“You have to match your school and baseball!” Have you heard this before? This is not a statement to take lightly. Ryan Pembroke, coach and owner of the Lumberjacks, truly understands that baseball in college is an important life decision. Boys develop and become men that will take lessons learned on the field and in the classroom into society as contributing members of communities. Ryan carefully assessed our son, Bryan Radzinsky, and found his best contributing characteristic and allowed him to shine as a hitter. He also pushed him to utilize his agile footwork to enhance his arm strength. Ryan constantly reached out to his growing circle of college coaches to seek out their needs and kept in mind our requirements on a college institution that would aline with our son’s personality and interests. Ryan openly guided us past the coaches and camps that tried to sell us on promises they wouldn’t be able to keep. Ryan worked continuously to make Bryan’s dream of playing college baseball a reality. We look forward to the lessons he will learn from his college coaches, the knowledge he will take with him from the college classrooms, and the friendships he will make with this teammates and classmates. We would like to thank Ryan and his organization for allowing us to become part of the Lumberjack family and for their unwavering support throughout the college recruitment process.
Dennis & Sue Radzinsky
Coach Ryan Pembroke is one of the best coaches out there. He has pushed me to my limits to achieve my goals, put them time in for me to get better, and was there when my family and I needed him. Most organizations just take your money and promise you they’ll get you a college. East Coast Lumberjacks were different. They worked with you to get you able to play college ball. He had connections, and a great relationships with many colleges. Coach Pembroke worked just as hard or harder then all of his players to make sure they all got to achieve their goal of playing college baseball. I have committed to Immaculata through hard work and determination. Coach Pembroke has pushed me to become an even better ball player. I couldn’t ask for a better coach, better organization, better coaching staff, and of course better teammates. It is just a great environment to be around the game you love! I’m excited to continue playing baseball for Immaculata University.
Ward Melville 2019
I want to give a special shut out to the man coach pembroke. Is a pleasure playing for the Lumberjacks. At the beginning of summer ball was a little hard for me cause I couldn’t find the strike zone and the Lumberjacks had good coaches that wanted to help me get better. I didn’t know much about talking to college until I started talking to coach pembroke he talk to me a lot about what college are looking for and all the details college want, I didn’t see my self committing into a college. But with the Help of the Coach Pembroke and the East Coast Lumberjacks, I fulfilled my Dream of Playing Division 1 Baseball.
George Washington High School 2020
Jackson State University
Playing with ECL got me the experience and exposure that is unparalleled by most northeast programs. The amount of time and effort that the coaching staff puts into developing players as well as putting them in a place to spend the next four years is incredible. The exposure I received in my two and a half years with the lumberjacks was off the charts. Even at our first tournament as 15 year olds, we had power 5 schools at our games. I can’t remember pitching in a game where there wasn’t at least a couple of college coaches watching, even at off-site games. There are few programs in the northeast that compete in as good a schedule while getting as many looks as ECL.
The coaching staff was also a huge piece in the development of my teammates and I. They guided us in fundamental development as well as connecting us with great strength and conditioning resources we needed in order to maximize our performance. I personally made a jump from throwing low 80’s to up to 90 in less than a year while learning more about pitching.
Shoreham Wading River HS 2020
During the summer i gave my son the option to play travel ball. Majority of his friends were playing for Team Beast at the time and were persuading him to join Team Beast. However, his high school coach recommended to play for East Coast Lumberjacks since he was good friends with the coaching staff. When my son decided to play for the Lumberjacks he quickly made friends with the entire team. The thing i like the most about the team was they kept their promise that they “will help get you noticed by college coaches.” Within the first tournament he got noticed by a few excellent d3 schools and also d2. The coaching staff was very informative and willing to listen and provide realistic feedback. My son has never been happier about playing for this team and i am happy he made the right choice. Thank you for the terrific coaching staff at East Coast Lumberjacks!
Mother of Kyle Owens
TJ started hitting with Ryan back when he was 8 years old. As he got older he started training other aspects of his game with Ryan. We made the jump to ECL 2 years ago and are so grateful we did. Ryan, Dan, Elliot and the rest of the ECL coaching staff have had a huge impact on TJs approach to the game, both on and off the field. Ryan has done a great job getting colleges to the ECL games so TJ and the rest of the ECL players can be seen. Ryan does a great job communicating with college coaches and working with each individual player to find the right program that compliments each player. All this has led to TJ fulfilling his childhood dream of playing D1 baseball. We are grateful that we are part of the Lumberjacks family.
Troy and Dana Wachter
I have been playing with the Lumberjacks and Coach Pembroke since the summer of 2017 and I cannot be more thankful for the help and support I received over the past couple of years especially with taking my baseball career to the college level. Coach Pembroke and the Lumberjacks program has trained and encouraged me to become an overall better player. I have been given the opportunity to play baseball next year at the Division 2 level at Dominican College, which would not have been possible without the help from Coach Pembroke. The ability to obtain looks and communication with college coaches and programs through Coach Pembroke (even after missing my biggest college recruiting year due to an injury) was an extremely crucial key to obtaining an opportunity to play at the college level. With Coach Pembroke and the Lumberjacks program, I have been able to become the player I am today and I am very grateful to be able to continue my baseball career at the next level.
Mount Sinai High School 2019
Dominican College Commit
Playing for the East Coast Lumberjacks gives you the best opportunity to play college baseball, hands down. The coaches constant support and guidance, both on and off the field, provide the opportunity for each ball player to reach their fullest potential. Whether you need flips or ground balls, they are always there to help you improve. The exposure you get when you play with ECL is unmatched. Coach Pembroke is always communicating with college coaches and there is never a game without any colleges there to watch. I want to thank the Lumberjack organization and the coaching staff for the opportunity to play ball at the next level. I am forever grateful and excited for what is to come.
Saint Anthony’s 2020
Fairleigh Dickson University
Can’t say enough about the Lumberjacks and coach Ryan Pembroke. My son Kierin played for Ryan the summer after his sophomore year in high school as a 15 year old. Unfortunately Kierin suffered an injury which caused him to miss his entire following junior year and summer – his crucial showcasing/recruiting year. By the time Kierin was cleared, it was seemingly too late for Kierin to be recruited by colleges. Still, Ryan devoted the time and effort to Kierin. He didn’t “give up” on him. He contacted schools on behalf of Kierin and sent video. He persistently followed up. And ultimately was vital in getting Kierin an offer from a top Division II program, despite Kierin missing his crucial junior year. Thanks Ryan!
