Angels Baseball provides youth baseball players with the most conducive atmosphere to grow their potential in the classroom, sport and life. Growth is most realized when we surround ourselves with the right people and opportunities that both opens the door to knowledge and promotes personal growth.
The Angels curriculum is one where everyone embraces hard work and rewards personal growth. Programs that prioritize personal growth and constantly encourages one another to work harder leads to making oneself better today than they were yesterday.
Con Aquilante has been serving the baseball community for over the past 30 years, at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels. His service began in the Berwyn Paoli Little League, coaching four of his sons through the Little League ranks. His teams routinely competed for league championships at all levels. During his little league tenure, Con was selected to manage the summer All-Star LLWS tournament team. And in 1989, his team came one win away from winning the PA State Little League Championship.
In 1990, Con’s fifth son, Jordan Michael Aquilante was born. Jordan was born premature, weighing only 1.5 pounds at birth. He had the looks of his mother, the fight of his father, and the love of his four brothers and one sister. Soon after his arrival, he was stricken with pneumonia. His little body battled the sickness for almost two months, but finally succumbed in April of 1990. A little boy was taken from his family; but the seed of a little boy’s fighting spirit was planted.
As his older boys grew out of Little League, Con created a Player Development Program that was the area’s first to expose High School players to college programs. During the initial years of his program, Con began to develop his curriculum of life management strategies.
In 2003, the seed really began to blossom and Con’s thoughts turned towards helping those less fortunate; those who could not afford his services. In 2004, a five-hour meeting took place between Con and the Marian Anderson Rec Center in South Philadelphia. The Rec Center is dedicated to teaching and promoting baseball to inner city kids of Philadelphia. Soon after their meeting, coaches from the Rec Center began to bring out six kids twice a week to work with Con and his staff. And thus, The Jordan Foundation and Angels Baseball was born.
Since its inception in 2004, Angels Baseball has extended its arms further into the Community, working with kids from several Mid-Atlantic states. Among its accolades, the non-profit has helped approximately 150 kids receive college baseball scholarships. Most of these kids have become first generation college students. And even more Angels Baseball graduates have come back to the program to help guide youth as they move through the program. Many youth have benefited from Con and his teachings over the years; which all began in April of 1990, when a little boy, the program’s first Angel, planted a seed that continues to grow strong.
Jason serves as President of Angels Baseball and oversees Baseball operations in Maryland. Jason played his High School Baseball at Archbishop Carroll in Radnor, PA where he was a two-time Philadelphia City Player of the Year. Jason played Collegiately at Wake Forest University, where he played on teams that won three ACC Championships; played in four NCAA Tournaments; a Super Regional; and was ranked as high as 9th in the country. During his time at Wake Forest, Jason was voted by Baseball America as the ACC’s best defensive second baseman (2000); and was named to the 2nd team All-ACC team in 2001 as a Catcher. Following his playing career at Wake, Jason coached for two years at The College of William & Mary; where he was responsible for Catchers and assisted with hitting and infield defense. Following his two-years at William & Mary, Jason moved to Maryland, where he began working as a Private Instructor and running camps and clinics in the Mid-Atlantic region. In the Fall of 2017, Jason introduced Angels Baseball to Montgomery County, MD for kids ages 8-11. The program grew by 75% after its first year as more and more parents see the value of the ‘Angels Way’.
Coach Lou is a real student of the game. He is a “high energy” guy that makes you want to grab a bat and jump into the cage. Lou is our hitting guru! His teachings focus on the finer points of hitting and explaining why each drill is important to building a powerful swing. His positive attitude and energy serves as a boost for every player. Coach Lou is also involved with coaching in our player development program as well as our team training workouts. On game days for our 18U team, Louis is our first base Coach and works with hitters throughout the game. We are all incredibly lucky to have him on our staff. Before moving his family from Puerto Rico to Philadelphia, Lou had the privilege of training Carlos Beltran when he was just 15 years old. To this day, the two are still close friends!
Coach Doc has been with the Angels program for the past 7 years. He is not only a vital part of the coaching staff, but he is a guy who is vested in helping young players realize their dream. His calm coaching style, warm smile and love for the game makes everyone around him want to learn. Doc can always be found in the batting cage or working with the catchers. On game days, he is that calming voice in the dugout for that player who is having a rough outing. Coach operates his own facility in Cinnaminson, NJ and still makes time to cross the bridge and spend time with the Angels. It is always a blessing when he pops through the door!
Ron has been a fixture with the Angels program in MD since its inception in the Fall of 2017. Very few people can bring as much knowledge about the game to the kids than Ron. It’s imperative that kids learn the game; not just the physical skills, but situations and the little things that can help kids better understand what to do when on the field. Ron primarily works with pitchers, 1st basemen and hitters. A native of the Philadelphia area, Ron is an avid Phillies fan!