Who am I?

I’m Tim Banos.  I’m a 32 year old educator from New Jersey who has dedicated most of my young life to the game of baseball.  I consider myself one of the luckiest coaches on the face of this earth.  fampicture

I didn’t play professional baseball, my former players are not dominating the major leagues, and I’m not a baseball guru of any sorts.  What I do have is a respected network of some of the greatest minds in baseball, over 100 former players that have gone on to play college baseball, and a showcase baseball program with a strong reputation among college baseball coaches that I have helped build from its inception.

Utilizing both my experiences as an educator and baseball coach, along with my expanding connections with great baseball teachers and motivators, it is my mission to provide you with the necessary resources to help you reach your goals in the game of baseball.

Let’s work together to better the game of baseball!

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If you are interested, here is a look into my baseball life.

My Baseball Story

I am the son of a baseball coach, and the younger brother of a baseball player as well.  I think we all know what this means, I grew up around the baseball field.  When I wasn’t playing, I was chasing foul balls, playing running bases, whiffle ball, filling in with the older teams, you name it.  Those were the good old days.

When I got into high school, I was lucky enough to play for a New Jersey High School Hall of Fame baseball coach, Jim Muldowney.  Being one of the top programs in the state was a great experience, and provided a competitive atmosphere that I will never forget. In addition, our American Legion program, which was started and at that time run by my family, was also recognized as one of the perennial state championship contenders (my father, George, managed and brother, Chris, played on the 1996 state championship team).

In 2001 I decided to attend and play baseball at William Paterson University.  Even though my life was going to change, there were some factors that led me to my decision that would help me make my transition smooth.  For one, I decided to stay close to home, as I really wanted to represent New Jersey baseball.  But the biggest factors were that I was going to be playing for another program with a winning tradition (1992 and 1996 DIII National Champions), and for another Hall of Fame coach, Jeff Ablies (862 victories).  As a four year contributor, I earned valuable playing experience as I was able to make two all-conference teams in my career.  It was during these years that I began to look forward to teaching and motivating younger students of the game.

I graduated from William Paterson with a Bachelors degree in Sociology, and with an New Jersey Elementary Teacher Certificate.  I was fortunate to begin both my teaching and coaching career immediately following my playing days.  In 2005, I was hired by Bloomfield College to be an infield/hitting coach and recruiting coordinator.  While I held that post, I was also volunteering for my American Legion Post which was currently managed by my brother, Chris.  I spent two years as an assistant for both clubs before I took over as a manager of Edison Father & Son American Legion Post 435 for the 2007 summer season.

In 2007, we won the NJ State American Legion Championship and were the runner-ups in the Northeast Regional, making us one of the final 16 teams in the country.  In our 2008 campaign, we had another great run, but finished as runner-ups in both the state championship and Mid-Atlantic Regional.  As a young baseball coach, I was only 25 at the time of our state championship, it was surreal to be experiencing so quickly what some coaches spend their life time trying to achieve.  I truly feel blessed to have had such a great supporting cast of coaches (Mike Korneski, Steve Ditrolio, Mark Blevins) and a group of players that competed harder that any group that I have ever coached. Although this early success opened many doors for me, I wish I had more time to grow as a coach, because I was put into some difficult situations that I was not prepared to handle. Even though we did have such success, I still wish I could have done a few things differently.  fcpic

In the fall of 2008, I decided to step away from American Legion Baseball, and co-founded a showcase baseball club with the owner of Full Count Baseball Camps, Matt Belford.  Together we have built a club that has sent well over 100 kids on to play college baseball at various different levels.  In addition, we have done our fair share of winning, but most importantly we are proud of the objectives that we have met in pledging to always remember to teach the game, and properly prepare players for college baseball.

In addition, I have directed numerous camps for various ages, organized and instructed several showcase events, and given several speeches in the college recruiting process. But most of all, I cherish the relationships with my players, their parents, and fellow coaching brethren.  I can’t wait to see what this great game will bring me in the future.

Tim