During my time playing for the East Coast Lumberjacks I was surrounded by some of the countries most talented coaches and players. They all showed true passion and love for the game. The way we played and were coached, was aggressive and hard-nosed baseball. I believe strongly in that style of play. I have yet to see another organization who can compare to what the staff of the East Coast Lumberjacks are doing for their players not only on the field but what they do for there players off the field.
Brady J Sigut
Norwin High School 2018
Seton Hall University
Playing for Coach Pembroke has been nothing but a blessing for me and my family. Since I was 7 years old, Coach Pembroke would do whatever it took to make sure I was prepared for whatever tournament, showcase, or event I had ahead of me. He is one of the hardest working coaches I’ve ever been around and will push his players to reach there full potential on and off the field. No matter what, whether it is baseball or not, I can go to Coach Pembroke and I know he will give me his best advice. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.
Along side Coach Pembroke is easily the best staff I have ever played for. Dan and Elliot are two coaches that make the game of baseball fun. They are both coaches you love to be around, while knowing they are going to push you to the end.
Playing for the East Coast Lumberjacks was one of the best decisions of my life, and I wouldn’t change anything about the experience I had representing the best organization in New York!
Stony Brook School – 2021
College Commitment – Fordham – 2025
Before I joined the lumberjacks, I was a player who jumped from travel organization to organization trying to find a home. As soon as I joined the lumberjacks, I knew I found a place where I was going to get better and get the exposure I needed to find a home at a college. Ryan Pembroke always is sure to do his due diligence to help every one of his players play at the next level. I’m glad I found the Lumberjacks and they do it better than any other organization in the northeast. I’d like to thank Ryan, Dan, and Elliot for always pushing me and instilling confidence in me.
Shoreham-Wading River 2019
On February 5th 2019 my son Peter Minneci committed to Limestone college. The Pembroke brothers have been essential figure’s in Peter’s life from 11 years old and have given him a second family on the field. It’s the dedication of Ryan, Dan and the entire Lumberjack’s staff, that had lead and shaped my son into the player and person he is today. Peter has played 3 travel seasons with the Lumberjacks and we couldn’t imagine being a part of any other team, I would recommend to anyone who is serious about college baseball and looking for coaches who will help them in every way possible to join the Lumberjacks. Ryan works endlessly to assure that college scouts and coaches are present at all of our games, he will work around the clock to help your child find the perfect fit for college and that’s what separates the Lumberjacks from other teams. We are grateful to have been a part of the Lumberjacks family.
When Joining the East Coast Lumberjacks was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I would like to thank Coach Pembroke and Coach Anzalone for the support all throughout the way. Throughout all the tournaments they’re has been tons of scouts looking at each player on the team. If it wasn’t from Coach Pembroke, then none of this would have ever happened. If anyone is looking for a baseball team, then I highly recommend East Coast Lumberjacks! Thank you again
Coach Ryan and Anthony!!
Longwood High School
Joining the East Coast lumberjacks organization was one of the best decisions of my life . Coach Pembroke has allowed me to grow on and off the baseball field as an individual . Throughout all the tournaments there were always college coaches watching our team . Pem’s love for this game is unmatched. The East Coast lumberjacks is the best travel ball team out there. With the East Coast Lumberjacks I was able to receive all exposure to every power 5 baseball conference, and with that being said because of the ECL family. I will be furthering my academic and baseball career at Rutgers University #Big10.
Colts Neck High school 2020
Rutgers University 2024
When Robby’s USA Baseball Coach made the introduction to Ryan Pembroke, I immediately knew this was the right coach to continue to train our son and help him get to the next level.Coach Ryan’s constant hard work, passion and attitude couldn’t help but rub off on our son on and off the field. The East Coast Lumberjack’s 2020 team is made up of extremely talented and focused ball players all pushing each other to their maximum potential. The professional level of coaching provided by Ryan, Dan, Elliott and Justin are at the top of the game and second to none. The East Coast Lumberjacks gave Robby the opportunity to play in all the top tournaments throughout the country, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Diamond Nation. During each of these events Coach Ryan always had multiple college scouts attending to watch our son showcase his talents. The most impressive part was Ryan’s constant communication and feed back from all of the college coaches and scouts. Thanks to Ryan’s guidance and hard work Robby has recently committed to Rutgers University #Big10. The Mannino Family can’t thank you enough for helping Robby achieve this goal.
Robert & Carolann Mannino
Colts Neck, NJ JROTC
Rutgers University #Big10
This past August our son Roman had the opportunity to try out for the East Coast Lumberjacks. We had heard of the team through his pitching coach Bob Cook and reached out to them for a tryout. We were excited that he made the team as a RHP/SS and looked forward to a great spring of showcase baseball. Little did we know that we were in for three fall tournaments, one of which would set Roman on the track for committing to Notre Dame as a right-handed pitcher three months into his sophomore year!
In the three tournaments that we attended, Program owners/Team coordinators/coaches Ryan and Daniel Pembroke showed such a passion for baseball that it is contagious. Their experience and knowledge of the game and the college recruitment process, coupled with their contacts with Division I, Division II and Division III coaches make them a stand out program for any player looking to excel to the next level.
Deciding to play with a showcase team nearly four hours away from where we live was not a difficult decision when we looked at the track record for the East Coast Lumberjacks. We are very happy with our decision and very proud to say our son has reached one of his baseball goals; Playing for a Power 5, Division I baseball team!
We look forward to the next three years with this team and encourage anyone who is looking to play showcase baseball to give the East Coast Lumberjacks a serious look!
Thank you coaches Ryan, Daniel and Bob!
Elly and Jeff Kimball
New Hartford, NY
First, I would like to thank all the coaches on the ECL staff. Coach Ryan, Coach Dan, and Coach Cook are all wonderful coaches and provided everything they said they would. I joined the Lumberjacks this fall and I played in two tournaments and got in contact with three ACC schools. The amount of exposure one gets from the tournaments that they attend are unreal. I was very fortunate to receive an offer from The University of Notre Dame that I could not turn down. Without the Lumberjacks I wouldn’t have been seen by any of the schools that were in attendance at any of the tournaments. If you are looking to play baseball at the Division one level this is the place to be.
New Hartford 2021
University of Notre Dame 2025
Playing for the East Coast Lumberjacks has been a great choice along with a great experience. I’d like to thank Coach Ryan, Coach Dan, Coach E, Coach Trainer, and Coach Anzalone for all they have done to help improve my game and help Improve me as a person. It has been a great year learning from the best.
