Coaching Staff

Our coaching staff is comprised of experienced collegiate coaches, led by manager Scott Pickler, who was inducted into the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame in 2019.

Scott Pickler

Manager

Steven Phillips

Assistant Coach

Elijah Oniveros

Assistant Coach

John Raiola

Pitching Coach

Brandon Bailey

Guest Coach

Cameron Trudel

Assistant Manager

Craig Giannino

Assistant Coach

Experience: Third season

Alma mater: Sacred Heart Cathedral High School; Bellevue University (Nebraska) ’95 CWS Champion

Craig Giannino is a wonderful addition to the Y-D Red Sox coaching staff. Giannino brings a wealth of knowledge about the game of baseball and the process it takes to become a champion. With years of experience as a mentor and coach, he brings a unique perspective to the Red Sox that players and staff can turn to for guidance.

Gianinno in his fifth season at the University of San Francisco as the director of player development. Prior to USF, he spent the previous eight seasons as the head coach at Junipero Serra High School where he led the Padres to an overall record of 171-77-1(.689). Under Gianinno, the Padres averaged 20 wins per season, won three WCAL titles and earned automatic bids to the Central Coast Section Championships every season. Giannino was named the 2012 Coach of the Year by The San Jose Mercury News/Palo Alto Daily News.

Gianinno began his coaching career in 1999 as an assistant at his alma mater Sacred Heart Cathedral High School. He then moved on to the College of San Mateo as an assistant coach. Gianinno also served as an assistant coach at Burlingame High School.

His passion for player development rivals that of his passion for teaching the game. He has consistently mentored, developed and produced several players who have played at the collegiate and professional levels. Most notably, Cape Cod alum and first-round MLB draft pick Hunter Bishop (2019, San Francisco Giants).

A native of San Francisco, Gianinno played collegiately at CCSF. He was named the team’s most valuable player and earned all-conference honors. He later transferred to the College of Marin, where he played for ABCA Hall of Fame Baseball Coach Al Endriss. Gianinno was selected to the Northern California All-Star Team. He earned all-conference honors and led the Mariners to the California State Playoffs. Gianinno completed his collegiate career at Bellevue University (Nebraska) culminating as a member of the 1995 College World Series national championship team which was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. Gianinno was nominated by his teammates to deliver the induction speech.

Gianinno is a member of the ABCA and leads the annual Leadership Hot Stove each year at the annual convention.

He received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and psychology from Bellevue. He holds a California and N.J. teaching credentials and a Master’s degree in education.

Craig and his wife Bonnie reside in Sparta, N.J., with their twin daughters, Eliana and Sophia.

Alex Frapart

Assistant Coach

Nadia Visco

Head Athletic, A.T.C.

Scott Pickler

Manager

Experience: 24th season

Alma mater: San Diego State

One of the most respected veteran community college coaches in the nation, Scott Pickler has been at the helm of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox since 1998. Pickler has enjoyed considerable success both within the Cape Cod Baseball League and at Cypress College, leading Y-D to six Cape League Championships (2004, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016) and runner-up finishes in two others, along with five regular-season East Division crowns.

“Pick” took over a struggling Cypress program in 1985, quickly turning the Chargers into a respected California powerhouse. He has been selected as the National Coach of the Year for California Junior Colleges four times. Pickler, who also served as a coach for the 1995 USA Baseball National Trials, has led Cypress to five state championships (1991, 1994, 1997, 2003, 2013) and four runner-up finishes (1996, 1999, 2004, 2007).

With all of his professional accomplishments, Pickler’s biggest victories and proudest moments come when he sees his athletes move to four-year colleges and universities or the professional ranks. More than 200 student-athletes have received scholarships, and more than 120 players have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. There have been 15 former Cypress Chargers and several other Y-D Red Sox alumni who have been brought up to the Majors in Pickler’s tenure.

Before arriving at Cypress, Pickler had an outstanding high school coaching career. In six seasons at Savanna and Loara (Calif.) high schools, he posted a combined record of 123-36 and won the CIF championship with his 1983 Loara squad. Pickler is a 1968 graduate of Savanna High School, where he won Athlete of the Year recognition. In January 2016, he and his younger brother, Brad, were honored with induction into the Savanna High School Hall of Fame.

He attended Cypress College and earned all-conference recognition under coach Larry Mercadante, and later earned a degree in physical education from San Diego State University. During his time at SDSU, Pickler played second base for the Aztecs.

