UpdatedWednesday September 1, 2021 byChristine DiNicola.
Mike Mendes started his baseball career at 5 years old and continued playing into college. He played high school baseball at Brick Township High School. He was then fortunate enough to play on the Division IA baseball team at Monmouth University after high school. When his playing days ended, he decided to become a coach and help young players. He has been a baseball coach since 1999 starting at Donovan Catholic High School where he coached three seasons on the varsity level. He then moved onto New Egypt High School where he coached another six seasons on the varsity level. After coaching baseball for nine seasons, Mike then moved onto coaching varsity girls softball for two seasons. His high school coaching career ended when he became a school administrator. Mike has been an educator in his professional life for the last 19 years. He is entering his 14th year as a school administrator in which he has managed school organizations with kids and adults ranging from 500 students to 2000 students and 75 to over 200 faculty/adults. His professional focus has always been on improving the organization as a whole but most importantly improving the young students/kids that are involved.
Fortunately, Mike was able to resume his coaching career 7 seasons ago when he began managing his son’s team in the TRELL T-ball division. He has been a manager of his son’s TRELL teams for the first 5 seasons of his son’s career and have been an assistant coach for the last 2 seasons. Mike has also had the opportunity to coach the TRELL 8 year-old All-Star team in the Toms River Little League Tournament during the 2018 season. He was also a coach for the 9 year-old All Star team that won the 9u Barnegat Tournament in 2019. In 2020, he was the manager for the 10 year-old All Star team that won the District 18 tournament. In 2021, he was the manager of the 11 year year-old All Star team that won the District 18 championship, Section 3 championship and finished 2nd in the State of NJ. Mike was also a coach on the Majors White Sox team that won the TRELL World Series this past season. Mike values the importance of being a coach for young baseball players. It is the most influential time of their lives and it is important that their coach not only teach them the game but also teach them how to be great young boys and girls while enjoying their time doing so.
Mike has served on the TRELL Board the last two seasons. This past season he was the Vice President of Baseball Operations. With his vast experiences as a player, a coach and a school administrator he hopes that he can continue to add some insight as a board member to help continue improving our league, our coaches and especially our players. Toms River East Little League is an organization his family is very proud to be a part of.