Power-Hitting Catcher, 3 Seasons Overseas Experience. Open to Player-Coach Role. Looking for Australia or New Zealand team 2020/21
Name: Michael Varga
DOB: March 13, 1997
Date Available: January 10, 2021
Positions: Coach, Youth Coach, Virtual Coach, C
Positions (alt): Utl, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, RP, RF, CF, LF
College: Florence Darlington Technical College, Presbyterian College
Michael Varga is a primary catcher with experience as a corner outfielder and corner infielder. He spent two years at NJCAA DI powerhouse Florence-Darlington Technical College, and two more at NCAA DI Presbyterian College, a member of the highly competitive Big South Conference.
Varga is a strong defensive catcher with quick bat speed, gap to gap power, and outgoing leadership qualities. 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. In the Eastern District Championship game, he was 2-5 with a double and two runs scored. This was followed by a .250, 2B, 2RBI performance in the NJCAA DI World Series.
Varga has high-level blocking abilities combined with a 1.87-2.0 pop time. He exhibits a hard-working, blue-collar mentality, and took up a large leadership role at Presbyterian College.
After graduation, Michael has gone on to play for the MSG Phoenix in the highest division of the Belgian Baseball League, and was second in the Belgian Baseball League Gold Division in home runs (6) despite playing less than half a season. Varga also represented Team North America in the 2019 World Port Tournament held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, starting at both first base and catcher. He has continued his overseas career playing for the Wembley Magpies in Perth, Australia, where he finished Top 10 in Home runs and Slugging Percentage.
Varga will play for the Attnang Athletics in the Austrian Baseball League to begin the 2020 season.
Michael is also a strong advocate in growing the game of baseball abroad, and takes a lot of pride and responsibility in becoming involved in the development of his respective club. His diligent and enthusiastic work with youth player development overseas includes coaching three teams and running monthly clinics in Belgium, creating and implementing promotional, introductory baseball programs in Western Australia primary schools, and coaching the 2019 Little League Perth-Wembley Club Champs team to a Western Australia Championship. Along his international baseball journey, Coach Mike has given countless private lessons, left memorable impressions, and created lifelong followings with ballplayers from around the globe.
This passion has 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.
|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 (In Progress)||Attnang Athletics||2||10||5||4||0||1||1||6||0||1||0||0||.400||..500||.900|