Cristian Lynch began the Long Island Strong Baseball Academy in his college dorm room at the College of Mount Saint Vincent where he was playing first base and pitching. He earned All-Conference Honors as a Sophomore and Junior. In his Senior year, he transferred to St. Joe’s Long Island to finish off his college career. Prior to Mount Saint Vincent, Cristian attended McGann Mercy High School where he was an All-County player for multiple years.
Cristian has experience coaching at the high school level for multiple school districts, and just began his new role as the Assistant Coach at Queens College after his stint with the City College of New York (CCNY).
Jarad Vollkommer began coaching for the Long Island Strong Baseball Academy during his Junior year of college. Jarad and Cristian faced off multiple times in their high school careers, which is how they got connected through the game of baseball.
A University of Tampa alumni, Jarad played baseball for the Spartans during his Freshman year. Prior to Tampa, he was an All-League player and team captain at Center Moriches High School. Jarad is currently a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and the Assistant Performance Director at Infiniti Sports Performance, handling all off-season and in-season training for the Strong.
Kris Killackey, an All-County player from Longwood HS, began his college career at Suffolk County Community College. At Suffolk, he was a part of a D3 Juco World Series championship team. Individually, he earned the lowest ERA in D3 Juco Baseball as an All-American. After Suffolk CC, Kris played Division 1 Baseball at Stony Brook University. To top it all off, he accepted an invite to a tryout with the New York Mets. Kris is joining the #StrongNation in his first year of coaching.
Tyler Zucker began coaching for the Long Island Strong Baseball Academy during his freshman year at the College of Saint Rose, unfortunately the opportunity came after coming down from a serious arm injury. Tyler is a graduate from Longwood HS where he shined as a reliever. In his Junior year, he posted a 0.0 ERA and allowed only 2 base runners all season on one hit and one walk in 20 innings of work. In his Senior year, he had 8 starts on the bump and finished off with a 2.86 ERA with 5 complete games.
Nick Bottarri is joining us with a decorated playing career (that has not yet ended). As a high school player, Nick went All-State 2 consecutive years, as well as being named one of the top 300 recruits in the nation (by Perfect Game).
Nick has playing experience at the Division 1 level at the University of Miami and Hofstra University. Between 2017 and 2018, Nick earned 2nd Team All-American honors, the Sun Conference 1st Team All-Conference, and was chosen as the Hamptons League MVP. Nick is currently at Southeastern (NAIA) who won the National Championship in 2018.
Corey Tingo, a former 17u competitor and current college competitor for the strong, is the newest addition to the coaching staff. [Corey] Tingo is the Assistant Coach for our 13u team and handles infield instruction.
As a freshman in the Fall of 2017 at Monroe College , a Division-I Junior College (JUCO), Tingo soon realized that being at a school that has the right fit is super important. From there he transferred into SUNY Cobleskill, a new Division-III program in upstate New York to compete in the Spring 2018 season. As a freshman, he started all 38 games and ended up switching positions in order to do so. During the 2019 season, Tingo transferred to another JUCO (Suffolk County Community College) and was a part of the Regional Championship. He also won All-Region as the starting Shortstop.
For the 2020 season, he anticipated on competing at Mercy College and was fighting against the former All-American for a starting spot at shortstop. Unfortunately, COVID-19 defeated those chances for Tingo and was forced to transfer into Queens College. At Queens, Tingo hopes to step up as one of the team leaders and compete in a very talented East Coast Conference (ECC).
Our mission is to provide a fun, yet competitive environment for our players with an individualized approach on player development. We pride ourselves in the STRONG philosophy: