"We have instructed some great ball players since we opened our doors in the 1980’s. Many of our Little League students made their all-star teams which have been in regional and state tournaments. We have provided instruction to high school students who have achieved All County, All State and All-American honors. Many of our students go on to play college ball on scholarships. We have had an abundance of players who have signed with professional baseball teams. These are all great chievements but the most rewarding accomplishment is to see each student improve and reach their greatest potential."

Lawrence & Joe Gilligan Jr.

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Lawrence Gilligan: An All- American first team highschool selection, and listed on Bergen County Record's All Century team, Lar was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of High School but opted to play for the University of Tennessee. Again , Lar became an All American collegiate player, and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. He played four years with the White Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. After his baseball career was over, he coached at the collegiate level and was also a professional scout for a brief time. In 1997 he co-created Akadema Inc, one of the best known baseball brands in the world and used by some of the games best stars.


Kris Totten: pitched for St. Thomas Aquinas and was signed by the Seattle Mariners. After one season with the Mariners, Kris went on to pitch four years professionally for the Elmira Pioneers of the Northern Minor Leagues. In 2001 he was named Proplayers head of Pitching. In 2004 he was named Vice President of Akadema Inc. one of the best known baseball brands in the world and used by some of the games best stars.


Jordan Aughey, A NCAA outfielder for William Paterson University, Jordan played two years for the William Paterson Pioneers. Prior , he was an NJCAA starting outfielder for the County College of Morris where he played two seasons of baseball. At Lakeland Regional High School he was a second-team all-state , first-team all-county and first-team all-conference selection his senior year. He set the single-season hits record at Lakeland. Jordan was a first-team all-conference and second-team all-county pick his junior year. Aughey, lifted his team sophomore years to a N1G3 state championship. He graduated from William Paterson with a marketing degree and is currently employed by Akadema

Bo Gilligan currently is a starting left hand pitcher for the Swedish National Team, NCAA baseball for Rowan University and for the Genesee Rapids of the MLB sponsored New York Collegiate Summer League. Gilligan was impressive for the Swedes in 2015 European Cup Qualifier and the 2016 European Cup Championship series having pitched against England, Poland, Belarus, France, and Austria. At Lakeland Regional High School, as a senior Bo earned first team All-State , All-County and All-Conference honors . He was named All-Region All American by Perfect Game. Bo was a team captain, lead his team to N1G2 State Championships and was selected to play in the Garden State game. As a junior Bo was a member of the All-Conference first team and All-County second team, he was named player to watch by MSG Network and played in the NJ Underclass game.. He was the valedictorian of Lakeland Regional and attends Rowan University on a full academic scholarship. He is studying Mechanical Engineering.

Joe Gilligan, played four years of NCAA & NCCAA baseball for Houghton College , where he was a starting outfielder . At Houghton, Joe was selected a two time NCCAA Academic All American. He was named in all eight semesters on the Empire 8 Conference's Presidents list for top Academic Athlete scholars Joe was selected and played first base for the St. Boi (Barcelona) Spian Falcons of the Collegiate Baseball League of Europe, He is ranked the #2 fielder of all time for the Spanish franchise. At Lakeland Regional High school he was an.All-Conference Selection junior and senior year and was a Passaic All-County Selection and Suburban's Trend's All Area Selection his senior year. A top student in high school, Joe attended Houghton on a full tuition academic merit scholarship and studied accounting, business and economics where he maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA. He is employed by one of the Big 4 accounting firms.

  Matt Valenzano, currently the freshman baseball coach for Paramus Catholic High. Prior Matt was a former NCAA college coach for Ramapo College. During his playing days Matt was a NCAA catcher for Montclair State University and later for NAIA Dominican College. He was all conference and all region selection. At Bergenfield High Matt was 3 year varsity catcher with all conference and all county selections accolades. He owns his own marketing firm and is a certified college and high school umpire.

Chris O'Neill, was a native Bronx, NY standout. O'Neill played four years of NAIA baseball at St. Thomas Aquinas College (Sparkill, NY) l predominantly as a second baseman. Chris was leadoff hitter and his senior year, posted a batting average of over .400 and was named as a Northeast All Conference selection. He has continued to play baseball after his college career in many adult baseball leagues in northern New Jersey. Chris has assisted with the Akadema Prospect organization since 2013. O'Neill earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting at St. Thomas.

Bill Scarnaty, A former NFHS baseball head varsity coach for Elmwood Park High School and a former head varsity coach for Fairlawn High School. He played High School baseball for Elmwood Park High. Bill has competed nationally as a body builder and was the 2007 NPC National Champion. Bill currently owns his own fitness business.

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