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Name: Nicolas Blanco
Job Title: Baseball Coach
Asphalt Green Department: Sports
Asphalt Green Campus: Upper East Side
Q: How long have you been working at Asphalt Green?
A: I’ve been working at Asphalt Green for more than three years now.
Q: What does your job entail?
A: You can always find me coaching baseball classes. When I’m not doing that, I’m the head coach of the 8U and 10U Asphalt Green Wave Baseball travel teams. I’m really looking forward to this upcoming Asphalt Green Wave Baseball season as the players have been working hard during the off season.
Q: What classes do you teach?
A: I teach Little Hitters Baseball Academy (3-4 years old), Tee Ball Clinic (5-6 year olds) and Pre-Team Developmental Baseball Clinic (7-10 years old).
Q: How did you get into the sports industry?
A: I’ve been playing baseball all of my life. I started playing in the Bronx and then moved my way to the minor leagues. I was a pitcher at SUNY Cortland from 2007 to 2009 and then played in the Kansas City Royals Minor League system from 2010 to 2012. While in the Minor League system for the Kansas City Royals, I started to get involved with some of the youth baseball camps and knew that coaching was something I wanted to pursue as career.
Q: Who is your favorite sports team?
A: The New York Mets! They were the first sports team I was able to watch live. I saw them at Shea Stadium and I’ve been loyal ever since!
Q: What is one of your fondest memories of working at Asphalt Green?
A: Winning my first Asphalt Green Wave Baseball game with the now 10U team. I’m going into my fourth season coaching them, and I’ve had a blast watching them grow into ball players.
Q: What is your favorite sports tip?
A: “You will get back what you put in.”
Q: Can you share a fun fact about yourself?
A: I can throw a baseball with my opposite hand at about 70-75 mph. I have been clocked throwing with my right hand in the upper 90s.