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Coaching Staff

Rodney "Crash" McCray
Head Coach

Rodney McCray ("Crash")

Crash played with the Chicago White Sox and the New York Mets for parts of three seasons where he played 67 MLB games.

Crash is most notably known for running through a wall on a fly ball hit during a minor league game in Portland, in which he initially made the catch, but then dropped the ball as he ran through a plywood fence in right field. This play was shown repeatedly on newscasts across the country and YouTube, with a video clip of the play shown as a blooper reel looped at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Crash said, “I just wish I had run through something like a Coca-Cola sign so I could have gotten endorsements. Instead, I ran through a local sign, `Flav-R-Pac meats.”

Crash later served as a coach in the minor-leagues for the Lethbridge Mounties in 1994 and Lansing Lugnuts in 1998, and later a minor league base running and outfield instructor in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Crash’s son, Grant was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the third round of the 2019 MLB Rule 4 Draft and is currently a top prospect in that organization. Crash’s daughter, Sydney, recently won the Juco national championship in 2023 while being recognized as an NJCAA All-American and Gold Glove winner for her play at Florida SouthWestern State College. Sydney now attends Grand Canyon University.

ToniMarie Valeriano
Assistant Coach

ToniMarie Valeriano

Competed at CUNY Queens College for four years as a two-way player. Named ECC Rookie of the year in 2015. Part of the ECC Championship team in 2015. Four time All ECC honoree. Two time All East Region honoree. Pitched 398 innings compiling a 3.23 ERA as well as a career .312 batting average.

Attended Mepham High School in Bellmore, Long Island. Two time All Long Island and All State Honoree. Named Nassau County Pitcher of the Year in 2013. Holds the record for most strikeouts in a single game (18).

Current owner of T2 Softball Academy in Farmingdale, NY where she works with female athletes of all ages, specifically on pitching.

Lisa Iancin "LI"
Assistant Coach

Lisa Iancin (“L.I.”)

Competed in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league for five seasons, gathering an NPF championship in 2004 with the NY/NJ Juggernaut and in 2006 with the New England Riptide. In 2005, L.I. was named the NPF Defensive Player of the Year.

In college, L.I. earned a full scholarship to Cal. Among her accolades as a Golden Bear are First Team All-Pac 10 and back-to-back appearances at the Women’s College World Series in 1999 and 2000. Internationally, L.I. played for Team Bussolengo, Italy in 2001.

L.I. was the Assistant GM of the Tennessee Diamonds for the 2010 NPF season. Prior, L.I. was the Marketing/Instruction/Public Relations Coordinator of the Jennie Finch Softball Academy at Diamond Nation in Flemington, NJ. From 2006-2009, L.I. was the Assistant Coach at the George Washington University for three seasons while completing a Masters in Tourism Administration with an emphasis in Sports Management.

Lisa continues to provide fastpitch softball instructor and is a team clinician and has done so for more than 10 years.


Kayla Wedl

Kayla Wedl

  • Positions: OF / IF
  • Previous Pro Team: Athletes Unlimited, USSSA Pride
  • College: University of Illinois Chicago
  • High School: Wauconda High School
  • Club Team: Illinois Chill
  • Hometown: Wauconda, Ill

Career Highlights

  • Two year pro with USSSA Pride (2023, 2022)
  • Earned a spot with Athletes Unlimited after attending the first ever open tryout (2021)
  • Horizon League Player of the Year (2021, 2019)
  • NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team (2021)
  • Became the first player in Horizon League history to lead the League in eight offensive categories in a single season
  • One of the most decorated athletes in UIC history with a career batting avg. of .378, 43 HR, 190 RBI and 82 SB in 240 games at UIC
Sami Williams | New York Rise

Sami Williams

  • Postions: SS / 2B / 3B
  • Previous Pro Teams: OKC Spark, Athletes Unlimited
  • College: Iowa State University
  • High School: Dana Hills High School, CA
  • Club Team: Corona Angels
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL

Career Highlights

  • 2021 NFCA First Team All-American
  • 2x NFCA DI All-Midwest Region First Team (2017, 2021)
  • 3x All-Big 12 First Team (2017, 2019, 2021)
  • 2x Big 12 Softball Student-Athlete of the Year (2019, 2021)
  • Big 12 Freshman Team (2017)
  • Honorable Mention All-American by Softball America (2019)
  • 4x CoSIDA Academic All-American (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • NFCA National Freshman of the Year finalist (2017)
  • 4x Academic All-Big 12 First Team (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • 2x NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee 2021, 2020
Jailyn Ford

