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Mike Handell – Kids of Summer Executive Director

Mike grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan playing in all the local sports leagues and started Kids of Summer in 2002 following a successful High School career at the Bronx High School of Science.  He was selected to the All-Bronx team and prestigious Daily News All-Senior City All-Star game as the starting first basemen for the Bronx/Manhattan team following his Senior year.  He went on to captain the Syracuse University Baseball Club eventually coaching and managing the team while majoring in Broadcast Journalism at the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.  After college, in addition to running Kids of Summer, he was an NBC Page and later he was the head Middle School baseball coach at the United Nations International School leading them the four championship appearances in a row and back to back ISAL titles.  In 2014 he started the New York Bluebirds Youth Baseball organization for talented and competitive young ballplayers and the second outpost of Kids of Summer in Long Island.  The Kids of Summer program has also expanded and began offering basketball in 2011 and flag football in 2017.

Most importantly, Mike knows how to coach young athletes.  He understands the ups and downs of sports, how to make sports fun, what young players need to learn and how to support them on and off the field.  He loves getting to know the Kids of Summer families and watching campers grow and mature through the years.

Mike is a huge fan of all sports and is especially loyal to the Mets, Rangers, Knicks, Giants and his Syracuse Orange. He recently became a father for the first time as he and his wife Emily welcomed their daughter Libby on October 5, 2018.

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Brian Handell – Program Director

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 over the past 10 years and is now the assistant director and in charge of programming for the summer camp making it a true family business with his brother Mike.  He is in charge of the campers experience and is on the fields each day with the campers and coaches throughout the summer.

Last Fall, Brian was hired as the head Varsity soccer coach at his alma mater Beacon High School, a city powerhouse, leading them to the PSAL Semi-finals in his first season. Brian was also formerly the Assistant Athletic Director at The Computer School, a public middle school on the Upper West Side where he head coached boys baseball, boys and girls basketball and boys soccer and previously was the head coach for the 13U NY Bluebirds travel baseball team.   Brian’s love for his Yankees as well as the Rangers, Knicks, Giants and World Cup Soccer is only surpassed by his passion, energy, enthusiasm and knowledge when it comes to coaching children.

Maycoll Anez – Head Pitching Coach

Maycoll Anez had an illustrious pro career as a pitcher at the AA level with the Chicago White Sox.  He is an expert pitching instructor and also serves as the head coach of our 10U NY Bluebirds and the head pitching coach in the Bluebirds organization. Maycoll’s fun energy and ability to coach both our youngest campers and most advanced players has earned him the love and respect of the children he works with and admiration in the NYC baseball community.

Manny Salomon – Senior  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.  He has been coaching baseball since 2007 and is a gifted instructor who can coach both young and experienced ballplayers.  His calm demeanor and extensive knowledge of the game is an asset to any team he coaches. Currently he coaches our 11U Bluebirds and 12U Bluebirds Summer team.

Nick Lacativa – Senior Coach

Nick has been with Kids of Summer for 9 years and has grown into a respected and excellent head coach.  Nick played college ball at City College in New York and started at Kids of Summer following graduation.  He relates well to kids of all ages, is a fun, patient teacher and is one of our year round instructors, supervising some of our off-season programs.  Nick is also the head coach of our 11U NY Bluebirds team.

Charlie Lynn – Senior Coach

Charlie is a former camper who was hand picked five years ago not only for his baseball ability, but his maturity and leadership.  Since starting as a “CIT” at just 14 years old, Charlie has taken on the role of Senior Coach and grown into one of the most beloved coaches among our campers.  Following graduation from Columbia Prepatory High School, Charlie is now a Senior pitcher for Hamilton College.  He is in charge of helping to run our baseball program for some of our younger campers ages 6-10.  Campers look forward each week to “Coach Chuck” and his legendary 14 event Color Wars on Thursdays.

Ben Levinsohn – Senior Coach – Junior Division

Coach Ben is a gifted instructor with our youngest campers ages 4-8.  He is incredibly patient, energetic and fun and our youngest campers look forward to coming to camp each day to be with Coach Ben!  He ensures these young ballplayers get a great foundation of baseball skills each summer!