Al Santorini

San Diego Padres/ St. Louis Cardinals

Hitting/Pitching Instructor


Vinny Galya

Hitting/Pitching Instructor


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​Joe LaCugna Jr.

Owner

Professional Baseball Player

Baseball - Hitting, Fielding, Catching

High School:

Manalapan HS

  • Three Sport Varsity Athlete
  • Received 10 Varsity letters in 4 Years at Manalapan H.S.
  • Football, Wrestling, Baseball
  • Top Quarterback and 1st Place Finish in the Monmouth University 7 on 7 tournament in 2009. (Football)
  • 2nd Place finish in Rutgers University Schiano 7on7 Shootout as QB (Football)
  • 4 Year Letter winner and Starter (Wrestling)
  • Ranked 5th in the Shore in 2009 at the 215 Weight class (Wrestling)
  • Peter Galati Scholarship Winner (Baseball)
  • Selected for the Under Armour National Tournament Team through Baseball Factory in 2007 and competed all over the country.
  • 2009 A- North Champions (Baseball)
  • 2016 Nominated for the Manalapan High School Athletic Hall of Fame

 

College:

Essex College - (Maryland)

  • Starting Shortstop for the Knights in 2010
  • NJCAA Academic All American 2010
  • Highest BA among Freshman (.319)

University of Maryland

  • Served Redshirt Season

NY Tech

  • 2 Year Starter for the Bears as an Infielder and Catcher

 

Professional:

2014

Benny Castillio Winter Pro Camp (Miami FLA)

 

Santa Fe Fuego (New Mexico)  

         Pecos League of Professional Baseball

Served as a Utility Player for the Fuego. Played 7 Positions throughout the season committing only 3 errors in 2014. 2014 Pecos League Champions. 

 

2015

Roswell Invaders (New Mexico)

         Pecos League of Professional Baseball

Served as a Catcher/Utility player for the Invaders. Committed only 1 error in the 2015 season. Broke the All-time Pecos Professional Baseball League Pinch Hit Record (.667 Average). 2015 Pecos League Champion.

 

2016

Salina Stockade (Kansas)

        Pecos League of Professional Baseball

​Served as a Catcher for the Stockade in the beginning weeks of the 2016 season before being reacquired by the Santa Fe Fuego. 

 

Santa Fe Fuego (New Mexico)  
        Pecos League of Professional Baseball
 

Named Fuego Captain for 2016 Season. Batted .365 with 6 Doubles 10 Home runs and 37 RBI as an everyday player for the Fuego. Ended 2016 Season hitting safely in the final 22 games. Recorded only four errors in 2016 playing 7 different positions. (INF/OF/Catcher).

 

 

Coaching:

2016 - Named Head Field Manager for the HC Ducks 13U Program 

2016Served as Manager for the final 3 weeks of the 2016 season for the Santa Fe Fuego Professional Baseball Club. Carousel of coaches in 2016 led SF Front Office to end 2016 season with LaCugna Jr. as Player/Manager after being named team captain mid-season.

 

 

Joe LaCugna Sr.

Owner

Baseball - Hitting and Pitching


High School:

   - 2 Sport Varsity Player at Canarsie HS in Brooklyn

   - Member of the Youth Service League in Brooklyn

   - Two Time All-City Selection

(Baseball)


College:

NY Tech

   - Outfielder

   - Ranked 5th All time at NY Tech in Home runs

   - Named Team MVP in 1980

   -   - Led the team in RBIs, Doubles and Home Runs on the 27-0 NY Tech team in '81

   - Ranked 9th in the Nation in doubles in 1982

   - Holder of a 22 Game Hitting Streak (2nd All-time)

   - 32 Outfield Assists in Career at home plate. 



Coaching:

- Coach in the Police Athletic League (PAL) for three years in Brooklyn, NY. 

- 4 year coach for the NY Baseball Academy Summer Program at NY Tech. 

- Started the Senior League Travel program for Manalapan under the realm of John Castellani

- Pitching and assistant Coach at Manalapan High from 1996-2004.

- Pitching and Hitting Coach at Playball Sports in Morganville, NJ from 1999 - 2002

- Active GM for the HC Ducks 13U select program

Our staff

Join The Hot Corner family and deliver world-class sports training, and plenty of fun, for young athletes. 

 

We’re currently looking for experienced coaches with a passion for teaching or coaches who have their own programs already and are looking for a new location for their clinics and one on one lessons.


 Please contact our office at 732-446-7634 to inquire about our open tunnel times, field times or our golf simulator. 

​Job Opportunities

As a parent of a young athlete, you can appreciate how dedicated coaching combined with a fun environment can make all the difference. We will produce a sports  experience that your child will talk about for years.

 

Each of our coaches has their own experience through the ranks of youth, high school, collegiate and professional sports with great success. Your athlete will rave about the time spent and the relationship they develop with any coach they choose. They will gain confidence in themselves and take their talents to an elite level.

The Hot Corner Baseball

INSTRUCTION AND INSTRUCTORS

Omar Artsen

​Pro Baseball Player

Miami Marlins/Detroit Tigers

Hitting/Fielding Instructor

​Speed & Agility Coordinator


Jason Faigin

Hitting/Pitching Instructor

​J. Faigin’s Baseball Academy, LLC.

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Individual instruction will provide the athlete with extra repetitions for maximum competitiveness at their level of competition.  This process will include individualized drills and breakdown of mechanics to enhance technique, skills, and baseball knowledge. 

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