Dave played high school baseball at Tiverton High School from 1990 – 1992. After a brief stint as a player at Rhode Island College, he immediately embarked on a future in coaching returning to Tiverton High School as a volunteer assistant coach in 1993. He stayed in that position through the 1997 season. During this time, he also coached in Tiverton Little League (1993) and was a founding board member and coach in the Sakonnet Babe Ruth Baseball League (1994). In 1997, he founded and managed the area’s very first “travel” baseball organization, the Sakonnet Mariners which had two teams for players ages 13 – 16. In 1998, he became the Assistant Coach/Head JV Coach at Tiverton High School. That summer, he also became the Head Coach of the Portsmouth/Tiverton American Legion Baseball program and in 1999 led the program to the RI Final Four, defeating a previously undefeated Collette Vacations Post 25 team which featured current MLB player Chris Ianetta. In 2000, he was hired as the Head Baseball Coach at Portsmouth High School, a position he held until his resignation following the 2008 season. At Portsmouth, Dave’s built the program into one of the best in the state of Rhode Island, transitioning the team from a Division II program into a Division I program. He coached his 2005 team to a RI State Division 2 Runner Up finish, his 2006 team to a RI State Division 2 Championship, and his 2007 team to a National High School Baseball Coaches Association/Baseball America #40 national ranking. He was also honored as the ABCA/Diamond Division 2 Northeast High School Coach of the Year in 2007 and in 2010 was honored by the RI American Legion Baseball League as its Mark Hutchins Sr. Memorial; Award winner for his embodiment of the ideals of American Legion Baseball. After a six year “retirement”, Dave was hired as Head Baseball Coach at B.M.C. Durfee High School. In 5 seasons at Durfee, his teams posted an overall record of 63 – 46 and qualified for the MIAA Division 1 South Sectional Tournament in 4 of his 5 seasons, including two appearances in the MIAA Division 1 South Sectional Semifinals (2017, 2019). In 2019, Dave won his 200th career game as a high school Varsity Head Coach when his Durfee team defeated Fairhaven High School on May 2. Dave continued to be the General Manager and Head Coach of the Newport County American Legion Baseball program, giving up the Head Coach position for the 2015 season. In 2016, he became General Manager/Head Coach of the Hathaway (Somerset) Post 228 American Legion Baseball program. He was the original Travel Team Director of the ITZ Thunder Developmental Travel Baseball Program from September 2009 – August 2013 , and in August 2013 was a founder and the first Program Director of the Newport Junior Gulls Developmental Travel Baseball Program before leaving the post in September 2015. In November 2019, Dave accepted the position of Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Joseph Case High School in Swansea, MA.
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Jay is a Fall River, MA native. He attended Diman Regional Voc.-Tech. High School from 2002-2005, where he played for legendary coach John Pacheco as well as current Diman Head Baseball Coach Floriano Lima. He was a two-year starter for the Bengals. In his junior season, his team achieved an 18-0 regular season record. In his senior campaign of 2005, Jay was named a team captain, and, following the season, was named the team’s Most Outstanding Player, Mayflower League All-Star, and Fall River Herald News All-Scholastic. During his summers, he played for Fall River Post 314 American Legion, winning the Zone 9 Championship in 2005, and Maplewood Babe Ruth League, winning consecutive state championships from 2002 – 2004. Following high school, Jay played one season at Massasoit Community College before entering the workforce full time. Still active today as a player, Jay has played in the Fall River Independent Baseball League (2008 2016), the George Donnelly Sunset League (2012 – 2016), and the Rhode Island Mens’ Senior Baseball League (2011 – present). He started his coaching career in 2015 as an Assistant Baseball Coach at B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River MA, working with OPS President Dave Ulmschneider, a position he held through the 2019 season.. He has served as a hitting and catching instructor at In The Zone Baseball Club from 2015 – 2016 and at Inside The Park from 2016 – present. He served as an Assistant Coach / Interim Head Coach of the Jr. Bay Sox 12u Red Team in the program’s inaugural season of 2017, leading them to the Dugout Dawgs Cape Cod Wood Bat 12u Tournament Championship. In November 2019, Jay accepted an assistant coach position at Joseph Case High School in Swansea, MA.
Coach Bustin brings a wealth of experience to OPS and his clients. A 1989 graduate of Somerset High School, he was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. Following his high school career, he went on to Bridgewater State College where he was a 4-year pitcher and outfielder for the Bears. Earning his degree in 1993 in Physical Education and Health, he was hired by the Fall River School Department as a Physical Education/Health Teacher for the 1993-1994 school year. He remained in this position through the end of the 2013-2014 school year, when he was promoted to the position of district-wide Director of Physical Education/Health. After two school years in the position, Coach Bustin made the move to his current position as Athletic Director at B.M.C. Durfee High School.
Coach Bustin began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School from 1994-1995. From 1996-2000, he was the Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach at the Community College of Rhode Island. During this time, he also spent three summers as an Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach for the Rhode Island Reds of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. From 2001-2004, he was the Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach at Rhode Island College. He left the college ranks in 2005 to become Head Baseball Coach at Durfee High School, a post he held through the 2014 season.
Coach Bustin lives in Fall River, MA with his wife, Traci, and his two children, Brayden (19) and Abbie (16).