Rocky Point High School
Herkimer Community College
Playing for the Lumberjacks was one of the best choices I’ve made. The coaches are great coaches and great guys. The exposure you get playing with the Lumberjacks is amazing, they bring you to all the best tournaments and showcases with tons of college coaches there. The coaches are always looking out for the players and put the players first.
Bellport High School 2019 Grad
St. Peter’s University Class of 2023
I had a great experience with the Lumberjack organization. Coach Ryan, Dan, Joe, and Elliot were outstanding with teaching me baseball at a high level. The Lumberjacks played against some of the top teams in the country. Coach Pembroke does a fantastic game with providing players with college exposure. Anyone that knows Coach Ryan is well aware that he is constantly talking to college coaches trying to find college homes for his Lumberjack players. The Lumberjacks are the best Organization in New York if you are trying to play College baseball.
Post University ‘23
As a baseball parent, all you want is your children to have an opportunity in life. There are good possibilities with the Lumberjacks Baseball Club. College scouts are present at the games. College coaches are in contact head coach Ryan Pembroke. Coach Pembroke has great energy. As in any successful team or even a business, the first thing you look at is get-up-and-go; the rest of auspicious attributes of a coach will fall into place. Coach Pembroke is a “hustler” in every good sense of the word and its meaning.
The personality’s dynamic of the coaches’ personalities is another key, which makes them successful, is how their different personalities complement each other. Coach Pembroke is very gregarious. He is not afraid to go up any college coach and talk about his players. His brother Dan is a thinker who is his deeply viewing the game, and bestows sincere accolades to when a player Lumberjack does something well in his performance. All of the coaches do not yell or scream at your son when they make a mistake in the field. This trait is what makes them professional. Coach Joe Trainor has a sound knowledge of pitching. Coach Elliott Ayala has a lot of professional baseball experience and has a good demeanor of conveying skillful techniques to the Lumberjack players.
Lastly, my wife suffered with cancer for quite a while. Her sickness was hard our family. She passed away. She wanted me to make every game, even though she could not. Coach Pembroke offered and drove my son when I could not attend. That is bigger than baseball.
Tom Petrouskie and family.
Our son Andrew has played travel ball since he was 8 years old. He was on organizations that were good and not so good. His last 2 years as an ECL player have been amazing. The coaching staff has put so much effort forth in taking Andrew to the next level. We don’t think you can find another organization out there who dedicates as much time as Ryan and the other coaching staff. Never giving up on him or allowing him to give up on himself. The tournaments and clinics Andrew participated in gave Him a great amount of exposure and opportunity to advance his baseball career. Thank you Ryan, Dan, Joe and Elliot for your time and effort.
Bill & Kelli Veit
2019 Bellport HS
Saint Peter’s University
Playing for the East Coast Lumberjacks has been a great experience and I would like to thank Coach Ryan, Coach Dan, Coach Elliot and Coach Trainor for helping me achieve my goal of playing college baseball. They are some of the best at getting their players exposure in front of college coaches and will help open doors for all their players. They also have a ton of knowledge about the game and will use it to help you get better everyday. If your goal is to play college baseball then you want to be a part of the East Coast Lumberjacks.
Rocky Point High School 2019
We chose the East Coast Lumberjacks because they are an elite baseball organization with an impeccable reputation for getting their players committed to college teams…and they delivered!!! Ryan Pembroke and the East Coast Lumberjacks coaching staff provided my son, Michael, with a top notch comprehensive baseball program that significantly contributed to his opportunity to play baseball in college. The professionally run intense training regimen and practices more that prepared my son for playing in front of college coaches at the various tournaments. Although Michael had only joined the East Coast Lumberjacks this past summer, Ryan Pembroke and his staff immediately put 100% effort into not only further developing Michael as a player, but most importantly successfully utilizing their extensive connections with college coaches. Ryan was constantly communicating with coaches to set up opportunities for Michael to be seen either at tournaments, prospect camps, or practices. We can’t thank Ryan, Coach Dan, Coach Elliot, and Coach Trainor enough for all they did for Michael, especially in such a short amount of time!!!
Mike & Kristen Gunning
Rocky Point HS 2019
First and foremost, We would like to thank Coach Ryan Pembroke, Coach Dan , Coach Elliott and Coach Trainor for all their hard work, time and expertise they have shared and put into the growth of my son Tyler . It’s this simple ” There is no other organization that does it better ” . The time and effort put in by these coaches is unmatched ! If your looking for an organization that will bring you to the next level , I highly recommend The East Coast Lumberjacks !!!
Kevin & Kelly Widercrantz
SWR H.S 2019
Saint Anselm Dll
Best decision our son made was to join the Lumberjacks! The team gave Matt exposure beyond what we imagined. The coaches are top-notch and know their stuff. My son actually loved how they were able to analyze everything on the field and give feedback. The coaches knowledge and energy for baseball is contagious. They don’t miss a beat and solely are there to help the players become better and get in front of college coaches. Ryan is great about getting conversations going with colleges and keeps the process going. Tournaments were well picked and executed.
Tom and Aimée Nyce
Playing for the East Coast Lumberjacks is a decision I will never regret. Not only did I get to play in front of college coaches every time I stepped onto the field, but I got to learn more about baseball and what I needed to do in order to become a better player.
Coach Ryan will go to bat for you and get you where you want to be, which is something you don’t get in many other organizations.
If you want to become a better player and play at the next level I highly recommend playing for the East Coast Lumberjacks.
Princeton Day School 2019
Thank you to Coach Ryan, Coach Dan, Coach Elliot, Coach Trainor, and Adam Merone of the East Coast Lumberjacks for helping me achieve my goal of playing college baseball.
These guys are extremely knowledgeable of the game and are dedicated to getting guys committed. Coach Pembroke made sure that our team traveled around the country to play in the best tournaments, against the best competition, and in front of the right eyes all the time. If you are dedicated to baseball and have aspirations of playing in college or even after college, The Lumberjacks is the program you want to be apart of.
Shoreham Wading River HS 2019
Saint Anselm College
I was invited to play with the Lumberjacks when my friend from my other organization called me and asked if i was interested to play with them in a fall PG WWBA tournament. I went down to Florida and met Ryan and we just clicked right their. I told my father I think this would be the best place for me to develop, learn more about the game, and get looked at. Coach Pembroke did just that and it was one of the best decisions for my family and I. He got me noticed all the time at every tournament and from that, helped me to further my academic and athletic career. I would like to thank them again for everything with my development in baseball and as a person.
