Power-Hitting Catcher, 3 yrs Independent & Overseas Pro Experience. Open to Player-Coach Role. Seeking Winter Ball Opportunity 2021/22 | Baseball Jobs Overseas

Power-Hitting Catcher, 3 yrs Independent & Overseas Pro Experience. Open to Player-Coach Role. Seeking Winter Ball Opportunity 2021/22

Name: Michael Varga

Height: 183cm

Weight: 98kg

DOB: March 13, 1997

Date Available: October 1, 2021

Indy Pro experience

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: Coach, Youth Coach, Virtual Coach, C

Positions (alt): Utl, 1B, 2B, 3B, OF

College: Florence Darlington Technical College, Presbyterian College

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Personal

Michael Varga, better known to the international baseball community as Coach Mike, is a player-coach who has a wide breath of professional experience both around the diamond, and the world.

Growing up, Varga was an All-Conference and 2x Under Armour Pre-Season All American high school catcher who began his college career at NJCAA DI powerhouse Florence-Darlington Technical College. During his 2 years there, he was essential in leading Florence-Darlington Tech to a NJCAA DI Region X Championship, NJCAA DI Eastern District Championship, and NJCAA DI World Series Appearance in 2017

Varga then moved on to finish his college career at NCAA DI Presbyterian College, a member of the highly competitive Big South Conference. He was known as a a strong defensive catcher (high-level blocking, 1.85-2.0 pop time) with quick bat speed, gap to gap power, and outgoing leadership qualities. 

After graduation, Coach Mike immediately played half a season for the MSG Phoenix in the highest division of the Belgian Baseball League. Despite a shortened season, he tied the league in home runs. He also began his journey as a professional coach and baseball consultant. Chris Dassy, President of the MSG Phoenix, said this about Coach Mike:

“Mike played and coached in our program in 2019. He came highly recommended by a coach I know and trust. And he did not disappoint, making a direct impact on our player development. I hired him for private catching lessons for my son, that’s how much I trust him. A lot of coaches know baseball. The separator for me is how much a coach cares. And Mike does care about his players.”

In his first year overseas, Varga also represented Team North America in the 2019 World Port Tournament held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, starting at both first base and catcher.

Coach Mike played his first season of winter-ball in Perth, Australia, with the Wembley Magpies of the top division in the Western Australia Baseball League. He again proved both his defensive and power-heavy prowess, finishing the season in the top 10 for home runs and slugging percentage. Varga also continued to develop his coaching network, coaching four teams for Wembley in addition to leading the Wembley-Perth 12U Club Champs to a Grand Prix Championship. Reed Morris, President of the Wembley Magpies, had this to say about Coach Mike:

“Mike played for our club and coached in our junior program in 2019, and quickly made an impression on both senior and junior players. He provided great structure and practice plans for our player development, both in groups and individual lessons. I would highly recommend Mike for his approach to junior development, his game knowledge, and his interest in each player he comes into contact with.”

Following his time in Australia, Varga showed his dedication to baseball and youth development by being one of the first and only imports to reach Europe before global lockdowns due to the Coronavirus. Coach Mike played and coached for the Attnang Athletics in the top division of the Austrian Baseball League during the 2020 season. During the season, he was the regular season home run leader (9), and finished in the Top 10 of almost every offensive category in the league.  In July, he was named the Head Coach for the Upper Austria Baseball Academy, an Austrian Baseball Federation sponsored initiative to help continue growing and developing the game of baseball in each of Austria’s regions. Andreas Lastinger, Head Coach of the Athletics, had these closing remarks about Varga:

“Michael Varga is a very strong hitter with good hand-eye coordination and great instincts. What really stood out was his ability to hit every kind of pitcher, good, bad, and great pitching alike. As a catcher he helped to grow our pitching staff; he has a lot of in-depth knowledge of modern pitching development. I could also fully rely on him if I had a hitter who needed 1-1 coaching to further develop their craft or get out of a slump… As of him as a coach… I have seen only a handful of guys who are so good at bringing the love for the game towards children or people who try out baseball for the first time. He is an absolute professional if you are looking to build a really broad base of players for your club. He is very dedicated to the team he plays for. He will give a lot of effort to help out the entire organization.”

Varga joined Draci Brno of the Czech Extraliga in 2021.

Varga will finish the 2021 season with the Santa Fe Fuego of the American Independent Baseball League: the Pecos League.

