Meet the Coaches
Jamie Shevchik returns for his fourth year as Head Coach of the Whitecaps. In 2017, Coach Shevchik led Brewster to its first League Championship in 17 years. During his 17-year career as head coach at Keystone College (PA),
Coach Shevchik has built the Giants into a regional power, consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 Division III programs. Keystone has won 14 straight conference championships. Twice he has led Keystone to the
NCAA Division III Collegiate World Series, finishing as the NCAA Division III National Runner-Up in 2016. Through 2017, Shevchik’s teams compiled an impressive, 574-186 overall record, a .755 winning percentage. He has been honored as the CSAC Coach of the Year six times in the past nine seasons.
Since 2010, Coach Shevchik has seen seven players selected in the MLB Draft. Over the past six years, Coach Shevchik has had 32 former Keystone players sign independent contracts with Major League teams.
Coach Shevchik had a solid record in collegiate summer baseball before coming to the Cape League, including an eight year run as the head coach at Danbury in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. His Westerners made five NECBL playoff appearances and won their division in 2010 and 2012. His Cape League Whitecaps compiled the second best won-loss record in the circuit in 2015.
In 1993 and 1994 as a player, he was an outstanding pitcher and outfielder at Keystone. Following his graduation from Mid Valley High School and his time at Keystone, he continued his baseball career at East Stroudsburg University. Jamie currently resides with his wife Maria and daughters Brielle, Giana, and Raina in Clarks Summit, PA.
Bench Coach/Infield Coach
A Division I coach for more than 20 years with St. Francis College and Wagner College, Tommy Weber is in his third summer with Brewster. He brings the Whitecaps proven player development and leadership skills. He also boasts successful summer college baseball experience, thanks to six years managing the Staten Island Tide in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, a team he founded in 2010. In his six years at the helm, the Tide earned three division titles and three Championship Game appearances, winning the title in 2011. The team was 137 – 86 on his watch. In 2014 Coach Weber also worked with the Brooklyn Cyclones, New York Mets Class A short season club. He is a professor at St. John’s University’s School of Sports Management, where his courses include Techniques of Effective Coaching and Current Issues in Sports. A record setting shortstop at Wagner, he signed with the Boston Red Sox where a spring training injury ended his playing career. Tom is an accomplished golfer and jazz pianist. He lives with his wife Carolyn in New York City
Watch this video. Tommy Weber, Bench Coach, Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League & Professor, St. John’s University, discusses teaching the next generation of athletes to understand, love, appreciate and respect the game on the field, in youth sports or in a management position.
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Assistant Pitching Coach/Bullpen Coach
Neil Barbella was most recently the associate head coach for the College of Staten Island. He was an assistant coach for the Dolphins for six seasons before that. During Barbella’s tenure CSI recorded ten City University of New York Athletic Conference titles. Coach Barbella also has summer league experience as an assistant coach for two teams in the ACBL. In 2007, he was honored to be an assistant coach for the City University of New York All-?Star team on a Goodwill Tour of Italy, where the team played games with Italian pro teams and put on clinics for local baseball programs. Barbella’s early coaching experience came as an assistant at Baruch College and John Jay College. He and his wife, Teri, reside in Staten Island, where they raised their three children: Neil (26), Erika (24) and Nicole (21).
Chip returns to Brewster for his second tour as the Whitecaps pitching coach. Chip was
most recently a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Tennessee. Before that he
was on the baseball coaching staff at Tusculum College. In 2013 he was the pitching coach for Division II California Baptist University. From 2009- 12, Dill was the assistant pitching coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. Dill played two seasons at Cerritos College (1982- 83). Although drafted three times in 1982- 83, he decided to enroll and play the 1984 season at the University of Arizona. Dill also played in the Cape Cod League in 1983, winning the league title with Harwich. Dill served 25 years with the Costa Mesa Fire Department. He and his wife, Priscilla, have two grown children, Kyle and Hannah.
Coach Kanzler returns to the Whitecaps for his second summer on the Cape. This spring, Jason coached for Katy (TX) High School, working with outfielders and hitters. As a player, he was a centerfielder in the Twins organization and led the High-A Fort Myers Miracles to a Florida State League championship. Jason played his D-1 college ball at Buffalo, where he was named the university’s Male Athlete of the Year. In his senior year, he was the MAC Player of the Year, a first team All-Region selection and an All-American. He was the first player in Division I history to win multiple Rawlings Gold Gloves. No stranger to summer ball, Jason was part of Whitecaps’ bench coach Tommy Weber’s 2011 ACBL championship team.
Third Base Coach, Hitting Coach
After six years as an assistant coach at Keystone College, Ryan was promoted to associate head coach in 2017. This is his second summer with the Brewster Whitecaps. At Keystone, he coaches the team's hitters and catchers and coordinates recruiting. Smyth has coached more than 20 players in the past five years who have signed professional contracts. He has significant summer college baseball coaching experience, including six years in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) both as a hitting coach and manager before making the jump up to the Cape last summer. As a player, he was two-year standout player at Keystone after stints at Boston College and Brookdale Community College (NJ). In his two seasons with Keystone, he hit .349 with 87 hits, 19 doubles, 21 home runs, and 73 RBI’s. He ranks fifth all time for career home runs (21) after playing for only two seasons. He played professionally for the Evansville Otters in the Frontier League.
First Base Coach/Youth Clinics Director
Will returns for his third year with the Whitecaps. This season, he will direct the Whitecaps Youth Clinics and the Advanced Skills Sessions. 2018 marked his third year with the Mercy College baseball program, this year as an assistant coach. At Mercy, he has held various responsibilities, including player development, hitting coach and player recruitment. A native of Puerto Rico, Will grew up in Florida, where he attended and played baseball, basketball and football at Lake Howell High School. Will went on to play at Catonsville Community College, where he was a two-year starter and helped his club make the Region XX D-II Baseball Tournament in the first year. After Catonsville, he moved on to Keystone College in Pennsylvania and was managed by Jamie Shevchik. As a team captain Will helped lead the Giants to their first appearance in the D-III National Tournament. Will also completed his bachelor’s degree at Keystone, majoring in Biology.