TeamWerman HALL OF FAME
June 1, 2016
Here are the kids that Coach Werman has coached over the years. The list is from Coach Werman's latest team (American Legion Post 180) to his first (T-Ball Cardinals '89). These players have demonstrated outstanding baseball skills, team play, and class (go to Coaches Corner for definition of class).
Coach Werman took over Vienna Post 180 in the summer of 2006. The following Players have earned their way into the TeamWerman Hall of Fame:
MATT WOJCIECHOWSKI (MVP '15)
JOHN SOMERS (MVP '14)
BILLY MCLAUGHLIN (MVP '13)
HENRY BRANDMARK (MVP '12)
CHRIS HANSON (co MVP '11)
ELI FACENDA (co MVP '11)
MATT CHANDLER (MVP '10)
RICARDO PEREZ (MVP '09)
DAVID FATHALIKHANI (MVP '08)
KEVIN WAGER (MVP '07)
KEITH WERMAN (MVP '06)
ELI FACENDA (co MVP '11)
MATT CHANDLER (MVP '10)
RICARDO PEREZ (MVP '09)
DAVID FATHALIKHANI (MVP '08)
KEVIN WAGER (MVP '07)
KEITH WERMAN (MVP '06)
The Vienna Babe Ruth American League Phillies won the league championship in 2005. The team opened the season with a 3-4 record and then won 10 consecutive games for the title and finished at 13-4. The Phillies hit .315 and the team ERA was 1.83.
NATE WHITTINGTON - American League Phillies S'04, S'05
Nate was the star performer for the 2005 Championship. He led the team in hitting at .453, 18 runs scored, and led the team with 14 RBI. On the mound he went 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA and led the team striking out 39 in 26 innings.
DREW SMERDZINSKI - American League Phillies S'04, S'05
No one works harder or hustles more than Drew. He controlled centerfield for two years using his blazing speed to track down balls. At the plate he was second in hitting at .417, 15 runs scored.
MICHAEL BEAMAN - American League Phillies S'05
Mike was a solid player at the plate and on defense. He hit .333, with 16 runs scored.
BRANDON LOMAX - American League Phillies S'04, S'05
Lomax was key pitching critical innings and held a 1.66 ERA. His defense in the outfield and clutch hits at the plate were large contributors to the success of the team.
TUCKER COLE - American League Phillies S'04, S'05
Tucker contributed on the mound and defense in support of the championship. He led the team with a 5-0 record, throwing 32 innings. His ERA was 1.53 while striking out 21. His was solid at the plate hitting .348 with 10 RBI.
BILLY JARRELL - American League Phillies S'05
Billy was one of the surprised on the 2005 Champion Phillies. He batted .362, scored 14 runs and threw some very key innings on the mound.
DAVID WOLFF - American League Phillies S'04
David was a throwback to the hard nose players. He had great speed, determination, a team attitude, and played with a ton of class. David was second on the team in runs scored with 11 and played a solid outfield to support the defense.
WILL BROUSSARD - American League Phillies S'04
Will came out to play baseball his 15 year after taking a couple of years off. He was on the Vienna Little League 2001 State Champion team and his skills were still at a high level. He was second on the team in hitting at .421 led in RBI - 13 and threw 5 innings on the mound. An excellent outfielder, Will was one of the reasons the team did well.
BILL DAY - American League Phillies S'03, S'04
Mr Hockey, Bill played baseball in between his hockey tournaments and was an outstanding player. During his 15 year he hit .395, was one of our top pitchers where he led the team in wins with a record of 4-0 and strikeouts with 18.
BRIAN TERRILL - American League Phillies S'02, S'03
One of the smoothest fielding shortstops in the league, Brian was also a solid performer at the plate. He it .383 his 14 year and with his speed led the team in runs scored with 23.
JUSTIN DUNCAN - American League Phillies S'02, S'03
Justin was a two year starting playing either catcher, pitcher or outfield. He was by far one of the best players in the league. He hit .325 and .308, was a leader in runs scored (19, 16) and as a pitcher his 15 year struck out 16 in only 12 innings.
