OUR COACHING STAFF

Experience. Expertise. Inspriation.

COACH

BROWN

Coach Eric Brown brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to 5 Star National New York.

Coach Brown coached at Suffolk County Community College for 31 years, winning 685 games (vs 327 losses). During his tenure at SCCC, Coach led his teams to 8 regional championships (winning coach of the year each time) and 7 World Series appearances. In 2011, his SCCC team was ranked number 1 in the country going into the Junior College D3 World Series.

Coach Brown has been inducted into 4 Hall of Fames over the years, including the Longwood High School HOF, the SCCC HOF, the Suffolk County HOF and the NJCAA HOF. Throughout all of these accomplishments, which are second to none, he is most proud of the number of student athletes he has had a hand in sending to 4 year colleges and beyond. Every youth baseball player has a dream of playing beyond high school and even though he has yet to give out a scholarship during his coaching career, he has the ability to put players in front of the right people who do.

Coach Brown is not only one of our fine coaches, but he is the Director of the 5-Star coaching staff and Co-Director of College Recruiting for all our 5 Star athletes, with Coach Terry.

COACH

TERRY

After a storied baseball career, with honors that included one high school All American award (catcher), one collegiate All American award (pitcher), collegiate Regional Player of the Year (SCCC), multiple team MVP awards and trips to two collegiate World Series (D3 with NC Wesleyan and NJCAA with SCCC), he took to coaching directly after college.

Coach Terry coached at NYU for one season and SCCC for a total of 12 seasons. During his time at SCCC, he was pitching coach for 10 seasons dealing primarily with pitchers and catchers before becoming the Associate Coach for his last two seasons. Coach Terry helped his teams to reach multiple regional championships, with 4 World Series appearances. Coach Terry’s teams pitching staffs stayed in the top 10 in wins, ERA and strikeouts in the country during his tenure, with 2011 and 2016 staying in the top 3 for all D3 Junior Colleges.

Coach Terry coaches multiple teams for 5 Star and is also the 5 Star New York Regional Director and Co-Director of College Recruiting for all 5 Star NY athletes, along with Coach Brown.

COACHING STAFF

  • Coach Digirolamo
  • Coach D. Terry
  • Coach Canale
  • Coach Schor
  • Coach Rodriguez
  • Coach Sitler
  • Coach Belotti
  • Coach Cannizzo
  • Coach Gubitosi
  • Coach Keeling
  • Coach Beasley
  • Coach Scheinman

Coach DiGirolamo

Coach DiGirolamo, referred to as Coach Digi by his players and peers, is an original member of the 5 Star New York coaching staff, dating back to the Fall of 2021.

Coach Digi played 4 years of college baseball, splitting time between Suffolk County Community College (as a freshman played under the tutelage of Coach Brown and Coach Terry) and St. Joseph’s College (LI). He graduated from St. Joseph’s with a degree in Elementary Education.

Coach Digi coached travel with Coach Brown and Coach Terry for 4 years before making the jump to 5 Star. As he started with 5 Star, he was the head coach of the first 12U Cooperstown team from New York and lead them to a 4th place finish. Over his tenure with 5 Star, he has been at the helm of 9 tournament championships, including the very first one for his 5 Star chapter.

Coach Digi has a hand in all the 5 Star teams, and is currently the head coach of the 2026 team (with Coach Belotti) and a 13U team (with Coach Brown). During the spring, he is the head coach of the West Babylon JV baseball team. Coach Digi is also one of the best private instructors in Suffolk County, focusing on catching, hitting and fielding.

Coach Belotti

Coach Belotti begins his 2nd season with 5 Star New York. He played his high school days at Deer Park High School before playing collegiate baseball at Farmingdale State University. He tasted championships at both spots as he helped capture the high school league championship in 2017 and as a pitcher for FSU, helped bring home the Skyline championship in 2019.

Coach Belotti has coached a few age groups with 5 Star, currently assisting the 2026 team. He also does private lessons for pitching, hitting and fielding.

