CANNONS BASEBALL ACADEMY
Cannons Baseball Academy is an established organization dedicated to preparing players for success at the high school level and beyond. The Cannons have competed and won at the local, state, and national levels. Since its inception, in 2005, the Cannons have helped countless players realize their dream of making their respective high school teams, and in the past 5 years alone, the Cannons have had the privilege of watching over 40 of their alumni go on to sign NCAA scholarships or MLB professional contracts. If you are looking for an established program, with a proven track record of player development and student success, please consider trying out for one our Cannons teams.
Nicholas James is the founder and Director of Baseball Operations for the Cannons Baseball Academy, which based out of Fort. Lauderdale, FL. Coach James started the organization back in 2004 in Jacksonville, FL and it has since grown into one of the most respected travel groups in the southeast. Coach James currently works at American Heritage as a curriculum specialist and is also on the coaching staff, working primary with pitchers. All told coach James has been an educator and a coach for over 20 years at the high school level. He has enjoyed many honors in his career, but none bigger than his opportunity in 2013 when he was selected to be a part of the USA Baseball National Scout Team. As a member of USA Baseball, coach James, has the privilege to help select the amateur teams that will represent the USA in international and Olympic play. Coach James is also currently the director of the NTIS for the South Florida territory and runs several identification camps each year.
From 2009-2019 Coach James was the head baseball coach at Westminster Academy as is the winningest head coach in school history. He was named Broward High School Baseball 3A-District 14 Coach Of The Year 3 times, and was also selected to coach in the 2012 and 2014, 2016, 2018 Broward County High School All-Star Games, respectively. His resume includes 8 postseason playoff appearances, culminating in the 2008 2A state title while he was the pitching coach at the Providence School. Before coming to Westminster Academy, coach James was the Head Coach for Osceola High School in Kissimmee, FL. While at OHS, coach James led the Kowboys to a 36-20 record, and was named 2009 and 2010 Orange Belt Conference Baseball Coach of the year. Coach James grew up in Chesapeake, VA and attended national baseball power Greenbrier Christian Academy (1994-1996). As a player, coach James was the two-time State-Baseball Player of the Year in VA, and a USA TODAY Honorable Mention All-American. In college, he was a 3 time all-NCAA scholar athlete while pitching at the Division-I level for James Madison University (1996-2000). Coach James possesses both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in English Literature; however, his true passion is coaching, and helping to prepare his players to compete at the next level. Over the last 15 years, coach James and Cannons Baseball have prepared countless players for the rigors of high school baseball, and have helped over 80 high school players sign either NCAA athletic scholarships or MLB professional contracts. Coach James is married to the former Erin Cigna, and currently resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He enjoys reading, playing golf, and spending as much time as possible with his two children, Jaxon James ( 9) and Lila James ( 1).
Founder/HC CBA American 2022
Brett Rossi grew up in rural New Jersey where he attended the athletic power house Hunter Central Regional High School. He lettered 3 years at Central under Mike Raymond, while winning the county championship in 2008 as a senior before losing in the state semi-finals that year. Rossi earned honors as First-team All-County, First-team All-Conference, First-team All-Area (Courier News), First-team All-West Jersey (Star-Ledger), All-West Jersey Player of the Year (Star-Ledger) and Second-team All-State Group 4, while posting a 3.5 GPA. Rossi went on to earn a scholarship to play at the prestigious NCAA DII Barry University in Miami, FL.
Rossi has been working with and educating kids on and off the field for over 10 years after playing for the Barry University Buccaneers from 2004-2008 where he was a career .295 hitter. After graduating with his undergraduate degree in education, he immediately started his graduate assistant position to earn a Master’s degree in sport management. During his coaching tenure at Barry from 2009 - 2011, he was an integral part of the Buccaneer’s unprecedented success as the hitting and fielding coach. Barry went 44-11 his first-year coaching while the team broke the school record in batting average (.346), slugging percentage (.592), on base percentage (.440), runs scored (563), most hits (681), home runs (108), total bases (1165), RBI’s (518), and walks (316). Yan Gomes of the Washington Nationals world series champion team in 2019 was a part of his inaugural coaching class in 2009. They went on that year to win the Sunshine State Conference Championship for the first time in school history and was ranked #1 in the country for Division II NCAA baseball. Rossi’s collegiate coaching finished with the Buccaneer’s in 2011 with a 32-19 and 40-17 record in his final 2 years respectively while winning the only other conference championship for the school in his last year.
Rossi went on to coach and train with the Orlando Scorpions travel team and was also one of the TNXL academy hitting instructors from 2014 – 2015. While in Orlando, Rossi also coached the Lake Brantley high school feeder team to a championship in 2015. Family is what called Rossi back to south Florida as he was married to his wife Amber in 2015 and together had their son Deklan in 2019. Since he moved back, he has been the high school athletic director at the Cushman high school in Miami, FL where he built the athletics program from its inaugural year in 2016 and where he currently works today. Rossi finds time to stay in the game by coaching summers with the Cannons and teaching young athletes the art of hitting and sharing his love for the game.
Director of Player Development/HC CBA American 2021
Wayne Stofsky is the Director of Athletics for the David Posnack School where he oversees nearly 50 teams in 13 different sports on 3 campuses in 3 different counties. His overall knowledge of sports runs deep, but his true passion and love is baseball and has been for over four decades. He has played and coached at every level through the professional ranks.
