Ken played baseball at Hall High School (West Hartford, CT) and later at Drew University (D3, Madison, NJ) He was the team’s Captain his senior year. He started every game over his 4-year college career. Ken also played fastpitch softball with the Insurance League (CIGNA) for 10 years and was a player-coach for the last 4 years.
He has two daughters who played fastpitch softball. His youngest daughter played into her sophomore year of high school and then retired to pursue musical theatre. His oldest daughter played high school softball at Westminster School in Simsbury CT playing both pitcher and outfield. She continued on to play at Hamilton College (D3, Clinton, NY ) as a pitcher/outfield, all academic NESCAC. She went on to graduate school at Columbia University (NY,NY) and worked as an assistant softball coach.
Little League – T-ball, softball Simsbury, CT District Champions 2001, Sectional Champion (State runner up) in 2002
Travel ball – He formed the 2nd team in the Mirage organization (U14 in 2003) and was the Head Coach through various age groups, both with daughters playing and with no daughters playing. During that time his teams won many tournament championships and many trophies.
Started the Mirage Gold Program – He challenged these college-bound players to improve their game, upgrade competition, and offered college playing opportunities/alternatives. He coached 49 girls who went on to play in college at Division 1, 2 and 3 levels. He worked with the Mirage program to initiate college recruiting programs and attracted college coaches at all 3 levels.
Ken’s Coaching philosophy –
He regards winning as important but not at the cost or expense of the development and improvement of the player’s individual and collective(team) softball skills, knowledge, passion and overall respect for the game.
He holds girls accountable for their habits and development, successes and disappointments.
Losses are used as a learning tool. He feels that players often times learn more from a loss than a win– and there are many life lessons that are learned from softball.
Parents are important members of the team but should not live vicariously through their daughters but rather as a parental role model.
Respect for all a given and an absolute requirement.