Owner, Program Director
Manny Torres has been a self-motivated, energetic baseball player with a positive attitude since the age of four. In 2011 and 2012 Manny was the Pitching Coach/Strength coach at Fairfield University. Currently the Director of the Technique Tigers Baseball Academy, where he has instructed and guided many area youth in private baseball lessons, baseball academies, camps, clinics, and group workouts. In 2012 coach Manny trained 675 baseball players ranging from ages 6 up to the college level!
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Manny attended St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, CT, where he played basketball and baseball. His real passion was baseball – and it showed. Manny was on Connecticut’s 1994 and 1995 All-State teams, and in 1995 was selected as both the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year and USA Today Connecticut Player of the Year.
The Texas Rangers selected Manny in the 28th round of the 1995 Amateur Baseball Draft, but he chose to attend the University of Alabama on a baseball scholarship. During his time at Alabama, Manny was Freshman and NCWBA All-American and All-SEC (Southeastern Conference). He was a member of the 1996 SEC championship team and 1996, 1997 and 1999 SEC Tournament Champions, and played in the 1996, 1997, and 1999 College World Series. In 2004, Manny was selected to the 10 Anniversary All-Jim Wells Team named for the Alabama baseball coach, Jim Wells.
Manny’s college career pitching record was an outstanding 21-4. He signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds – but after recurring injuries was forced to find a new passion in life. Thus came about his experiences working with kids and teaching the sport he has loved all of his life — baseball.
As you can see, Manny is in his chosen fields for the right reasons as he is more than passionate about working with area youth. It is simply the one and only career he can now see himself doing. Manny is a strong leader and great role model who has the ability to responsibly direct today’s youth. One of Manny’s personal best accomplishments is receiving a B.S. degree from the University of Alabama, Human Performance 2001.
Coach Vinnie Arjune has been a Tiger coach since the inception of the program. Vinny started his baseball career playing in the Parade Grounds in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 12, Vinnie was selected to play in the New York Ambassadors Game in Tokyo. Vinnie attended Bishop Ford High School where he won several team MVP awards. In 1994, Vinnie was named the New York City Player of the Year and Gold Glove Award winner. Vinnie went on to Milford Academy his senior year of high school and was awarded the team’s MVP award, but most importantly graduated as the class Salutatorian.
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Vinnie was awarded a baseball and academic scholarship to the University of Bridgeport. A four year starter with the Purple Knights, anchoring a strong defense at shortstop, Vinnie played middle infield with Coach Sanchez for two years. He was awarded the MVP award his sophomore and junior years. Vinnie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, and has worked for the State of Connecticut as a child abuse investigator.
Vinnie started his coaching at North End Little League in 2005. In 2006, he led his 15 and 16 year olds to Connecticut’s first Junior League State Championship since 1953. Vinnie works with middle infielders throughout the Tiger program. He and Coach Sanchez are two of the best middle-infield coaches in the state. Teaching the running game is also a strong point for Coaches Arjune and Sanchez.
Coach Ramon Sanchez has been a Tiger coach since the inception of the program. A Bridgeport Native who attended Housatonic Community College for two years and was the starting second baseman on the 1995 Housatonic Junior College World Series team. Ramon batted .400 in JUCO World Series and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
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Coach Ramon then took his talents to University of Bridgeport where he was a Tri-Captain and had a team high batting average his senior season .351 BA. Ramon graduated from the University of Bridgeport in 1999 with a bachelor degree in Social Science concentration in Psychology and Associate Paralegal Degree. Ramon has worked with at-risk youth and underprivileged families since 1999.
Side-by-side with Coach Arjune, Ramon works with middle infielder, hitting and base running throughout the Technique Baseball program. Coach Sanchez and Arjune are two of the best middle infield coaches in the State of Connecticut.
Danny has been on staff since the inception of the Tiger program. Danny is a graduate of Housatonic Community College with an Associate’s Degree of Science. Danny received the Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges in recognition of outstanding merit and accomplishment while attending HCC.
