2016 Bronxville Broncos
Coach — Joe Ferraro
How many years have you been coaching at your current school? I am thrilled to be beginning my first year as the Bronxville head coach. My athletic director Karen Peterson and the community have gone above and beyond to make me feel welcome to lead this group of student-athletes, Team 94 in Bronxville’s history. Year one is about developing relationships with our student-athletes, establishing systems for how we want to execute our vision, and creating an positive learning culture where our players want to develop.
How did your team fare last season? Last year’s team finished 8-12 with a first round playoff loss in Class B.
Who are the top players that you lost to graduation? Since I was invited to take over the program in January, one consistent message I have heard is that this team lost nine players, and eight starters to graduation. I look forward to meeting these young men as they are part of the Bronxville family, but I am equally excited about my current roster’s opportunity to earn playing time and forge their identity.
Who are your key returning players? Several coaches on our schedule have made it a point to recognize the character and baseball ability of four-year starter Joe Pepe. He has been a fantastic leader in this program for some time and will be integral in our growth. I have been equally impressed with co-captain, senior Tim Weir. As one of our core values, we ask that our student-athletes are coachable, and this has been the case so far for our entire roster. I am excited to see the team compete daily as we begin to grow Bronxville Baseball.
How do you feel about your pitching entering the season? I have not yet met a coach that has as much pitching as they would like, and this year’s Bronco team is no exception. That said, I love the work that my pitching coach Bobby Crosby has done with our staff to get them ready to execute our plan of working quickly, throwing strikes and changing speeds.
Your lineup? I like what I have seen so far from our hitters. The idea is to create a lineup that will put pressure on the defense. As we progress, it is the responsibility of our coaching staff to put our players in positions to be successful. We talk a lot about having a plan, and a positive approach at the plate. Our hitters will be trying to put together a quality at bat every time they step into the batter’s box.
Your defense? In the short time that we have been together, I have seen our infield defense take a tremendous amount of pride in their work. They have put in extra time and reps to develop their craft, and it has shown. This is the type of positive habit we are looking forward to spreading.
How would you describe your philosophy on how the game should be played? It is my belief that the number one job of a coach is to create an environment that the players want to be a part of. Baseball is meant to be fun, and I want it to be obvious that our players are enjoying the process. As long as they respect the game while they have a great time with their teammates, they are right where we need them to be.
How would you assess your team’s chances this season? One of the first things our staff did this year was define how we will measure success and what it would look like at Bronxville. Every coach, player, and parent reading this preview wants to win the section title this season, but only one team will. We will not measure our success with win and loss goals. Instead, we will determine whether or not our team culture has begun to take hold. Are we a team that gets better every day? Are we playing the game with sportsmanship and class? I have found that when a team focuses on these items, controls the controllables, the wins will take care of themselves.
When is your opening game? We open our season with a local battle against defending Class C sectional champion Tuckahoe High School on Thursday, March 31st.
On deck: Valhalla
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