BRIAN GUNST - American League Phillies S'03
Brian was the surprise of the team, leading the team in hitting at .438 and playing solid defense. He is currently attending O'Connell High School.
WESLEY STANSEL - American League Phillies S'03
Wesley was the number two pitcher on a team that went 9-3-2. His ERA was 4.13, batted .294, and came to play every game. He is currently playing baseball for Falls Church High School.
NEIL GENTILE - American League Phillies S'02
Neil was the cornerstone of the championship Phillies for 2002. He held down third base and was the number one pitcher on the team. Neil led the team in hitting with a .415 batting average, led in RBI with 18, hits with 22, and wins with 4. Upset that the Phillies lost to the Cubs to force a final game, Neil skipped vacation to play and drove in the final run that put the Phillies up 10-0 to slam the door and win the championship. Neil graduated from Marshall High School varsity baseball team where he had a good career.
EDDIE MYERS - American League Phillies S'02
Eddie was the number two pitcher on the team, he threw 27 ininngs, 2.82 ERA with 20 K's. A true workhorse.
JOE CANOVA - American League Phillies S'02
Joe was a true leader for the 2002 Phillies. The team went 9-8-1 and Joe hit .357, scored 14 runs and drove in 13. He also pitched 11 innings posting a 2.55 ERA.
LUCAS HAHN - Major Giants S'00/F'00/S'01/F'01/S'02
Lucas was a middle infielder and pitcher for the Giants. In his final year, Lucas hit .455, led the team in RBI with 21, and recorded the most hits with 25. He was 3-1 as a pitcher with a 3.26 ERA. Lucas made VLL All Stars his 9, 10, and 12 year old years.
TED WILLIAMS - Major Giants S'01/F'01/S'02
Ted was the top Giant's pitcher his final year. He went 5-0 with an ERA of 1.69. He struck out 39 batters in 32 innings. Ted hit .364 with two home runs (one was a grand slam that beat the mighty Colts). Ted made All Stars his 10, 11 and 12 year old years. As an 11 he was part of the State Championship team along with Keith, where he started in centerfield.
BRIAN FOY - Major Giants S'00/F'00/S'01/F'01/S'02
Brian was a pitcher/firstbaseman/outfielder for the Giants. In his final year he was 3-1 with an ERA of 2.44. He came on strong to end the regular season by pitching a complete game against the Cardinals and then closing the first Town Tournament game against the Twins, earning the save as the team won 5-4. Brian was an All Star his 10 and 12 year old years.
KEVIN WILLIAMSON - Major Giants S'01/F'01/S'02
Kevin played three season with the Giants and became their everyday catcher. In his 11 year old year, he had the fourth highest batting average at .309. He was the full time catcher and played the infield when needed. Kevin was a 10 year old All Star and should have an excellent 12 year old year.
PETER GADELL - Major Giants S'99/S'00/S'01
Peter was Coach Werman's number one pick in 1999 and started and played almost every inning. Pete was the ultimate team player, doing whatever it took to help the team. In his final year Peter hit .431 with 13 RBI, and led the team in doubles with 5. Peter was the starting catcher for the VLL State Championship All Star team and was one of the main reasons the team progressed as far as it did. He was also selected as the "Sportsman of the Year" not only for the Vienna Little League but for District 4 also.
RANYER BRAVO - Major Giants S'00/S'01
Ranyer probably had the biggest heart of anyone that played for Coach Werman. Ranyer worked extremely hard from his first practice and has never quit. In his second year on the Giants he won the third base job and did a spectacular job throughout the year. In Babe Ruth, when he was 13, he was selected to the All Star team and in addition, won the Scott Sloan award. A true baseball player.
JIMMY McNAMARA - Major Giants F'99/S'00, American League Phillies S'03
Jimmy McNamara played for the Fall Giants in 1999 and was drafted to the team in 2000. Jimmy was an extremely versatile player, he pitched, caught, and played all infield and outfield positions. He was a real team player and did whatever the team needed to be successful. On the Fall Giants in 1999, he led the team in hitting with a .500 average that included a towering home run against a Reston team at Fox Mill. Note: Jimmy made the 13 year old Prep League All Stars for Vienna Babe Ruth in the spring of 2001!
