Ken Ulrich Baseball offers some of the finest instruction found in the Tri-State area. Our coaching staff has been comprised of fun, hard working individuals who have all had superior playing and/or coaching experience, from the scholastic, collegiate, or professional ranks. In addition, each instructional staff member has had experience in the school teaching profession across the Rockland County area, and possesses the communication skills needed in order to interact with children of all ages.
Behind every successful organization, team, or business, is a great leader. Well there is no exception with us here at Ken Ulrich Baseball. A native of West Nyack, NY, Ken Ulrich has seen his share of successes both on and off the playing fields.
A 1996 graduate of Clarkstown South High School where he was an All-League, All-Section, and All-County selection as well as outstanding male athlete of the year for all four years of high school, Ulrich’s playing career moved on to Rockland Community College. There, he was an All-Conference and All-Region performer for two years as the Fighting Hawks starting catcher.
It would be at his next destination, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, where Ulrich would make his mark on one of the nation’s top collegiate programs, while also discovering a love for teaching the game of baseball.
Ken Ulrich arrived at Rutgers as a backup catcher in 1999, but his drive and determination had him leave the State University of New Jersey in 2000 as the first-team all-NJCBA catcher while helping lead the Scarlet Knights to a BIG EAST Conference Championship. In his two years at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights made two NCAA Tournament appearances, while being the only team in the country, in 2000, to be ranked in the top-10 in both team batting (3rd) and team pitching (6th).
Playing for legendary coach Fred Hill, Ulrich learned all of the nuances and little things of the game which are necessary to make great teams and great players. So, with one semester left prior to graduating from Rutgers in December 2000, Ulrich spent that fall as a volunteer assistant under Hill, where his newfound desire to coach was realized.
Just a few months later, in the spring of 2001, it was his humble nature which left him convinced to come up with a means to share his love for the game of baseball as well as his desire to be able to give back to a Rockland community that has provided him with so much. The Ken Ulrich Baseball camp was born.
After earning his master’s degree this past summer from Hofstra University, Ulrich is currently a physical education teacher in the North Rockland school District. In additon, he is the catching coach at Rockland Community College.
Dan Neil works primarily with pitching instruction throughout the winter months. A left handed pitcher with the Cleveland Indians organization, Neil graduated from Clarkstown South in 1996, where he was a classmate of Ken Ulrich.
From there, he attended Rockland Community College for 2 years, where he was the Mid-Hudson Conference MVP in 1998, and later earned a scholarship to St. John’s as both a pitcher and outfielder. After a successful stint solely as a pitcher with the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod League, Dan signed with the Indians as a free agent. In 2001, he was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star game after going 6-4, with a 1.33 era.
Several falls ago, Neil played in the prestigious Arizona Fall League with and against many of the top prospects in professional baseball today.
Joe Zeccardi comes to Ken Ulrich Baseball by way of Nanuet, NY where he was a scholastic star at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, NJ. He is presently hitting and outfield coach at Rockland Community College, after spending three years as graduate assistant coach at Long Island University, while finishing up his master’s degree at his alma mater.
As a player, Zeccardi was a four-year letterman for the Blackbirds, where he still holds the single season records for batting average (.444), runs batted in (58), and home runs (13). In 1999, he was named Northeast Conference Player of the Year. Following his graduation from LIU, Zeccardi played professionally in Grosetto, Italy, where he hit .318 for the 2000 season.
In addition to his coaching duties, Zeccardi is a physical education teacher in the East Ramapo Central school district.
Vinny Michello joins the instructional staff of Ken Ulrich Baseball after a successful playing career in the Rockland County area.
After playing scholastically as a three-year varsity starter at Clarkstown South High School, Michello went on to play at Rockland Community College, where he was the starting first baseman for two years. From there, he went to Hofstra University on Long Island, where he was a two-time all-conference selection for the Flying Dutchmen. Michello is currently assistant baseball coach at Clarkstown South, as well as a physical education teacher at Felix Festa Middle School in West Nyack.
A native of West Nyack, Tara Ulrich joined her brother several years ago and runs the softball session of camp. One of the most decorated student-athletes in the history of Hofstra University, Tara became the first player in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) history to earn four all-conference selections. Ulrich finished her career with the Pride in 2006, where she ranked in the career top 10 in several offensive categories including home runs (2nd with 29), hits (8th, 191), runs batted in (6th, 133), games played (6th, 219), at bats (6th, 658), and doubles (5th, 46).