Renegades Player and Coach Biographies

The Renegades are built of a team of blind players and sighted volunteers. One thing that makes beepball somewhat unique is the fact the coaching staff acts as both coaches and part of the team. Our sighted help teaches strategy, implements game plans and teaches fundamentals. The sighted help also contributes on the field. Offensively sighted coaches pitch and a catch, acting as a team to help the player hit the ball. Defensively, we have sighted help on the field to help position players and call zones when the ball is put into play, these people are called spotters. The Renegades view the players and coaches as one team.

The Players

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#15 Joey Buizon (2003-2015, 2018-)
Shorty, Mid Field, Rover, 1st, 3rd

“Wrong Way” (one of the best nicknames in the league) got that name for running to the wrong base in the summer of 2003.  To this day, he still earns that name for his base path escapades.  Buizon earned his graduate degree in Vocational Rehab from Umass Boston and currently works as the Supervisor of Employment Services for the Mass Commission of the Blind.  Buizon began to lose his sight at age 16 and that put an end to his playing of organized basketball.  He started playing for the Renegades while attending Bridgewater state in 2003 and he played till he needed to take a break to raise his two sons.  Buizon was a captain of the Renegades in the 2005 season and was a star in our documentary.  This Somerville native is one of the all-time Renegade two way players. Awards:
  • 2008: Philly Classic Offensive MVP .556 (5-9)
  • 2013: Bolingbrook:  2nd place Offense .667 (10-15)
See Buizon speak to the Boston Herald in 2018 and New England Baseball Journal in 2013
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#37 Shayne Cantan (2009-2011, 2013, 2015, 2021-)
3rd Base, Midfield, Rover

At just 19 years old, Shayne was the second youngest player in Renegade history in 2009. He had been playing High School sports with sighted kids despite being visually impaired. Most recently he was the co-captain of his high school football team in Hawaii where he played offensive lineman. Playing line in football has transferred into beepball. His power on the line has become power at the plate. In 2009, he shattered every rookie record held in Renegade history on the offensive side of the plate by leading the team with 25 runs and hitting .463 which was the 3rd best average of any Renegade in a single season. Shayne then topped this in 2010 setting the all-time Renegade record for batting average in a season at .617 with 50 runs scored. It does not stop with his bat as he is one of the best two way players in team history.  See a quick video of Shayne introducing himself here.
  • Awards: 2010 Bolingbrook Offensive All-Star 4th place .625 (10-16)
  • 2010 Long Island Classic Offensive MVP .643 (9-14)
  • 2010 Beast of the East Offensive MVP .710 (22-31)
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#47 Drew Crook (2019-)
Rookie

Andrew Crook caught the bug when he played in a beepball exhibition game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the fall of 2018.  Excited to take it to another level, he found the Renegades and got involved with the team during the off season.  He will have one of the longest commutes on the team as he lives in Manchester, NH but he says that will not deter him and he is fired up to be a Renegade in 2019.  Drew works in retail at the Mall of New Hampshire for Apple as a specialist in accessibility.  Those skills will surely come in hand to help his teammates earn technology as they teach him beep baseball. Meet Drew in a Renegade video
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#53 Shawn Devenish (2016-)
3rd Base, Rover

Devenish graduated Westfield State with a degree in physical education in 2014.  He had extensive experience playing sports in High School with his vision loss against sighted opponents.  He was a three year tight end in High School for his football team. He also ran track where his events included the 4×100 relay, 800 yard dash, shot put and discuss. He found the Renegades doing a google search looking for activities to participate in as an adult with vision loss. He helped get the Renegades to its first ever National title game in 2016, his rookie year.  He currently works as a physical education teacher in his hometown of Salisbury, Mass.Awards:
  • 2019 World Series Offensive All-Star 4th place .717(33-46)
See Shawn talk to the Boston Herald in 2018 , appear on Fox25 Sportswrap in 2018 and address the team in 2019
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#18 Rob Dias (2014-)
Midfielder, Shorty