CHRIS FOX - Major Giants S'00, American League Phillies S'03
Chris Fox was drafted to the 2000 Major Giants as a 12 year old. Chris was a tall, super fast, raw talent that continued to improve at every practice. Starting as a reserve at the beginning of the season, he worked his way into the starting line-up. He became the starting centerfielder and ran down anything that was close. In his last Little League game, Chris hit a line-drive home run in the first inning and hit another shot that would have gone out if not for an excellent defense play by the opposing centerfielder. Chris ended up with the second highest batting average on the team at .282, and third in hits (11). Note: Chris made the 13 year old Prep League All Stars for Vienna Babe Ruth in the spring of 2001!
SEAN O'CONNELL - Major Giants F'99
Sean O'Connell played one season for the Giants in the fall of 1999. He was a pitcher, outfielder and an excellent firstbaseman. Sean hit .387 for the Fall '99 Giants and only made one error in 31 fielding opportunities for a 97% fielding percentage. A team player, Sean was drafted by the Major Cubs in the spring of 2000.
JC THOMPSON - Major Giants S'99
JC Thompson played his 12 year old year with Coach Werman. JC was an excellent athlete, could play any position, and was extremely fast. JC pitched and played shortstop on the '99 Giants. He led the team in hitting with a .375 batting average and also led the team in ERA at 4.30. He was also the lone Giants' representative on the '99 American League All Star team.
Coach Werman managed in Babe Ruth and the Northern Virginia Fall Ball League before he returned to Little League. Listed below are the talented players that he had the opportuntiy to coach.
KEVIN HEALY - American League Cubs S'98
The Twins were dropped from the American League that spring and Kevin, the projected Twins starting catcher, came to the Cubs. Although the Cubs had Zac Baush, Kevin was skilled enough to move to another position and settled at third base. He led the team in hitting(.400 batting average), hits (24), and RBI (21). He also hit the only two home runs for the team and both were monster line-drive shots over the centerfield fence. The ultimate team player, Kevin was a coaches dream. He came to play, played hard, supported his team mates, and never left anything on the field. A true ballplayer. Kevin attended the College of William and Mary where he was a catcher for the baseball team. He is currently coaching youth baseball for the Virginia Baseball Club (VBC).
ANDREW MACCONNELL - American League Cubs S'98
Andrew played on the Cubs in '98 as a 14 year old. He ended up being our number two pitcher. His ERA was 2.17 and he hit a solid .300 while playing the outfield. He went on to lead the Cubs in hitting the next year.
CJ EDELIN - American League Cubs S'98
CJ became the number one pitcher for the Cubs leading the team with a 4-2 record, 2.29 ERA and led the staff in strike outs. His outstanding speed put him in centerfield when he wasn't pitching. A true athlete that continued to improve every year.
MATT SMITH - Regular Senior Brewers F'97, Madison Franchise Senators F'98
Matt played on the Fall'97 Brewers that won the Regular Senior division of the NVFBL, but his play and leadership on the Madison Franchise Seniors put him in the Hall. He led the team in hitting (.410), hits (16) and had a fielding percentage of 98%, commiting only 1 error in 41 chances. His stellar performance propelled him into a starting role on the Madison High School varsity team in the spring of '99. A team player that could play the outfield and had an excellent glove at first base. Matt attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
RYAN MROZ - American League Cubs S'96, Regular Senior Brewers F'97
Ryan was on the '96 Cubs when Coach Werman took them over. He was a lefty that had good skills and usually played the outfield. In the fall of '97, Coach Werman selected Ryan to play with the Brewers in the fall program. Ryan did not make his Paul VI team, but showed that the coaches made a mistake with his play in the fall. Ryan was the centerfielder and his excellent glove gave the team solid defense in the outfield. He led the team in fielding percentage (100%) no errors. He was second in batting average (.442), second in hits (19), but his most memorable moment was his grand slam at Lake Braddock High School. The game was played on the JV field which had a short right field fence and Ryan mentioned that he was going to hit one over in the game. The Brewers went behind early, but fought back. The killer blow came from Ryan, with the bases loaded, he hit the grand slam over the right field fence just as he had predicted. A great player that wasn't given a chance in high school. The Brewers went on to win the Fall title and Ryan played a key role. Ryan attended the College of William & Mary.
