COACHING STAFF

Scott Chiasson (Owner & 16/18U Fall Manager) 

Since being drafted in the fifth round of the 1998 First Year Player Draft by the Kansas City Royals after his junior season at Eastern (the Warriors’ highest pick ever in the summer draft), the 6-foot-3 inch, 200-pound Norwich, Conn. native has compiled 69 saves and 458 strikeouts in just under 500 innings over 259 minor league games. At Eastern, he was named first-team All-America as a junior in 1998, when he won six games and saved ten and pitched the Warriors to their third national championship. After appearing in just 13 games in the Chicago organization in the summer of 1998, Chiasson was sent to the Oakland A’s in June of 1999 as a player-to-be-named later for major leaguer Jay Witasick. After winning 11 games and striking out 150 in 156 innings as a starting pitcher for Visalia in the Class A California in 2000, Chiasson was converted to a fulltime closer by the Cubs after being selected by Chicago as the No. 1 choice in the Rule V draft that winter. In that role, he made himself into one of the organization’s Top Ten prospects. That summer, he earned a spot in the Futures’ Game, collecting 34 saves in 63 games while splitting the 2001 season between Class AA West Tennessee and Class AAA Iowa. As a late-season major league call-up in both 2001 and 2002, Chiasson pitched a total of 11 1/3 innings in ten games out of the bullpen for the Cubs, winning one game and losing one with an 11.12 ERA. Ironically, his first big-league appearance came against the Cincinnti Reds on Sept. 19, 2001, when he struck out two batters in an inning. His major league win to date came later that month when he pitched 1/3 of an inning in a 7-6 win over the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field.  In six games with Chicago that year, he was 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA, six strikeouts and two walks. Scott played 7 more seasons bouncing from U.S. to Japan and then to Mexico before officially retiring in 2011.

Scott was the Head Coach at Ledyard High School for the last 8 seasons, where he led the Colonels to 7 State tournament appearances and recorded 8 State tournament wins. His career winning percentage at Ledyard was over .600, including a 19-5 season in 2019 behind Ace pitchers Ken Turner and Cade Walters. Scott was recently named the Head Coach at Montville High School, and will begin his first campaign as the Head man for the Indians in the Spring of 2022.

 

Ben Desaulnier (Director of Player Personnel/15U Head Coach)

Ben returns to the Canes for his 4th season as Head Coach and 1st season as Director of Player Personnel. Last summer, Ben lead the 17U Canes to a 20-5-1 Record with 3 Tournament Titles, including the program’s first ever Firecracker tournament Championship, winning the 2021 Sweet Spot Classic down in Hershey, PA. Ben has amassed over 100 wins, countless tournament championships, and sent players to college at every single level in his short time with the Hurricanes. He has quickly established himself a reputation as one of the elite young baseball minds in the Northeast.

Ben was named the Head Coach at Killingly High School in June of 2019 at only 20 years old, and is currently the youngest Head Coach in the state of Connecticut (23 Years Old). After losing his first season as Head Coach due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Ben led Killingly to a 20-3 record and their first ECC Tournament Championship in 2021.

Ben was a 2016 Graduate of Killingly High School, two year Captain, and a 4 year starter at First Base for the Redmen. As an All-ECC First baseman, he has the school record for RBI’s and doubles. Ben also played 6 years for Danielson Legion, where he was a two-time All-Zone player. He was a member of the first ever CT Hurricanes team back in 2013 and continued to play every year through graduation. In 2016, Ben was a member (1B/DH) of the CT Hurricanes team that won the programs first ever USBC Triple Crown National Championship.

Ben is also a 2020 Graduate of Eastern CT State University, achieving a bachelors degree in Business Administration.

 

Drew Daley (15U Assistant Coach/Pitcher Development Coordinator)

Drew returns for his 3rd season as an assistant coach for the 15U. Drew has worked closely with Ben Desaulnier over the last 2 summers as the pitching coach for the 17U Canes. Drew was responsible for game plan coordinating with pitchers and catchers, as well as managing all pitchers recovery programs. His throwing programs and pitching expertise played an instrumental role in the success of the team over the last two seasons.

Drew is also the Pitching Coach for Killingly High, where he led a staff last season that included 1 All-State Pitcher (Bo Yaworski) and 1 All-Conference Pitcher (Jay Grzysiewicz). His pitch calling and fiery personality garnered him respect throughout the league and state.

Drew, a member of the Killingly High Class of 2016, graduated from Mitchell College in 2020, where he played for Coach Travis Beausoleil. He was a member of the All-Conference team his senior year at Killingly High. He finished his college career with the Mitchell Mariners with a 7-3 record. Drew made 16 career starts, two during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, and appeared in a total of 23 games.

 

Kolby Reggione (18U Head Coach/Catching Coordinator)

Kolby returns for his 4th year in the program, but his first season as Head Coach of the 18U. Previously, Kolby was the 1st Base Coach and Hitting Coach for the 17U Hurricanes under Ben Desaulnier. He was crucial in the success of the team by developing close relationships with the players, and garnering their trust. He was focused on hitter development and worked primarily with the catchers.

Kolby was a four year Catcher for the Keene State Owls baseball program and graduated in 2018. He appeared in 52 games, while recording 43 hits and a .272 average for the Owls. Kolby also commanded a staff that included many former All-Conference arms, and he threw out 11 base stealers in his sophomore season. Kolby was an All-ECC baseball player at Woodstock Academy and All-Zone American Legion baseball player for Danielson Legion as well.

 

Tyler Cournoyer (18U Assistant Coach)

Tyler returns for his second season as assistant coach for the Canes. Last summer, Tyler primarily worked with outfielders, while also developing his skills to become a future Head Coach. He is currently the JV Coach at Killingly High School, while he works towards his degree at Franklin Pierce University.

Tyler was an All-Conference player at Killingly High School, where he graduated from in 2019. He was also an All-Zone performer for Danielson Legion.

 

Seth Traystman (17U Head Coach)

Seth returns for his 7th year with the Canes. Seth was able to lead the 18U program in their inaugural season(2016) to a huge season. The 18U team went to the National Tournament in Virginia and led them to a National Championship and finished 9-1 overall in the tournament and 23-12 record on the season. In 2017, 18U Canes returned to Virginia Triple Crown National Championships and had another great showing but fell short and finished 3rd. Seth has spent the last eight years as the assistant coach at Ledyard High School, and has helped the Colonels reach the state tournament 7 times.

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