Imagine shopping at a mall and having someone come up to you to talk about Beep baseball.  Thats how we recruited Rob Dias from Somerville. Coach Bryan Grillo saw a star in his eyes and just went up and started a conversation.  Rob had seen us play in 2007 and was interested.  He was the captain of his wrestling team in High School and understands what competition and leadership is all about.  When he is not playing beep baseball, Rob works for the Massachusetts office on disability as an advocate for people with disabilities.  Rob does not like to smile in his photos.  It’s a start to his intimidation…but the real fear he strikes into his opponents are the bombs leaving his bat.  Rob’s first hit was memorable as it was taken away for a safety concern but that set up his first official run as a walk off hit against the PA Wolfpack.  Defensively,  Rob Set a Renegade rookie record in the field in 2014 as he made 20 defensive stops.  This record had stood since the 2002 season. See Rob talk to the Boston Herald in 2018
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#81 Larry Haile (2006-)
3rd Base, 1st Base, Rover

We call him the “L-Train”.  This Train started with the team in 2006 and at that time had never swung a bat in his life.  He worked hard and has become the leading scorer in Renegade history with more than 300 runs to his name.  Larry has a love for public transportation.  He travels the world on his own. Riding trains in different countries is something he enjoys.  In a former role working with the MBTA, he helped introduce accessibility options into the existing process.  He also has extensive experience helping with mobility training.  Those skills have paid big dividends on the Renegades because he often helps orientate his teammates when they arrive to a new hotel or city.   Originally from the DC area where he ran track in a school for the blind, Larry calls Brookline his home.  Many recognize Larry as one of key players on the team to keep the team energy alive with his love of leading team cheers.
  • Awards: 2010: Beast of the East Offensive All-Stars 3rd place .500 (13-26)
See Larry appear on Chronicle in 2012
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#3 Melissa Hoyt (2007-)
1st Base, Rover

Hoyt picked up a bat in spring, 2007 and became the second female player in Renegade history to play in tournament competition.  Since then she has become the longest tenured female Renegade player in team history.   As a child, she played soccer and basketball until her vision loss seemed to put an end to her participation in team sports. “As a kid I was an avid sports fan, following football, basketball and baseball, wishing at times I could be on a team again.” That wish became a reality when she found the Renegades. For Melissa, she is often limited in what she can do physically as she battles Mitochondrial disease.  She may not be abl to run the bases as often as she wants or even practice as hard as she desires, but sh does not let that stop her.  She does what she can and has the full support of the team.  One of her career highlights was throwing out the first pitch at Fenway park with her team standing behind her on the Fenway infield in 2017. Read about Melissa in Mitoaction here from an article in 2017.  You can also see her appear on the Boston Neighborhood Network in 2010
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#40 Chris Kimball (2021-)
Rover

Kimball first found the team as a teenager at a camp in 2012 as a 14 year old.  We knew he enjoyed it at the time but was years away from being eligible to play. Fast forward 9 years later and we finally found him again through a lot of research and getting lucky connecting with his sister on Facebook.  This collegiate runner from Nichols College made an instant impact on the team, joining the 2021 season in late July.  He found himself playing in games with just a month of practice under his belt(rarely ever done in Renegade history).  Chris has a love of baseball, a love of running (he qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2022) and a grit that is worthy of the Renegades.
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#46 Joe McCormick (2012-)
Rover, Shorty, 1st Base

In 2012, Joe McCormick became a Renegade and in that season was one of six players on the squad with the name Joe.  None of those Joe’s were average and this Joe was no exception.  McCormick lost his sight during his senior year in high school and never let that slow him down.  Without missing a beat, he went on to graduate with a degree in computer science from Harvard University in 2014.  In his rookie campaign, McCormick set a Renegade record by scoring the most runs in team history as a rookie (34). Two years later he became just the second Renegade to make the World Series All-star team hitting .600.  Joe Mac is a leader both on and off the field with his work ethic, his knack to convince his friends to join the coaching staff, his ability to fundraise and his competitive desire to make the Renegades one of the top teams in the world.
  • Awards: 2014 World Series offensive All-star 5th place .600 (21-35)
See Joe Interviewed by New England Baseball Journal in 2013, and by Ubersense video in 2014
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Brittany McDonald (2020-)

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#71 Elana Regan (2021-)
1st Base, 3rd Base

Elana first met the Renegades in 2016 as a 14 year old.  During a trip to see the team in 2016, she asked many of the players and coaches to autograph her hat and she feel in love with the team.  In 2021, we participated in an event and attended a Woo Sox game and reconnected with her.  She was all in from that moment. She had two goals when she started to have vision loss.  Join the Renegades and get herself a guide dog.  Mission accomplished on both goals.  Elana joined the team in the beginning of August as an 18 year old and became the youngest female player in Renegade history.  She also became the first player to ever join the team and play in a game the same month she joined.   Elana played softball before her sight loss made it hard to play.  She is attending Brandeis University
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#1 Ivan Rodriguez (2021-)
Pinch Hitter

