Mike Seel - Owner/Head Coach

Mike Seel

   Mike Seel founded Five Star Baseball in 2013 after 17 years of private lessons and coaching his first year out of Rutgers University, where he received an athletic scholarship.  1997 coached the East Brunswick Bears Freshman Team & assisted Varsity HS to GMC Champions.  1999 coached  Spotswood JV and Assisted Varsity.   


From 2000 to 2004, Mike coached several club teams with Extra Innings, PPH Baseball, and TNT. 

2003-2004 was hired to Assitant Coach at Wagner College, Div I with Coach Joe Literrio, currently 

Head Coach with Rutgers University.   Worked with several pitchers that went on to play professional

baseball, as well as MLB, such as Andrew Bailey -Rookie of the Year MLB 2009 and All Star.


At Wagner, Coach Seel incorporated his Strength and Conditioning workouts to the program for 

pitchers and position specific training.   Currently runs a core training and velocity program the past 

two seasons which have helped students maintain arm strength and improve fastballs from ranges 

of 2 to 10 mph.


Coach Seel has helped several of his players to move onto Div I through Div III baseball. Currently two

of his former players that have played professional and college baseball  assist in coaching in the Five

Star program.

   

Certified Baseball Conditioning Specialist with IFPA.   Has worked with thousands of students over his 

career through camps, clinics, and private lessons.   Has coached and instructed in New Jersey, 

California, and Georgia.    Currently resides in Milltown, NJ.


In 4 years, Mike has led Five Star Baseball to 4 championships and 10 Finals in competitive tournaments.


Five Star Baseball is a licensed apparel dealer for Rawlings, Wilson, Louisville Slugger, Demarini

Evoshield, Hollaway, Badger, Augusta and many more ….  CNJ Sports Apparel www.cnjsportsapparel.com


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Tom Colaiacovo - Coach/Trainer

 

2009 Cy Young Winner

2010 Shortstop Gold Glove Winner

4 year Collegiate Player

2011 Middlesex County College ERA leader

2011 All-Conference Team

Defeated #1 team in the nation in 2012 as a Pitcher

2012 Most improved player award

2015 NJAC most appearance in a season record holder with New Jersey City University

Signed 3 professional contracts in Independent baseball

Received multiple offers from professional teams overseas

8 years coaching experience

FSB Staff 2018

Greg Sampson

Rutgers University Newark

East Brunswick High School 2014

SS/P/C

Tyler Higgins

Montclair State University

South River High School Class of 2016

1st All County and All State

SP/INF

FSB Player Coach Program

Brad Edwards, Jr. - C/OF/INF

East Brunswick High School - 2018

Dylan Seel - OF/SS/P

Spotswood High School - 2018

Seth Warner - OF/P

East Brunswick High School - 2019

Testimonials

Tracy R -Oct 13, 2017  
Great coaches!


So glad that we found Five Star Baseball Academy! Coach Mike works great with all the boys on our team, and he has really helped improve my son's swing with the attention and feedback he provides during the one-on-one lessons. We plan on continuing lessons my son's lessons there throughout the winter season as well!


Nicole M - Aug 2, 2017

Hitting Lessons


Mike is a wonderful coach. He has helped my son fix things in his batting swing. Very patient with kids and teaches them the correct mechanics. Thank you so much for everything!


Cory B - May 23, 2017

Pitching and hitting


Mike has been instrumental in improving my son's overall game. He is able to identify issues and correct them in a relatively short time. He is incredibly knowledgeable and more importantly, works extremely well with the kids. I can't thank him enough for all he has done for my son.


Andrea Barnacz - Apr 22, 2017

Pitching


Mike was great with my son Stephen at his first lesson. Hes looking forward to his next appt. Highly recommend.


Shelley Mate - Apr 20, 2017

Awesome!


Mike and his staff are amazing! My son has learned so much and has gained such confidence working with them. I would definitely recommend! Thanks Five Star!!


Sean Ignotis - Apr 13, 2017

Pitching


I learned a lot in just one session with Mike. I was a little nervous going in but soon felt comfortable thanks to Mike and his great environment.


Matt Bolger - Apr 6, 2017

Pitching & Hitting


Mike at Five Star is top notch. I will be taking my son there for many years to come. His pitching and hitting improved tremendously in just a few lessons.


Kevin Zebro - Mar 17, 2017

Expert Hitting Instructions


Mike & the 5 Star staff have been absolutely fantastic. His knowledge, dedication & patience has been exemplary. In minutes Mike was able to make corrections in my 13 year old sons stance that has dramatically improved his swing and contact.


Gabriel Vazquez -Nov 13, 2016

Baseball clinics


My son's first experience in the baseball clinic with coach Mike was wonderful. He was very patient and took the time to give clear concise instructions.


Ray F. - Apr 5, 2016

Instructed and challenged

The Five Star program and coaches take the time to properly instruct and teach the game while also challenging the kids to be better players. Five Star has been a great experience on and off the field for my son. He has become a better player and made a lot of good friends


Pedro C -Feb 29, 2016

Excellent development program


Mike and his team of coaches provide precise professional level instruction and training that is hard to find. Whether it's pitching, hitting, defense, or base running, focus is always placed proper mechanics. The atmosphere is always positive and educational. Our son seems to learn something new after every practice or game. We feel fortunate to have found such a great organization.


Anne V - Feb 26, 2016

Five Star gets Five Stars!


Mike is an excellent coach and instructor. He truly knows the game of baseball and really cares about all of his players. Our son has been playing travel ball for 7 years and, under Mike Seel and the entire coaching staff, this has been his best experience to date.


Joseph Chegus -Sep 13, 2015

Baseball


Mike is a very good instructor. He takes the time and goes the extra step to explain things to you. He also is a very good coach.


