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Bill Consiglio’s primary responsibilities at 21CS include overseeing the Player Talent Development and Coaches’ Education programs. He is also the lead creative designer and “voice” for the organization.
Consiglio has served at Varsity, NCAA Division I, Professional and even International levels, working with various baseball organizations around the globe to assist with the promotion and development of baseball in their countries, including the Brazilian Baseball & Softball Confederation. The Brazilian national baseball team, currently managed by longtime Hall of Fame Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, qualified for their first World Baseball Classic event in 2013, nearly upsetting defending champion Japan (2006, 2009) in the opening round, losing 5-3. In September 2016, Brazil again competed valiantly, losing two 1-run games, including to eventual bracket winner and 2017 WBC “damage doer” Team Israel in the Brooklyn qualifier held at MCU Park, Single-A affiliate for the New York Mets.Read More
NCAA DIVISION I COACHING EXPERIENCE
Prior to founding 21CS in 2006, Consiglio served as a Division I college baseball coach from 2000-06. In 2000-02, he served as a Graduate Assistant at Miami of Ohio University in Oxford, where he was fortunate to have coached 15 players who went on to play professional baseball, an astounding number after just two seasons. Perhaps most noticeably, he was fortunate to have served on a staff that included the 2013 NCAA National Division I Head Coach of the Year Tracy Smith (now the Head Coach at Arizona State), who led the of the Indiana Hoosiers to Omaha and their first-ever NCAA College World Series appearance – and first appearance by a Big Ten team since 1984. The coaching staff included two other future Division I head coaches, including Dan Simonds at Miami of Ohio University (Simonds is now the Director of Baseball at the renowned IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.) and Scott Googins at Xavier University. After obtaining his Master’s Degree in Sport Behavior and Performance from Miami of Ohio University, Consiglio moved on to Fairfield University (CT), where he served as the Assistant Head Coach for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In his 2nd season with the Stags, he helped lead them to a 14-game improvement, tripling their win total from the previous season.
From there, Consiglio joined the St. John’s University coaching staff in Queens for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. During this time, he helped lead the Red Storm to their first Big East Conference regular season championship in more than a decade while continuing to assist with the development of MLB draft-level talent. Consiglio was again fortunate to coach alongside some of the best baseball coaches in all of America, serving under longtime Head Coach Ed Blankmeyer, who recently served as an Assistant Coach of the USA Baseball National Collegiate squad, Mike Hampton, ranked as the #3 Assistant Coach by Baseball America in 2013 (out of over 1,000 coaches) and Scott Brown, Vanderbilt’s pitching coach since the 2013 season.
“When looking back, it’s pretty amazing”, said Consiglio. “I don’t know that I could have been more fortunate to work alongside better baseball coaches – let alone people – during the time I spent coaching in the NCAA. Being able to see not only what true professional prospects and elite college athletes “look like” – but more importantly, how they develop their physical and mental talents on a daily basis – is something we seek to deliver to the amateur level, each and everyday.”
Consiglio has also served as a coach in the prestigious New England Collegiate Baseball League (www.necbl.com) and New York Collegiate Baseball League (www.nycbl.com), both of which belong to the elite category of MLB-sanctioned college summer leagues. In 2003, Consiglio managed the Amsterdam Mohawks, leading the storied franchise to their first NYCBL championship since 1988. As of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Consiglio has coached over 150 players who have gone on to sign professionally, an astounding number, particularly during such a short period of time.
HIGH SCHOOL & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Upon leaving the college game during the summer of 2006, he continued his coaching career in the high school ranks. During his first season as Assistant Coach at Keio Preparatory Academy (Purchase, N.Y.) in 2007, the Fighting Unicorns elevated their program from sectional champion to state finalist, coming within one out of winning the N.Y.S. Class C state championship. Along the way, the program set a host of school records, including total wins, batting average, E.R.A and number of players who won individual accolades, such as All-State and All-Section awards. In 2008, Keio sealed the deal, winning the school’s first-ever baseball state championship. During the summer of ’08, Consiglio also assisted with the Hudson Valley’s baseball team in New York State’s Empire State Games. A collection of the area’s best baseball talent, the team went on to win their first gold medal in nearly 20 years.
In 2009, Consiglio moved over to Saunders High School, helping lead the way there with eventual Section I Head Coach of the Year Award Winner Chuck Alben. In their first year together, the Blue Devils achieved a school-record 15 wins and their highest ever playoff seeding (#5). Unfortunately 2010 was a different story, where under Consiglio the Blue Devils lost 10 games by a combined total of 14 runs while competing against the 2nd toughest-ranked schedule in all of Section I (over 70 schools in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Dutchess counties).
