TCF founder and lead trainer, Coach Ryan Castle, has built his career over the span of nearly 25 years coaching, training and developing athletes in the tristate area. Coach Castle has been lauded as an accomplished hitting coach with a specialty for teaching the middle infield and catching positions. has the reputation of getting his athletes to achieve their potential, pushing them and asking for the same passionand commitment that he brings to the field each and every day. Coach Castle's athletes have competed at the finest colleges and universities locally and nationally and he has strong relationships with college coaches throughout the United States. Coach Castle has sent players to the University of South Florida, Providence College, Manhattan College, Brigham Young University, Canisius College and Iona College amongst many others. The best example of his success as a trainer and coach is that nearly all of Coach Castle’s players compete or earn starting positions during their freshman year. The philosophy that "hard working, coachable kids make successful adult"; is at the core of the TCF and Coach Castle’s training programs.
Coach Carnaghi has been working in player development for over 14 years. Following a successful NCAA career, Coach Carnaghi has dedicated her time to ensuring that student athletes are prepared for the rigors of college athletics. Coach Carnaghi's passion stems from the understanding that hard work, good training and discipline not only prepares young women to compete on the field but off the field as well and that young women who understand commitment and dedication to their sport, will find success“in the real world”, after their playing careers end. Coaching at every age bracket over the past 14 years has given Coach Carnaghi a unique understanding of athletic development and what is needed and can be expected as young women develop physically and mentally. This allows Coach Carnaghi to get the most out of her athletes and as a result of this and her specialty as an outfield coach, nearly all of her athletes moving on to successful playing careers at the NCAA level.
Coach Andy McDermott is a pitching specialist with over 8 years of experience teaching, analyzing and studying the art of fastpitch. Coach Andy has a knack for instilling confidence, passion and good mechanics while developing good pitching IQ. Coach Andy has seen not only the success of his current students, but his daughter Kayla McDermott is a pitching legend in Section 1 and currently continuing her career at Manhattan college.
Joanna (Jo) Giordano is starting her first season with Team Long Island. She previously coached the Ridgefield Rebels 12U for two years, played at Smith College (DIII) all four years, and played at John Jay High School (Cross River) all four years. In her high school and travel ball career, Jo was primarily a pitcher/first baseman with some experience at second base and outfield. In college she played corner outfield with some pitching experience. Originally a right-handed hitter, she became a switch hitter who hit for power from both sides of the plate and utilized her speed to add to her game with power-slapping, soft-slapping, and drag bunting.
At John Jay (2009–2012), Jo pitched every inning, with a postseason no-hitter victory against Suffern in 2011. That same year she batted .370 with 1 homerun, a .500 on-base percentage, 11 out of 12 stolen bases, and had a fielding percentage of 1.000 out of 27 attempts. While at Smith (2013–2016), Jo led the team in stolen bases (13) and triples (2) in 2015, was a member of the 2014 ECAC Championship Team and led the team in batting average (.368) that year. She finished her NCAA career batting .338 with 96 hits, 5 triples, and 32 stolen bases. She was also a member of the NCFA All-American Academic Team from 2014–2016. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
As a coach for the Rebels, Jo developed the local travel team from a low B-level to a high B-level team with a record of 56-33-2 over three seasons. She strongly believes in working with players in a positive manner not only to develop skills and talent, but also to foster a passion for and knowledge of the game of softball. Jo is looking forward to working with Team Long Island.
Made first career appearance as a member of the Greece National Team at the 2017 Women’s Softball European Championship in Bollate, Italy – Greece earned its best finish in the tournament since a 2005 silver medal, a top six result, in Bazos’ debut with the team. Selected as an NFCA Division I All- America Scholar-Athlete. Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Played in 42 games during freshman season, emerging as Notre Dame’s top option as a pinch hitter and pinch runner. Five-year letterwinner at Fox Lane High School. As a senior team captain, earned third team all-state and all-section recognition, batting .508 with five home runs, 12 stolen bases and 32 runs scored. Team leader as a junior captain in batting average (.581), runs, RBI, doubles, triples, stolen bases, and on base percentage. Named all-league and all-section as a junior, and was tabbed first team all-Hudson Valley.
Earned three letters at North Rockland High School under coach Jackie DiNuzzo and coach Andrea Martorelli...Was All-Division, All-League,
All-County and All-New York State in 2014 and 2015...Finished 2015 with a 0.81 ERA, 213 strikeouts, two no-hitters and a perfect game...Also batted .382.
2017: Made 19 appearances in the circle, including nine starts...Tossed 58.1 innings and posted a 2.76 ERA...Started in the circle against Stony Brook on Feb. 24, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits in 5.1 innings...Earned first collegiate win after hurling a complete game and collecting six strikeouts in game
two of the home-opening doubleheader with Hartford on March 7...Also contributed the game-tying hit in that contest, a two-run single in the sixth inning...Credited with three strikeouts and surrendered only one hit in the second game of a doubleheader against Wagner on March 21...Picked up an RBI on a bases loaded walk and came around to score in game one of a twinbill at Mount St. Mary's on March 24...Went five shutout innings in game two of the MAAC-opening doubleheader against Rider on April 2, yielding just three hits and recording three strikeouts...Pitched a four-hit shutout at Columbia on April 26, striking out four while not issuing a walk in the 4-0 victory...Tallied three strikeouts over two scoreless innings at Iona on May 7..Threw three innings against Monmouth in the
MAAC Tournament opener on May 10.
- NFCA All-East Region Second Team (2016, 2017)
- NFCA All-East Region Third Team (2018)
- All-ECAC Second Team (2018)
- ECAC Metro/Upstate Region All-Star First Team (2016)
- MAC Freedom Pitcher of the Year (2016, 2017, 2018)
- All-MAC Freedom First Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
- All-MAC Freedom Second Team (2019)
- NCAA Regional Most Valuable Player (2016)
- NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team (2016, 2017)
- MAC Freedom Tournament Most Valuable Player (2016, 2017, 2019)
- ECAC Metro/Upstate Player of the Week (3/31/16)
- ECAC Metro Pitcher of the Week (4/17/18)
- MAC Freedom Pitcher of the Week (3/14/16, 3/21/16, 3/28/16, 4/4/16, 4/25/16, 5/9/16, 4/17/17, 5/8/17, 4/16/18, 4/30/18, 5/7/19)
- CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team (2016, 2019)
- Academic All-MAC (2016, 2018, 2019)
- MAC Spring Academic Honor Roll (2016, 2018, 2019)
Jenna Burke is a certified strength and conditioning coach with a concentration in sports specific training. She was a Division 1 soccer player for the UAlbany Women's Soccer Team. She has years of experience working with athletes in varying sports of at all different levels.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Division 1 Athlete (UAlbany Women's Soccer)
5+ years of experience working with Athletes
12+ years Professional Soccer Coach/Trainer