Jailyn Ford

  • Positions: P / 1B
  • Pro Experience: Japanese Softball League (Honda Reverta), USSSA Pride, Akron Racers
  • College: James Madison University (JMU)
  • High School: Bath County High School
  • Club Teams: South Australia Starz, Williamsburg Starz
  • Hometown: Hot Springs, VA

Career Highlights

  • 2022 World Games Gold Medalist for Team USA
  • 2022 Canada Cup Champion for Team USA
  • 2016: NFCA First Team All American, CAA Player of the Year for JMU
  • 2015: NFCA Third Team All American, CAA Player of the Year for JMU
  • 2014: CAA Pitcher of the Year for JMU
Sarah Cornell

Sarah Cornell

  • Positions: P / DP
  • Previous Pro Team: Amsterdam Pirates
  • Colleges: University of Alabama, Hofstra University
  • High School: WT Clarke High School
  • Club Team: Team Long Island
  • Hometown: Westbury, NY

Career Highlights

  • NY Softball Hall of Famer (2022 Inductee)
  • SEC Pitcher of the Year for Alabama (2019)
  • Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year for Hofstra (2018)
  • Collegiate Win-Loss record of 49-11
Makena Smith | New York Rise

Makena Smith

  • Positions: C / 3B
  • Pro Experience: Vipers, JDL Shining Vega (Japan)
  • Colleges: Cal Berkeley
  • High School: Murrieta Valley High School
  • Club Teams: So Cal Choppers
  • Hometown: Murietta, CA

Career Highlights

  • 2023 NFCA Third Team All American
  • 2022: NFCA Third Team All American
  • 2022: First Team All Pac-12
Linnie Malkin

Linnie Malkin

  • Positions: OF / 1B
  • Previous Pro Team: Sparks Haarlem (Amsterdam)
  • Colleges: University of Arkansas
  • High School: Broomfield High School
  • Club Team: Colorado Stars
  • Hometown: Broomfield, CO

Career Highlights

  • NFCA First Team All-American (2022)
  • First Team All-SEC (2022)
  • NFCA All-South Region First Team (2022)
  • NFCA All-South Region Second Team (2021)
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll (2020, 2021)
  • All time home run leader at Arkansas with 50 home runs
  • In her final year at Arkansas, Linnie hit 22 home runs and had 68 RBI in 51 games played, with an OPS of 1.334
Chenise Delce

Chenise Delce

  • Positions: P / DP
  • Pro Experience: OKC Spark
  • Colleges: University of Arkansas, University of Tulsa
  • High School: Carl Albert High School
  • Club Teams: OK Athletics
  • Hometown: Edmond, OK

Career Highlights

  • 2023 All-SEC First Team
  • 2022 SEC Pitcher of the Year and SEC Tournament MVP
  • 2022: NFCA Second Team All American
  • 2021: AAC First Team All-American
  • 2019: AAC Rookie of the Year and AAC First Team All-American
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The Official Health Care Provider of the New York Rise

Kevin Cipriano, MD

Kevin Cipriano, MD

Dr. Cipriano is a Non-Operative Sports Medicine Physician who completed his training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Georgetown University and his Sports Medicine specialty training at Emory University. He has worked with a wide variety of athletes from all levels including High School, Division 3 and Division 1 college athletics as well as Professional Football and Basketball with the NFL and NBA.

His clinical focus ranges from acute musculoskeletal injuries to more overuse and degenerative injuries and utilizes nonsurgical treatment to get his patient’s back to full health and activity. He is a native New Yorker, growing up on Long Island and is excited to be back home helping to treat patients and athletes and his community alike.

Lynn Wille, ATC, LAT, EMT

Lynn Wille, ATC, LAT, EMT

Lynn is a Certified Athletic Trainer at Carey High School. She received her B.S in Athletic Training at Hofstra University and minored in Physical Education and Psychology.

She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), a Certified NYS Public High School Athletic Association Wrestling Minimum Weight Assessor (NYSPHSAA), a Certified IMPACT Trained Athletic Trainer, an EMT, and a Class A Structural Fire Fighter.

Armando Rodrigues, ATC

Armando Rodriguez, ATC

Armando is a Certified Athletic Trainer at West Hempstead High School. He is entering his 18th year as an Athletic Trainer.

He graduated from University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in Exercise & Sports Science, and graduated from St. John’s University with a Master’s in Sports Management. Armando has experience in collegiate, high school, and clinically.

Taylor Kenney, ATC

Taylor Kenney, ATC

Taylor is a Certified Athletic Trainer at East Islip High School. She received her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from the State University of New York at Cortland in 2019, and received her Master’s degree in Health and Human Performance with a specific focus in strength and conditioning from Canisius in 2022.

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