainer and Senior Coach for baseball programs for past 10 months:

  • Oversee instruction and coaching across the nation for all Frozen Ropes facilities
  • Develop Travel Coaches playbook and video training to assist all coaches.
  • Assist in the training and re-training of all Frozen Ropes instructors across the country
  • Conduct player and coaches clinics for travel teams
  • College Bound Counselor for qualified HS student Athletes.
  • Offer next level instruction to HS and College level players

Coaching Career:

2000-2013 – Head Baseball Coach at West Point

  • Programs all time winning-est coach in 100 year history.
  • Three time Conference Coach of the Year (2004, 2005, and 2012).
  • Recipient of Regional Coach of the year (2009).
  • For the first time, put team in a position to win a national championship.
  • 3x finalist for National Coach of the Year (2005, 2009, 2012).
  • Recruited forty-six All-Americans since 2004.
  • Had 12 players selected for the MLB Amateur Draft during the past 7 years.
  • Successful as a “Brand ambassador” for team logging countless hours camera-facing with ESPN, CBS Sports and YES Network.

1992-2000 – Asst Baseball Coach at West Point

  • National recruiting coordinator for all baseball athletes.
  • Coached all positions and managed all on-field instructing.
  • Planned practice schedules and developed practice guidelines for team.

1991-1992 – Pitching Coach at Ithaca College

1990-1991 – Pitching Coach at Drexel University

As a player at Ithaca College:

  • Part of NCAA National Championship team, 1988
  • Awarded MVP of College World Series, 1988
  • Selected to play for Team USA, 1990

Coach Sottolano was also a Physical Education Teacher at the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1995-2000 while an Asst Coach and holds a Masters of Science from Ithaca.  Joe has run countless youth camps over the years as well and has a unique skill to communicate to young people.