Ivan found the team from a friend, Luis Soto.  Ivan played baseball into his 30's before he suffered vision loss in his late 30's.  At 48 years of age, he would become one of the oldest rookies in team history and would become the 2nd rookie to sign on with the team in one of the biggest rookie classes in team history (4 players).  Ivan greatly benefited from getting back on the field in two ways.  First, it was some of the most exercise he had since losing his vision.  Second, he only knew one blind person before joining the team.  Getting to be around such high functioning blind people helped Ivan recognize the potential he can reach and started to show him new skills to use as a relatively new blind person.
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#48 David Sanchez (2018-)
Designated Hitter

David moved to Worcester in the winter of 2018 and through a google search found the Renegades.  Originally from Puerto Rico, he later moved to North Carolina.  David has been an avid baseball fan for his whole life loves to play this sport after he was deemed legally blind with RP in 2008.  Sanchez is the second ever Renegade with military background as he was a Sergeant for the 82nd Airborne Division in the army.  Anyone who can jump out of an airplane can quickly adopt to putting on a blindfold and running to the bases at top speed. See David appear on Fox25 Sportswrap in 2018
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#37 Luis Soto (2014-)
1st Base, Rover

Luis Soto is another player of foreign descent for the Renegades.  Born in Venezuela and raised in the Dominican Republic, he now calls Boston his home.  Luis found the Renegades from his classmate, Damon Graff, as the two of them were studying to be massage therapists at the time.  Luis finds great joy from being part of the team.  Playing for the Renegades has given him confidence that has helped him in many facets of his life including improving his home and employment situations.  In 2018, he gained further confidence when he may have become the first blind beep baseball player to live broadcast a game on Facebook live in Spanish.
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#2 Thaxton Thaxton (2015-)
3rd base, Rover, 1st Base

While playing baseball for Redlands Community College, Thaxton began to notice that he was struggling to see the inside pitch.  This was a pitch he normally crushed.  After seeing the eye doctor, he discovered he was going to lose his sight.  A short time after trying to figure things out, he decided to come to Boston to learn skills to help him cope with his vision loss.  His journey took him to the Carroll Center for the Blind.  There he began to start his new life without sports on his radar.  He never heard of beep baseball and found our team at an event at the Carroll Center and decided to come try it out.  One of his favorite feelings was the feeling of a ball hitting his bat.  He made contact quickly and often in his first batting practice as a blind man.  Thaxton had the bug.  He signed on to play with the Renegades before he had even decided to stay in Boston.  In 2017, Thaxton finished his degree, but from UMASS Amherst.  He also set a league record for the highest batting average in league history hitting .897 at the World Series in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Cooperstown came calling and to honor his accomplishment, put his bat on display in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Awards:
  • 2015 World Series Offensive All-Star 4th place .719(23-32)
  • 2016 World Series Offensive All-Star 4th place .651(28-43)
  • 2017 World Series Offensive MVP .897 (26-29)
  • 2019 World Series Offensive All-Star 6th place .706(36-51)
See Christian appear on NBC  and appear on NPR’s “Only a game” in 2017
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#64 Rob Thayer (2011-)
1st Base, Rover

Rob’s doctors said he would never play sports…that is until he found the Boston Renegades in 2011.  An avid sports fan, Thayer was happy to be part of a team. Competition, teamwork and losing weight were some of his goals when he joined the Renegades.  The weight loss was not only important to feel better, he wanted to shed pounds to help him lose his diabetes.  In his time with the Renegades he has been able to lose close to 70 pounds and keep the weight off.  At first, Thayer was one of the quietest players on the roster but once he got comfortable, he became a force.  Many consider him one of the best teammates on the roster always offering words of encouragement and bear hugs to his coaches and players during games.  He earned the nickname “Hot Tub” when he first discovered the joys of this hot bubbly sensation while attending the World Series in Minnesota in 2014.  While there, he would wake up at 5am to sit in the tub before games. Thayer became the President if his Lions club in Brockton in 2018 and is always looking for ways to help people. Meet Rob Thayer in a video made by the Boston Renegades in 2012
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#10 JJ Ward (2003-2012 2015)
1st Base, Rover, Shorty

