Blue Gray USA
Blue Gray USA has a complete staff and Baseball Board of consultants who possess a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience in all areas of baseball. The Blue Gray USA staff and Baseball Board knows what it takes to help create and improve a potential college baseball prospect... and then to promote the player on the college recruiting trail and find out where he fits best at the next level.
Our group includes some of the most successful high school coaches in New England history, as well as nationally known and respected instructors and evaluators, in addition to present and former professionals baseball players, including one who pitched in the World Series for the Atlanta Braves.
Here are the members of our Blue Gray USA staff, all of whom are at our events and also the members of our Baseball Board, who contribute as regular consultants and often attend our events to assist and advise players and their families on those important next steps.
Staff and Board
Steve Freker, Blue Gray USA National Director — Steve is one of the most well-known and successful high school baseball coaches in New England and on the East Coast. A 32-year high school baseball coach in Massachusetts, he has led three different high schools to success in the regular and postseason and #1 state rankings eight times at the Division 1 H.S. level. Over 100 of Coach Freker’s players have gone on to play college baseball, including many who have played and excelled at the Division 1 and 2 levels. Over a dozen of his former played have signed professional baseball contracts including two who pitched in the major leagues, one in the World Series.
In his year-round dedication and activities in promoting high school baseball and players, he has helped hundreds of other players reach the college baseball ranks. Before assuming Northeast and N.C. operations of Blue Gray USA, he served as a field director for Blue Gray Classic Baseball, assisting directly in the operations of that national baseball showcase outfit. Coach Freker at this time is the Region 1 rep (All New England states and N.Y.) on Baseball America magazine’s National High School Team & Player ranking committee; the Treasurer and Executive-Sec. of the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association (MBCA); a charter member of the MIAA’s Super Eight Div. 1A Selection Committee; and a longtime coach with the Mass. Amateur Sports Bay State Games.
Billy Johnson, Blue Gray USA National Hitting Director & Instructor — Coach Billy Johnson is a nationally-known and highly-sought after professional hitting instructor who had helped many high school players up their stock as college prospects and go on to the next level as college and some onto professional baseball careers. Coach Johnson heads up the staff which evaluates all of our hitters at Blue Gray USA events. Billy is also a 20-year veteran of Blue Gray Classic baseball events nationwide and this past winter participated in several highly popular and well-attended instructional clinics at BC’s Alumni Stadium bubble and some greater Boston area locales.
Kevin McGlinchy, Blue Gray USA National Pitching Director & Instructor — Kevin McGlinchy is the National Pitching Director and Instructor for Blue Gray USA. Kevin is a former Major League Baseball pitcher with the Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays who pitched in the World Series as the setup man for Braves Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, Mike Glavine and John Smoltz in their 1999 NL Championship season. He was a 1995 draftee and spent just three seasons in the minors before becoming only the third Massachusetts native to pitch in the World Series in 1990s, besides teammates Glavine (Billerica) and Mark Wohlers (Holyoke). The big 6-5 righty will be on hand for our events to give advice to young pitchers and direct evaluations of our pitchers at events.
Matt DiCato, Blue Gray USA Director of Operations and IT — Matt handles our communications operations starting with the maintenance of our website and social media outlets and continuing through the events, with news and media updates and live photos and other supporting information on event days and thereafter. He is an experienced baseball statistician and evaluator with many events nationwide under his belt in Mass., New Jersey, and North Carolina. Matt was also a very successful high school outfielder and then collegiate pitcher at Framingham State University and still competes on the mound at the semiprofessional level. Matt’s dual knowledge and experience in both information technology, communications, and baseball make him an invaluable member of the Blue Gray directors group.
Dan Cacciola Blue Gray USA Associate Director of Operations/ Office Manager — Dan oversees all of the day-to-day office operations, including event registrations, event information and public relations and communications. He works with closely with information that is displayed on website and social media operations and also oversees all of our email communications. Dan was a highly successful high school player and former Blue Gray USA standout performer himself and is now a business major and member of the Endicott College baseball squad.
Tony Serino, Blue Gray USA Site Director — Tony is our Site Director who both assists in locating and securing sites for our events and then on event day, coordinates communications between the Blue Gray staff and both the college coaches and professional scouts on hand and also between parents and players and the Blue Gray USA staff. Tony has a number of years as a former standout perfomer at Blue Gray Classic events in New England and nationally, and in recent years as a valued staff member. Before assuming the director’s position. He is a former standout Division 1 outfielder at UMass-Amherst and still competes at the semiprofessional level. He is the brother of Nick Serino, a former Washington Nationals farmhand who is a now a respected coach and instructor in Rockland County, N.Y.
