Mike D’Alessandro – Coach
Mike was born in Clifton, New Jersey where he spent the first 12 years of his life and became a lifelong Yankees fan. He began playing baseball at the age of 6 and played on various All Star teams as a catcher, 2nd baseman, and pitcher. Mike also competed in lacrosse and karate, and at the age of 12 won a state championship and finished runner-up nationally in sparring.
Mike then spent the next 21 years in Northern California where he attended high school and graduated from San Jose State University. Baseball remained his passion and he continued to play it and compete in basketball until his sophomore year in high school. Circumstances changed to where he could no longer compete, but Mike knew he’d always have the opportunity to pass on his love for the game of baseball and remained an avid student of it.
Soon after college Mike met his wife Nathalie and they married in 1997. They started a family shortly after and were blessed with two boys, Peter born in 1999 and Luke in 2003, both of whom have also developed a passion for baseball.
Their family moved to Austin, TX in 2004 when Mike started his new career as an insurance broker. This is also when Mike began coaching youth baseball and he’s remained a head or assistant coach every year since. Through 8 years of coaching recreational teams and summer All Star squads, as well as 7 years of Select baseball, there have been a number of accomplishments along the way including various state, regional, and national championships.
Mike and his family currently reside in Driftwood. When not coaching, he’s also an avid runner and has completed two full marathons along with numerous half-marathons and other shorter races. He also enjoys golfing and watching his boys and former players on the diamond.
Mike is blessed to be a part of the Clutch family and have the opportunity to remain a student of the game and continue his passion for baseball. He looks forward to helping young ballplayers develop their physical and mental skills to achieve their goals, and learn some of life’s lessons through the game of baseball.