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Danny is a Certified Weight Training and Strength Training Specialist by International Weightlifting Association. Danny is a Connecticut State Certified Coach. Specializes as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Rehabilitation Associates Inc. Coaching sports for over 10 years, he believe honesty, respect ethics, sportsmanship and hard work are the key elements in teaching youth athletics.
Johnny DelVecchio Sr. has been a coach in the Technique Tigers Baseball Academy for 7 years. Johnny works with outfield play throughout the program. Coach John played high school baseball at Fairfield Prep in Fairfield, CT. After Fairfield Prep, John played at Division I – Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.
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As an amateur ballplayer with Bellows Baseball Club, Bridgeport, CT from 1999-2008, he was named league MVP in 2003, Sportsman of the Year 2004 and captured a NABF title in 1996 with Stratford Ale House. DelVecchio was named regional MVP as well as NABF National Tournament 1996 All-Tournament Team. He’s been an active Little League coach from 2004 to present. He also coached the 2010 12U Technique Tigers who finished with a 46-4 record and won the 12U CABA World Series in Sylvania, OH.
Seeking a baseball league for her 10 year old son to play in brought Mickey to Seaside Park where she found a team practicing on Diamond 6. This led her to signing her son to play with the Mustang Division in the Christian Brotherhood League (“CBL”), a Pony Baseball Organization. She volunteered by keeping the scorebook for her son’s, and ironically, Manny Torres’ team. She was nominated and elected as Secretary for the following baseball year. In her 15 years with CBL, Mickey wore many hats serving as Team Mom, Secretary, Treasurer, Business Manager, Division Director and President for 25 Pony baseball and softball teams. During these years, she travelled with teams to New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica.
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In 1994, Mickey assisted in bringing RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, a Major League Baseball youth program) to Bridgeport. She served as the Program Director for several years and was Business Manager for two teams that travelled to California (Senior Division) and Florida (Junior Division) to play in the RBI World Series.
Mickey currently works as an Executive Assistant for one of the Big Four Accounting Firms. She has been serving as Program Administrator for the Technique Tigers Baseball Academy since 2007.
Rafael Colon is a former Tiger who has recently joined the staff December 2016. Ralph was a 4 year Varsity letterman at Central High School, 2 Time All- FCIAC selection, 2 time captain. Led 2007 Hilltoppers team to a record breaking season. Ralph attended nationaly ranked #2 NJCAA Patrick Henry CC Martinsville VA. During his time at Patrick Henry, Ralph was named the Patriots Team Captain 2010. Eventually transferring to Division 1 Norfolk State University. 2012 Ralph was named Spartans Team Captain and All Academic Team selection , Ralph led the Spartans in doubles, plate appearances total bases, extra base hits 2012.
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After his playing days were over, Ralph started to coach in Virginia Beach VA. Head coach for Perfect Game Nationally Ranked (#22) Old Dominion Hitters . Ralph also coached 2015 16u dynamic World Series runner up. Ralph has had success as an instructor as well. Coach / instructor to #6 round draft pick Zach Rutherford out of Old Dominion University.
College alumni list:
Norfolk State University, Virginia Weslyan , Old Dominion University, West Virginia , University of Virginia, Longwood University, Virginia Military Institute, Chipola , CCRI , URI ,James Madison University , East Carolina University , George Mason, Mount Olive , Hampton Sydney , Christopher Newport , King University, Redford University , University of South Carolina , University of Southern Mississippi.
Currently coach / instructor for the Technique Tigers.
Marco Garamella is a 2006 Shelton High School graduate and Captain of the varsity baseball team. Marco was named to the All-SCC and All-SCC Housatonic teams in 2005 & 2006, and the CT Post and New Haven Register All State teams in 2006.
