Power-Hitting Catcher, 3 Seasons Overseas Experience. Open to Player-Coach Role. Looking for Australia or New Zealand team 2020/21 | Baseball Jobs Overseas

Power-Hitting Catcher, 3 Seasons Overseas Experience. Open to Player-Coach Role. Looking for Australia or New Zealand team 2020/21

Name: Michael Varga

Height: 183cm

Weight: 98kg

DOB: March 13, 1997

Date Available: January 10, 2021

Bats: R

Throws: R

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

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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.

Playing Experience

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 C

Coaching Experience

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


Pro Batting

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 (In Progress) Attnang Athletics 2 10 5 4 0 1 1 6 0 1 0 0 .400 ..500 .900

Pro Pitching

2019-2020 Wembley Magpies 9.90 2 0 10.0 7 11 18 1 13 11 0 2 0 3.1

College/Amateur Batting

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

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These Testimonials Have Been Verified

Peter Olsen

Assistant Coach, Rhode Island College

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

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

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, Living with a host family

Relationship status: N/A

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

Prior engagements:

Recent injuries/illnesses: 

Traveling with a companion: Perhaps for a short term visit