COACHES

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Angel L. Lugo

Director of Player Development

Coach Lugo was drafted in 1988 by the Minnesota Twins as a shortstop, later transitioning to a pitcher with the Marlins and the Blue Jays. He played for Grady High School in Brooklyn and was a three year consecutive All-City shortstop. Once completing his professional career, he took his passion for the game and opened the Cadets Player Development Academy.

In 2012, he was certified by Brent Pourciau for the Top Velocity Pitching Program and is now known as Brent's top instructor for the 3x Top Velocity Program. In 2013, he began the Elite Player Development Academy, Top Gun Pitching Program, D2 Catching Program, D467 Fielding Program and the Zone it Up Hitting Program at CPDA. These programs have produced some of the area’s best players and top MLB prospects.

In 2014, Coach Lugo decided to bring his knowledge of player development to the field and created his travel baseball college prep teams, the Cadets Baseball Academy.

In 2016, Coach Lugo was named New York State Coordinator for USA Baseball's North Atlantic NTIS. In 2017, he opened the Hudson Valley RBI program, which is dedicated to getting inner-city players back on the softball and baseball fields.

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Diego Gonzalez

Assistant Director of Player Development

Diego led the Baruch College Campus HS Blue Devils (New York, NY) to its first playoff appearance in school history during his sophomore season before transferring to Benjamin N. Cardozo HS in Queens, where he captained the Judges to a 35-2 combined record during his junior and senior seasons.

Selected as a New York City Mayor’s Cup All-Star in 2012 prior to his collegiate career, Diego went on to play first base and outfield for the Hofstra University Pride and the Queens College Knights. Serving as team captain during his tenure at Queens, Diego was selected as a North Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (NACBL) All-Star in 2015, the same season he led the Knights in extra-base hits and RBI.

Currently coaching for the Cadets, Diego also serves as the Assistant Director of Player Development for the CPDA. Diego holds a Coaches Certification with USA Baseball, and is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

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Jimmy Filingeri

Jimmy brings 30 years of coaching experience to the Cadets Player Development Academy, from T-ball to high school varsity baseball.

Jimmy now coaches for the Cadets Baseball Academy, while also serving as the head coach for the junior varsity baseball team at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains. Jimmy holds a Coaches Certification with USA Baseball, and is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

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Nelson Muñoz

A native of Puerto Rico, Nelson comes to the Cadets Player Development Academy after a professional playing career for his hometown of Humacao. Nelson started his career off with a bang for the Orientales de Humacao, leading La Liga de Béisbol Doble A Juvenil de Puerto Rico (LBDAJPR) with a .394 batting average in 2015. Nelson received a promotion to play for the Grises de Humacao the following year, where he was primarily utilized as a catcher in Liga de Béisbol Superior Doble A de Puerto Rico (LBSDAPR). Nelson also saw time at 1st base, 2nd base, and 3rd base during his professional career.

Nelson currently coaches for the Cadets Baseball Academy.

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Jonnathan Cepeda

This will be Jonnathan Cepeda’s first year as a coach with the Cadets Player Development Academy, as he brings 15 years of baseball experience along with him. Cepeda was born in Queens, NY but grew up playing in the Dutchess County area. He attended Roy. C Ketcham HS where he received multiple accolades, league, sectional and regional championships, as well as a Final 4 appearance in the state tournament. At the end of his senior year he was selected for New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) 1st Team All-State, Hudson Valley Dream Team, and Poughkeepsie Journal Varsity All-Stars. After high school, Cepeda decided to attend Bergen Community College, where just after 1 year, he received a scholarship to play Division 2 baseball at St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC). Cepeda’s highlight of his baseball career was turning a triple play and hitting a grand slam in college. He graduated in the Spring of 2021 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management. He will now share his passion for the game by teaming up with Cadets Player Development Academy and will serve as the Head Coach of the 10U Hudson Valley Renegades. 
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Reid Oreste

Reid, a native Long Islander, has been a catcher since the 5th grade. He was the captain of his high school team his senior year before going on to play four years of college baseball at SUNY New Paltz. At New Paltz, Reid studied to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Deaf Studies.

Although he graduated in the Spring of 2020, his passion for the game still remained. He began coaching travel ball for a variety of age groups in Long Island before moving back to the Hudson Valley in the Spring of 2021.

Currently he is a member of the Cadets coaching staff as well as a Graduate Assistant Coach at SUNY New Paltz while studying to receive his Masters in Adolescent Education.

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Oscar Colon

Originally from Brooklyn, Oscar played for Wallkill Senior HS, where he pitched, played shortstop, and earned team MVP honors during his sophomore season. Oscar later enrolled at SUNY Delhi, where he helped organize the school’s first recreational baseball team.

Oscar has amassed over 35 years of experience in baseball, including 11 years volunteering for the City of Newburgh and Cal Ripken Baseball. Oscar continues to play today, competing in the Hudson Valley National Adult Baseball Association (HVNABA) and the Hudson Valley Men’s Adult Baseball League (HVMABL), while also serving as a coach for the Cadets Baseball Academy.