Governing Board

Monique Koehler
Governing Board Chairperson

Sportswoman. Humanitarian. Animal rights champion. National Eclipse Award winner. Recipient of the Steve Lembo Memorial Award for contributions to the advancement of amateur baseball presented by MLB’s Professional Baseball Scouts Hot Stove League. Tireless worker for the poor, underprivileged and abused. Advocate for education, health and wellness, particularly among children. There’s no string of titles or honors that do justice to Monique and her work on behalf of baseball, young people and those in need.

She is the founder of numerous amateur baseball leagues, tournaments and training clinics, including the ABCCL, of which she was president for 16 years, the Jersey Shore Fall Baseball League, Jersey Shore Invitational SHOOTOUT, and ABC BRIDGE League. Monique is also founder and former President and Chairperson of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, which she grew from a kitchen table concept into the world’s largest equine rescue organization. The Play for James Foundation, New York Heart Association, St. Anthony’s Friars Foundation, and Camp Quality for Kids with Cancer are just a very few of the many other charitable organizations and causes where her impact has been felt.

Always positive, a friend to all those she meets, whose passion for good is boundless and spirit of giving unquenchable, Monique is someone whose heart is not just in the right place, it’s everywhere.

Jay Blackwell

Named ABCCL President in 2016, Jay is also the former president of the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association. A resident of Middletown, he has been a mainstay of the New Jersey college baseball community for more than two decades, including 10 years as an assistant to Rutgers University’s Hall of Fame coach, Fred Hill. As head coach at Division II Bloomfield College, he led his team to postseason births in two seasons at the helm. He also served as an assistant at both Seton Hall University and Kean University, where he worked under head baseball coach Neil Ioviero.

Jay is also a familiar face around the ABCCL, having served as Executive Vice President and member of the League’s Advisory Board for over 10 years. He has also coached in the League, having led the Freehold Clippers to the 2008 championship game in his first season with the team. He plans to use his knowledge of the League, along with his college coaching experience and time as president of the NJCBA to realize important goals for the ABCCL both now and in the future.

ABCCL founder and Governing Board Chairperson, Monique Koehler, summed up the benefits of his addition saying, “Jay brings experience, drive and organization to the ABCCL that will be incredibly valuable, not only to the League’s administration, but to the colleges, team management, players and families we serve. And as the ABCCL grows that value will only increase.”

Joseph Agnello

Joe is the founder and Director of the Blue Claws Baseball Academy, a year-round training center housed at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood Blue Claws, Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The first academy of its kind to be backed by a minor league organization, BBA conducts camps, clinics, and lessons for all age groups. Prior to launching BBA Joe spent two years working for Major League Baseball in Asia. Based in Southeast China, he helped recruit and develop talent at the national level, while introducing the sport to a country that had little previous exposure.

Here in the U.S., he spent eight years coaching college baseball before assuming his overseas assignment for MLB. While an assistant at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. the Owls were ranked among the nation’s top 35 programs in eight offensive categories and led the Atlantic 10 Conference in nine offensive categories.

As the Associate Head Coach at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., Joe helped lead the Ducks to the team’s most wins (27), and the first ever national ranking (14th) in the school’s 109 year history. Joe also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J., where he had starred as a middle infielder before finishing his college playing career at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y.

Bill Castner

After more than four decades as an executive for a global manufacturing and distribution leader serving the aluminum industry, Bill “enjoyed” a brief retirement before launching a new career in public service. He is now a business manager for Atlantic City, New Jersey, whose responsibilities focus on the Atlantic City Expressway and that city’s International Airport.

What has never changed is his total commitment to the youth of New Jersey and the Toms River community where he and his wife, Diane, have made their home for more than 40 years.

Bill’s dedication to youngsters in general and student-athletes in particular has been and remains extraordinary. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the international champion Toms River East Little League; founder, coach and general manager of the nationally recognized Black Sox Baseball Club; charter member of the ABCCL; director of the Play for James Foundation, member of the Youth Sports Safety Advisory Board; recipient of the Hurricane Sandy Hero Award; a coach; mentor; and speaker at countless youth sports conferences and clinics throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Tim Costello

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Tim’s college baseball pedigree runs long and deep, beginning at the University of Arizona where he played before transferring to the UK and bringing his talents to the Wildcats’ nationally-recognized program.

After earning his degree and returning to the Garden State, Tim joined the coaching staff at Ocean Community College as an assistant. However, his teaching skills and talent for player development made for a logical transition to high school coaching. In a career that spanned more than 25 years, Tim led successful varsity baseball teams at JFK High School, Lakewood Prep, and United Christian Academy. He was also the Head Coach of the Lakewood Cougars, one of the charter franchises in the formative days of the ABCCL.

His instruction has also been instrumental in the on-field success of young athletes during his 5-year tenure at Pro Skills Baseball Academy and currently as Senior Baseball Instructor at Extra Innings, a baseball training center in Mount Laurel, N.J.

Peter Koehler

A New Jersey transplant, born in Queens and raised on Long Island, New York, Pete’s early career path, which traveled through high school, college and professional baseball, took a major detour in the 1970s. That’s when, after service with the US Army during the Vietnam era, marriage and a return to college to complete his degree, he entered the advertising industry.

Now, having been a part of some of the world’s most well-known advertising firms and run his own agency and marketing consultancies for more than four decades, he’s combining his broad business and athletic experience to help others achieve success both on and off the field.

In addition to serving as a coach, general manager and Board member of the ABCCL, Pete has been volunteering, mentoring and applying his athletic training, marketing and communications talents on behalf of groups focused on children and youngsters, while fostering an understanding of the value of sports as a means to both enhance health, embrace educational opportunities and learn important life lessons.

Bob Pavone

Bob comes by his affinity for service and volunteerism naturally, having been a coach, general manager, director and league commissioner for youth sports teams and organizations for nearly 20 years. His love of sports in general and baseball in particular led him to first volunteer his statistical expertise to the ABCCL in 2015.

Accuracy, focus and thoroughness are a few more of the traits that stem from Bob’s long experience in the business world. A corporate leader trained as a CPA, he’s held positions ranging from President, to Senior Vice President, to Chief Financial Officer, to Senior Director of Enterprise Risk and Internal Control for some of the world’s largest and most respected organizations. But as he is quick to point out, “I may be a corporate guy, but my heart is really in coaching and helping youngsters achieve success on and off the baseball diamond. That’s my everything.”

With his organizational skills, unwavering spirit, positivity, sense of humor and, more important, his sense of caring, being an integral part of the ABCCL is right in Bob’s wheelhouse.

Tom Porricelli

Tom PorricelliBeginning as the General Manager of the Freehold Clippers, Tom has been actively engaged in ABCCL affairs for more than a decade. After transitioning from team management, he was named to the ABCCL Governing Board and for the past five years has been applying his organizational, management, and logistics skills to League operational matters.

Tom has also focused much of his attention on helping advance the League’s charitable mission, including the organization of fund raising events in collaboration with the New Jersey State Troopers to benefit Camp Quality-NJ for Kids with Cancer.

In addition to his long-standing involvement with the ABCCL, Tom’s has an impressive track record of youth sports volunteerism, serving as President of the North Howell Youth Sports Association and Coach in the Howell Pop Warner football program.