Norte Dame High School 2020
Rutgers University 2024
Thank you so very much to Ryan Pembroke and his entire staff. Coach Ryan, Coach Dan, Coach Joe and Coach Elliot are all tireless workers in the pursuit of your child’s baseball dream of playing college baseball. My son had played for many organizations over the years which all treated him fairly but in the Fall of 2017 i found myself searching for another organization. Ryan had heard of my son and invited him to work out for him. From the moment my son attended his workout with Ryan I knew this was the organization he belonged with. Ryan spent at least 15 straight minutes of tirelessly throwing batting practice to my son to see what he was made of. As they both walked off of the field exhausted and dripping sweat I had already come to the conclusion that my son needs to play for this man. I have not been disappointed in my decision for one second. From the high end tournaments where your son will always be exposed to college coaches as well as the pursuit by the entire staff to make your son the best ballplayer he can be this entire organization is first class. There’s not many organizations where your son shows up for a Tuesday night practice at a random field somewhere where you’re going to see 3 or 4 colleges and a couple of MLB scouts there to watch your son play but this is what your organization does. Thank you again to all of you for helping my son realize his dream.
Father of Tyler Patterson 2019 East Meadow Hs
The East Coast Lumberjacks organization is like no other organization I have ever played for before. Coach Ryan, Coach Joe, Coach Dan and Coach Elliot all work tirelessly to help you get better, develop and reach your goal of playing college baseball. When I first joined the Lumberjacks in the fall of 2017, I knew right away that I was in the right place. We only played in the best tournaments out there allowing us to get as much exposure to college coaches as possible. Before, during and after any game we play, you can see Coach Ryan walking around talking to any college coach he sees trying to get his players looks. His passion for what he does is off the charts. I have never had a coach try as hard as he does for the individual players best interests. No other coach would set up a private work out specifically for his players to be watched by college coaches. I have enjoyed every second of playing at this high of a level. I am so thankful for the East Coast Lumberjacks and all they have done for me.
East Meadow High School 2019
Dominican College 2023
I have nothing but great things to say about Coach Ryan and the staff at ECL I was with another organization for most of my travel ball career and it was fulfilled with empty promises I was told I had a lot of schools looking at me and it all seemed to just fall apart my dad was told about ECL through a friend of ours who’s son had just switched organizations were he was also a long time player when my dad spoke to Ryan he knew instantly it would be the right place for me to be playing we were told that we would be doing showcases and top level tournaments and that has been true to this point the staff at ECL only recruits the best players within one month of playing with ECL I was offered a great scholarship to Iona College it was a offer that I could not refuse and I’m proud to say that i am going to play division 1 baseball in the MAAC at Iona College I can’t say enough of Coach Ryan putting me in that situation were the coaching staff at Iona College saw something great in there future pitcher so I was to say thanks to the staff for being honest and keep putting the boys in your program infront of the right schools.
Red bank Catholic 2020
Iona College class of 2024
So coming from an organization that my son was with for over 3 years, we thought there would be a big transition. That wasn’t the case. Coach Ryan and the staff at ECL knew that john would just plug in and play. We knew instantly that we were in the right spot. We were told a lot of false information from the club we came from. When we joined ECL we we put in the right tournaments and the right show cases. The exposure was unbelievable. It didn’t take Ryan long to get schools interested in my son. I couldn’t believe after only a few months my son committed to play division 1 baseball and continue his academic studies at Iona College. Thanks Ryan for your honesty, ur integrity and ur help.
John Nimeth father of 2020 RBC grad John Nimeth
Thank you very much to Ryan Pembroke and the entire East Coast Lumberjack coaching and training staff! From the very first day of practice I knew things were going to be special here. There are a lot of good organizations out there but with the Lumberjacks it was different. The East Coast Lumberjack coaches are without a doubt the hardest working and most dedicated group you will ever meet, putting in countless hours on and off the field for the players.
The winter workouts and summer season practices are run like college programs. The schedule is very aggressive and extremely challenging geared at getting the boys ready to play at the highest level. Every game has a large number of college coaches in attendance thanks to coach Pembroke’s reputation for having such quality teams and college ready players.
If you want an organization that will stop at nothing to get the most out of your son then the East Coast Lumberjacks are the place to be. Ryan Pembroke will work harder than anyone in the game to put the kids in the right place at the right time to get noticed.
If it weren’t for the East Coast Lumberjacks I don’t think my son TJ would be going to play collegiate baseball at Radford University.
Thank you to Ryan Pembroke and the East Coast Lumberjack coaches for being the best in the business and making my sons dream of playing college baseball come true!
We met Ryan at the beginning of my son’s sophomore year when we were invited to play at a PG WWBA in Florida. It was Ryan’s first time having a sophomore team and in a short period of time he was able to recruit a very competitive team. We were conflicted about leaving our current organization, which was very fair to my son, and coming to play with Ryan. My son and Ryan clicked immediately. Ryan promised exposure by the highly competitive tournaments to be played and with his network of college coaches. He delivered on both promises. If you want your son to get exposure then Ryan is your best choice to open that door and then your son’s talent is needed to keep it open. Ryan is tremendous at promoting and getting looks for your kid. It almost seems as though Ryan is the one being recruited and that is the kind of passion you want from your travel coach. Looking back, it was the best decision coming to play for Ryan and ECL and I highly recommend him. I am happy to discuss any questions that any prospective ECL player/parent has.
Dad of Nicholas – Rutgers 2020
Every parent and player is searching for a travel baseball experience that has; great coaches, a competitive team, a schedule that gets their son in front of college coaches, and a program with an outstanding reputation. The East Coast Lumberjacks, led by Ryan Pembroke, checked all of those boxes and Matt’s experience was outstanding!!
As an athletic director and coach for the past twenty nine years, my standards are very high for coaches and how they run their program.
I was very impressed with Coach Ryan and his staff, they have a plan and a program for getting their players to the next level. Ryan’s work ethic is second to none, he is constantly speaking with coaches from across the country, communicates with both players and parents, and as a result places players in the best schools.
I give the East Coast Lumberjack my strongest recommendation!
Thank you to coach Ryan Pembroke and the East Coast Lumberjacks for helping to make my dream of playing college baseball a reality.
Our team traveled around the country playing in tournaments that had the most college coaches in attendance, as a result, I had three D1 offers and one D2 offer. It really felt like Coach Pembroke was putting me in the right places to be seen and that he was constantly speaking to college coaches about me as a player. If you want to get seen and play for a coach that works really hard to get you a college scholarship, the Lumberjacks are the program!
