Head Coach- Mike Aldrich 23
Mike is entering his 1st year as the Head Coach at UCAP after playing 1B/3B for the Pointers in 2008 and 2009. He has worked as assistant since 2012 for legendary coach, Roger Bidwell, and took over recruiting coordinator duties in 2015.
As a player, Mike was selected to the NJCAA Division II All-New England team both years at UCAP and was a key player from the 37-11 2008 Avery Point New England Championship Team. He finished his UCAP career with a .404 batting average, 64 RBI’s, 99 hits, 21 2B’s and 5 HR’s. Mike is in the UCAP record books for single season hits (60), singles (43), doubles (14), and batting average (.432) as well as career hits (99), doubles (21), and singles (72).
After his 2 years at UCAP, Mike continued his collegiate baseball career playing 1B at the University of Hartford. In 2010, Aldrich started 38 games for the Hawks as their regular first basemen, finishing with a .314 batting average, 2 HR’s, 8 doubles, and second on the team with 29 RBI’s. Mike was slowed with a back injury his senior year, limited to 17 games. After the completion of his playing career, Mike first worked as a volunteer assistant at UHA in fall 2011, under Coach Justin Blood. He graduated from the University of Hartford with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education.
Mike is currently a Special Education teacher at the New Beginnings Alternative Program at Fitch High School in Groton, CT.
A former St. Bernard High School standout, he led the Saints to the Connecticut Class S State Championship in 2007 and to their first football state tournament appearance since 1985, being selected to the CHSCA All-State team in both sports as a senior. Mike was named to the All-ECC team for football in ‘06 and ’07, baseball in ‘05, ’06, ’07 and to the Al-lArea New London Day and Norwich Bulletin teams throughout his high school career.
In the summer of 2014, Aldrich was named Head Coach of Niantic Legion team, the year after their program was forced into folding, helping re-energize the program and lead them to a 25-10 record, Co-zone championship, and state tournament berth. In the summer of 2013, Aldrich was the head coach of the CT Bulldogs 19U AAU team helping them to a 30-10 overall record.
Assistant Coach- Ed Harvey 35
Ed returns to the UConn Avery Point coaching staff for his 9th year, after a successful 28 years as Head Coach of Fitch High School. As their Head Coach, Fitch participated in four CIAC Baseball Championships, winning three. State Champs in 1987, (#1 ranked team in Connecticut), State Champions in 1990, and State Champions in 2005 (#1 ranked team in Connecticut). Won 8 League Championships and 2 League Tournament Championships, and participated in 7 State Tournament Semifinal Games. Ed was honored as Coach of the Year a number of times by the “New London Day” and the “Norwich Bulletin”. In 2005 he was the “New Haven Register” Coach of the Year, and in 1999 and 2007 was the ABCA Region I Coach of the Year. In 2005 Ed was awarded Region I, Coach of the Year by the ABCA. The Connecticut High School Coaches Association awarded him Outstanding Coach in 2005, and in 2008 was the Connecticut’s nomination for National Coach of the Year.
Ed is a 1973 School of Education graduate of the University of Connecticut. He played centerfield for UConn, playing a key role in their 1972 College World Series appearance in Omaha, Nebraska.
Assistant Coach- Kyle Wilson 5
Kyle returns for his second stint with the UCAP coaching staff. Wilson played catcher for the Pointers during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He was a member of the 2010 NJCAA Division II National Runner-Up team which finished with a record of 41-10. He returned to the UCAP program in 2012, as an assistant under former Head Coach Roger Bidwell.
After his 2 years at UCAP, Kyle has gone on to earn his associates degree in General Studies and is currently furthering his education towards a degree in Sports Management.
Kyle, a native of Norwich, CT was a 2008 graduate from the Norwich Free Academy. In 2008 with the NFA Wildcats, Kyle was selected to the 2008 Connecticut Class LL All-State Team and All-ECC team while also receiving the Eastern Board of Umpires Sportsmanship Award. Kyle is an active member in the local baseball community, serving as an assistant to Niantic American Legion in 2012 and Norwich American Legion in 2014 and 2015, as well as serving as an instructor in many baseball camps and clinics.
This year Kyle is looking forwarding to rejoining and assisting his former UCAP teammate and now Head Coach, Mike Aldrich.
Pitching Coach- Dennis Long 39
Dennis Long, M.A, has a diverse professional background spanning over 35 years. As a business professional, he managed teams of banking professionals and conducted seminars for employees of companies of varied sizes and industries. He has moderated seminars in the areas of team building, effective communication, workplace dynamics, and positive workplace motivation. Individual employee coaching sessions for enhanced success are also a foundation of Dennis’s programs.
Dennis’s expertise in the sports field is vast and successful. He was a two-sport student athlete at UConn (basketball and baseball), a two time All-Cape Cod League pitcher, followed by a successful professional career, advancing to the AAA level with the Texas Rangers organization. The end of one career opened the door to his true gift, teaching and counseling athletes. In 1984, Dennis began private pitching instruction for young children of co-workers, sometimes two or three a week. Over the span of nearly 30 years, Dennis has tutored thousands of pitchers and position players with a never ending positive approach to athletic development.
Dennis remains a fixture in the Northeast baseball circles, as a standout pitching instructor to professional and youth athletes. His pitching website, www.pitchingeasy.com and counseling website, www.dlathleticadvantage.com have gained loyal following over the past ten years. A former part time assistant at both UConn in Storrs and Avery Point in the 90’s Dennis is currently the General Manager and Pitching Coach for the Mystic Schooners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
He is the co-owner of DBI Pitching Easy Baseball Center in Mystic, CT.
Dennis has three daughters, Danielle, a 2008 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, Courtney, a 2011 Amherst College graduate and member of the 2010 national champion Amherst College Womens’ Basketball team, and Stephanie, a 2014 Cornell University graduate and four year starter on the Women’s Basketball team.