Tony has a true passion for the game, and has been an integral part in developing some of the finest female softball athletes for almost 30 years. In 1990 he coached the Coventry Girls Softball Team for three years, and then moved on to co-found and head up the Connecticut Bombers Travel Softball Organization. Over the years he managed several teams in the 10U-16U age bracket, qualifying teams for numerous PONY National Tournaments, and most recently taking 5th place in 2016. Tony served as President of the Bombers organization for over 20 years. In the 2016-2017 season Tony moved on to Assistant Coach of the Worcester Eagles 18U Gold, under Coach Ralph Raymond (two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner as Coach of USA Softball). In addition, Tony currently serves as the Softball Consultant for Sports on 66, is a Nationally Certified Youth Coach, and Mike Epstein Certified hitting instructor.
Brian Nissle has been an avid baseball player since youth, and coach, since 1998 when he began coaching in the local Meriden/Wallingford area’s recreational leagues. From 2012 to 2014 he assisted the CT Hornets. Following that, from 2013- 2016, Brian served as Coach for Washington Middle school in Meriden. During his coaching at Washington, the team’s records improved from a 0-12 record to 5-4 record over the first 3 years. After the fourth year, Brian accepted an opportunity to coach at the Wilcox Technical High School and also coached with the Lady Knights (14U-18U) for five years from 2015-2019, working with Davaina Hernandez who played at UMASS (D1) for 4 years and was on the Puerto Rican National Team.
Currently, Brian is proud to be Assistant Coach of The Freedom Elite 18U under Tony DeLorenzo, responsible for all aspects of coaching duties to include conditioning, managing practices, score keeping, team communications, and tournament execution. It is Brian’s goal to provide both on and off the field learning experiences for all athletes. Brian accredits his success as a coach to the many teachers that came before him and hopes to pass on his knowledge and resources to the players on the Freedom Elite roster.