Mike DiCato, Blue Gray USA Field Director — Mike is the Field Director for our events and supervises staff members in all on-field activities at our showcase events. He has a wealth of experiences having been on staff as many events for the past 10 years both on-field as an evaluator for Blue Gray Classic baseball. Like all of our staff members and directors, Mike’s primary goal is to ensure a postive and successful experience at the events for all of our players. Our events run smoothly and effectively with Mike at the helm on “game day”. He is a former Division 1 righthanded pitcher and second-all-time in appearances at UMass-Amherst. He is quite familiar with the recruiting process as a former All-Scholastic hitter in his high school years, where in 2005 he led Massachusetts in both hitting offensively and in strikeouts as a pitcher. He also shined as a Blue Gray Classic performer in high school a the former Wake Forest, Florida and New England events. Mike still competes at the semiprofessional level.
Sean Brinkley, Blue Gray Staff — Coach Brinkley is a seasoned veteran in both coaching and promoting high school baseball players who are aspiring to get to the next level. Sean has been a welcome addition to the staff in recent years with his positive demeanor and his deep knowledge he imparts in establishing quick relationships with our players and prospects. Most often Sean will be on the field coaching one of teams during the live game segment, while also lending his expertise to our staff of evaluators.
John O’Brien, Blue Gray Staff — Coach O’Brien is another veteran who had dedicated much of his life to coaching and furthering the interests of high school players in baseball. Many of Coach O’Brien’s players have gone on to the college baseball ranks. The longtime head coach at Lynnfield High School (Mass.), Coach O’Brien has for many years served the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association (MBCA) as an Executive Board member and was the co-founder, along with Blue Gray National Director Steve Freker, of the MBCA’s highly-recruited Junior Select All-Star Game. Coach O’Brien also is a longtime coach in the Bay State Games Baseball circuit.
John McGonagle, Blue Gray Staff — Coach McGonagle has served on the staffs of three successful high school baseball programs in the past 20 years, Malden HS, Malden Catholic and presently, Medford HS in Massachusetts. Recently he was the recipient of a major coaching service award from the Mass. Baseball Coaches Association. Coach McGonagle is regarded as one of top baseball “teachers” in Eastern Mass. and will be on hand at Blue Gray Events this summer to provide instruction and share his knowledge of how to get to the next level.
Frank Carey, North Reading (ret.) HS coach — Frank Carey is in his first year of retirement after an illustrious, 47-year career as head coach at North Reading (Mass.) High School. Carey amassed 736 wins in his career and is the WINNINGEST H.S. coach in Massachusetts history. Many of Coach Carey’s own players and those he has directly assisted have gone on to the college and professional ranks. Coach Carey also is the co-founder of the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association (MBCA) Convention and Instructional Clinic, which brings college coaches from the around the country to interact and instruct MBCA members in many of the finer points of the game. Coach Carey is in the MBCA Hall of Fame as well as two National High School Halls of Fame, the BCA and the ABCA. Coach Carey plans on attending both of the New England events and possibly others this summer to lend a hand at the Blue Gray USA events.
Dario Pizzano, Seattle Mariners organization — Dario Pizzano is in his fourth year with the Seattle Mariners organization and is regarded as one of their top outfield prospects. He is excited about both his soaring professional career and with being a member of the Blue Gray USA Baseball Board. Dario plans on attending and participating in all of Blue Gray USA’s fall and winter showcase and instructional events, as he did this past offseason and is in frequent contact with his colleagues on the Blue Gray USA staff. He is also a veteran of the Blue Gray Classic showcases having both attended and excelled at them as a player and then as a staff member in his collegiate years with Columbia University. Dario is looking forward to working with Blue Gray USA players as he did this past offseason.
Carmine Cappuccio, (ret.) Chicago White Sox & Philadelphia Phillies organization — Carmine Cappuccio is a former four-time NCAA Division 2 All-America selectee and a retired, 10-season professional outfielder in the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and independent baseball, concluding his career with the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the 2002 season. A resident of Greensboro, N.C., Cappuccio has New England roots in the greater Boston area, a rare, three-sport (baseball, football, basketball) All-Scholastic at Malden (Mass.) High School before heading off to Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., where he had a wildly successful collegiate career that led to a professional contract and event a U.S. Olympic Games tryout in 1992. He spent six years in the Chicago White Sox organization after being drafted in the fifth round in 1992, and ended up with Terry Francona as his first-ever professional manager with the Single-A South Bend (Ind.) White Sox. Cappuccio also spent two seasons in the Phillies organization before spending the last few years in the independent circuit. Carmine will assist in operations with our North Carolina Invitational event this summer.