In 1997 Coach Werman managed the Cubs in the Vienna Babe Ruth highly competitive American League. Picked to finish fourth out of a five team league, the Cubs went on to win both halves and put 8 players in the TeamWerman Hall of Fame. The team went 14-3, batted .321, scored 140 runs while their opposition scored 73 runs. The Cubs' pitching was excellent (3.03 team ERA), defense superb, and everyone hit the ball well. This was a true "team" everyone played for each other, everyone knew their role and played their hearts out.
KEVIN COSTELLO - American League Cubs S'96, S'97, Regular Senior Brewers F'97, Madison Franchise Senators F'98
Kevin was the best player in the league that year. He led the team in hitting at .532 and second in RBI with 16, while leading the team in runs scored with 19. In addition he was 4-0 as a starting pitcher with a 2.21 ERA. He was the firstbaseman when he wasn't pitching. Kevin is attended Bridgewater College were he pitched his freshman year.
JASON GRAFFAM - American League Cubs S'97
Jason was the number one pitcher on the team that year. He went 6-0 with a 1.83 ERA. Three of his six wins were shutouts. He carried a big bat that drove in 14 RBI. He played his 14 year old year in the National League and was the top player. No one expected him to do that well in the American League but he proved everyone wrong. A team player, Jason was ready to take the ball every game to help the team win. Jason went on to play basketball for Roanok College and is currently on the Brazilian National basketball team.
MATT LEE - American League Cubs S'96, S'97
Matt was a shortstop and part time pitcher. He hit .341, scored 14 runs and played excellent defense. It was his defense and good bat that helped propel the team to an excellent season. Matt is attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
KYLE WERMAN - Various Teams
Kyle was the second baseman, played short stop when Matt pitched and was forth in innings pitched. He was the number two hitter, led the team in sacrifices, on base percentage .529, walks (25) and fielding percentage. In one game, with runners on second and third, the opposing team (Twins) called a time out to set their defense for a possible suicide squeeze bunt. The squeeze was executed, but not only did the runner from third successfully score, Blair was the runner on second and he scored also! Two RBI on a squeeze bunt. Typical Cubs baseball! Kyle attended the University of Virginia as a middle infielder and catcher for the baseball team. He set the record for most games played at Virgina with 221 over a four year career. Kyle was signed as a free agent by the New York Mets in the summer of 2005.
ZAC BAUSCH - American League Cubs S'97, S'98, Regular Senior Brewers F'97
Zac Bausch was the only 14 year old full time player. He was the catcher and was one of the big reasons the team did so well. He was excellent at blocking balls and had a cannon for an arm. In addition, he was an excellent hitter. Zac hit .373 and hit one of the team's three home runs. He also tied for the lead in RBI with the other 14 year old, Josh White, at 18. Attended Washington and Lee University where he had an outstanding career as a catcher.
BLAIR SWEIGART - American League Cubs S'96, S'97
Blair was the outstanding centerfielder. He ran down fly balls that no one thought he could get to. He was also the lead-off hitter and led the team in stolen bases swiping 16 in 17 attempts. He hit .319 and scored 16 runs.
JOSH WHITE - American League Cubs S'97, S'98
Josh was a role player, getting in 3 to 4 innings per game, but did play full time when one of our players had yet to returned from school. He led the team in RBI with 18, hit a home run and batted .349. An outstanding athlete with speed and a great heart. Attended Univeristy of Virginia.
NATE BURNS - American League Cubs S'97
Nate was another role player but was probably the best bench player in the league that year. Nate could catch, play either infield or outfield and could pitch if needed. The bench was a strength of the team with Nate leading in hitting with .367 batting average and a .524 on base percentage. Nate attended Wake Forrest University.
