Matt Guiliano and Brian Dorsey have plenty in common.
Both enjoyed fantastic high school baseball careers on Long Island, then
played professionally, first in the Phillies' farm system and later for the
Now they're taking another step together in baseball - heading into the
coaching ranks. Guiliano, 33, who graduated from Connetquot High School in
1990, will return to the district that recently elected him into the school
Hall of Fame and take over as coach at the Ronkonkoma Junior High.
Dorsey, 25, who graduated from Smithtown in 1998, will take the coaching
position for the junior varsity at St. Anthony's High School in South
"I want to get my feet wet and see if it's something that I want to
pursue," said Guiliano, who owns the Play Like A Pro sports academy in
Hauppauge. "I love working with young players and teaching them the
fundamentals and the right way to play the game. I know how a good coach can
influence a young person's life."
Dorsey, the general manager at Play Like A Pro, is also excited by the
opportunity to teach young players the game. The former players have a similar
philosophy and approach when it comes to coaching.
"This is a challenge," Dorsey said. "I want to prepare the players for the
varsity level. It's a chance to use the knowledge and the experiences in my
life and extend that knowledge to my players. This is different than giving
individual lessons and running camps."
Tryouts for spring sports began this week and Dorsey already got a taste of
some hectic indoor scheduling. With snow on the ground, tryouts were moved
inside, a difficult place to give the youngsters a good look.
"We're getting some things done," Dorsey said. "No one said it would be
easy. The enthusiasm is great and it's exciting."
The middle school tryouts are still three weeks away, giving Guiliano some
time to gather information from his general manager.
"I'll know some of the ins and outs before we start," laughed Guiliano.
"This is a developmental level and winning is not the concern."
Connetquot athletic director Bob DelRosso is pleased to see Guiliano back
in the district.
"We're very fortunate to have a coach at the seventh grade level that
really knows the game," he said. "Matt's an important part of the Connetquot
baseball heritage and had a very successful career. He'll teach the fundamental
skills that are so vital at the junior high level. We're very happy to have
him aboard. Our players will benefit from his vast experience."
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