Coach Reid had a stellar high school pitching career at Tiverton High School, culminating in a RI State Championship in 1982. Following high school, Coach Reid pitched at the University of Rhode Island from 1983 – 1986. Following graduation with a degree in Physical Education, Coach Reid embarked on a career in education and coaching. He became an Assistant Baseball Coach at his alma mater, Tiverton HS, beginning in 1987. In 1991, he succeeded the legendary Steve Lake as Tiverton HS Head Baseball Coach. In his first two seasons as head coach, his teams posted a regular season record of 32-1. He stepped away after the 1999 season, but returned as a volunteer assistant coach in 2003 and assumed the Head Coach position in 2009, serving through 2015. He “retired” after the 2015 season and has spent his time doing one-on-one instruction with young and aspiring pitchers. Prior to joining OPS, Coach Reid was a coach for the Newport Jr. Gulls for one season (2016).
Hitting & Catching Instructor
Coach Fabian grew up and currently still resides in Acushnet, MA. He was a standout catcher at New Bedford High School and went on to play collegiately at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. Coach Fabian has been coaching and training players for nearly 10 years and brings his experience and knowledge of hitting and catching to every session.
Hitting & Outfield Instructor
Coach Mitsmenn was a 4-year Varsity starter at Saint Raphael Academy from 2010-2013 playing centerfield, while also contributing on the mound. He was a team captain in his junior and senior seasons. Throughout his high school career, Coach Mitsmenn was named to 3 First Team RIBCA All Division, including 3 All-Star Game appearances. He won the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award his senior year, for the top male student-athlete in Rhode Island.
After high school, Coach Mitsmenn played collegiate baseball at NCAA’s Division II Eckerd College in the Sunshine State Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida from 2013-2016. He played 3 seasons at Eckerd, with his first career HR – a 2 out grand slam – providing the game winning runs to help Eckerd upset #4 ranked Nova Southeastern 7-4. He won Eckerd College’s top senior male scholar-athlete in 2016. He was also voted to the SSC Commissioner’s High Honor Roll all 3 years.
He played his summer ball for Collette Vacations Senior American Legion Team for 5 seasons, winning the Rhode Island State Championship in 2014 playing for Coach Jim Mello. Coach Mitsmenn won the Most Valuable Player award for his contribution at the plate, on the mound, and in the field during Collette’s playoff run.
He has contributed to various coaching staffs in some capacity over the last few years, most notably volunteering for Jim Mello’s Senior Legion Teams in 2016 and 2017. Coach Mitsmenn has also been an instructor in many youth baseball clinics/camps, as well as individual private lessons.
Hitting & Catching Instructor
Chris is a native of Tidewater, VA and he played high school baseball at Denbigh High School in Newport News, VA. While at Denbigh, he earned All Peninsula District honors as a catcher. Following high school, Chris moved on to Virginia Commonwealth University, where he played under legendary coach Tony Guzzo. While at VCU, he was also coached by current NC State Head Baseball Coach Elliot Avent and current Catching Coordinator for the Atlanta Braves Joe Breeden. In 1985, Chris transferred to Christopher Newport University to finish out his playing career. He was named team captain and earned All Conference Honorable Mention for the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference both his junior and senior seasons. Immediately upon his graduation, Chris was hired as an Assistant Baseball Coach at the College of William and Mary where he worked with catchers and outfielders and served as the team’s recruiting coordinator, team travel coordinator, and first base coach. In 1988, Chris was named Head Baseball Coach at the College of William and Mary. At the time, at the age of 24, it was an NCAA record as the youngest head coach ever at the Division 1 level. After only one season at W&M, Chris stepped away to follow in his father’s footsteps and serve our country as a Naval aviator. He spent 24 years on active duty, attaining the rank of Commander. He served aboard the USS Ranger, USS Nimitz, and the USS Harry Truman as well as a number of bases in the US and abroad. He served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Allied Force (in which he flew 28 combat missions over Serbia and Kosovo), Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. His final assignment was to staff the Naval War College in Newport, RI. Upon his retirement, he was hired as faculty at the Naval War College. Since retirement, he has served as an Assistant Coach in both the R&R Construction Post 18 American Legion Baseball Program in Newport RI and in the Hathaway Post 228 American Legion Baseball Program in Somerset MA. He has also served as a Head Coach and as an Assistant Coach in the Newport Junior Gulls Baseball Program in 2014 and 2015.
Hitting and Fielding Instructor
Hitting & Catching Instructor
Coach Salvo grew up playing baseball at S.I.B.L. in Swansea, MA and eventually became a two-time team captain and four year letterman at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA. While at Tabor, he earned a scholarship from Fairfield University where he started for the baseball team all 4 years.
Also while at Fairfield, Coach Salvo broke a school record for having 400-straight chances without committing an error. He was one of 7 Stags all-time to finish a season without an error (min. 75 chances). He ranked second in the country in 2015 for most chances without an error and graduated in a four-way tie for first place in career fielding percentage at .990.He played summer ball with both the New Bedford Bay Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Since 2015, Salvo has worked with young catchers and hitters through Fairfield University Baseball Camps, as well as Coastal Connecticut Athletics (Danbury, CT) and Integrated Sports Training (Norwalk, CT). Salvo’s goal is to develop young baseball players of all ages in the areas of hitting and playing the catcher’s position.
Hitting and Fielding Instructor
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