Staff

Craig Koppelman

  • Lettered as varsity second baseman for 2 seasons at the University of Rhode Island (Division l, Atlantic 10 Conference)
  • Lettered as starting second baseman in Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for 3 seasons
  • Won Inaugural Ironman Competition at URI
  • Health and Physical Education teacher 1999-2007
  • Varsity Baseball Coach for 4 seasons at Dwight Morrow High School, Englewood, NJ
  • Professional Tryout with the Montreal Expos in June 1999
  • Started CK’S Baseball in 2002

Sal Palmieri

  • Graduate of Holmdel High School where he was the varsity catcher
  • Attended Bloomfield College in New Jersey
  • Accepted a college coaching position at Rutgers-Newark as an assistant coach
  • Formerly the assistant coach at Kean University, which won the 2007 Division lll National Championship
  • Joined CK’S staff during the winter of 2009 and specializes in catching, hitting, and fielding

Nick Cesare

  • Currently a pitching coach at New Jersey City University since 2011
  • Graduate of South Plainfield High School in 2005
  • All County and All Area 2004 & 2005
  • Attended Kean University 2006-2010
  • Starting Pitcher for 4 years at Kean University
  • Pitched on 2007 National Championship Team; Kean University
  • 2013 3rd Mid-Atlantic All-Region Team
  • Joined CK’S staff in the summer of 2010

Kyle Kurdewan

  • Attended Wall High School from 2004-2009
  • 3 Year Varsity Starting Pitcher since sophomore year.
  • Selected to play in the Carpenter Cup after Senior year
  • Attended Eastern University in Pennsylvania. Broke the school’s win record during his Freshman Season
  • Went onto study at Kean University
  • Graduated from Kean with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a focus in Exercise Science/Athletic Training.
  • Joined CK’s staff during the Summer of 2018
Jake Werb

  • Played Varsity Baseball at Sayreville War Memorial High School for 2 years
  • All Area honorable mention senior year
  • Coached for 3 summers for the Sayreville Summer Legion Team
  • Coached 1 season as assistant Freshman Coach at Sayreville High School
  • “Hard works beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”
  • Joined CK’S staff in the spring of 2016
 Xavier Warner 

  • K.A. “Coach X” joined CK’S Baseball family after coaching at various levels in all sports
  • Founded the Division ll Club Baseball team at Montclair University
  • During his time at MSU, X was National Player of the week 4 times, and Conference Player of the week 7 times in his 3-year career
  • Played Division ll Basketball at Mansfield University in P.A. while pursuing his graduate degree
  • Specializes in Hitting, Fielding, Speed, Agility and Conditioning
  • Joined CK’S staff during the summer of 2017
 Jim Gleason

  • Currently an Assistant Softball Coach at Brookdale Community College
  • Played several years on a nationally ranked men’s fast pitch team
  • Jim’s philosophy is to help players develop by introducing mechanics while cultivating their existing skills
  • Jim teaches all aspects of softball which include, pitching, hitting and fielding
  • Joined CK’S staff during the summer of 2017
Keith Striano

  • Captain at Midwood High School in Brooklyn, NY
  • Continued his baseball career at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY where he played shortstop and was named All-State, All-ECAC, and All-Conference
  • In 1998. Keith led his teams in hits, stolen bases, triples, RBIS, BA, and was named Athlete of the year
  • Keith has played against professional teams in Belgium, and Italy, and was invited to try out for the NY Mets and Detroit Tigers
  • Helped run and coordinate many baseball camps in the NY/NJ area,
  • Keith has coached and instructed all levels of baseball for over 20 years, and looks forward to sharing his experience during clinics, teams. And individual lessons
  • Joined CK’S during the spring of 2017
Justin Chin

  • All-Shore and All-Monmouth County First-team honoree Senior Year at Saint John Vianney
  • Chin Helped guide SJV to its first NJSIAA Non-Public Group A title in 2014
  • Chin finished his senior year with a perfect 10-0 mark and 3-0 tournament record that included wins over South Jersey No.1 seed Bishop Eustace, four-time defending Group Champion Gloucester Catholic, and North Jersey sectional champion St. Joseph.
  • Chin also earned MSG Varsity All-State first-team, Coaches All Division Pitcher of the Year, and Perfect Game Northeast Region honorable mention recognition
  • Upon Graduating SJV in 2014, Chin went on to pitch collegiately at NJIT where he had 40 appearances with 3 starts, 1 save, and 72 innings pitched in his college career.
  • Chin graduated NJIT in 2018 and joined CK’S staff the same summer as one of our pitching instructors