Coach Beasley

Coach Schor

Coach Canale

Coach Keeling

Coach Stein

Coach Rodriguez

Coach Sitler

JUNIOR COACHING STAFF

  • Coach Stein
  • Coach J. Sitler
  • Coach Mahoney

ADMIN STAFF

  • Heath Terry
  • Dean Cannizzo
  • Eric Brown
  • John Horn
  • David Terry

Coach K. Kortright

Ken Kortright is extremely passionate about coaching the young ball players. Ken attended Central Islip High School where he played varsity baseball as a 9th grader. After his senior year, Ken decided to serve his country and enlisted the US Army from 1987-1989 followed by the US National Guard from 1989-1993. Ken attended Stony Brook University from 1989 to 1993.  While playing baseball at Stony Brook University, Ken began his coaching career.  He coached multiple summer baseball teams and worked at summer camps. Ken graduated Stony Brook University in 1993 with a Business Management Degree. He is now the owner of a State Farm Agency in Patchogue since 2002. Ken has over 25 years experience of coaching, developing and most importantly communicating how important family is and dedication to help others. Ken started the Kortright Kares Foundation to honor his father (passed on 9-21-2014) who helped instill hard work and youth sports. In addition to coaching for 5 Star, Kenny is a Co-Director of Fundraising with Dean Cannizzo.

Coach CANNIZZO

Dean Cannizzo played collegiate baseball at Suffolk CC for Eric Brown, as well as at the University of New Haven.

Dean’s coaching experience includes 15+ years of travel baseball at various levels including coaching collegiate players for over 10 years in the Stan Musial summer league. Dean coached for the Long Island Mariners under collegiate coaches Randy Caden (St. Joseph College) and Eric Brown (Suffolk CC).  He has also coached youth basketball, soccer and dek hockey.

Most recently, Dean coached and operated the Lions Baseball Travel team for the past three years.

In addition to coaching for 5 Star, Dean is a Co-Director of Fundraising with Ken Kortright.

COACH DIGIROLAMO

Nick DiGirolamo played 4 years of college baseball (Suffolk Community College/St. Joseph’s College Patchogue). He graduated from St. Joseph’s College with a a degree in Elementary Education.

Nick has won multiple championships through various age groups both as a player and as a coach.

In addition to coaching multiple 5 Star teams, Nick provides private Hitting, Catching, and Fielding lessons.

COACH MacKenzie

Mike MacKenzie brings a wealth of coaching and teaching experience to the 5 Star coaching staff.  Mike has been a teacher in the Longwood School District for the past 22 years and has coached at the High School level for 10 of those years.  

In addition to coaching the high school team, Mike has coached various levels of travel baseball for over 8 years.

Coach PALERMO

Anthony Palermo had a stellar high school baseball career at Sachem North High School where he earned All League Honors as a 3rd basemen.

After high school, Anthony attended Suffolk Community College. While at SCCC his team won the conference championship and played in JUCO World Series in Texas.

Anthony transferred to St. Joes College in Brooklyn where he received first team all conference honors as a third baseman.

In 2021, Anthony got invited to spring training with Long Island Ducks.

Coach Horn

John Horn played high school baseball at Longwood High School where he was named team captain during his senior year. After high school, John attended Widener University in Philadelphia. His playing career was cut short by a rotator cuff injury but he seamlessly transitioned to coaching.

John coaches all aspects of the game but excels at teaching the intricacies of the infield positions. John instills in his players that through solid fundamentals, proper technique and repetition, all players can elevate their game to the next level.

John is the owner of Accent Web Design.

Coach D. Terry

David has returned to coaching after a fabulous youth baseball coaching career. David coached his little league team to two championship games in his 2 years as Head Coach, while winning 1. He was also the head coach of the 1st ever East End Little League All-Star team to win its district. His record in Little League during those two years were 33-8.

Upon moving to North Carolina, he got right into coaching, helping his new team to the championship game in his first season. After quickly becoming a head coach, he won 2 championships over the next 3 seasons and coached two teams in the North Carolina State Games.

In addition to coaching for 5 Star New York, David will also be heavily involved in Fundraising.

COACH Jose KORTRIGHT