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VOTE FOR THE NATIONAL GRID COACH OF THE YEAR

All season long, the Cyclones and National Grid have been looking for the best youth coach in the tri-state area.  After numerous submissions, we've narrowed it down to four worthy finalists.  Voting for the Coach or the Year will be open to through the Brooklyn Cyclones.com starting August 28th at 10 AM through Friday, September 4th at 5 PM. The Coach of the Year winner will be announced on Saturday, September 5th and honored on the field during the last home game of the season. The selected coach will receive four tickets to attend the game, and will be awarded a signed bat and a framed certificate.  You can vote once a day for your favorite coach.

To vote -- CLICK HERE
 
Bobby Arena – Nominated by Gabriel Barbagallo, Bobby Arena is the coach of the U12 Brooklyn Baseball Association Bombers and has continuously gone above and beyond for his team. If Arena sees a player in need, he takes it upon himself to help as much as possible. When one of the player’s home tragically burned down, Arena raised thousands of dollars to help his family in the wake of the fire’s aftermath. If parents are unable to provide transportation to games, Arena will drive the players there. He instills positive values in his players in many ways, from having the team participates in charitable drives and national cancer fund walks to making sure the boys are treating each other with respect and are keeping their grades up in school. The players on his team have expressed gratitude regarding Arena’s welcoming nature that makes them feel more like not just a team, but a family.  To vote -- CLICK HERE

 

Joe Nardiello – A coach for both the Cub and Super Bantam Cardinals division for the South Brooklyn Baseball League with Prospect Park Baseball Association, Joe Nardiello has displayed outstanding dedication to not only his players’ performance, but their character as well. He goes out of his way to instill values that will teach the players crucial life lessons that they will carry with them on and off the field. Nardiello emphasizes the need for good sportsmanship and respect, as well as positive support for a teammate in need. One of his players actually asked his parent to save Coach Joe’s game recap emails so that he can re-read them when he hits performance roadblocks. A coach of compassion and encouragement, Nardiello has what is called “an infectious enthusiasm for the game” that his players feed off of, pushing them toward enhanced performance and strong character.  To vote -- CLICK HERE

 

Jonathan Zweibel – The Hewlett Woodmere Little League’s coach for the Rangers this past spring and the Arizona Diamondbacks this upcoming fall, Jonathan Zweibel goes beyond just teaching his players the rules of baseball. A positive source of motivation for his players to always do their best on the field, Coach Jonathan also teaches them that mistakes are unavoidable and are something to be learned from. He puts priority on his team having fun and believing in themselves. Players on Coach Zweibel’s team are constantly learning, growing their skillset and increasing their confidence. Providing ample and equal opportunity for every player, Zweibel’s team mirrors his own passion and heart for the game.  To vote -- CLICK HERE

 

Larry Lum – Coaching for the Great Neck Little League Division U10 White and Blue teams, Larry Lum emulates astounding dedication for his players and the game of softball. He has proven this by going above and beyond since the very start of this season. Rather than turning girls away when too many girls signed up in the U10 division, Coach Lum created, coached, and managed two teams in order to provide all the players with an opportunity to play. The two teams the girls were provided with more chances to get in the batting rotation with less bench time as well. Building up his players’ confidence through positive feedback, a parent says that “it is because of him the girls want to play softball every spring.” To vote -- CLICK HERE

 

All season long, the Cyclones and National Grid have been looking for the best youth coach in the tri-state area.  After numerous submissions, we've narrowed it down to four worthy finalists.  Voting for the Coach or the Year will be open to through the Brooklyn Cyclones.com starting August 28th at 10 AM through Friday, September 4th at 5 PM. The Coach of the Year winner will be announced on Saturday, September 5th and honored on the field during the last home game of the season. The selected coach will receive four tickets to attend the game, and will be awarded a signed bat and a framed certificate.  You can vote once a day for your favorite coach.

To vote -- CLICK HERE
 
Bobby Arena – Nominated by Gabriel Barbagallo, Bobby Arena is the coach of the U12 Brooklyn Baseball Association Bombers and has continuously gone above and beyond for his team. If Arena sees a player in need, he takes it upon himself to help as much as possible. When one of the player’s home tragically burned down, Arena raised thousands of dollars to help his family in the wake of the fire’s aftermath. If parents are unable to provide transportation to games, Arena will drive the players there. He instills positive values in his players in many ways, from having the team participates in charitable drives and national cancer fund walks to making sure the boys are treating each other with respect and are keeping their grades up in school. The players on his team have expressed gratitude regarding Arena’s welcoming nature that makes them feel more like not just a team, but a family.  To vote -- CLICK HERE

 

Joe Nardiello – A coach for both the Cub and Super Bantam Cardinals division for the South Brooklyn Baseball League with Prospect Park Baseball Association, Joe Nardiello has displayed outstanding dedication to not only his players’ performance, but their character as well. He goes out of his way to instill values that will teach the players crucial life lessons that they will carry with them on and off the field. Nardiello emphasizes the need for good sportsmanship and respect, as well as positive support for a teammate in need. One of his players actually asked his parent to save Coach Joe’s game recap emails so that he can re-read them when he hits performance roadblocks. A coach of compassion and encouragement, Nardiello has what is called “an infectious enthusiasm for the game” that his players feed off of, pushing them toward enhanced performance and strong character.  To vote -- CLICK HERE

 

Jonathan Zweibel – The Hewlett Woodmere Little League’s coach for the Rangers this past spring and the Arizona Diamondbacks this upcoming fall, Jonathan Zweibel goes beyond just teaching his players the rules of baseball. A positive source of motivation for his players to always do their best on the field, Coach Jonathan also teaches them that mistakes are unavoidable and are something to be learned from. He puts priority on his team having fun and believing in themselves. Players on Coach Zweibel’s team are constantly learning, growing their skillset and increasing their confidence. Providing ample and equal opportunity for every player, Zweibel’s team mirrors his own passion and heart for the game.  To vote -- CLICK HERE

 

Larry Lum – Coaching for the Great Neck Little League Division U10 White and Blue teams, Larry Lum emulates astounding dedication for his players and the game of softball. He has proven this by going above and beyond since the very start of this season. Rather than turning girls away when too many girls signed up in the U10 division, Coach Lum created, coached, and managed two teams in order to provide all the players with an opportunity to play. The two teams the girls were provided with more chances to get in the batting rotation with less bench time as well. Building up his players’ confidence through positive feedback, a parent says that “it is because of him the girls want to play softball every spring.” To vote -- CLICK HERE

 



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