Coach Mike’s strong advocacy for growing the game of baseball abroad as led him to launch is own company,  Michael Varga International Coaching: an online and mobile coaching service that prides itself on bringing out the best in ballplayers of all ages and skill sets around the globe, while embracing the life lessons and worldwide sense of community this  amazing sport provides. Through this platform he has also partnered with Baseball Jobs Overseas in providing youth coaching drills, games, and demonstrations in their monthly newsletter, and online lessons through their virtual coaching platform. Feel free to visit his website at www.michaelvargainternationalcoaching.com.

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2015-17 Florence-Darlington Technical College NJCAA DI starting catcher, team captain, 6 hole hitter
2016 Titustown Titans Mid Atlantic College League starting catcher, cleanup hitter
2017-19 Presbyterian College NCAA DI starting catcher, 8 hole hitter
2018 Wilmington Sharks Coastal Plains League starting catcher, six hole hitter
2019 Mount St. Guibert Phoenix Belgian Baseball League Gold Division (Top) Starting catcher, hitting 3-5 hole, experience in OF, 1B, 3B
2019 Team USA European World Port Tournament Starting catcher and 1st base, 8-9 hole hitter
2019 Wembley Magpies Western Australia Baseball League SL1 (Top) Starting catcher, 3 hole hitter
2020 Attnang Athletics Austrian Baseball League First Division (Top) 3-Hole Hitter Starter 1B 2B SS OF C
2021 Draci Brno Czech Baseball League 4/5-Hole Hitter C 3B 1B
2021 Santa Fe Fuego Pecos League C

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2012-15 Assistant Coach/Volunteer Umpire Ashford Little League N/A Assist Head Coach with practice and games
2014-17 Head Coach RBI Baseball Academy Summer Travel Ball Responsible for the growth, safety, and well-being of 15 campers through day and overnight camp.
2014-19 Head Coach/Social Media Manager For the Love of the Game Baseball N/A Encourage personal development through team building exercises and independent goal achievement, constructed and manage the camp Facebook page, create daily itineraries that format group rotations, practice schedules, and camp structure, teach groups of 9-12 children, ages 7-12 years old, specific skill progressions in order to improve their knowledge of the game, as well as their athletic ability.
2018 Assistant Coach Wilmington Sharks Baseball Camp Assisted coaches with camp duties
2019 Assistant Coach Mt. St. Guibert Phoenix Belgian Baseball League Assistant coach to second division, 18u, and 15u teams. Primarily ran catchers and hitters portion of practices. Develop players' skills, mindset, and love of the game. Set-up practices, create itineraries, and lead team initiatives. Provide council to the head coach and coach bases during gameplay
2019 Youth Outreach and Development Coordinator Wembley Magpies Western Australia Baseball League Head coach of the Junior League and Club Championship teams. Assistant coach of State League 3 team. Ran week long introductory programs at various primary schools in the Perth area to help promote, grow, and develop the game.
2020 Head Coach Attnang Athletics Austrian Baseball League Youth development advisor and Head Coach for U10-U16 programs.
2020 Owner, Virtual Online Coach Michael Varga International Coaching Michael Varga International Coaching is an online and mobile coaching service for baseball enthusiasts all around the world. ​ Founded by a successful international, professional player and coach. MViC brings a polished knowledge of the game, dedicated hands-on services, and unique, effective developmental programs all through the convenience of your computer, smartphone, or tablet. ​ What makes Michael Varga International Coaching stand out? MViC prides itself on bringing out the best in ballplayers of all ages and skill sets around the globe, while embracing the life lessons and worldwide sense of community this amazing sport provides. For more information, visit: www.michaelvargainternationalcoaching.com
2020 Director Upper Austria Baseball Academy Austrian Baseball Federation Oversaw and ran this Austrian Baseball Federation sponsored program in the Upper Austria region, containing 4 youth programs and 200+ youth players
2020 Head Coach Summerball Baseball Camp Attnang Athletics Baseball Fully oversaw all camp activities for U12 players at Summerball Camp, one of the biggest summer baseball clinics in Europe. Created itineraries, led development, and executed practice plans.

Stats

Pro/Overseas Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2019 MSG Phoenix 16 60 14 22 8 1 6 18 9 6 3 1 .367 .443 .833
2019 Team USA 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019-2020 Wembley Magpies 28 78 12 21 7 1 4 15 8 16 4 0 .269 .367 .538
2020 (Reg. + Post Season) Attnang Athletics 24 85 34 32 5 0 11 39 18 11 3 0 .376 .500 .823
2021 Draci Brno 22 71 12 17 2 0 2 14 7 15 1 0 .239 .317 .352
2021 (In Progress) Santa Fe Fuego 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

College/Amateur Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2016-17 Florence-Darlington Technical College 58 137 22 35 10 1 1 30 18 47 5 3 .255 .356 .372
2018-19 Presbyterian College 69 168 17 30 10 0 1 11 17 65 1 1 .179 .266 .256
2018 Wilmington Sharks 24 68 2 11 1 0 2 3 3 32 2 0 .162 .208 .265

Video Highlights

Testimonials

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Peter Olsen

Assistant Coach, Rhode Island College
polson@ric.edu

I've known Mike since he was twelve years old. His Dad would drive him an hour an half one way to play for my travel baseball team in Foxboro. I've been able to see him grow from that scrawny little kid to the division one Athlete he is today.

