The 2019 collegiate baseball season was very rewarding for several Team Steel coaches as well as Steel Sports Academy’s lead instructor Frank Catalanotto. In just his first year on the job, the former Major Leaguer Catalanotto led the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Bears to Regional and Super Regional titles and a spot in the Division II College World Series.
The Bears won only 13 games in 2018 and easily surpassed that mark with a 37-16 record in 2019. Despite dropping their only two games in the World Series, it was a remarkable turnaround that has the program headed back in the right direction.
Another former big leaguer and Team Steel coach Keith Osik led his Farmingdale State Rams to the Skyline Conference championship as well as a spot in the NCAA Regionals. The Rams went 32-9 in 2019, and Osik’s coaching staff included fellow Team Steel coach Anthony Zitaglio. Nick Attardi, another Team Steel coach, was a starting outfielder for Osik and Farmingdale State.
Team Steel coach Cameron Sorgie helped lead Adelphi University to a 34-9-1 record and a national ranking as the team’s pitching coach.