After the cancellation of the Empire State Games in 2009, he helped lead the team to a 4th place finish in 2010. Due to the event’s cancellation again in 2011, Consiglio became a Manager in the New York State Showcase League, which served as the official developmental league for the historic Can-Am League (http://www.canamleague.com). The purpose of the league was to provide undrafted and unsigned players the opportunity to ink their first professional contract by competing in a daily showcase and game format, much like in every Major League Club’s Spring Training Camp. Following the conclusion of the NYS League season, Consiglio assisted the New York Federals in the Can-Am League for the remainder of their season.
Under Consiglio’s oversight, 21st Century Sports has expanded from a small operation based in Westchester County, New York to an international presence, providing instruction to young players around the world, having conducted camp and clinic events in Canada (Kingston, Ontario) and more recently, Brazil (Ibuina, Sao Paolo). He is also actively involved with his hometown little league, Shrub Oak Athletic Club, while coaching his two sons at various levels in the club.
I fully appreciate the enthusiasm Bill and his staff have in communicating the sound principles of baseball. Far too often in the college recruiting process we see young players who have no understanding of how to play the game. Yet, they are unrealistically in pursuit of a college scholarship. I am not saying that every player who participates in 21st Century Sports will receive a college scholarship to play baseball. What I will say is that Coach Consiglio and his staff will provide players with the proper techniques to give them the best chance to have a positive baseball experience, no matter what level they aspire to play – college, high school or Little League. And as a parent myself, that’s all you can ask.
“My son loved every minute of camp!”
Coach Consiglio does a great job in developing the young player. He is very passionate and knowledgeable about the game and takes a lot of pride in seeing his players progress. I have no doubt he will lead his staff to undertake this same mission.
What do you do when your son wants only a Baseball Birthday Party for his 7th b’day?! I NOW KNOW – YOU CALL 21ST CENTURY SPORTS! Their staff was a HOME RUN! From the first time I contacted them to the last minute of the party it was a fantastic experience! Their baseball party team kept my son and his friends not only engaged but excited the entire time! In fact, when the party was over the dads were so inspired that they began their own post-party game! Weeks later parents were still approaching me and saying that my son’s baseball birthday party was one of the best parties their child has ever been to! Thanks so much to the staff at 21st Century Sports for making my son’s birthday party a day he will never forget….AND EVEN COMING UP WITH AN AUTOGRAPHED BALL OF HIS FAVORITE PLAYER! THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY CRAZY & UNEXPECTED!!! We can’t thank your team enough 🙂
“Great program, well organized! Our son learned all about the game. Made lots of new friends. Highly recommended!”
“Both of my boys raved about the camp. I’ve never seen them so excited every morning to go to camp!”
The staff at 21st Century Sports has done an excellent job working with all of the baseball programs in our town – from TeeBall to Little League to Babe Ruth & up through the Varsity program – over the last few years. They take a comprehensive approach to the ‘well-being’ of our baseball feeder programs and have helped us instill a systematic instructional program to pass on to both our youngsters and coaches. More imporantly, they have established personal relationships and connections with each of the different baseball programs in our town. This comprehensive approach enables everyone in our baseball community, from the time they are first able to throw a ball until they leave for college, with the feeling that not only have they been provided with the very best possible instruction, but have worked and interacted with our children and parents – as people who sincerely care about the game of baseball as well as each individual’s skill development.
“My son is a 15u competitive travel baseball player who was looking to get additional instruction and I came across Coach Bill Consiglio through a camp over a year ago. My son has since worked with Coach Consiglio on many aspects of his game and I have to say that since then, my son has elevated his game and has become more confident. Coach Bill has a unique way of communicating with the kids so they understand what needs to be done. He has coached at the highest levels, including Division I and can very readily see things that other coaches do not. He understands what each child needs in order to succeed, improve and move onto the next level. If you are looking for a coach who understands the game and can help your child improve, I highly recommend Coach Consiglio.”
Coach Consiglio opened my eyes to the possibility of playing college baseball. He helped me in all aspects of my game; helping me to improve my skills on the field, my mental makeup about the game, and how to handle the college recruiting process. He was always there to offer honest and straightforward advice and continues to check up once my collegiate career began.
Thank you for the fabulous baseball birthday party you organized and ran for our son Thomas! As parents who have hosted over a dozen outsourced birthday parties in the past, you should be proud to know that your company threw the most enjoyed and professionally organized party of any company we have ever worked with!
To quote the birthday boy: “My baseball party was the best birthday party I have ever had and ever been to!
Just wanted to let you know that, once again, your guys were awesome.
Professional, kind, and the kids had an absolute blast!