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Meet The Staff

Rock Solid will provide the best avenue for your individual player’s success through instruction from MLB and college experienced instructors and coaches.

of collegiate athletes and our MLB heroes.

The rock solid staff consist of coaches with MLB, professional, collegiate, and high school/middle school coaching experience.


Having these guys play for Rock Solid and/or train at Coastal Athletics
has been very rewarding and a true honor.

Learn more about our Rock Solid & Coastal Athletics Alumni:


Owner & OperatorFLETCHER BATES

"Dedicated to giving the quality instruction needed for improvement and success"

Fletcher Bates is the owner and operator of Coastal Athletics which has been in operation since 2003. He is dedicated to giving the quality instruction needed for improvement and success. Fletcher began his baseball career at a young age and stared out as a fifth round draft pick of the New York Mets in 1993. He retired after playing 10 years for the Mets, Marlins, Diamondbacks, Phillies, and Orioles organizations. Today, he continues his connection with MLB as an associate scout for the New York Mets. In his years of professional playing Fletcher has received several high achievement awards for his athletic excellence. He has the title of three time All Star as well as three time MVP at the professional level. He was also on Baseball America’s top 10 prospect list and the 40 man roster with the Marlins for 2 years. Fletcher’s professional experience is an invaluable asset to the Coastal Athletics team. Fletcher provides baseball instruction and training in all aspects of the game and he is the head owner/operator of the Coastal Athletics facility.

28 Feb 1998:  Fletcher Bates of the Florida Marlins in action during a Spring Training game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at the Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn  /Allsport

Youth Baseball CoachPETE

"Pete hopes to affect each of his players in the best way possible"

Pete Gilardo was born in Orangeburg, NY where he made a great name for himself. He excelled all four years at Dominican College (’04-’07) and finished with a career .328 batting average while also being named All-Conference three out of his four years. His most notable accomplishments in college consisted of being named to All-Tournament team after his Sophmore season with an astounding .800 BA for the tournament and also being named a 3 year Captain. Pete was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 MLB Draft and spent most of his time as a catcher but was able to register a few innings on the mound as well. He caught some big name pitchers such as Jon Lester, Josh Becket, and John Smoltz. His experiences in baseball are invaluable to the programs development and the athletes he works with. Pete hopes to affect each of his players in the best way possible.


Youth Baseball CoachMICHAEL ROONEY

"Great passion for the game of baseball which he hopes to pass along to the players"

Born in St. Louis, Missouri but grew up in Cary, North Carolina, Michael was a four year starter in the middle infield for the varsity baseball team at Cary High School and a 3 Time All-Conference Selection. From Cary, Michael attended college at UNC-Wilmington where he started at shortstop every game but one for his final three seasons as a Seahawk. Helped take UNCW to a regional his sophomore year playing all 62 games at shortstop. He finished his career in the top 10 at UNCW in OBP, Runs Scored, Walks, HBP, Double Plays Turned, as well as breaking the record for Career Assists and Single Season Assists in his senior season. Rooney was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 30th round in 2010 and spent 3 seasons in the minor leagues, making it up to Double-A while playing along side and against big leaguers like Manny Machado, Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis, Pudge Rodriguez, Adrian Gonzalez and others. He was used at all four infield spots during his minor league career, mostly short and second, as well as a few games in the outfield. He has an abundance of knowledge of the game and has a great passion for the game of baseball which he hopes to pass along to the players.


Staff bio, play history, and certifications coming soon!





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