2021 16U Rebels Baseball

Coaches

Manager - Daniel Backman

Assistant Coach - Andy Lothschutz

Assistant Coach - Matt Long

Assistant Coach - Matt Welch

Assistant Coach - Larry Aiello

Assistant Coach - Steve Verduzco

Coach Verduzco played Division I baseball at Notre Dame and was drafted as a middle infielder in the fourth round of the 1993 MLB draft by the Houston Astros. He played for 3 years in the Houston organization and was named one of the Houston's top 20 prospects in 1995. Steve has coached his three boys in Little League and Travel Baseball over the past 10 years.

Pitching and Hitting Instructor - Smiley Verduzco

Coach Smiley has been coaching baseball and softball for over 40 years. Smiley has coached each sport from youth leagues through high school. Smiley has also worked with college and minor league players. Growing up in California, Coach Smiley received his hitting instructions from Vince and Dominic DiMaggio, brothers of the great Joe DiMaggio. Coach Steve is his youngest son. His middle son, David, was an outstanding Division I pitcher at Yale, who was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and played in their Organization. Smiley's oldest son, Bob, played baseball, basketball and football in high school and was the starting quarterback at Yale in the late 80's.

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