Pickler and his wife, Sharon, have two children, Jeff and Kari. Jeff was an all-conference choice for his father at Cypress in 1995 and went on to be an All-American and Academic All-American at the University of Tennessee. Kari is a graduate of UCLA, and was a Bruins Song Leader. She has performed on Broadway in the musical “Big”, is the owner of The E-Factor and is the mother of Scott’s first grandchild. Pickler’s brother Brad is the head coach of the softball team at Cypress and has led the Chargers to eight state championships.

Cameron Trudel

Assistant Manager

Experience: Third season

Alma mater: Holy Names University (2020)

Cameron Trudel played four years at Holy Names University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

Trudel started his coaching career during the summer of 2020 in the South Florida Collegiate League. He was an assistant for the West Boca Snappers working with the infielders and hitters.

He has spent the last two seasons at California Baptist University as a graduate assistant, where he is earning a Master’s degree in sport and performance psychology. At CBU, Cameron primarily works with analytics to help maximize player performance, and was the first-base coach during the Lancers' 2021 WAC regular-season championship season.

Steven Phillips

Assistant Coach

Experience: Seventh season

Steven Phillips began his coaching career in 2017 he joined Hope International University to work with its infielders and hitters. In five years with the Royals, they won the conference three times, made three regional appearances, and one world series appearance.

In 2019, Phillips took over the recruiting coordinator job for HIU. In September 2021, he accepted an assistant coaching position at Salve Regina University. The Seahawks were ranked 24th in the preseason.

Craig Giannino

Assistant Coach

Experience: Third season

Alma mater: Sacred Heart Cathedral High School; Bellevue University (Nebraska) ’95 CWS Champion

Craig Giannino is a wonderful addition to the Y-D Red Sox coaching staff. Giannino brings a wealth of knowledge about the game of baseball and the process it takes to become a champion. With years of experience as a mentor and coach, he brings a unique perspective to the Red Sox that players and staff can turn to for guidance.

Gianinno in his fifth season at the University of San Francisco as the director of player development. Prior to USF, he spent the previous eight seasons as the head coach at Junipero Serra High School where he led the Padres to an overall record of 171-77-1(.689). Under Gianinno, the Padres averaged 20 wins per season, won three WCAL titles and earned automatic bids to the Central Coast Section Championships every season. Giannino was named the 2012 Coach of the Year by The San Jose Mercury News/Palo Alto Daily News.

Gianinno began his coaching career in 1999 as an assistant at his alma mater Sacred Heart Cathedral High School. He then moved on to the College of San Mateo as an assistant coach. Gianinno also served as an assistant coach at Burlingame High School.

His passion for player development rivals that of his passion for teaching the game. He has consistently mentored, developed and produced several players who have played at the collegiate and professional levels. Most notably, Cape Cod alum and first-round MLB draft pick Hunter Bishop (2019, San Francisco Giants).

A native of San Francisco, Gianinno played collegiately at CCSF. He was named the team’s most valuable player and earned all-conference honors. He later transferred to the College of Marin, where he played for ABCA Hall of Fame Baseball Coach Al Endriss. Gianinno was selected to the Northern California All-Star Team. He earned all-conference honors and led the Mariners to the California State Playoffs. Gianinno completed his collegiate career at Bellevue University (Nebraska) culminating as a member of the 1995 College World Series national championship team which was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. Gianinno was nominated by his teammates to deliver the induction speech.

Gianinno is a member of the ABCA and leads the annual Leadership Hot Stove each year at the annual convention.

He received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and psychology from Bellevue. He holds a California and N.J. teaching credentials and a Master’s degree in education.

Craig and his wife Bonnie reside in Sparta, N.J., with their twin daughters, Eliana and Sophia.

Elijah Oniveros

Assistant Coach

Alex Frapart

Assistant Coach

John Raiola

Pitching Coach

Experience: Third season

Alma mater: University of Rhode Island

Currently in his third season as the head coach of Elms College, John Raiola brings more than 12 years of college-level coaching experience to the Blazers. Raiola also has served as the director of baseball operations and head coach of the Valley Blue Sox in the prestigious New England Collegiate Baseball League, and most recently as the pitching coach at Western New England University. In addition to working with four different NECBL teams (Newport, 2009-10; Keene, 2011; Sanford, 2013-14; Valley 2015-20), he gained experience as an assistant at Keene State College from 2009-14 after spending a year at the College of Santa Fe in 2008.

During his 11 seasons in the NECBL, Raiola has had the opportunity to coach more than 80 eventual draft picks, including the first overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, Mark Appel. Additionally, Raiola has been a part of four NECBL Championships (Newport, 2009; Keene, 2011), as well as back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018 that saw the Valley Blue Sox take home the honor of 2018 Summer Collegiate Team of the Year, voted by Perfect Game.