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Marco was recruited to play at Uconn where he played for two years (1 year at Uconn-Avery Point), before finishing his career at Fairfield University and graduated in 2011. Marco also played 7 years for Bellows Chiropractic in the Bridgeport Senior City league, winning 4 league championships, and 1 AABC National World Series championship.
Marco brings 7 years of experience as a coach and private instructor in baseball and softball. He has taught hundreds of college and professional athletes the essential fundamentals and elite techniques that result in success on the field. Marcos specializes in hitting, while working with the outfielders and catchers. He also works with college recruiting and the mental/psychological side of hitting.
Mike Tecci Jr.
Mike Tecci Jr. recently joined the Tiger staff, fall season 2017. A graduate of Stratford High School where he was a 4 year starter for Joe Rietano. Mike then attended Suny Purchase in New York where he earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a minor in sociology. Mike was a 4 year player finishing his senior year as captain, leading the team in Avg. .343, doubles 9, RBI’s, OBP. 436 and slugging .545 A stellar glove for defense Mike only committed 4 errors his whole college career. Mike is employed by Swiss Army Brands Inc. in Monroe and is very excited to start his coaching career with the Tigers!
A former Tiger, Batten is currently an active player in the San Diego Padres Organization. Batten has joined that Technique Tigers Baseball Academy staff as a seasonal instructor/coach. A long time Tiger and a big time “winner” Batten attended St Joseph High School Three sport athlete at St. Joseph’s High School in football, basketball and baseball.
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Batten won the 2013 State Championship in baseball with a 20-5 record he was Connecticut Post All-State Team, two-time all-FCIAC 1st team selection, named to CT Super 15 and won best glove award. Before high school, Batten was a member of the 2008 Shelton National Little League team that went to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Batten graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism. Batten is the Bobcats All-Time Hit leader. In 2017, Batten posted a team high .305 average, .369 obp, as well as team high 57 hits, started in all 48 games played at shortstop, led the team with 15 doubles and 12 stolen bases. Batten put up a 3rd straight season of at least 25 RBIs, went 3-5 with 4 RBIs and 2 doubles in game against CCSU on May 2, he also had 12 game hit streak from April 17- May 7, tallied 15 multi-hit games, had an 11 game hit streak from Feb. 26- March 24, posted 6 multi-RBI games.
Selected in the 32nd round of the 2017 MLB Draft to the San Diego Padres
Jim Olayos has been involved in sports for over thirty years as both a player and coach. He is presently the Athletic Director at Notre Dame High School in Fairfield, CT. In September 2000, he was selected as America’s “Most Caring Coach” by USA Today Weekend Magazine. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA “Strong Kid’s Award”. In 2003, he was voted one of the top 100 most influential people in Connecticut High School Sports. His sports/educational program has been featured in the New York Times and he has lectured and presented his program for the Frank McGuire Foundation, The After School Corporation (“TASC”), the National Alliance For Youth Sports (“NAYS”) and Youth Basketball of America (“YBOA”). His program has been featured in both the New York Times and USA Today.
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Jim attended Fairfield University and Quinnipiac School of Law. During those years, he was also the head coach of Masuk High School in Monroe, receiving the New York Daily News ”Coach of the Year” Award. After graduating from law school, he also served as an assistant coach at the University of Bridgeport under New England’s all-time winningest basketball coach, Bruce Webster. He has been an assistant coach at St. Joseph High School under the State of Connecticut’s all-time winningest coach, Vito Montelli and assisted in the McDonald’s All American game in Indianapolis in 1991, where he coached NBA All Star, Grant Hill.
Jim has recently retired from his law practice of twenty years to devote himself to the Future Stars Children’s Foundation of which he serves as Executive Director. Through his involvement with Future Stars and as Athletic Director at St. Joseph High School, Jim is able to share his sports knowledge along with his concern for children. Jim and his wife, Kim, have four boys and reside in Shelton, CT.
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
– Alexander Graham Bell