Center Moriches High School 2019
Adelphi University 2023
As parents, we all want what is best for our children. As a parent of an athlete we want is we believe is the best situation for our player. Baseball is a sport, like most, where there are many travel organizations out there telling you that they will help get your son to the next level. It seems to start right after Cooperstown, and before you know it, moves very quickly to College Showcases. The decision you have to make as a parent could be a very important one. Which organization is best to move my child to the College Level? Many travel baseball organizations will tell you things you might want to hear. We found it to be very different with Ryan Pembroke and his coaches at the East Coast Lumberjacks organization. From the start, Ryan said he would provide the opportunity for the player to showcase his ability in front of the College Coaches; it was up to the player to perform for those coaches. Ryan put his teams at the best showcases. He had the team play the best teams at these tournaments to make them more visible. Ryan and his coaches (Dan, Elliot, and Joe) were relentless in teaching these players and helping them to make the best out of their opportunity when it presented itself. When these opportunities presented themselves at the showcases that is when Ryan steps forward and does what Ryan does best. He never missed a moment to talk with a coach about 1 or several of his players. He always managed to have several coaches looking at his teams and he was always in the mix with them. Ryan was always talking with a coach face to face, phone call, or by text. As we went through the recruiting process with our son, and spoke with the different college coaches, we learned that Ryan was well respected with the coaches and his word of a player’s ability was highly regarded. Ryan also stayed involved and helped us navigate through the recruitment process right through our son’s commitment to a D1 program at Marist College. We believe Ryan and his Organization were a big part of our son’s capability to find the best fit and balance at a College to continue to play baseball at a high level while gaining a great education. We want to thank Ryan, Dan, Elliot, and Joe for all their time and energy to help Robert to the next level.
Rob and Stacey Copozzi
Proud Parents of Robert Copozzi
I had first heard about the Lumberjacks organization in the Fall of 2017 when a friend asked me to fill in as an emergency catcher for an older Lumberjacks team. I happen to be playing with another organization at the time and decided to help out. It was then that while playing for the team, I saw how the players liked playing for Coach Dan and the parents spoke very highly of the organization.
As I was still hesitant about switching organizations, I delayed making the move until the end of the winter. It was late in the December of 2017 when I decided to make the move to play in the Lumberjacks organization. I went to a workout so Ryan, or “Pem” as we refer to him, could evaluate me. I walked in and was immediately greeted and began my workout. Ryan was tough, but I seemed to be winning him over. It was when his brother Dan walked in and saw me. Dan came over and welcomed me remembering me from when I filled in for his team. There was no turning back. I saw the schedule he had for the 2020 team and was immediately hooked. I knew his organization was set on giving the players the opportunity to showcase themselves as much as possible. He had the team entered in so many quality tournaments and he let it be known that it was his job to get the players seen and it was up to each individual to perform for the college coaches. He always placed the team against the top competition at these tournaments so the players would get the most exposure. To go along with a great schedule, the Lumberjacks have an amazing coaching staff. Coaches Ryan, Dan, Elliott, and Joe all have great knowledge for the game and want to develop their players to their full potential. What sets this coaching staff apart from others is the ability for Ryan to leave the dugout to speak with any coach that may be interested in one of his players while the others coach the players on the field. Ryan always had a way of having coaches at our games, and would talk with them prior, during, and after the games. During my recruiting process, I learned that Ryan had a reputation among the college coaches as a straight shooter. If he brought up a player’s name to a coach, you knew they would listen to what he had to say and they would make it a point to be at the next game to watch that player. Coach Pembroke puts in countless hours promoting his players to the different college coaches. He genuinely wants his players to succeed and he gives them every opportunity to do so.
Playing for the Lumberjacks this year was one of the best experiences I have had playing baseball. I have made many friendships with my teammates and my coaches that hopefully will continue for years to come. I am very grateful to Coach Pembroke and everybody at the East Coast Lumberjacks organization for giving me the opportunity to be placed in front of so many colleges and to get noticed by coaches across the country. With his help, I was able to secure a D1 commitment from a college I fell in love with and was the best fit for my needs. I’m glad I made the decision to become a Lumberjack.
Center Moriches High School 2020
Marist College 2024
My experience with the Lumberjacks was second to none. The bonds I made with my teammates and coaches is something that I will never forget. The amount of time and effort that all the coaches put in during the whole season is matchless with any other program on along Island. The Lumberjacks are easily the best program on the island no doubt. Coach Pembroke would have colleges down at our practices which no other organization can do. This summer was the greatest experience during travel ball, Ryan would get 10-30 colleges at each game. At Lakepoint we played the best team in the country and put up an incredible fight. There were over 100 colleges at our field to watch us play. The amount of exposure all the players got over the summer is one of the reasons I’m playing D1 baseball in the Big South Conference at Radford University. If it wasn’t for Coaches Dan, Joe, Elliot, and especially Ryan I would not be as good as a player as I am now.
Mount Sinai High School
The East Coast Lumberjacks were a great fit for my son Cameron. It’s really tough to find the right fit in travel baseball, but after the first practice I knew I made the right decision. The coaching staff work tirelessly for these players. Ryan Pembroke gains the kids’ trust and brings out the best in each kid. Not only do they play a top notch schedule, but the amount of practice and instruction is second to none. The relationships Coach Pembroke has with the college coaches is incredible. My son was seen on a daily basis. That’s all you could ask for. I want to thank all the coaches—Ryan, Dan, Joe, and Elliot—for playing a huge role in my son receiving and accepting an offer to play baseball at Boston College.
Before this season, I knew little to nothing about the Lumberjacks organization. What first sparked my interest was when I looked at their upcoming schedule for the season. The Lumberjacks make it their priority to play against the top competition in the country, while also putting their players on display in front of hundreds of schools. This past season our 2020 team played against numerous ranked teams with countless division 1 players, including the #1 ranked team in the country. To go along with a great schedule, the Lumberjacks have an amazing coaching staff. Coaches Ryan, Dan, Joe, and Elliott all have great knowledge for the game and genuinely want to develop their players to their full potential. I knew right away that this coaching staff was something special just from the way they conducted their winter workouts. Every winter workout and practice over the summer was fast paced and organized to ensure that everybody was getting as much work as possible. Coach Pembroke also puts in countless hours talking to college coaches in order to get his players to the next level. During the season we would have coaches at every game this summer looking at the Lumberjack players. You can’t even walk with Pem before or after games because at some point he is going to stop and talk to a college for the next 10 minutes. He has a high reputation in college circles so when he recommends players, coaches come to see them without question. Playing for the Lumberjacks this year was the most fun summer I have ever had playing baseball. I have made lasting bonds with my teammates and my coaches that will continue for years to come. I am extremely grateful to Coach Pembroke and everybody at the East Coast Lumberjacks organization for helping me to get noticed by coaches across the country and helping me become a D1 player. I’m glad I made the decision to become a Lumberjack because without it I wouldn’t have been able to handle the college process by myself.
