All instructors at Extra Innings Warwick come with an extensive baseball or softball background. Whether they are former or current professional players, college all-stars, or high school or college coaches, Extra Innings Warwick offers serious professional instruction!
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Zack Zuercher - Pilgrim HS ('02) - University of Rhode Island ('05) - St. Louis Cardinals (9th round, 2005)
Zack starred at Pilgrim during his high school days, earning the Division I-South Player of the Year award in 2002 and leading the Patriots to the state title series at McCoy Stadium. He started his college career at the University of North Carolina before transferring to the University of Rhode Island in 2003 and exploding to stardom, setting program records for victories, strikeouts and innings pitched while leading the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in 2004. Zack was drafted in the 9th round by the St. Louis Cardinals organization following his junior season and finished up the 2008 season with their Double-A affiliate in Springfield, MO. Zack spent the 2009 season with the Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League. Zack will be available for 1-on-1 or group pitching lessons and will be an instructor at Extra Innings pitching clinics. Call Extra Innings Warwick to book your lesson with Zack today!
Jim Connell - Rhode Island College - LaSalle Academy Asst. Coach
Jim followed his All-Division year in 2004 at LaSalle Academy at Rhode Island College where he was a 4-year starter as a first baseman. Jim was named 2nd team All Little East Conference as a Freshman. Jim's intensity and work ethic bring a business-like approach to the teams and players that he coaches, and maintains the competitiveness that is necessary for youth athletes to be successful. By mixing instruction with discipline and fun, Connell has quickly become one of EI Warwick's most requested instructors.
Chris Costantino - Extra Innings Instructor
As a graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School, he was a 2 year All-State selection and drafted by the Boston Red Sox. He attended Walter State Commu¬nity College as a two-way player and is currently with the St Louis Cardinals Minor League system after being drafted in the 2011 MLB Draft. Summer 2011, Chris played for the Laconia Muskrats of the NECBL where he earned MVP honors for the 2011 season throwing a no-hitter, the 5th in NECBL’s history. Chris is a welcome addition to the staff as both a hitting and pitching instructor.
Jenna Deveines - River Central (’06) - Rhode Island College (’10)
Deveines played for Beaver River Central (NY), where she lead the Beavers to two championship appearances. Deveines earned All North Honors two years while playing for the Beavers. Deveines still holds hitting and pitching records at Beaver River Central. While at Rhode Island College, the Anchorwoman won three consecutive Little East titles as well as making two World Series appearances. In Deveines’ four years at RIC she averaged a 2.26 ERA with a 43-9 record.
Maria Morin - Extra Innings Instructor
Maria was the Head Coach of the Rhode Island College Softball Team from 1995-2012, compiling a 458-257-4 career record, the most wins in college history. In her tenure, the Anchorwomen won five consecutive Little East Conference Regular Season Championships (2005-2009) and four straight Little East Tournament Championships (2006-2009). RIC made five NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the National Championship Round in both 2007 and 2008 after winning the NCAA New England Regional Tournament both years. RIC won its first ECAC title since 1986 in 2005 and appeared in four other ECAC tournaments prior to 2005. Morin was named Little East Conference Coach of the Year three times in her career, as well as a two-time NFCA New England Region Coach of the Year. Her staff also earned two-time New England Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors by the NFCA in both 2007 and 2008. Morin will be a 2013 inductee in the Little East Conference Hall of Fame this October. She is also a member of the RI Interscholastic League Hall of Fame as well as those of Skidmore College and Classical High School.
Emily Johnson - Extra Innings Instructor
Emily completed her four-year career at RIC in 2013. She served a variety of roles for the Anchorwomen, including Pitcher, First-Baseman, and Designated Player. Emily played in 127 games for RIC in her career. She owns a .286 career batting average with 96 hits, 24 doubles, and 45 RBI. As a pitcher, Emily owns a 3.62 career ERA with 185 strikeouts in 279 innings pitched. She earned First-Team All-Little East honors as well as the team’s MVP award in her career. Emily has served as assistant coach for the RI Shamrocks and is currently the pitching coach for LaSalle High School.
Sean Furney - Extra Innings Instructor
Sean was a Pilgrim Graduate in 2009, as a member of the varsity team for 3 years he was named an all-star all 3 years and two-time All Division Pitcher for the Patriots. After high school Sean took the field for the CCRI Knights for 2 years and was a two-time NJCAA All-Region selection. Sophomore year Furney finished with a 1.32 ERA in 47.2 innings pitched, he finished No.9 nationally on the individual pitching list and as the No.3 strikeout leader with 72 strikeouts and 1.51 k’s per inning. He also joined several CCRI all-time record lists including No.7 single season strikeouts, No.18 in single season ERA, No.11 in career strikeouts, and No.6 in career ERA. Furney then went on to be a two year starter for Jim Foster at the University of Rhode Island where he had a combined 14-4 record and a career 2.25 ERA and was a two-time All Conference selection as well as All New England first team selection. Senior year Furney earned National Pitcher of the Week honors in early April after a combined 0.75 ERA and .167 opposing average over 14 innings against #9 Florida State and #8 Ole Miss. Furney then was named Rawlings National Pitcher of the week when facing the minimum of 27 batters in a complete game one hit shut out vs the University of Dayton. To finish of the year Furney posted a 1.98 ERA and struck out 82 in 99 innings pitched with a record tying 16 strikeouts in one game and went on to win Atlantic 10 pitcher of the year. Furney is now a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system where he finished rookie ball with a 2.25 ERA and recorded a league leading 64 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched. Sean will be available for 1-on-1 or group pitching lessons and will help with Extra Innings Pitching clinics all off season.