Throughout his first four seasons at the helm of the Blue Sox, Raiola led his team to an improved record in each season, culminating in a 30-12 campaign in 2018 to win Raiola’s first NECBL Manager of the Year award. During his five seasons as the manager of the Blue Sox, the club held a 136-94 overall record, good enough for the highest winning percentage in the league over that span, including a 12-3 mark in the playoffs.

While at Elms College, despite working through two consecutive COVID-shortened seasons to begin his tenure, the Blazers have shown significant improvement each year, culminating in a trip to the NECC Conference championship game in 2021, marking only the second time the team has accomplished that feat in program history. Led by NECC All-Conference performers Nate Ayala and Tyler Galenski, the Blazers had one of the top offenses in the conference, with a team batting average of .284 and increased production in most offensive categories.

As the pitching coach at Western New England, Raiola oversaw one of the more successful pitching staffs in New England, including the top-rated staff in the region in 2016. During his time there, he coached four All-Region pitchers, two Conference Pitchers of the Year and 10 All-Conference pitchers, including 2016 Regional Freshman of the Year and 2018 Division III ERA champion Bob Hamel. In addition to his responsibilities as pitching coach, Raiola also worked primarily with the Golden Bears infielders and baserunners, as well as serving as the team’s third-base coach. In his first year running the offense, Western New England finished second in the country in walks and hit by pitches, 12th in stolen bases and 20th in runs per game. During his four years at Western New England, the Golden Bears held a 107-57 record, while being nationally ranked in the top 25 in all four seasons.

A 2008 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Raiola earned his B.S. in journalism before receiving his Master’s of Education degree in school counseling from Keene State in 2013.

Experience: Third season

Alma mater: University of Rhode Island

Currently in his third season as the head coach of Elms College, John Raiola brings more than 12 years of college-level coaching experience to the Blazers. Raiola also has served as the director of baseball operations and head coach of the Valley Blue Sox in the prestigious New England Collegiate Baseball League, and most recently as the pitching coach at Western New England University. In addition to working with four different NECBL teams (Newport, 2009-10; Keene, 2011; Sanford, 2013-14; Valley 2015-20), he gained experience as an assistant at Keene State College from 2009-14 after spending a year at the College of Santa Fe in 2008.

During his 11 seasons in the NECBL, Raiola has had the opportunity to coach more than 80 eventual draft picks, including the first overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, Mark Appel. Additionally, Raiola has been a part of four NECBL Championships (Newport, 2009; Keene, 2011), as well as back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018 that saw the Valley Blue Sox take home the honor of 2018 Summer Collegiate Team of the Year, voted by Perfect Game.

Throughout his first four seasons at the helm of the Blue Sox, Raiola led his team to an improved record in each season, culminating in a 30-12 campaign in 2018 to win Raiola’s first NECBL Manager of the Year award. During his five seasons as the manager of the Blue Sox, the club held a 136-94 overall record, good enough for the highest winning percentage in the league over that span, including a 12-3 mark in the playoffs.

While at Elms College, despite working through two consecutive COVID-shortened seasons to begin his tenure, the Blazers have shown significant improvement each year, culminating in a trip to the NECC Conference championship game in 2021, marking only the second time the team has accomplished that feat in program history. Led by NECC All-Conference performers Nate Ayala and Tyler Galenski, the Blazers had one of the top offenses in the conference, with a team batting average of .284 and increased production in most offensive categories.

As the pitching coach at Western New England, Raiola oversaw one of the more successful pitching staffs in New England, including the top-rated staff in the region in 2016. During his time there, he coached four All-Region pitchers, two Conference Pitchers of the Year and 10 All-Conference pitchers, including 2016 Regional Freshman of the Year and 2018 Division III ERA champion Bob Hamel. In addition to his responsibilities as pitching coach, Raiola also worked primarily with the Golden Bears infielders and baserunners, as well as serving as the team’s third-base coach. In his first year running the offense, Western New England finished second in the country in walks and hit by pitches, 12th in stolen bases and 20th in runs per game. During his four years at Western New England, the Golden Bears held a 107-57 record, while being nationally ranked in the top 25 in all four seasons.

A 2008 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Raiola earned his B.S. in journalism before receiving his Master’s of Education degree in school counseling from Keene State in 2013.

Nadia Visco

Head Athletic, A.T.C.

Brandon Bailey

Guest Coach