St. Anthony’s 2020
Boston College Class of 2024
The East Coast Lumberjacks, led by Coach Ryan, exceeded my expectations during the 2018 season. The Lumberjacks coaches are “Baseball Dudes” that had the best interest in all their players. A rising senior, Kyle had one more summer season to secure a spot at the next level. The Lumberjacks prepared him from the start to make his dream come reality. Coach Ryan and his staff tirelessly worked on his physical and mental baseball skills to elevate his game. In all my years, I have not witnessed a better communicator with college coaches. He works before, during and after games to gauge interest from recruiters and places his players in the right spots. These efforts provided Kyle with multiple D1 interest and offers. Kyle ultimately chose the United States Naval Academy.
If your son has the skills and desire to play at the next level, there is no doubt the Lumberjack organization will do everything to get him there.
Thank you Lumberjacks!
Coach Pembroke went above and beyond to deliver his promises of getting schools to attend my games and also receiving offers from several Division I programs. The coaches Ryan, Dan, Joe and Elliot sacrificed immense amounts of their time in order to prepare me for the upcoming summer season and my recruiting process. They have helped me bring my game to the next level and prepare me for the future. I recommend Coach Pembroke’s organization to any serious baseball players that want their talents to be known and want to play at the next level. Coach Ryan is a high energy coach that wants his players to succeed and he will do anything to see that happen. I would like to thank the coaches for a great experience and allowing me to take my talents to the next level!
Longwood High school 2019
United States Naval Academy 2023
We were hesitant to leave the comfort of a baseball team our son Daniel played with since he was 12 years old. It wound up being the best decision.
We made the decision to join the Lumberjacks because Ryan assured us that Daniel would be playing baseball in college. Ryan, Daniel, Joe and Elliot worked with Daniel both with the team and individually. They got him so much exposure by playing at highly competitive tournaments that were attended by so many college coaches and scouts. Ryan always made himself available to call coaches, make introductions, set up and attend visits with us.
After playing just one season with the East Coast Lumberjacks Daniel will be fulfilling his dream….he just committed to play Division One Baseball at Iona College.
Daniel and Linda Palermo
Parents of Daniel Palermo
Coach Ryan Pembroke’s passion for baseball coupled with his commitment to each and every East Coast Lumberjack player is truly hard to beat! Not only will you be playing for a top-notch organization with a knowledgeable and dedicated coaching staff, you can count on some serious competition at some of the best venues out there. Not only will you have an opportunity to be seen by college coaches, Coach Ryan Pembroke and the other coaches will work tirelessly on your behalf to help you succeed in making your dream of playing college ball come true.
If you are looking for a team that feels like family and coaches that absolutely go the extra mile, I would highly recommend the East Coast Lumberjacks.
Thank you, Ryan!
Mother of Austin Odell
Playing with the East Coast Lumberjacks was easily the best decision i made. We compete at the highest levels and have the best coaching staff on the east coast. The players that ECL bring in are highly competitive making you always working harder to compete with the next guy. They always taught us to always play “loose”, play our game, and told us not to be scared. This mentality stuck with all of us through the summer making our team very hard to beat. With great energy and intensity at practice we always get the most work in, there is never a day to slack off. At games there are constantly college coaches surrounding the perimeter of the field watching the East Coast Lumberjacks. Big thanks to coaches Ryan, Dan, Joe and Elliot, and all players who gave me a unforgettable experience these past two summers.
Sachem East, 2018
When I first came to play for the Lumberjacks, I could tell this team was one that you wouldn’t want to be on the opposing side. The players, coaches, and fans have a great relationship that leads to an unbeatable team chemistry. Not only that, but the team is full of talent. Being a pitcher, I felt confident every time I took the mound because I knew the defense behind me and the power of the offense had my back. Coach Pembroke and the staff are unrelenting and will do whatever it takes to help you achieve your dream of playing college ball and I’m thankful to have met them. I would recommend the Lumberjacks to any player looking to play with a team loaded with talent and great team chemistry that plays and beats top teams all around the country.
Bishop Shanahan High School 2018
I spent two summers playing on a team with the best baseball players I know and for the best organization for college recruitment. If you want to play division 1 baseball there is no doubt that the Lumberjacks is where you want to be. Ryan went above and beyond to deliver his promises of getting schools to come watch our games. The coaches Ryan, Dan, Joe and Elliot sacrifice huge amounts of their time for us. For that and for so much more I thank them. They helped me bring my game to the next level and prepared me for the future. I’m definitely going to miss playing for this team and with the boys but I can’t wait to play against them in college.
Brentwood High School – 2018
Coach Pembroke has been a fantastic coach from the beginning since i first joined the East Coast Lumberjacks. I began playing for the Lumberjacks in the summer of 2015. Before joining the team I was unsure of my abilities to play college baseball. Coach Pembroke really opened my eyes and helped me tap into my true potential as a ballplayer. I believe coach Pembroke has greatly contributed to making me the baseball player I am today. I am playing baseball at a division 3 junior college next year which was made possible by Coach Ryan Pembroke.
Ward Melville High School 2017 Grad
Suffolk CC (JUCO)
The experience of being a Lumberjack is non-comparable. Me walking on the team, earning my spot and bonding with people I’ve never seen before wasn’t easy, but after a couple team workouts it felt like home because of the great people and players on and off the field surrounding me. The competitiveness of the game, sights and sounds of baseball and the coaching to heavily improve your game comes all in one. You’re going to be playing nationwide tournaments in front of scouts ranging from 10-50 a game. The time I had over the year I played with ECL gave me brothers, family and lifetime enjoyment all in one. If you were to play for any team on the east coast where would you rather be then the lumberjacks as a baseball player. The ongoing success that is rapidly on the come up is due to the handful of coaches in the staff. Each and every one of them has beyond knowledge of the game and will work overtime for you to have a better baseball experience and an even brighter future on the next level.
