Coaching Staff | Baseball Hitting & Pitching Coach NYC - NY Bluebirds

Mike Handell - President

Mike is a lifelong New Yorker and entrepreneur who grew up on the Upper West Side loving all sports, especially baseball.  In 2002, at the age of eighteen, Mike founded Kids of Summer Sports, an instructional recreational sports organization based in Manhattans Riverside Park.  Kids of Summer currently trains over 800 children per year in both baseball basketball and flag football through summer camps, school break programs, after school, travel teams and more. In 2014, Mike partnered with Juan Hernandez to found the NY Bluebirds Youth Baseball Organization.  The mission was to provide competitive youth baseball players the opportunity to train, learn and play in a professional atmosphere with the best coaching and training platform in New York City.  Mikes responsibilities include the administration of the organization, player recruitment, and all parent communication.  He loves seeing players improve, gain confidence and succeed both on and off the field and looks forward to the Bluebirds continuing to grow through the support of its wonderful families for many years to come.  Mike graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University in 2005 with a dual major in broadcast journalism and political science while playing for the Syracuse University baseball club. Prior to that, he attended the Bronx High School of Science and played Varsity Baseball for three years where he was named team captain and awarded the school's Iron Man Award three years in a row for never missing a single game or practice.  He amassed a career .463 batting average and was selected to the All Bronx and All-Senior Team by the New York Daily News his Senior year where he represented the Bronx/Manhattan All-Star team as the starting first baseman.  When not near a baseball field or playing/watching sports, he enjoys the beach, traveling and spending time with his wife Emily and daughter.


Juan Hernandez - Director of Baseball Operations / Head Coach


Juan was born in the Dominican Republic.  His family immigrated to NYC when he was 2 years old and since then he has been a proud New Yorker.    Juan founded the NY Bluebirds with Mike Handell with one goal in mind: To develop the best baseball players in NYC!  Juan brings with over a decade of experience developing high performing teams and players.  His training philosophy stems from a unique combination of past experiences as a player, coach, instructor, and from the baseball professionals he frequently consults.  As director of operations, Juan is responsible for the training and development of all the players in the organization.  He is also responsible for the training and development of the coaching staff.  Juan played 4 years of Varsity baseball at DeWitt Clinton High School where he earned All-City recognition junior and senior year.  He later trained and played in the Dominican Republic where he had the opportunity to join the Cleveland Indians organization as an infielder.  After graduating college, he earned the opportunity to play for the Azules de Mexicali of the Mexican professional baseball League.   Juan graduated Ramapo College in 2009 with a B.A. in Economics with international honors.  In 2011 he graduated from the University at Albany, SUNY with a M.A. degree in Economics.  When he is not at work or working at his charitable foundation, Juan likes to spend time with his wife Mariel, friends and family.  Currently he manages our 2021 Bluebirds Showcase team.


COACH MAYCOLL - Pitching Coach / Head Coach


Maycoll joined the NY Bluebirds staff after moving to the United States from Venezuela with his family.  Maycoll is a senior instructor and leader of the Bluebirds pitching instruction staff with 7 years of professional baseball experience.  Maycoll began his professional baseball career with the Chicago White Sox as a pitcher where he excelled reaching AA with the organization.  Furthermore, he participated in the Venezuelan and Colombian professional winter leagues.  He was part of the Caribes Anzoatequi of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League and the Bulls League in Sincelejo, Colombia.  Post professional baseball, he joined the Tampa Bay Rays organization as a scout and has been instructing and developing aspiring professional players in Venezuela through his own baseball academy.  Maycoll resides in Edge Water, NJ with his wife Milagros and two daughters.   Currently he is the head coach of our 12U Bluebirds Blue Team and has numerous league and tournament titles as head coach.


COACH MANNY - Head Hitting Coach / Head Coach


Manny Played professionally with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization at the single A level and in the competitive Dominican summer league from 2001 to 2006 after attending Farmingdale State College for business and sports management while playing Division I baseball.  He has been coaching baseball since 2007 and is a gifted instructor who can coach both young and experienced ballplayers.  He is the head hitting coach for the organization and works tirelessly on swing mechanics, timing and more.  His calm demeanor and extensive knowledge of the game is an asset to any team he coaches. Currently he coaches our 2024 Scout Bluebirds.

COACH BRIAN - Assistant Director of Programming

Brian Handell was born to play and coach sports. Raised on the Upper West Side, he had a successful athletic career at Beacon High School, where he won a PSAL baseball championship and was the leading scorer in all of the PSAL as captain of the soccer team. He went on to attend the University of Delaware as a member of their Division I soccer team.

Brian has been developing his passion for coaching at Kids of Summer Sports of NYC over the past 13 years and is now the co-director and in charge of programming for the summer camp, making it a true family business with his brother Mike. In addition, Brian was brought on to help with the administration of the Bluebirds organization with scheduling logistics, COVID-19 safety protocols and practice and team coordination.

In the Fall of 2018 Brian was hired as the head varsity soccer coach at his alma mater, Beacon High School, a city powerhouse, and in 2019 led them to a PSAL New York City Class A title. Brian was also formerly the Assistant Athletic Director at The Computer School, a public middle school on the Upper West Side where he served as head coach for boys baseball, boys and girls basketball, and boys soccer, and previously was the head coach for our Bluebirds teams.

COACH JUSTIN - Catching Director/Head Coach

Coach Justin was a 4 year starting catcher for Norman Thomas High School in Manhattan winning the city championship in 2009.  He went on to play for JUCO powerhouse Western Oklahoma State University and then on to Division II Lackawanna College reaching the College World Series.  He played independent ball overseas for 2 years before joining the NY Bluebirds staff full time as the organizations catching director.  Justin develops our Bluebirds catchers and is a gifted coach who puts intense energy, passion, and preparation into his work.  A favorite amongst our players, Justin gets maximum effort from the players he trains.  In the Summer of 2020 Justin was promoted to head coach of our 13U White team as well.

COACH CARLOS - Head Pitching Coach / Assistant Team Coach

Carlos hails from Venezuela and has been playing baseball all his life.  In 2006, he was a member of the Venezuelan team at the Little League World Series. At 18 years old he was signed by the Chicago White Sox.  In 2014 he was selected as a minor league All-Star and named the organizations pitcher of the year at the international level.  Over five years Carlos pitched over 400 innings with a career ERA of 2.73 as a pro.  In 2016 due to the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, Carlos decided to move to the United States starting as an assistant pitching coach and moving up to a head pitching coach with the Bluebirds working with many of our Bluebirds pitchers.  He is also the assistant coach of our 2021 showcase team.



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