Born in Trenton, NJ, Dave Gallagher played seventeen seasons in professional baseball. He was a major league baseball player for nine of those seasons, playing for seven different organizations. While with the Chicago White Sox, Dave finished fifth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in his first full season in 1988. He also played for the Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, California Angels, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.
Since retiring as an active player in 1996, Dave has used his vast experience to teach young players. He served as hitting instructor/consultant for the Trenton Thunder (Boston Red Sox Double-A affiliate), head coach at Mercer County Community College and head coach at Notre Dame High School. Dave has also been involved with youth league baseball with his sons Evan and Logan.
Dave has given private hitting instruction for over 20 years. His ability and desire to teach youth players eventually culminated with the opening of the The Dave Gallagher All American Baseball Academy at Frogbridge. The academy has flourished since opening in November, 2002.
Kevin Schneider played his college ball at Division I Monmouth University receiving many accolades along the way. Serving as the teams closer from 2005 – 06 he was named the New Jersey Coaches Baseball Association “Fireman of the Year” award given to the top reliever in the state, as well as 1st Team Division I All-State. He was also named Division I 1st Team All-East Region (8 states) by Rawlings Baseball. Throughout his career he set records in career appearances (79), single season ERA (0.74), and saves (10).
Kevin trains and develops many players and teams throughout the area. He is currently the pitching coach for Lawrence Post 414, Lawrence High School Varsity team, and the New Jersey Pirates 17 U showcase team. His older brother John is currently the youngest manager in professional baseball (29) as he coaches the Toronto Blue Jays Gulf Coast League team in Dunedin, Florida.
Jeffery Young is one of the best young coaches in the area. He started coaching at the youngest age level and with the south Brunswick athletic association, then moved up with the Dayton Titans, and is most recently the manager and coach of New Jersey Team Rawlings 13U.
Before starting his coaching he was a Varsity pitcher at South Brunswick High School for three years and went on to pitch at The University of New Haven in Connecticut. For the past four years he has devoted his life to coaching and training baseball players from ages 8- 15 years old with a primary focus on injury prevention and use of slow motion video analysis.
When you talk about coaching success in the Mercer County area Jim Maher is who you think of. Jim complied a 349-140 (.714 winning percentage) record while coaching at Florence High School, Hamilton West High School, and American Legion baseball. During that span he won ten league championships, a 2000 New Jersey State Championship, and was an 8 time Coach of the Year selection.
Jim then took his baseball knowledge to the collegiate level serving as an assistant for Barry Davis and Rider University. He was there for 4 seasons including Rider’s MAAC championship in 2008. Jim is currently the head coach of our 17 U fall showcase team. His son Matt is a freshmen infielder at Bridgewater College in Virginia.
Brian Giallella has established himself as one of the best high school coaches in all of New Jersey. His first head coaching job came in 1998 when he led Notre Dame High School to a 20-5 record. He is currently the head coach at Steinert High School where he began IN 2001. In 2006 Brian led Steinert to a New Jersey State Championship, and in 2008 Brian earned his 200th career win as a varsity coach.
Brian played his college ball at Rutgers University where he was an all-conference selection, NJCBA all-star member, and team MVP in 1995. Brian currently resides in Hamilton, NJ with his wife Karen and two sons Kyle (7) and Gavin (3).
Mike Hastings is in his eleventh season as a coach at Steinert High School. He was the Junior Varsity coach under coaching great Rich Giallella and is currently a varsity assistant coach at Steinert under Coach Brian Giallellla, where Mike works primarily with the hitters and the outfielders. Mike played his high school at Steinert playing three years on varsity and won a state championship in 1992. He played his summer ball for Rick Freeman's Hamilton Post 31 teams and won Rookie of the Year in 1992 and won a state championship in 1993.
Mike graduated in 1994 and went to play for Norm Schoenig at Montclair University where he was an All-Region performer his junior year and played in the Division III World Series his senior year. Mike coached for one season at Montclair as he finished his studies. Mike coached the Hamilton Junior Legion team for two summers, getting the program off the ground and winning the league championship both years. Mike is an English teacher at Steinert and believes that baseball is an extension of the classroom as he takes the "teacher first" attitude towards baseball.
Simply put, Sonny Pittaro is a coaching legend. Sonny was the head coach at Rider University for 34 years. During his career he won 766 games, won 9 conference titles, and made 8 NCAA tournament appearances. Also during that time he advanced 41 of his players to the professional level.
Sonny was inducted to the American Baseball Coaches Association in January of 2005. In honor of Sonny’s legendary career Rider named their new baseball field, Sonny Pittaro Field. Unable to stay away from the game, Sonny has been passing along his baseball knowledge by developing local players and coaching all-star teams with Nottingham Babe Ruth.
Dan played for Notre Dame High School where he was a 1st Team All-CVC, 1st Team All-South Jersey member two years in a row while being named All-State his senior year. He signed a letter of intent to St. John's University playing one-year for them before transferring to then D-1 Pace University where he lead the team in stolen bases and batting average.
Dan finished his college career playing for Mercer County Community College where he was name 1st Team All-Region, then at TCNJ where he was nationally ranked in triples. Dan runs a 6.5 60 yard dash time, and recently graduated with his degree in health and exercise science from TCNJ.
Mike Petrowski Jr.
Mike Petrowski Jr. played his college ball at Division I Rider University. He was a three year game one conference starter, and helped lead Rider to the MAAC tournament three out of his four years. In 2008 Michael was a part of Rider’s first MAAC title in fifteen years. That same year he pitched game one of the NCAA Regional tournament against Cal State Fullerton.
Michael holds all-time school records at Rider for innings pitched (298); single season innings pitched (96.2), and recorded 220 strikeouts in his collegiate career. In the summer Michael was an all-star at the highly talented Valley League in Virginia, and also played in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Mike Hussa played his college baseball at Division I Monmouth University.
Mikes illustrious career was highlight by two All Northeast Conference
selections as a catcher with First Team honors in 2006 as well as a 2nd
Team nod in 2005. He was also named NJCBA First-Team All State as a
catcher in 2005 and 2006. In addition, Mike was named to the 2005
Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic All-Tournament Team in Fresno, CA.
Mike trains and develops players and teams throughout the area. He is
currently the Head Catching Instructor at GTP as well as a hitting