Meet The CoachES
VR Baseball Academy (VRBA)
President and Head Coach
Coach Rivera's goal is to spark the same passion he has for baseball, in his players through his program. Victor Rivera is originally from Salinas, Puerto Rico where he graduated from Interamerican University with a Bachelor degree in Physical Education. As a student athlete, Coach Rivera pitched at Texarkana College and played in the 2001 Junior College World Series in Grand Junction Colorado. He also pitched for Southern Arkansas University. Victor is also a graduate from Sports Management World Wide as a Baseball General Manager and Scouting. Victor Rivera played semi-professional baseball in Puerto Rico.
Victor started his coaching career in 2006 at Jarvis Christian College in Texas and went on to be named the Head Coach at Next Level America Academy in Puerto Rico prior to joining the Montverde Academy community in 2009. At Montverde, Coach Rivera has helped over 30 players achieve college scholarships. He had the pleasure of coaching a very successful group of players including Francisco Lindor First Round in the MLB Draft 2011, MLB player and All-Star with the Cleveland Indians, Alexis Rivera, Angel Alicea and Gabriel Garcia MLB draft picks.
Victor Rivera is now entering his 9th year at Montverde Academy as a Physical Education instructor in the Lower and Middle School Divisions. He was an Assistant Baseball Coach since 2009 and in 2016-2017 he had the opportunity to be the Montverde Academy Head Baseball Coach. Baseball opened many doors for Victor as a player and coach. Now he is pursuing his dream of providing a secure program where players can develop the skills needed to perform at a high level.
VRBA Pitching Coach
Coach Arroyo Originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico
Juco Cofeyville CC
University Saint Leo University
Profesional Milwaukee Brewers
VRB 11u Head Coach
Coach Norton joins VR Baseball having over 20 years of coaching experience, and playing NCAA D1 and D2 college baseball, as well as playing in the Philadelphia Phillies organization with the Lakewood BlueClaws.
Coach Norton was a second team all state catcher in high school, played college baseball at St. Peter’s College and Nyack College where he was 2nd team All CACC.
He then signed as a free agent with the Atlantic City Surf of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which led to an opportunity with the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
After his playing career, Coach Norton entered the coaching ranks first at The College of New Jersey as the Bullpen Coach, then became the Head Baseball Coach at Nyack College where his team won the schools very first conference sportsmanship team for excellence on and off the field. After leaving Nyack, Coach Norton became the pitching coach in the prestigious Coastal Plain League where he coached current NY Met Brad Brach. He continued to move south and scored the hitting coach position at Southeastern University, winning two national championships and coaching MLB all star Dee Gordon.
Coach Norton has now coached high school baseball in Florida for 5 years as well and is very excited to join Coach Rivera with VR Baseball!
Alfredo Patino originally from Venezuela
Played in the Minors with Kansas City Royals and at the Atlantic League with the York Revolutions Team.
He signed professional at 16 years old. He played outfield and mostly infield third and second base.
VRBA Infield Coach
VRB Assistant Coach
2017-Present Assistant Coach at VR Baseball Corp.
2017 part of "Hope Shakers" in the South Lake League Men's church softball in Minneola, FL
2016-present playing with "San Jose" in the Softball League in Clermont, Florida
In 2010-2013 played for CETIS 18 High School in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
2013-2014 joined the athletic team in the first special force tournament in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
2013 Organize a baseball team for a tournament in the urban League of Group C "Little Giants" being in 2nd place of 12 teams registered in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
2013 selected for the tournament of the New values, they chose the best of each team of the urban League same name that was given for the team between 15 and 19 years
2013 summoned for a tryout that are called from the best in the leagues for the selection of the city "Los Águilas de Mexicali"
Alberto Febles grew up in Ponce, Puerto Rico and from his youth, he knew he would love the sport of baseball. Febles constantly kept up with teams of all levels, from Los Leones de Ponce to the big leagues. For 20 years he’s trained baseball players as a certified Conditioning Trainer.
He’s worked with several teams in Puerto Rico, including teams from Peñuelas, Double-A League of P.R., and softball teams from his hometown. He’s worked with MLB scouts and he truly believes that every dream you have can be achieved if you work hard for it.
Strength and Conditioning Coach