Player Development

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Developing great players means starting with great teachers who both know the game and can help the girls understand how small changes can make big differences.  Once a skill has been learned, applying it to real game situations and then allowing those skills to translate into muscle memory with constant practice.  This is a process that takes place all year long, no matter what position is being played.  

Ryan Leahy is joined by the following great teachers in helping the Angels develop as players.

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    Delaney Buckley


    A native of Utica NY, Delaney Buckley attended community college at Herkimer College, where she went on to win a NJCAA National Championship in 2013, as well as being named NJCAA & NFCA All American, 2 time All Conference, and 2 time all Region. Upon graduation at Herkimer college, Delaney received her B.S in Sport Management from SUNY Brockport. During her two years at Brockport, she also was recognized on the field as a member of the SUNYAC All Conference Team and NFCA Academic All American.

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    Derek Dana

    Catchers/Asst Coach

    Derek graduated from St. Mary's High School of Lynn in 1988. During his tenure there, the Spartans won the Division 3 state title in 1987 and 1988 under then-coach Tgettis. Dana was a pitcher and catcher in high school, but focused on catching at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants and played three years in the Giants' minor-league system. He played another couple of years of independent baseball in Texas. Derek has been the head baseball coach at St Mary's High School since 2008, winning the Div III state title in 2015 and was named the Boston Globe Coach of the Year that same year.

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    Dan Letarte

    Asst Coach

    Dan has been the varsity baseball coach at St John's Prep since July 2013 and has led the Eagles to into the Super 8 Tournament and Catholic Conference Championships from 2014-2018. He has been a faculty member there since September 1998.


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