Co-Owner / Director of East Coast Baseball
Colby Costanzo played 4 years of varsity baseball at Piper High School in addition to 4 years of competitive travel ball. He then went on to play at Florida Memorial University for 2 years. Following his two years of college ball, he began coaching. He was an assistant coach for the Florida Pokers for two seasons and the Florida Spikes for one. Colby was also the Head Coach of J.P. Tarvella's junior varsity baseball team and an assistant coach on varsity. His passion for coaching kids and encouraging them succeed has lead to the creation of East Coast Baseball. This organization will not only focus on the game itself but will teach kids the importance of working hard on and off the field and in school.
Ashley graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors in Business. She majored in Marketing and double minored in Digital Marketing and Hospitality Management. Ashley played 4 years of Varsity softball while at JP Taravella High School, as well as several years of competitive travel ball. She is currently a Project Manager at a Hospitality Marketing company.
1998-2001 played at Cardinal Gibbons High School. 1999 All state honorable mention and 2001 2nd team all state. Went 27-9 as a varsity pitcher from 1998-2001. Played at FAU in 01-02 and 02-03, as a true freshman was a member of the 01-02 team that won 29 consecutive games (2nd most in ncaa history) and won 2002 regionals in Tuscaloosa Alabama and play in super regionals at Georgia Tech in 2002. Won Atlantic Sun conference tournament in 2003. Played in New York Collegiate Baseball League in summer of 2003 and went 7-1 and was the starting pitcher for the North team in the N.Y.C.B.L. Became the Head coach at Zion Lutheran in 2005, 2006, 2007 where I then left to coach at Cardinal Gibbons 2008- present. Head coach of the Florida Pokers 16U and 18U from 2011-2016.
Kyle Francis played four years of Varsity Baseball at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, FL. While the primary shortstop his first two years, his versatility allowed him to start at every position on the field at some point during his four-year career. During his sophomore season at Pine Crest, he began to pitch and eventually earned a baseball scholarship to Division II Anderson University in Anderson, SC. Named all-county twice during his time at Pine Crest; as a junior, recorded 10 strikeouts against the #1 nationally ranked team in America, American Heritage- Plantation, featuring three current major leaguers in Eric Hosmer, Deven Marrero and Adrian Nieto. Began 2009 season by throwing a complete game to defeat defending national champions and nationally ranked #5, American- Heritage Planation, while hitting a grand slam. Played summer ball for the Broward Bulldogs and Pompano Beach Clippers of the Collegiate Summer Baseball League.
At Anderson University, Kyle was featured as a go-to bullpen arm for the Trojans and served as a set-up man primarily as a Junior and Senior. While completing his degrees at Anderson, Kyle was the Head Coach of a JV team which went 14-0 that season and fielded a majority of 7th and 8th graders. He was also the Varsity pitching coach at T.L. Hanna High School (Anderson, SC) and helped lead the Yellow Jackets to their first-ever Class AAAA District championship (equivalent of a FHSAA regional championship). Coached Adam Hill, RHP University of South Carolina, Max McDougald, SS/3B Wofford College and James Parker, SS Clemson University at T.L. Hanna.
In the summer of 2014, Kyle continued his coaching career with the South Florida Elite Squad 17U TPX and Head Coach Joe Giummule of Pompano Beach High School. He served as the pitching and hitting coach for his team and helped lead them to a successful summer while helping 7 players secure college scholarships.
Kyle has always had a real passion for the game and been considered a scholar of the game. He has an innate ability to relate to his players while continuing to help them grow as young men on and off the sandlot. Kyle has an old-school approach to the game despite his age; he preaches and does accept less than perfect when it comes to effort and “doing the little things”.
While a pitcher in college, Kyle doesn’t consider himself a “pitching-guy” only. He has a deep understanding about the offensive side of the game and can see how pitchers are trying to attack lineups; ironically, he would often serve as a hitting instructor to some of his college teammates while he waited in the bullpen for his number to be called. He looks forward to working with every kid to reach their maximum potential.