William Floyd High School 2017 Grad
Nassau CC (JUCO)
On behalf of my family, I want to thank you for all of your effort getting Ryan committed to LIU Brooklyn. With all of the organizations out there taking your money and handing out empty promises, the East Coast coaches took all the time and effort to get my son to play to his potential. This is one of the reasons I feel your organization is the preeminent baseball program on LI! Any kid who has aspirations of playing at the collegiate level should seriously consider what you do for your players before signing on with one of the large, faceless, baseball businesses in the area. The personal attention you give to all your players is anything short of amazing! Many thanks to the entire staff, Dan, Ryan, Joe and Elliot, for all of their hard work and dedication. I would especially like to thank Ryan for all his work off the field and being the conduit to these college programs. Thank you, not only for setting up all of my son’s college campus visits, but for taking the time to accompany us and speak with these coaches. It was great having that extra advocate in the room!
Many thanks, and wishing your staff and organization nothing but success!
Joe Mullahey – Dad
Playing for the Lumberjacks was the best decision I ever made. There are many “elite” travel teams but none of them are like this. Playing with this team is what gave me the opportunity to play at the next level. The exposure you get is insane, sometimes with 15-20 D1 schools at a game. This is also because of Coach Pembroke, one of the hardest working coaches out there. If you ever need help with anything is there for you. he is working to get everyone to college. With the help of coach Ryan and the rest of the Lumberjack coaches I have an able to play college baseball on the division 1 level.
Newfield High School 2018 Grad
St. Peter’s University
I don’t know where I’d be if it wasn’t for the Lumberjacks. The level of experience that the coaching staff offers and the D1 exposure they get you is second to none in the Northeast. They eliminate the weight that the recruitment process can put on your shoulders, which helps you just focus on playing the game of baseball at the highest level. Not only are you a top priority unlike other big-name organizations, you become a part of a family. The effort and amount of time that the coaches put into the teams and every individual player is unmatched and I’ve yet to see another staff care more about their players and parents then this group. I couldn’t have accomplished my dream of playing Division 1 baseball without the ECL Family.
Ryan Mullahey C-RHP-1B
Shoreham Wading-River High School – 2018
College Commitment – LIU Brooklyn
The experience with East coast lumberjacks has well exceeded my expectations for my son Ryan. The Pembroke’s Ryan and Dan have and are creating a culture to success. Ryan Pembroke is doing work for his players that no other program is doing, we have been involved in a few programs. They are constantly working to get their players the exposure needed for them to compete in some of the top tournament’s in the country. It’s a program that doesn’t have the factory type layout. They work for their players. Without a doubt, if not for the work and hustle of the coaches at east coast lumberjacks. My son would not have had the colleges that have been following him and getting the offers available to him.
Thank you to all of the coaches,
Ryan, Danny ,Elliot, Joe
Robert Wappaus – Dad
Ryan Wappaus – 2018 ECL
D1- St. Peters University Commit – MAAC
When I initially planned on joining the Lumberjacks earlier this year I had no clue how big of an impact it would have on my life. The whole summer I had the chance to display myself for so many Division 1 coaches thanks to Coach Pembroke. No matter when or where the game was he always managed to get at least 5 coaches there to watch me pitch and I couldn’t be more thankful. On top of that Coach Dan and Coach Trainor helped me grow as a pitcher and overall player. Without the help of these guys I wouldn’t be the player I am today and would not be playing Division 1 baseball next year. If you want to play at the next level this is the team for you!!
Shoreham-Wading River 2018
Quinnipiac University Commit
Coach Pembroke believes in his players and his players believe in him in return. He is never too busy to speak with a player or parent, whether it is a late night or early morning phone call. Everything the East Coast Lumberjacks staff said they would do they did with tremendous effort and energy. They proactively network with the college coaches and pro scouts and travel to the right places to put their players in front of the right people. It was a great pleasure to witness the team work as a unit and have a great time together. The inspiration behind that is the entire coaching staff, Ryan, Dan, Joe and Elliott. THIS TEAM IS THE REAL DEAL. Thank you so very much for a great experience.
Mel and Patti Soto – Parents
First, I would like to thank Ryan Pembroke and the Lumberjacks coaching staff for everything they have done for me the past 2 seasons. Being a part of an organization like the Lumberjacks is a one of a kind experience that will stick with you for the rest of your life. Ryan Pembroke took me under his wing when I was a sophomore in high school and getting me interest from over 10 Division 1 schools that fitted for me personally and made me feel at home. That’s the great thing about the coaches here at the Lumberjacks. They will work day and night for you personally to have the school that fits you best give you an offer that you can’t refuse. Ryan Pembroke wasn’t just a coaching figure in my life. But a role model that represents how to be a leader and how to play baseball the right way every single time you’re on the field.
Indian River High School, DE
Class of 2018
Rend Lake College D1 JUCO
Ryan Pembroke and the Lumberjacks’ coaching staff made it possible for our son to get the scholarship to the prestigious national university that he dreamed about.
Their energetic coaching, advising, and upping his game was unmatched; their ability to find and get him into tournaments and showcase events where he could thrive and be seen was fabulous; and their solid relationships with an array of scouts and deep knowledge of colleges of all types in our region and beyond was incredible. Most importantly, Ryan was always there for our son and for us, and so we are deeply thankful to him and the staff for everything they did to get our son this far.
Rod Kovel – Dad
The Lumberjacks are a one of a kind organization. You will be put up against the best players in the country with the top colleges in the country scouting you. The coaches are excellent and have a very extensive knowledge of baseball and will develop each player on and off the field. As long as you put in the work on and off the field, you will have a chance to play college baseball at the highest level.
Calhoun HS 2019
We could not be happier with the East Coast Lumberjacks. My son was entering the summer before his senior year in high school with the goal of a D1 commitment. We both decided that Ryan Pembroke and rest of the Lumberjack coaches were the best option to make it happen. The track record of commitments on the team’s website is beyond impressive. My son had college offers in the middle of the summer season, and ended the year with a commitment to Quinnipiac University. Watching this team in action makes you appreciate all of the hard work that goes into reaching that goal. Ryan has college coaches present at workouts, practices, and scrimmages. I’m my years of having sons in travel baseball, I’ve never seen this level of exposure. Beyond that, the boys learn what is necessary to be successful on and off of the field. The coaches ensure that once a commitment is achieved, the boys know what is necessary to maximize their opportunities and be successful. I can’t recommend the East Coast Lumberjacks more highly if you have a son who aspires to play college baseball.