Coach Werman managed the Prep Angels in 1995 and took over the American League Cubs in 1996.
TOMMY BELL - American League Cubs S'96
Tommy was the star player on the '96 Cubs where he led the team in hitting with a .315 average, led in hits with 17 and pitched the most innings. Tommy was a great team player and no one worked harder. The worst part of that year was that Tommy was not selected to the All Star team. The top player on the team and the other coaches wouldn't select him. Tommy selected in the Draft out of High School by the Major League Baseball Florida Marlins organization as a pitcher. He is currently coaching youth baseball.
ARYAN MONIRI - Prep Angels S'95
In the 13 year old Prep League, Aryan was by far the most dominating player. He led the Angels to the regular season title (14-4), led the team in hitting (.429), RBI (13), and second in runs scored. Even with the awesome offensive stats, pitching is where Aryan really starred. In the Prep league, pitchers are limited on the amount of innings pitched per week as they get use to the longer (60') distance. Gretchen was the starter, pitched the first 2 innings, Kyle pitched the next two and Aryan came in to pitch the last three. Aryan was 5-0, had an ERA of 0.47, struck out 83 batters in only 44 innings while only giving up 5 runs (3 of them earned). One of the best seasons for a Prep league player. Aryan is attended the University of Virginia. He is currently in Law School at the University of Miami.
GRETCHEN HEITZ - Prep Angels S'95
Gretchen was the first female to play Vienna Babe Ruth baseball. She was the starting pitcher for the Angels and went behind the plate after she pitched. She was forth on the team in hitting (.286) and was 5-0 as a pitcher with a 2.26 ERA. Gretchen was selected to the Prep All Star team that won the District 7 title. Gretchen is attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and played field hockey, basketball, and softball. She transfered to the University of North Carolina and completed her studies.
From 1989 through 1993, Coach Werman was coaching Little League in El Segundo, California. Many of the players listed below went on to star in high school and some played in college, or are about to play in college.
RYAN GILBERT - Major Reds S'93
Playing quaterback for El Camino College in Torrance, California.
JEFF STENROOS - Major Reds S'93
Jeff was the starting catcher for the Reds and was instrumental in their success. Hard nosed ballplayer, never gave up, 100% all the time.
TOMMY SIMONEAU - Major Reds S'93
Attended the University of Southern California and will tried to walk on to the baseball team.
RONNIE CANO - Major Reds S'93
Attended Georgetown University and is a middle infielder on the baseball team.
KEVIN ESTRADA - Fall Eagles F'92
Attended the University of Pepperdine and is the starting shortstop on the baseball team. Currently playing in the St Louis Cardinals organization.
ERIC BERKES - Fall Eagles F'92
Attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Played baseball his freshman year as a pitcher.
MATT QUANE - Fall Eagles F'92
Matt was a second baseman that played with a lot of heart and had a big fall hitting .427.
EDREI CABRERA - Major Reds S'92
Edrei played for Coach Werman's first Major Little League team, the 1992 Reds, in El Segundo, California. The Reds drafted last that year with only three returning players (eight 12's graduated and one moved). The team went 3-17 that year, similar to the 1999 Major Giants.Edrei was one of the three returning players. He was their number 1 pitcher, shortstop, hitter, outfielder, Mr. All-World. He hit .424 and struck out only once the entire season! He started in centerfield for the All-Star team that year. A very gifted athlete that starred all the way through high school.
JEFF RODRIGUEZ - Major Reds S'92
Jeff was the prototype "TeamWerman" player; athletic, smart, willing to learn, always hustled. Jeff was a 12 year old and started the season as one of the subs, but through hard work, made his way into the top six. He ended the season hitting .417 (second on the team), played centerfield and just missed making the All-Star team.
JEFF METCALFE - SuperMinor Reds S'91
Jeff played on the 1991 SuperMinor Reds. He was a catcher, pitcher, and middle infielder. Jeff hit .396, and scored 27 runs in only 16 games. Great team player, scrappy, and a real athlete.