Ward fell in love with hitting. He spent the entire 2006 off season working on his swing in the batting cages on his own. That work paid off in 2007 as he had his best season ever. JJ scored 17 times in 2007 which almost equaled the 20 runs he had scored in the previous 4 seasons of play. The 2012 season may have been Ward’s finest as he played in all 15 games and helped on both sides of the ball. Offensively he scored 17 runs and hit .309 (his 3rd highest batting average of his career) and he also contributed with 18 stops on defense for a career best.  JJ took time off after the 2012 season to take care of is new family and decided to come back to the team for the 2015 season.  Sadly, early in the season he broke three toes and was hobbled for most of the year but he played a key role off the bench for the Renegades in the World Series helping the team to its best finish ever (5th).  More family issues has taken him away from the game in 2016 and he plans to return in 2017.  He walked away from the Renegades ranked 4th all-time in games played (126), 8th in runs scored (94) and 9th in defensive stops (72).  JJ also hit .267 in his career with the Renegades.  He planned a comeback for the 2020 season when COVID robbed us of that season
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#30 Joe Yee (2014-)
3rd Base, 1st Base

In 2014, he became the 7th player named Joe to play in a game for the Renegades.  Joe’s experience with team sports was as a blind wrestler in high school.  As an adult, he enjoyed cross country skiing but never had much time for recreation.  Instead, Joe put his energy into his career.  He taught himself computers and focused on building his career.  That career lasted a long time at the Harvard Management Company as part of their IT department.  In 2013, on a recruiting spree, we finally convinced Dino Vasile (a Renegade at the time) to ask Joe to come give the sport a try.  Timing was just right as Joe wanted to put more work life balance into play.  On the field, Joe has had a lot of success on both sides of the ball in a short time.  His wrestling background has made him tough as he has battled through some injuries in his time with the team, most notably getting hit in the head twice in an inning while playing defense against the defending champs, Indy Thunder in 2017.  That did not stop him.  In 2018, he put that behind him and raised his batting average nearly .303 points above his career average when he hit .586 in a season.  Yee accomplished this with the help of his cousin, Peter Connolly who he convinced to join the team.  They became the second family members in team history to score a run off each other in competition. Hear what beepball means to Joe Yee in a Renegade video shot in 2016
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#9 Guy Zuccarello (2002, 2005-)
Shorty, Midfield

Guy was one of the original players from the 2002 squad. He left the team to parent a baby after the first season of play and returned in 2005.  Pound for pound Guy may be one of the most dangerous players in the league on both sides of the ball. On defense Guy has been named to two All star teams at the World Series including being named the MVP on defense in 2012 in Columbus, Georgia.  He is also the Renegades all-time leader in defensive stops.  Off the field, Guy is in charge of helping recruit new players and coaches.  He helps organize events and talks to anyone who wants to learn more about the sport and the team.  Guy has an amazing memory and can tell many stories about how the team has grown from what he calls the “dead ball era” of the 2002 team into what it has become today.
  • Awards: 2010 Beast of the East Defensive All star (15 stops)
  • 2012 World Series defensive MVP 36 Stops
  • 2013 World Series defensive All Star 3rd place 41 stops
See Guy on Fox News in 2017 and on Chronicle in 2012  and address the team in 2019

The Coaches and Staff

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John Oliveira (2002-)
The Owner

John is the man behind the Renegades. You may not see him on the field or hear him in team meetings, but his influence is everywhere. John met Coach Weissman in 2000 and the two had a vision to create a competitive beepball league in the Boston area. That vision may have been tweaked over time, but the Association of Blind Citizens found a way to fund the Boston Renegades Beepball program. John helped get the team started in 2000 and coached them in their first World Series in 2002. In 2003, he moved “upstairs” and left the coaching duties to new coach Rob Weissman. Oliveira’s passion to promote programs for visually impaired people has been the number one reason the Boston Renegades exist as a team.  His tireless efforts also provided the team with the majority of its fundraising from 2002-2012 when the team was trying to build a foundation.
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#62 Rob Weissman (2003-)
Head Coach, Catcher

Weissman helped start Beepball as a competitive sport in the Boston area. He got his start as the head coach of the Lowell LAB Retrievers in 2000. In 2003, he returned to the coaching ranks as the head coach of the Boston Renegades. He brings a unique style to the team where he is heavily involved in every aspect of the game as a hands on vocal coach. Those vocal chords get a work out during the season as he is known to lose his voice during tournaments yelling words of encouragement and barking out strategy. He may be the only head coach who catches during the game, which helps him keep a unique perspective. In his coaching career he has caught for over 3500 at bats and pitched to 20 batters. This means he has not been involved in a pitcher catcher battery in just 2 at bats since 2003.
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Tom Albertson (2021-)
Volunteer

