COLLEGE SELECT STAFF
STEVE BLINN, PRESIDENT --- Along with his late step father, Tom Rizzi, Coach Blinn worked the College Select Baseball program as part of the family business. His first coaching event was The College Select Showcase (1997) at Cubeta Stadium in Stamford, CT. 19 years later, Coach Blinn has assisted thousands of baseball players hone their skills on and off the field. He is also fortunate to have coached/instructed over 45 former players play professional baseball including 7 in the Major Leagues. Blinn is also actively coaching in the Team Connecticut Baseball program in which during his tenure has included 9 National Top Ten Finishes including a National Championship in 2002 and a National Runner Up in 2003 and 2016. With College Select, Blinn's teams took home multiple championships across the country and even a 5th place finish in the Perfect Game/Baseball America World Wood Bat Championships in Fort Myers, Florida in 2004. As a player, Blinn was a high school standout from Methuen, MA where he also played in the Jr. Olympic Games in the summers of 1995 and AAU 17/under championships in 1996. Coach Blinn played at both Methodist University--Fayetteville, NC & University of Hartford--West Hartford, CT.
COACH JOE CARLUCCI --- Coach Carlucci was the Rye Neck High School (NY) Varsity head coach from 1999-2007. During his tenure, Rye Neck played in 4 consecutive Section 1 championship games from 04-07. Coach was also Section 1, Class C Coach of the Year in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Carlucci returned to high school baseball in 2010 as an assistant at Keio Academy, and most recently took back his head position with Rye Neck High School. We are extremely honored to have Coach Carlucci as part of the College Select Family.
COACH CHARLIE LaDUCA --- Coach LaDuca is a long time High School Coach in Western NY. Coach also runs PROBATS (RSP) the official bat of College Select Baseball. For a quality maple wood bat, check out Coach LaDuca's inventory at www.probats.net.
COACH SHANE LEGARE --- an All American JUCO in 2005 and National Player of the week. Was a key player for College Select travel team as a high school standout. At 6'8", Coach Legare is a literal lightning rod on any field. He has a number of former players currently in Minor League Baseball as well as playing college. Coach Legare has a passion for the game and willingness to share his knowledge with younger players. He is an asset to our great coaching staff. We are proud to have a former player come back and become part of the success story for our ball players. You will see Coach Legare at all College Select events...you can't miss him!
LYNNE RIZZI, Chief Administration Officer --- A former youth baseball coach and administrator, Lynne worked with her husband and College Select Founder, Tom Rizzi, and her son, Steve Blinn to launch and build the program. Lynne's responsibility to streamline the administrative processes helped spring Coach Rizzi's dream into a family run business that peaked with multiple showcases, travel teams, and championships every year. The College Select success would never have blossomed without Lynne's diligent work.
NICOLE BLINN, Staff Photographer -- Nicole has been part of the College Select Family for 10 years as our Photographer. She is the owner of nlbCreative Photography & Design based out of Connecticut. Nicole was also a two sport NCAA Division III athlete (Soccer & Softball) at Bay Path University. You will notice her at events with a camera in her hand and running away from fouled off baseballs. Check out nlbCreative at www.nlbcreative.com