Paul Giambalvo began his collegiate career at Seminole Community College before transferring to the University of South Florida. From there, he was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 21st round of the 1998 MLB draft. Paul went on to pitch for the Lethbridge Black Diamonds of the Pioneer League before an arm injury ended his professional career. In 2009, his passion for teaching the game led him back to Lake Howell High School (his alma mater) as the team’s pitching coach. He served as head coach from 2012 to 2014 before returning to the pitching coach position in 2015. Giambalvo fills many roles at the ABA, the primary of which is working with pitchers of all skill levels.
Mike McDaniel was head coach at Apopka High School and Oak Ridge High School for two years. Before that, he spent several years as the hitting coach at Olympia High School. During the summer, he coaches elite high school travel teams and currently coaches in the FTB organization. He also served as an assistant coach for the Winter Park Diamond Dogs in the Florida Collegiate Summer League. McDaniel brings extensive high school, collegiate and professional coaching experience to the ABA. His teams have excelled for years, and he aspires to bring that same energy to the ABA. He works primarily with hitters, infielders, outfielders and catchers.
Barry Gunther played catcher for four years at the University of Mississippi. In 2005, he made the NCAA All Regional Team while helping his team make it to the Super Regionals. He was drafted by the Giants in 25th round. He played four seasons in their minor league system with a career average of .256.
Yasin (Yaya) Chentouf went to Dr. Phillips High School and received First Team All-Region as a senior. He then played college baseball with the Pitt Panthers for three seasons where he became their all-time leader in saves. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2018 and has played two years of minor league baseball in their organization. Over those two seasons he has pitched 120 innings with a 3.15 ERA and 18 saves. In 2018 he was named to the Mid-Season All-Star team while playing with the Connecticut Tigers.
Joe Abramowitz was the Head Junior Varsity and Assistant Varsity Baseball coach at Olympia High School. Abramowitz also has collegiate baseball and professional instructor experience. He aspires to develop each player in the Academy to their full potential and will work primarily with infielders, outfielders and hitters.