Joey C  - Aug 1, 2015

Lessons


Very good lessons. If you want to learn like a professional then go to 5 Star. Mike and the team are all professionals.


Michael L - May 16, 2015


Awesome hitting coach!

Coach Mike really helped me break down my swing. He was able to help me with some of the mistakes I was making and really improve my swing mechanics.


Aaron W -May 3, 2015

Five Star!


Mike and his staff are great. He is patient and encouraging. I am so glad both of my boys are in his program. Wouldn't have it any other way.


Fran N - Apr 5, 2015

Great organization!


My son has been working with Mike for years. Mike always goes the extra step to make sure the kids do things properly. Proper form & technique. Safety is also important. Proper training to avoid injury. My son has improved incredibly since he's worked with Mike. And, just as importantly, he ENJOYS working with Mike. Great guy, great organization


Ray Fernandez - Feb 9, 2015

Instruction


Mike does a great job instructing the kids on the proper way to do things. This goes for pitching, hitting, and how to play the game. Mike has a tremendous passion for the game and this shows in how he runs his program and teaches the kids.


Kevin Schuster -Jan 12, 2015

Pitching


Coach Mike is so focused on mechanics, that I know under his guidence, he will make me an effective pitcher as I grow. He focuses on balance, consistentcy, style, etc, which will improve my velocity and he is also educating me on "How" to pitch! He is very detailed in his approach and he takes teaching young pitchers to a new level!


David Bruce -Jan 10, 2015

Real teaching


If you want a positive learning experience for your kids, I would highly recommend Mike Seel. My son not only learns, but feels good about how he is being taught. Very detailed and valuable instruction explained in a way that is understood.


Seth W - Nov 14, 2014


Always gets me on track

Mike is a true professional. Be it hitting or pitching he always knows what I need fixed. I almost don't want to tell kids who are not my teammates about him!



“Mike, I never met you until I umpired your 10U game last weekend in Parsippany. I have to say it was a pleasure watching you teach, coach and instruct your players. Having been an umpire and travel coach for many years I was impressed with your style. Where many coaches are interested in wins and losses even at this level, you seemed to be more interested in the player. His positioning, execution, knowing where and what to do. Explaining situations and responsibilities. It’s Coaches like you that not only teach the game of baseball but build confidence and character. I wish you and your organization the very best. “

 

    Guy Bettelli - Parsipanny Panthers


“Mike has worked with my son to develop his pitching and batting.  He is a much more effective and confident baseball player thanks to his instruction.  My son says Mike is very detailed and gives him step by step direction.  Mike teaches the essentials of pitching and hitting in a way that improved my son's skills while taking into account his age level and making it fun in the process.  My son looks forward to his lessons, even though each one is physically and mentally challenging.  Mike's knowledge and passion for the game, and his enjoyment from working with players, is evident in his instruction.  Mike has helped my son improve on the strategic, mental and physical aspects of his baseball skill set.  He has been a wonderful instructor, and I would recommend him to others seeking baseball instruction.”

      

Rob Witschger - South Brunswick,NJ 


         “My son has been working with Mike Seel for the past 4 years. Mostly during the winter months. The improvements have been amazing. Mike's method of working with each child as individuals I think, is the most accurate and efficient way to find out your child's requirements.  Mike's approach allows him to tailor his pitching, hitting and fielding training programs to concentrate on your child's strengths and weaknesses.  No cookie cutter programs, just honest to goodness, techniques, that help your child feel relaxed and confident.  You and your child will be able to see the progress and will happy and satisfied with the improvements.  Since my son wanted to be a pitcher, during my son's first year working with Mike, he concentrated on teaching my son proper pitching techniques.  He taught my son how to use his body, especially his legs and hips, and not to just throw with his arm.  He also taught my son the importance of balance in a pitching motion. This allowed my son to be a more consistent pitcher, throw with increased miles per hour, while ensuring he wouldn't burn out his arm. With hitting Mike has worked with my son to ensure his batting stance and swing allows for maximum efficiency, speed, and power.   Mike takes pride and enjoyment in his training, and is always interested in the progress the kids are making. My son and Mike speak before every lesson about how he did in the game last week.  My son will not go to any other baseball trainer.”   

                                                                             

          Joe DiMaria - Spotswood, NJ

“Awesome hitting coach!   Coach Mike really helped me break down my swing. He was able to help me with some of the mistakes I was making and really improve my swing mechanics.”


Michael L. 




“Five Star!  Mike and his staff are great. He is patient and encouraging. I am so glad both of my boys are in his program. Wouldn't have it any other way.”


Aaron W.




“Great organization!  My son has been working with Mike for years. Mike always goes the extra step to make sure the kids do things properly. Proper form & technique. Safety is also important. Proper training to avoid injury. My son has improved incredibly since he's worked with Mike. And, just as importantly, he ENJOYS working with Mike. Great guy, great organization.”


Fran Newel




“Mike does a great job instructing the kids on the proper way to do things. This goes for pitching, hitting, and how to play the game. Mike has a tremendous passion for the game and this shows in how he runs his program and teaches the kids.”


Ray Fernandez



“Coach Mike is so focused on mechanics, that I know under his guidence, he will make me an effective pitcher as I grow. He focuses on balance, consistentcy, style, etc, which will improve my velocity and he is also educating me on "How" to pitch! He is very detailed in his approach and he takes teaching young pitchers to a new level!”


Kevin Schuster



“Real teaching -  If you want a positive learning experience for your kids, I would highly recommend Mike Seel. My son not only learns, but feels good about how he is being taught. Very detailed and valuable instruction explained in a way that is understood.”


David Bruce