Meet The 2021/22 Coaches

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This is Brianna's 2nd year with the Viper Organization and coaching the 10U level. Brianna played club softball for the Rockland County Stix from 12-18 years old.  She was a 4 year varsity starter for Spring Valley High School, where she played third base and pitcher. She earned All League and All County honors, as well as the Rockland Journal News Scholar Athlete of the Week. After high school, Brianna was recruited by St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY.  She was a 4-year starter and 2 year captain for the Spartans.  Brianna is a member of the STAC 100 Hit Club for achieving over 120 hits throughout her collegiate softball career and was also recognized as a member of STAC’s All Decade Team for the 2000s. After college, Brianna went on to coach both JV and Varsity teams for Spring Valley High School.  She also coached both 12U & 14U teams for the Rockland Thunder, where she won several tournaments and qualified for and participated in National Tournaments.

Nick Franolic: 12U.  Coach Nick is a first year head coach and is in his second year in the organization. He was a student-athlete at William Paterson University, where he played baseball and earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Today, Nick serves as a law enforcement officer with over 20 years of experience, which includes training members of his department and instructing at the county police academy. He resides in Park Ridge and is the Co-Commissioner of the Park Ridge Athletic Association Softball Program and a Board of Trustee member for the Park Ridge Athletic Association.  His daughter Sofia has been apart of the organization since she was 10. 

Gregg Schanck & Michael Candullo enter their 4th seasons with the Vipers and 2nd as coaches.  Gregg played 4 years of Baseball at SUNY Oneonta and is the President of Norwood Softball.  Coach Gregg still tries to live through his prime playing days by playing in a 40+ baseball league.

Coach Candullo played ball at St. Joes and has been one of our most committed coaches in teaching the Viper Way and expanding this group of girls.  He is always recruiting!

 

 

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Jordan Flavell-Boney has finally made her way to the Vipers.  Coach Landeck has been telling us to get her for years!  JFB was a 4 year varsity player at Northern Valley Old Tappan High School, playing centerfield. She played for four years at Dominican College (now Dominican University.)  JFB has been coaching at the club level for 3 years and her teams are always improving, competing but more importantly, love the game.  JFB has also been the Northvale Recreation Softball Commissioner for the past 11 years.   Her f/t job is as an Occupational Therapist.  She will be assisted by Shawn Cowley, who has been coaching with JFB at the club level for the last three years.

 

Jim Gilligan enters his 5th year with the Vipers and his fourth year as a Head Coach.  We started preparing Jim for this role at 10U many years ago.  Jim has seamlessly stepped in as a Head Coach since day 1 and does an amazing job.

Jim is a leader in the Dumont softball program and travel teams, so his competitive and teaching styles blend in perfectly with the Vipers.

He fully understands the level, our philosophy and program...the kids & parents adore him.

Jim is assisted by Coach Dino Eliopoulos,  Coach Dino is a professional High School Coach who has won league championships and competed deep into state tournaments with Midland Park High School.  Dino recently ascended to the AD role at Palisades Park HS.  Our girls and we are so fortunate to have him.  This tandem is awesome.  The girls love them and so do we!

Lee Ehlerman is the pilot for our 16U group in 2022/23 and in his second year with the Vipers.  We have known Lee for many years and not sure if any of our coaches ever beat his teams.  Among his many accomplishments are 4x Midland Park summer League Champ at 14u & Ugals. 17u Summer League Champ.  Most impressive is that he was the Mahwah Softball Commissioner for 10 years and built largely what is now the current model for town travel teams.  He also started and ran Mahwah Memorial Weekend Tournament for 10 years.  His "Club" experience includes 2016  NJ Sparks 12u, 2017 North Jersey Rangers 14u, 2018 North Jersey Rangers 14 u 5th place at Nationals  in Maryland, 2019 North Jersey Rangers 14u,  25th Nationals on Maryland & 2020 -2021 NJ Fire 10u, 12u & 14u.  Lee's team won 2 tournaments for the Vipers in 2022 and saw the most advance of any team in the organization in 2021/22

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Laura Germano is a graduate of Park Ridge HS and Ramapo College and begins her 5th with this group of girls.  Coach Laura started/played 3 HS sports and is a member of the 50+ goal club in soccer, 1,000 point club in basketball and an All-County shortstop in softball.   Laura started and played shortstop for 4 years at Ramapo College and earned All-NCAA Tournament honors (was also recruited to play on the basketball team).  She is a member of the Park Ridge Hall of Fame.

Best athlete in her family by far except for hitting, where she ranks a distant 2nd.

Laura has coached volleyball, basketball and softball at Park Ridge HS, was an asst. softball coach at Dominican College and is a certified cross trainer instructor.   She is the Varsity Volleyball & Varsity Softball Coach for Cresskill HS.  Laura has coached with us since 2015.

Laura is assisted by Lauren Brown and Lauren McHale.

Scott Babino. Steve Olshalsky

Our Head Coach for our 18U Premier team is Steve Olshalsky

Steve has been a leader in the Ramsey Softball Organization, played baseball at WPU & coached softball at the college level.  Steve has been with this core group and is entering his 5th season with the Vipers.  He has done and does an exemplary job.  Both his daughters Kacey and Juilianna play in the program.

 

 

Commissioners:

Entry Level/ Development & 10U: Sheila Serafin.  Sheila is entering her 6th year with the Vipers.  Sheila takes a step back from the sidelines this year and is overseeing our entry level/ training program for 3/4th graders, as well as becoming the Commissioner for 10U.   Having coached every Viper level from 12u-18U showcase, she will make sure that the 10U level is preparing for not just the 10u season, but for the 12u level they will see in the fall, 2023.  Sheila is the escalation point for all parents, coaches and players at this level.

 

12u-16U: Jerry Mercadante.  Jerry enters his 9th year with the Vipers and is our Commissioner for the 12U-16u levels.  Jeryr is responsible for all training, rosters and development for these 3 levels.  Jerry is an established, professional,  winning coach and knows the Viper way of doing things.  Hew is a resource and escalation pointy for all parents, coaches and players for these levels.