Tom found the Renegades through his co worker, and Renegade volunteer at Brigham and Womens Hospital, Kim Vermilya.  As a baseball enthusiast, he was sold quickly and planned to join the team for the 2020 season.  Clearly, that was robbed from us all due to COVID.  He connected with us in the spring of 2021.  We did not know what the season would look like and he was unsure how long he would be living in the Boston area for at this time.  He signed on to be a Renegades in March and met some of the guys virtually at that time.  He took the field with us in June but when July rolled around, he was moving back to Philly in preparation to attend Georgetown for his MBA.  He stayed in the loop with us all season and when the Renegades played in the Philly area in September, he was coaching with us on the sidelines and helping with so much of the logistics for the day.  We were so grateful to have him with us and have hopes he will return to the Boston area in the near future
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Peg Bailey (2013-)
Team Nurse, Catcher

On a cold April Rainy night at Fenway, Peg got up from her grand stand seat and was walking around the concourse when she stumbled across a table with a few blind guys.  Curiosity brought her to the table and after talking to a few people she was interested in learning more about beep baseball.  That interest turned into a volunteer coaching position.  Peg has a deep background in softball.  She walked on to her college softball team as a 37 year old freshman pitcher at Salem State.  At this time, she was still pitching in a modified fast pitch league.  Beyond that, she has coaching experience in softball and is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  As a Renegade, Peg has made this one of her passions.  She is an avid fundraiser and makes almost every practice.  Her passion to help others shines with the Renegades as she helps with their skills and their health. We are excited that night at Fenway was cold, or we may never had met her.
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#77 Joe Bourque (2013-2014, 2017-)
Spotter/Catcher

Joe Bourque joined the Renegades in 2013 while he was still attending Boston College.  After graduation, he left the area but never lost touch with the team.  Even though he was not actively on the roster, he did attend some games in 2016 and never lost interest in the game.  He vowed to return.  In 2017, his career path took him back into the Boston area and before he has even started his first day, he voiced his pleasure to be back with the team.  Hailing from Wakefield, Bourque, a two-time marathoner, grew up playing baseball, basketball, hockey and football throughout his childhood and continued in running track during his high school years.  Bourque found out about the Renegades through his close friend and current Renegade player, Joe McCormick.   While with the team  Joe played many roles from helping with running practices, getting paperwork, keeping stats, shooting video, catching, hitting grounders, running drills, doing live videos of our games and calling on the defense.  He also was part of the coaching staff that attended the 2014 & 2019 World Series.
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#44 Ron Cochran (2006-)
Pitcher

Cochran returned to beepball in 2006 as he along with Weissman and Grillo helped get beepball started in Massachusetts back in 2000 with the Lowell LAB Retrievers. In his first year as a pitcher he set many of the Renegade records including best batting average against (.368). Cochran continued to improve into his fourth year as he is currently the all-time leader in batting average against (.349), Putting balls into play (78%) and at-bats (2507). Ron has helped 6 players win 8 offensive MVP awards in the 2007-2013 seasons. Ron brings with him experience in pitching, a hard core competitive fire and years of coaching experience which has translated into helping him become one of the better pitchers in the NBBA
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#7 Peter Connolly (2016-)
Pitcher

Peter joins the Renegade after the start of the 2016 season and he is quickly picking up the sport.  Peter has seen the Renegades play games in Long Island and in Woburn and is familiar with the intensity of the sport.  In team history, he becomes just the 3rd volunteer (and only active volunteer) who is related to a player.  He is Joe Yee’s younger cousin.  Peter is part of the Renegade volunteer staff youth movement as he is in his mid-twenties.  During  the work week, he is an actuary for John Hancock but for the Renegades he wields a big bat.  That big bat is needed as we want ground balls to be “smoked” to help us prepare for the World Series.  Watch out, he has an interest in pitching as well and could become our 4th Active pitcher!
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#35 Gina Devenish (2018-)
Catcher/Spotter