Stofsky was the Head Coach of the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale in 2015 and led the Panthers’ baseball program to an impressive 17-8-1 record and was named FHSAA District Coach of the Year. In the process, he had nine of his student-athletes commit to prestigious institutions including Duke, Cornell, The University of Chicago, Clemson, The University of Alabama, University of Richmond and Lehigh. Prior to Pine Crest, Coach Stofsky was the Head Coach at Cooper City High in 2013 and 2014, where he turned around the Cowboys’ baseball program in just two years, taking them from 6 wins to 17 wins and was named 2014 FHSAA District Coach of the Year. In 2004, Stofsky started the Varsity baseball program at the Sagemont School in Weston, and in just two years had them playing in the district championship game. His first coaching job at the high school level came back in 1992 as an assistant at Nova High, where he guided hitters and infielders for one of the top ranked teams in the state. After his stint at Nova under Coach Pat McQuaid, Stofsky spent a year coaching at the collegiate level with Miami Dade College in 1993. He was the hitting and infield coach as well as the recruiting coordinator for a team that hit. 310 and led the conference in fielding percentage. Several of his players went on the play professional baseball.
Wayne Stofsky is also owner and director of the Broward Baseball Academy (BBA) which he founded in 2011. Located on the David Posnack campus, BBA’s ultimate goal is to make a difference in the life of a player by helping them to improve their skills, teaching them to respect the game and making sure they have fun. Nearly two dozen players who have gone through BBA have committed to play at the collegiate level.
Stofsky, who has a Master of Science Degree in Sports Administration, is a South Florida native who attended Nova High and was recognized as the Broward County High School Baseball Player of the Year in 1985. He was a county batting champ, 3-time all-county selection and an all-state performer. Stofsky was a multi-sport athlete who was named all-county in football and was voted to the Sun-Sentinel’s all-time Broward County High School Football Team. He went on to Louisiana State University (LSU) and was fortunate enough to be a part of two College World Series teams. He finished his college playing career at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) where in 1989 he was second in the nation in hits and in 1990 was named a Pre-Season All-America by ESPN. Stofsky played baseball professionally for the Salt Lake City Trappers of the Pioneer League and was a player/coach for Piacenza Red Devil Baseball just outside Milan, Italy.
In between Stofsky’s playing and coaching career, he spent six years as a television sports anchor and reporter at network affiliates for ABC and NBC, where he covered the Super Bowl, a World Series and several NCAA Championships.
Wayne Stofsky has been married to his wife Vickie since 1996 and they have two beautiful children, Samantha, a senior at Florida State University, and Alec, a sophomore at the University of Florida.
HC CBA American 2023
Gio Cafaro grew up in a baseball family in Tampa. His dad, Nick, played for Florida State and then minor league ball for the White Sox. His brother, Rocco, pitched at Vanderbilt and then with the Orioles and Rays, even making it up to a big league spring training game with the Rays.
Gio played at Polk Community College in 1993 and then at the University of South Florida from 1994-1996. At USF, he was 2nd team all-conference in '94 and '95. In '96, the center fielder had 50 stolen bases, hit .350, and was first team all-conference and an Academic All-American. He still holds the career stolen base record (110) as well as single season records for runs (86) and stolen bases (50).
In 1996, Gio was drafted in the 26th round by the Milwaukee Brewers and was sent to their Class A affiliate in Helena, MT. He led the team in hitting with a .350 average and they won the Pioneer League championship. After baseball, Gio completed his engineering degree at USF and went on to receive a master's degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech. He currently works for Motorola.
AC CBA National 2021
Mark Fiore has been on the Cannons Baseball Academy coaching staff since 2016 when Coach James welcomed him along with his son, Anthony who attends Coral Springs HS Class of 2022.
Mark is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he was the Captain of the Baseball team. He has coached travel ball for over 20 years combined in his home town of Chicago (Tinley Park) and now in South Florida.
He is married to Anny for 20 years and has a daughter, Presley, attending Stetson University with aspirations of becoming a Music Educator.
AC CBA National 2022
Dave Montiel is an assistant for the Cannons Baseball Academy. Dave has been working at Cardinal Gibbons high school for the past 15 years. He serves as the boys PE teacher, assistant varsity head baseball coach, and assistant varsity football coach.
As a player, Dave played high school baseball at Cardinal Gibbons. He was a part of the 1987 state championship team. While in high school he was an all state and all county player For baseball. Dave went on to play at the collegiate level for University of Cincinnati as a two sport athlete in football and baseball.
After college Dave played minor league baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers Organization from 1994-1996. Dave also played winter baseball in the Venezuelan League. After being released, Dave went on to play a season of American football in Germany. Dave is married to Tonya and resides in Pompano Beach. He enjoys coaching and spending time with his two sons. Brice is a player on the 2022 team and his son Daton is a freshman punter at Marshall University.
AC CBA American 2022
Carlos was born in Boston, Mass in 1975 and attended Southwest High School in Miami. He was a two-time All American and was drafted in the 3rd round by the Chicago White Sox. From 1994-200 Carlos played with Chicago . In 2000, Carlos played for the Marlins and in 2001 , he played for the Boston Red Sox. He then pitched in several other professional leagues throughout the world from 2002-2011, including stops in Japan, Taiwan, Venezuela, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Since retiring from professional baseball, Carlos has founded the Kachi sports group and creates custom gloves and equipment for players throughout the world. He is marries to Mrs. Tatiana Castillo and has a daughter, C’onee Castillo who plays college softball. Carlos is one of the most respected instructors in Florida and has worked with a long list of professional players including Barolo Colon and Manny Ramirez, just to name a few.
Pitching Coordinator - CBA American 2024