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Bill Nevius Sr
Bill Nevius has over 19 years of experience as a West Deptford American Legion Coach. In his coaching career his teams have qualified for Districts 13-times and qualified for states 9-times. He’s lead his team to Regional’s 4-times. In his impressive 504 wins, he has won 2nd in States 4-times, 1-North Eastern Region Championship and made 1-appearance in the American Legion World Series. Bill has co-run the Fall/Winter VIP strength and conditioning program since 2008.
Ty was selected by the Houston Astros in the 2nd round of the 1979 amateur draft. Ty led the Astros in batting average during Spring Training in 1985 hitting .370. Ty made his major league debut for the Houston Astros playing centerfield.
Ty was the starting center fielder for the Astros when Nolan Ryan recorded his 3,000th strikeout. His first major league base hit was off of Cy Young Award winner John Denny, and his first major league homerun was hit off of Cy Young Award winner, and World Series MVP, Orel Hershiser. While in the minor leagues, Ty won the batting title in 1982 while on the Astros’ A-ball affiliate, Daytona Beach, hitting for a .341 average.
Ty added another batting title to his list of accomplishments in 1986 while playing AAA-ball for the Tuscon Toros, hitting for a .351 average. Ty was selected by the Houston Astros in the 2nd round of the 1979 amateur draft. Ty led the Astros in batting average during Spring Training in 1985 hitting .370. Ty made his major league debut for the Houston Astros playing centerfield.
Ty was the starting center fielder for the Astros when Nolan Ryan recorded his 3,000th strikeout. His first major league base hit was off of Cy Young Award winner John Denny, and his first major league homerun was hit off of Cy Young Award winner, and World Series MVP, Orel Hershiser. While in the minor leagues, Ty won the batting title in 1982 while on the Astros’ A-ball affiliate, Daytona Beach, hitting for a .341 average. Ty added another batting title to his list of accomplishments in 1986 while playing AAA-ball for the Tuscon Toros, hitting for a .351 average.
Blaine took his Bishop Eustace high school abilities to the major leagues soon after being drafted in the fourth round by the Florida Marlins. His major league career took him to the Marlins in 2001, he San Diego Padres for a season in 2004 and to the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies in 2005.
Neal’s five-year big league career saw him post a 5-4 record with a 5.08 ERA appearing in 113 games throwing 124 innings. He struck out 93. His 15-year minor league record was 37-24 with an ERA of 2.97. He threw 501 innings in 407 games striking out 457 en route to 116 saves. His minor league career saw him earn Triple A All-Star honors and being named Topps Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year.
As a member of the 2008 U.S.A. Olympic team, he won a bronze medal. Under coach Sam Tropiano at Eustace, Neal earned All-State, All-South Jersey, All-Olympic Conference and All-Parochial honors as a first basemen batting .507 in 1995 and .536 in 1996. He not only hit for average, but for power too. He had nearly 40 extra base hits and 14 home runs over 1995 and 1996 seasons.
Neal’s talents caught scouts’ eyes when her represented the Crusaders in the Olympic Conference on the 1995 and 1996 Carpenter Cup teams helping the 1996 squad to the championship leading him to be drafted in the fourth round.
Coach McKenna was an all-South Jersey catcher at Gloucester Catholic High School and a 2nd Team Big 12 conference catcher at the University of Nebraska.
After a stellar career at the University of Nebraska, the Colorado Rockies attempted to sign him as a free agent. He opted to begin his current job with the police force.
Dennis graduated from Kingsway High School in 1987 where he excelled in baseball. Dennis was All-Tri County in baseball in 1987. Dennis was All-South Jersey in 1986 and 1987 and All-State in 1987. In 1987, Burlingame was drafted in the 5th round by the Atlanta Braves and played six years in the Braves organization. He once pitched a perfect game on opening day while with the Durham Bulls and last played for the AAA Richmond Braves in 1993. Dennis was an assistant Varsity Baseball coach at Delsea Regional High School from 2001 to 2006 and currently holds the same position at Kingsway High School. Dennis was inducted into the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.
Michael Hand grew up and is a life-long resident of the Mantua-Sewell area. He graduated from Clearview Regional High School in 2008, where he lettered three years for the varsity baseball team. As a pitcher, he led the Royal Division in wins with six his senior year, as well as in saves. He also started at second base, where he led the team in batting average his junior and senior years. He was voted second team Gloucester County Times All Area and All Division his senior year.
Michael was a four-year varsity pitcher for the Rutgers-Camden University baseball team, where he finished third in all time appearances. As a sophomore, his .64 walks/nine innings ratio and 7:1 strikeout/walk ratio was the best in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
Graduate of Rowen where he was name Divison 3 Player of the Year, Casey. At his time at Rowen Casey Grimes for earned multiple NJAC Player of the Week honors including hitting .591 (13-for-22) with a double, a home run, 11 RBI, and three runs scored in six games played for the Profs during their spring trip to Florida. He hit safely in all six contests and produced four multiple-hit games, including a 3-4 performance with a double, a home run, a run scored, and four RBI in a 10-2 win over Benedictine University (IL) (Mar. 17). He wrapped up the week by going 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in a 9-3 win over defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater (Mar. 20). Grimes currently ranks second in the NJAC in total hits (20).
In 2008, Jamie graduated from Kingsway Regional High School where she played four years of varsity softball and was named MVP all four years. She made All-Conference and All-South Jersey for four years and was an All-State selection for her junior and senior year. While there, they won three consecutive Conference Championships, two South Jersey Championships, and Group III State Championship in 2008. She was inducted into Kingsways Wall of Fame in 2012.
Jamie graduated from Rowan University in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education. Jamie was named a Scholar Athlete in the Philadelphia Inquirer her junior year. She also was honored as a Capital One All-American for two years, as well as a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) All-Star for two years. She was also inducted into Rowan’s Scholar Athlete Honor Society in 2011. In 2012, her team won NJAC Conference Championship. The South Jersey Girls Softball Association named her College Player of the Year in 2012 as she completed her collegiate career. Previously, Jamie was the Assistant Varsity Coach at Delsea Regional High School; the Head Coach of the Kingsway Middle School field hockey team and Assistant Varsity Softball Coach at the high school. Jamie is currently the Varsity softball coach at Highland Regional High School.
Jamie graduated from Rowan University in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education. Jamie was named a Scholar Athlete in the Philadelphia Inquirer her junior year. She also was honored as a Capital One All-American for two years. Current Head Softball Coach @ Highland Regional High School
Krysti is a graduate of Rowan University where she played Division 3 softball. Currently, she is an assistant coach at Rowan. Krysti’s instruction is exclusive to the SJ Bullpen and includes elite pitching instruction.
Mandy Thomas is a graduate of Clearview Regional High School. She played softball at GCC, before transferring to Rowan where she majored in Health and Exercise Science and received a BA of Arts degree.
Mandy coached the Deptford Inferno 15U & 12U travel team, which competed in the Tri-County Girls Softball League. In 5 years as coach, the team played for the league championship 2 times..
Mandy is currently teaching at Paulsboro High School, where she is the assistant girls soccer coach and head softball coach.
Head Coach of the 16u All Out Softball Program, Kelsi is a graduate of Audubon High School, and played division one softball for Stony Brook University. She graduated from college with a Bachelors degree in Sociology.
Career Highlights: Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region team (2009)… America East All-Conference first team (2009)… Two-time America East All-Conference second team (2007-08)… America East All-Rookie team (2006)… Stony Brook career-leader in runs scored (141) and stolen bases (54)… Started in every game of her career (205)… Member of the 200-hit club (215).