Fletcher Bates (Founder/Baseball Instructor)
Fletcher Bates is the owner and operator of Coastal Athletics which has been in operation since 2003. He is dedicated to giving the quality instruction needed for improvement and success. Fletcher began his baseball career at a young age and stared out as a fifth round draft pick of the New York Mets in 1993. He retired after playing 10 years for the Mets, Marlins, Diamondbacks, Phillies, and Orioles organizations. Today, he continues his connection with MLB as an associate scout for the New York Mets. In his years of playing professional baseball Fletcher has received several high achievement awards for his athletic excellence. He has the title of three time All Star as well as three time MVP at the professional level. He was also on Baseball America's top 10 prospect list and the 40 man roster with the Marlins for 2 years. Fletcher’s professional baseball experience is an invaluable asset to the Coastal Athletics team. Fletcher provides baseball instruction and training in all aspects of the game and he is the head owner/operator of the Coastal Athletics facility.
Peter Gilardo (Baseball Instructor/Coach)
Pete Gilardo was born in Orangeburg, NY where he made a great name for himself. He excelled all four years at Dominican College (’04-’07) and finished with a career .328 batting average while also being named All-Conference three out of his four years. His most notable accomplishments in college consisted of being named to All-Tournament team after his Sophomore season with an astounding .800 BA for the tournament and also being named a 3 year Captain. Pete was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 MLB Draft and spent most of his time as a catcher but was able to register a few innings on the mound as well. He caught some big name pitchers such as Jon Lester, Josh Becket, and John Smoltz. His experiences in baseball are invaluable to the programs development and the athletes he works with. Pete hopes to affect each of his players in the best way possible.
Kenny Flythe (Baseball Instructor/Coach)
Kenny Flythe was born in New Bern, NC where he was a multi-sport athlete throughout his high school career. While attending New Bern High Kenny was an All-Conference Shortstop. From New Bern Kenny had a quick stop at Louisburg College for his freshman season before heading to NC Wesleyan playing both Varsity Football and Baseball. During his baseball career at Wesleyan Kenny was an All-Conference and All-Tournament Outfielder on the 2006 D3 World Series Qualifiers. After college he spent some time overseas playing baseball for the Slovenian National team before wrapping up his career.
Michael Rooney (Baseball Instructor/Coach)
Born in St. Louis, Missouri but grew up in Cary, North Carolina, Michael was a four year starter in the middle infield for the varsity baseball team at Cary High School and a 3 Time All-Conference Selection. From Cary, Michael attended college at UNC-Wilmington where he started at shortstop every game but one for his final three seasons as a Seahawk baseball player. Helped take UNCW to a regional his sophomore year playing all 62 games at shortstop. He finished his career in the top 10 at UNCW in OBP, Runs Scored, Walks, HBP, Double Plays Turned, as well as breaking the record for Career Assists and Single Season Assists in his senior season. Rooney was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 30th round in 2010 and spent 3 seasons in the minor leagues, making it up to Double-A while playing along side and against big leaguers like Manny Machado, Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis, Pudge Rodriguez, Adrian Gonzalez and others. He was used at all four infield spots during his minor league baseball career, mostly short and second, as well as a few games in the outfield. He has an abundance of knowledge of the game and has a great passion for the game of baseball which he hopes to pass along to the players.
Brad Mincey (Baseball Instructor/Coach)
Brad Mincey was born in Wilmington, NC. He attended New Hanover High School and was 3 year starter in the middle infield and on the mound for the varsity wildcats. Three times an all-state selection, and helped the wildcats to back to back conference championships. Brad was named Mid-eastern Conference player of the year, as well as the Star-News player of the year, for his play during his junior campaign. He went on to sign and play at East Carolina University. At ECU he helped the Pirates to a super regional appearance against UNC, compiling 10 wins and a 2.89 ERA during the regular season. After a senior year where he was the national leader in ERA for most of the year, he was then was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 28th round. From 2011 to 2014 Brad played in the Marlins minor league baseball system, having Tommy John surgery in 2013. While with the Marlins he got to work with pitching coach Joe Coleman, who played 20 years in the MLB and was part of successful Detroit Tigers teams of the 1970s. In 2015 Brad played baseball in Kansas with the Wichita Wingnuts and then was traded to the Winnipeg Goldeyes, an independent baseball team in the American Association independent baseball league.
Brandi Griffin (Softball Instructor)
Brandi Griffin is a Wilmington native and started playing softball at the age of eight. She grew up playing softball at local optimist clubs and was a starting pitcher for four years at John T. Hoggard High. Brandi went on to play at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a freshman, she led the team with a 1.92 ERA and allowed no runs in her collegiate debut game. She also pitched a no-hitter versus UNC-Greensboro, becoming only the 7th freshman to do so in UNC history. Brandi contributed to the Tarheels offense as well, utilized as a designated hitter when not in the pitching rotation. Brandi is an experienced player and coach in all aspects of the game, and takes great pride in instilling great work ethic and a positive attitude, all while teaching the fundamentals of a truly fun sport.
Tony Mangili (Lacrosse Instructor)
Tony Mangili grew up in Durham, North Carolina where he started his lacrosse career his freshman year at C.E. Jordan High School. He was a three year starter on varsity and All-Conference his senior year along with being runner-up for Conference Player of the Year. Tony was also on the varsity football team for two years and captain of both football and lacrosse his senior year. He played on the FCA - North Carolina travel team and once he graduated high school he began to coach the younger FCA teams for the next three summers. After high school Tony played at Lenoir-Rhyne University where he started every game
freshman year under Head Coach Greg Paradine (former UNC All-American and Assistant Lacrosse Coach). After two seasons at LR, he decided to focus on academics and transferred to the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he is has become a leader on the club lacrosse team. Tony will be graduating from UNCW in December 2014 with a Degree in Communication Studies. Tony is very excited about the growth of lacrosse and loves seeing younger athletes with the passion to get better by focusing on their fundamentals.
Daniel Cropper (Baseball Coach)
Daniel Cropper was born and raised in Snow Hill, MD where he helped lead the Eagles to their first ever state title in his senior year. After that he went on to play four years at UNC-Wilmington where he finished with a 4.36 ERA and in the top ten in several categories such as, wins(21), games started(50), most shutouts(3), and most strikeouts(236). After being picked in the 42nd round of the draft by the Washington Nationals in 2009 Cropper decided to go back to school and was picked up again as a Free Agent in 2011 by the San Diego Padres where he pitched all his innings out of the pen making it as high as Double A. The Last two years Daniel has pitched in the Frontier League for the Windy City Thunderbolts. Daniel's knowledge of pitching and experience as both a starter and reliever are beneficial to all pitchers looking to improve their skills.