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2023 Coaches Awards


The GNYSAA will be honoring the following with the
2023 Jack Kaiser Coaching Excellence Award:

Charlie Barbieri
Coach SUNY Maritime College Privateers 

The GNYSAA will be honoring the following with the
2023 GNYSAA Coaching Excellence Award:

Brian Friedman 

Coach: John Jay H.S. Jags

Dan Luisi 

Coach: Holy Trinity H.S. Titans

Charlie Barbieri
Coach SUNY Maritime College Privateers

2016, 2017 Skyline Coach of the Year, 

2017 ECAC Metro Coach of the Year2017

Axcess Baseball Coach of the Year

Charlie Barbieri has been the head coach of the Maritime baseball team since 2015. The two-time Skyline Conference Coach of the Year (2016, 2017) and 2017 ECAC Metro Coach of the Year has led the Privateers to the Skyline Tournament each season (with the exception of 2020, when it was cancelled), and Maritime qualified for its first-ever NCAA Tournament by winning the conference title in 2017.After going 12-18 in Barbieri’s first year, the Privateers have won at least 20 games in every non-COVID-impacted season since. In 2023, Maritime tallied a program-record 29 victories and made it to the final round of the Skyline Tournament for the first time since its 2017 championship run. Barbieri earned his 100th win as the Privateers’ head coach during the 2019 season and posted his 150th win at Maritime in 2023. Barbieri was named Skyline Coach of the Year and six Maritime players landed on the All-Skyline First Team after the team set program records (since broken) for runs (229), RBIs (192), triples (10) and home runs (22).The 2017 season was the most successful in program history. Maritime won 26 games and went 15-3 in Skyline play during the regular season. Barbieri received his second straight Skyline Coach of the Year award, and he was honored as both the ECAC Metro Region Coach of the Year and Axcess Baseball Coach of the Year, as well.  From 2008-14, Barbieri was the head coach at Midwood High School in Brooklyn. He led the team to wins over nationally-ranked programs three years in a row, and the Hornets captured the conference championship in 2014. While at Midwood, Barbieri was honored as the 2010 PSAL Brooklyn Coach of the Year.Additionally, Barbieri has coached several high-level summer and fall league teams. He guided the Long Island Storm to the Long Island Collegiate Baseball League title in 2016, and in 2018, Barbieri’s Westhampton Aviators reached the semifinals of the Hamptons League. In 2019, he led the Vermont Mountaineers of the New England Collegiate Baseball League to 25 wins, their most in four years, and a berth in the NECBL playoffs for the first time since 2015. From 2011-13, he worked with scout teams for the Florida/Miami Marlins organization. During the summer of 2012, Barbieri led the Marlins’ 18U Scout Team to the World Scout League National Championship and a Perfect Game national ranking as high as No. 3. He also has previous experience with the Long Island Storm Elite 17U/18U teams and was an associate scout for the Toronto Blue Jays during the summer of 2013.Barbieri played two years of varsity baseball at C.W. Post University (now part of Long Island University) before transferring to Adelphi University. He graduated from Adelphi in 2001 with a degree in physical education. Barbieri received a Master’s in health education from Adelphi in 2007.

Brian Friedman Coach: John Jay H.S. Jaguars

Coach Friedman is a physical education teacher, varsity baseball coach and athletic director at the John Jay Campus in Park Slope. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Samantha and sons Harrison and Henry. Coach Friedman holds a B.S. in physical education from Queens College and a M.S. in sports management from Brooklyn College. His Jaguars were 12-4 in 2022-23 season and 13-2 the previous year in the PSAL Division : AAA -- Southeastern

Incredibly humbled and honored to be named the NYC Public High School Coach of the Year by the @gnysaa. Anyone close to our program at@johnjaycampus_baseball knows how much I leaned on our whole staff last year as my family continued to grow. We had an amazing group of coaches that were all in - @turn2pineiro14 @andrewsantella@cibunnicelli and the bestJV coach in the city Garrett Knieste. I owe all of our success as a program to their dedication. I am also eternally grateful to my wife @samanthaifrie for continuing to challenge me to learn to balance being a husband, a father, and a coach. It's a challenge I'm still trying to grapple with. Thank you to @victorfeld and Paul at the GNYSAA for considering me. This fire is burning hotter than ever. 

Big Year coming up for JJ  

Dan Luisi Coach: Holy Trinity H.S. Titans

Dan Luisi is the Head Baseball coach at Holy Trinity High School, in Hicksville, NY. A proud Holy Trinity graduate, class of 2005, Luisi returned back home to lead the Titans after long-time Coach Bob Malandro retired in 2017. In his sixth season, the Titans put together one of the greatest seasons in school history.They finished the 2023 season with a 21-8 record, and for the first time ever, New York State CHSAA Champions. Most importantly, 13 players from the 2023 roster will continue their baseball career as student-athletes in college.

Prior to Luisi returning to Holy Trinity he spent six seasons coaching at every level of NCAA Baseball. Most recently, he spent three seasons (2014-2016) under Matt Senk, as an assistant coach at Stony Brook University. During his time at SB, they collected two America East titles and coached five players selected in the MLB draft. Before Stony Brook, Luisi joined the staff at Post University, his alma mater. He spent the 2012-2013 seasons as primary hitting and defense coach for the Eagles. Luisi made his collegiate coaching debut at Farmingdale State College in 2011. He is forever grateful to Keith Osik for giving him his first opportunity to coach on the collegiate level. He was the primary hitting and infield coach for the 2011 Skyline Conference champions. After graduating from Holy Trinity High School, in Hicksville N.Y., Luisi continued his baseball career at Post University, where he played from 2007-2010. The three-time captain was a first team All-Conference and first-team All-Region middle infielder. At Post, he rewrote the record books and currently owns all-time records in four offensive categories. Most recognizable is his all-time hits record, shattering the previous mark by over 40 hits. Off the diamond, Luisi was named the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2010. Luisi currently resides in Manorville, NY. with his wife Amie, and sons Danny Jr. and Jace.

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