Gina officially joined the squad in 2018 after sitting on the sidelines as a fan in 2016 & 2017.  Gina resides in Salisbury, MA with her husband, Shawn Devenish who plays with the squad.  Her experience as a teaching assistant and time running track, playing field hockey and watching the Renegades practice for the past 2 years will help make her a valuable  asset to the team.  Gina likes the fact the Renegades help blind and visually impaired people be part of a team while having a reason to stay in shape and stay active.
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Alasdair Fletcher (2019-)
Base Running Coach

“Big Al” as he has become known, comes to the renegades from across the pond. Alasdair was born in Manchester, England, and moved to the United States a number of years ago. Alasdair learned about the team from Seth Cutler, who also volunteers with the team. Alasdair brings a plethora of running knowledge due to his experience as a cross country runner and track star. This knowledge will surely help the Renegades succeed and get into impressive shape.
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#33 Bryan Grillo (2003-)
Defensive and Running Coach, Spotter

Grillo gets his beepball roots from coaching with the Lowell LAB Retrievers in 2000 with Rob Weissman. While in Lowell, he was often found wearing a blindfold and playing the game as player. The perspective of being a player has helped him to lead the team in the field. Grillo is the Renegades Caller. When there is a ball put into play you will hear Bryan yelling out signals to the players to help them zone in on the ball. Grillo has been the Renegades sole caller in a single caller system in 80 of 82 games since he joined the team in 2003. Since the team has moved to a dual calling system, Grillo has called more games (31) than anyone else. Historically, he was on the field to help Darren Black (2) and Guy Zuccarello (2) earn their World Series All- Star awards.
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Michael Koenig (2019, 2022-)
Running coach

Mike found the Renegades through an ad within IBM’s community outreach program.  That add had been running for years and Mike was the first one to respond.  Mike jumped right in with two feet from his first practice with the team.  He has coaching experience as he coached both football and lacrosse.  Mike works at IBM working to help HR departments use cognitive software to help them better perform their roles.  His skills at IBM, outgoing personality and love of sport will help him be a great fit with the Renegades despite his love of the New York Yankees.
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#32 Jason Lenicheck (2004-2015, 2017-)
Hitting coach, Spotter

Jason “Ace” Lenicheck has more coaching experience than the entire Renegade staff, with years of coaching girls soccer. In 2004, Ace joined the coaching ranks to help the Renegades with their hitting. Back in his playing days he was known as an all hit no field 3rd baseman for Acton Boxboro High School. The combination of his hitting and coaching skills quickly have made him an impact coach on the staff. In 2011, he was pressed into learning the defense and asked to call. Taking his skills of playing 3rd base, he called the left side of the defense for 5 games in 2011 leading the defense to 4 wins.  He has called at the World Series, Chicago and in the Beast of the East and helped the team to a 9-5 record as a substitute spotter!  His do it all mentality has helped the Renegades improve their on field success.
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Mike Marciello (2013-)
Hitting Coach, Team Doctor

Media plays an important role in connecting people and that was the case for Mike.  He found about us through an article on our documentary that was in the Boston Globe.  Mike has some personal ties to the team on a few levels.  Athletically he loves baseball and has played and coached it at different levels.   Personally has been diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease which impacts his central vision.    Professionally he trained at Spaulding Rehab and is currently a doctor of Physiatry which focuses on treating pain and restoring maximum function lost through injury. Mixing all of the above together and we have the ingredients and a recipe for a coach who we hope will help us as much as we can help him.
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Patrick Marquis (2012-)
Catcher, Defensive Coach, Web Site Administrator and Designer

Patrick has a personal interest in web design and had been sitting near Rob Weissman at Work at IBM for a few years.  With Rob’s super novice web design knowledge, Patrick was able to help him through a few sticky points over the years.  In 2012, Patrick and Rob got to talking about the organization’s desire to move the site to WordPress.  The lucky thing here was Patrick’s technical curiosity was steering him to learn WordPress and a partnership was formed.  Patrick redesigned the entire Renegade web site to be hosted on a WordPress site.  This redesign was his first major project in this realm and was a success. He made it easier for the team to update the web site, link it to social media and we have many more things planned now that its easier to maintain.   You may not often see Patrick on the field, but this improved web presence has helped us reach many people across the globe with more up to date content about our great sport and team.
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#26 Rick Myers (2004-)
Defensive Coach, Equipment Manager