First place to start is definitely his character which is his finest quality. As I'm sitting here trying to compare him to somebody you might know it just kind of dawned on me that he is in a class all his own. He is the most respectful and polite player I have ever coached and an even better teammate. Growing up on a farm in the Connecticut with two amazing parents who drilled these two qualities into him for life will do that to you. Mike is Man of very high moral character and always holds himself responsible for his own actions. He is an absolute pleasure to be around and have a conversation with and any disputes you may have are always dealt with in a calm professional demeanor. As a Participant and starter in the JUCO World Series Mike is a fierce competitor with a fiery desire to win. His Leadership qualities have always been apparent both on the field and off. Even during his times of struggle Mike never stopped trying to win and help his teammates improve. Even as his college career comes to a close he continues to battle to keep playing the game he loves no matter where it might take him. He is player and a man with qualities, morals, and a persona that is rarely seen today. Not only on the baseball field but in the way he carries himself through. I can say with complete confidence you could not choose a finer man for you club.

Work ethic just seems to come naturally for mike. As I said earlier Mike's father would drive him an hour and a half to Foxboro for the opportunity to play at the highest level possible. Never wanting to sell himself short Mike traveled south in the pursuit and honor of playing Division 1 baseball. Starting out a JUCO and leading his team to a college world Series, He was soon given that opportunity and played the last two years of his career at D1 Presbyterian. Like any great athlete the journey was long and filled with late night's and sacrifices. Again he would drive over an hour to come hit with me after hours at the Baseball facility I worked at in Cumberland. always thirsting for knowledge and ways to get better. The only person I think I know that I could compare his work ethic to is Chris Ianetta who now plays for the Colorado Rockies. Waking up before down every morning to hit and take extra reps is something very reminiscent of the stories I heard of Chris when he was in High school. Not to mention after mike went off to college I was not allowed to call him till midnight as the only time he could get to the gym with his busy class schedule was after 10:00pm. The Same qualities I see in mikes character are just as apparent in his work ethic and just as rare to find in today robotic and electronic world.

As far as knowing the game. Mike takes this to a whole new level as well. when you and your buddies are out having a few beers mikes usually at home reading books about catching/hitting, watching videos of great players and teaching himself all the little details of the game that separate him from the pack. Even as a player Mike would mentor teammates and teach them what they needed to know to take his position and make the team better. He is like having another coach on the field and I can say that I myself have learned more from him than he has from me.

John O' Neil

Assistant Coach, Presbyterian College
jroneil@presby.edu

Mike Varga has all the leadership and hard-working characteristics a coach wants in an athlete. He puts the name on the front of the jersey well before the name on the back. He is a determined and confident individual who represents our program well on and off the field. Behind the plate, he can control a pitching staff and understands how to motivate his teammates.

Defensively, Varga is a solid catch and throw guy. He blocks well and leads from behind the plate. Offensively he has had trouble with his consistency this season. He grinds and battles at-bats deep into counts. He has displayed gap to gap power. Is baseball intelligence is very good.

Matt Ammons

Assistant Coach, Florence Darlington-Technical College
matthew.ammons@hotmail.com

Michael Varga’s character is outstanding. I coached him for two years at Florence-Darlington Tech in South Carolina from 2015-2017. In those two years, Mike exhibited leadership amongst his teammates, and being an extremely personable individual when volunteering for our team community service project with Florence County Miracle League. The league is a buddy ball league for special needs athletes and Mike was one of the players that looked forward to going and helping the athletes enjoy the sport of baseball. Mike was a big part of our success in reaching the JUCO World Series in 2017 as our catcher. Off the field, he was a great student here. I believe his GPA was close to a 4.0 by the time he transferred to Presbyterian College, where he is finishing out his collegiate career.
Michael would be a great representative of your organization and a great addition in helping your organization grow.

Additional Info

Living preferences: Living on my own, Living with teammates with my own private bedroom

Relationship status: N/A

Return home: I can stay as long as it takes to complete a season

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