Myers was introduced to the game of beepball in 2000 as he was part of a sighted team asked to play the Lowell LAB Retrievers in a scrimmage game. He was one of the few sighted people to score a run in those contests. In 2004, Myers joined the coaching ranks to help Boston with their defensive skills. One important lesson he taught was the importance of wearing a protective cup as he accidentally hit a player three times before they made the all important purchase. Myers has a PHD in Physics which has been helpful off the field repairing bases, studying breakage in bats and developing defensive charts for the coaches to use to set up the team defense. Myers has not been able to be on field as much in recent years but has stayed involved helping to repair equipment and work with stats for the home games.
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Fran Regan (2021-)
Running Coach

We met Fran Regan at a Woo Sox game that he attended with his daughter, Elana.  Little did he know, he was going to be recruited!  Fran became just the second father of a player to ever join the Renegades coaching staff.  He also became the first family member to ever join the team in the rookie year of their family member.   We asked him to join because he is a skilled physical therapist and we needed that on our team.  He joined the team with just about 6 weeks left in the season and was eager to learn the ropes.  In that short time, he committed to helping players recover from injuries to help them heal during the off season.
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Lucas Schwallie (2015-2018, 2021-)
Hitting Coach

This 16 year old found out about the Renegades in 2014 when he stopped one of our players on the street, out of pure curiosity how a guy with a walking cane could be wearing a uniform and holding a bat.  A year later, he remembered this and reached out to us to ask if he could volunteer.  By the time he got to his second year with the team as a 16 year old, the Renegade players were taking direction from him because they could see he knew his stuff and was able to teach them how to swing. that work continued till he took some time off from the team as he left to attend College at Claremont McKenna College in California.   He was coaxed back to the team in 2021 and didn't miss a beat.  In fact, Joe McCormick credits Lucas with a tweak to his swing that led him to one of his best seasons at the plate.  When Lucas is not at school or coaching, he is working to run his podcast called Hangtime Headlines
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Dana Vermilya (2019-)
Running coach/Team Nurse

Dana joined the team in 2019 after hearing about the squad from Lisa Andrews.  Dana joins the team with her daughter, Kim and brings the first ever mother/Daughter tandem to the team.  Dana helps the Renegades with base running and defense.  She also adds medical experience to the team as she is a nurse who works at Brigham and Women's hospital.  The funny thing is she works on a floor that Coach Rob spent 3 weeks on during the 2014 pre-season.  Dana has been a steady presence with the team in her rookie season and is learning a lot.
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#12 Laura Ward (2009-2013, 2019-)
Defensive/Running coach, Spotter

Laura was just looking for anything she could do for the team in 2009. She found a niche as a volunteer for the Renegades. She can be found doing just about anything. Laura has been instrumental in helping organize some of the teams’ fundraising events. Laura is the ultimate team player and is willing to take on anything for the team. She is one of the main reasons the Renegades will be hosting their first ever four team tournament in July because she has the drive to make it the best event the Renegades have ever had. Laura wanted to do more than fundraising and learned to call in the Renegades defense. Since the Gades moved to a two caller system in 2010 Laura has called the third most amount of games, calling 20 games from the right side before she left the team in 2013. See Laura talk about how she joined the team and what it means to her
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#41 Hunter Weissman (2011-2013, 2015-)
Hitting Coach, Catcher, Team Operations Intern

Hunter, one of the Weissman twins, is Coach Rob’s nephew and former coach Lisa Klinkenberg’s son. Both Lisa and Rob thought it would be great to have the kids involved in the team and as they grow, they are getting great experience volunteering and learning about the visually impaired. Hunter has a lot of baseball experience and can often be found catching, throwing balls into the team defense or helping guide players back from base running drills.  In 2017, Hunter was looking for a bigger role and took on an internship with the team.  There he worked on many projects including organizing fundraising games, working in the community, broadcasting games and events on Facebook live.  Hunter gained worked in all facets of the operations of the Renegades.
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Teigan Weissman (2011-2013, 2015-)
Spotter, Pitcher

Teigan is the the left handed half of the twins. He is actually a great left handed catcher in baseball…but if he does not bring his glove..we have to give him other duties. Teigan has an interest in film..so he has helped the team record practices on video which we use to break down players swings. He also helps out on defense and base running. When the twins started they were smaller than all of the players.  Entering the 2015 season they are taller than most of the players and have been able to play a bigger role in helping coach the Renegade hitters.  Teigan has been helpful in teaching players about their swings.  Teigan often also helps with video and photography.

Retired Renegades

There is also a page to see information on players and coaches of Boston Renegade past (from 2002 forward)