Augustine Romano MD – Dad
My name is Avery Cook. I am a 2019 graduate of Whitesboro High School. I am also a St. John’s baseball commit. Without the help of Coach Pembroke and the whole Lumberjacks coaching staff I wouldn’t be where I am today. From the first tournament with them, you could tell that this organization was special. They want you to not only get to the next level, but they want you to become better ball players, and have fun while you’re doing it. Coach Pembroke works extremely hard to get you to where you want to be!!
Whitesboro High School 2019
St. John’s University
ECLJ is an integrity driven organization who is driven to develop talented baseball players who are looking to achieve a higher level of success in their baseball career. Like most talented players our son has played with various teams. No other organization will work as relentlessly to ensure players have visibility by scouts all over the US! Ryan, thank you for your support and leadership for ensuring our son found the school that best suited his future career goals.
Audra Jones – Parent
East Coast Lumberjacks Baseball program is a baseball program that can compete with any other program out there. With a professional coaching staff, not only do they develop players, but they also provide every opportunity for players to excel on the field to play at the next level. They give 100 percent of their time to promote every player in the Lumberjacks program.
Thank You for all your hard work.
Bob Cook – Field of Dreams Sports Complex, LLC
Owner / Professional Baseball Instructor
Associate Scout Cincinnati Reds
Consulting Sports Agent (National Sports Management)
Playing on the East Coast Lumberjacks was a great experience. The team was made up of top notch players. We played in the best tournaments and always had a phenomenal turnout of scouts watching, thanks to Ryan and his staff. Coach Ryan, Dan, Joe and Elliott are very dedicated to their players. I would like to personally thank each one for making my experience with the Lumberjacks an unforgettable and memorable one.
Kyle Olson – OF
Sachem High School North – 2018
College Commitment – Adelphi University
My experience with Coach Ryan and the Lumberjacks has been a very positive one.
Ryan Pembroke has a passion for baseball and it shows in his coaching. I would like to thank Coach Ryan, Dan, Joe and Elliott for their dedication to their players and for giving my son the opportunity to play on the Lumberjacks.
My time spent with the Lumberjacks was the best summer of baseball i’ve ever played. Every game was a big game with scouts surrounding the field. Coaches Ryan, Dan, Elliot and Joe always found a way to keep the games loose but serious at all times. They taught you how to run the field as soon as you get on it, and “play like savages” at all times. The best part about the East Coast Lumberjacks is that the coaches not only learn the type of player you are on the field, they learn what kind of person you are off of it. They know your family and treat them as if they were on the field with us. The Lumberjacks are one huge family that will always want the best for eachother.
Sachem East High School 2018
Our experience of playing with the Lumberjacks was enlightening. We are big believers that everything happens for a reason. We were searching for a good hitting coach for our son and Ryan Pembroke came highly recommended as one of the top hitting coaches on Long Island. As a coach myself, I asked, who would I entrust to pull the maximum potential out of my son to play at the highest level possible? After my son was asked to play with the Lumberjacks, we received our answer. I found Ryan, Daniel, Joe and Elliot to be a class act. They were extremely knowledgeable. Their work ethic and core values were encouraging to see. The winter workouts were challenging for the kids, but prepared them for a competitive summer season. The staff’s determination to compete at a high level has given the Lumberjacks organization a desirable respect with many creditable colleges and universities. We found their network of relationships with the many scouts and coaches to far exceed expectations. This team was a careful selection of very talented kids that competed with some of the best teams in the nation. I must say, it was also a great experience for the parents too. You find yourself developing new relationships with some really good people that have the same goal in mind. If you’re looking for your child to play college baseball at the highest level I would highly recommend playing for this organization. “Lumberjacks”. Thank you guys for making my son’s dreams come true. Great job.
My son Nick is a senior Pitcher for Division H S , He’s a big kid who has had great success during his travel/ H S career,. but had little interest from colleges during the summer season, mainly D2/D3 interest with only a few offers.
Nick and I felt that he should have had more looks/offers but with summer season coming to an end and most colleges not having 2018 money left we were not sure how we could make that happen.
Than a friend gave me Ryan Pembroke number from the East Coast Lumberjacks and bingo everything change quickly. We join the team in fall and my boy threw in a few tournaments in the fall and the interest in Nick peak dramatically .
Nick only threw 8 inn total with the Jacks but within that period he receive real interest from D1 D2 schools such as West Point , U Albany , Iona, St Peters, Adelphi, Post U and more. It was amazing, Ryan seem to have every one of these coaches cell numbers and with one call from Ryan, schools were coming to watch my boy throw in games and Nick visit these schools and threw in front of their coaching staffs.
I’m very happy to say that my boy receive scholarship offers from some of the schools I mention and finally sign a NLI to play baseball for Post U this past Wednesday . I can honestly say that if we didn’t hook up with Ryan and the Jacks in the fall these offers and Nick getting a baseball scholarship to Post University would not have happen.
We can’t thank Ryan, his coaching staff and Nick’s teammates enough and I would highly recommend the Lumberjacks to any parent /baseball player who wants to play at the next level. Caution – Bring you A game cause the competition the Jacks play is legit.
Phil Fressle – Parent
Before I joined the East Coast LumberJacks in the Fall of 2017, I only had a few college looks. After my first few tournaments with them, Coach Pembroke already had a few D1 colleges looking at me including West Point, Iona, UAlbany, and Saint Peters. I was able to pitch and perform well in some of the top tournaments in the North East during the fall which gave me a lot of exposure to schools. Coach Pembroke was a positive influence, not only on my game but my teammates and I as well. After a lot of consideration, even though I had a Division 1 offer, I felt that Post University was the best fit for me to excel at the next level. I fell in love the program and the Coaches. I would recommend to anyone who has the desire to play at the next level to join the East Coast LumberJacks organization. A special thanks to Coach Pembroke and his coaching staff for all there hard work and dedication to my college recruiting process.
Division Avenue High School
Class of 2018
Committed to Post University on November 15th, 2017
Playing for the East Coast Lumberjacks was one of the best opportunities I have been given as a baseball player. Prior to playing for this organization I did not have any college looks involving baseball. I started playing for the Lumberjacks in my sophomore year in highs chool. I was eager to start the summer off with this talented team but unfortunately I was not able to play due to a serious injury. Coach Pembroke never gave up on me and was exciting for my return next year. Even though I missed a crucial year in the recruitment process I was still able to get several division one interests, including NJIT, West Point, and Saint Peter’s. With my recent commit to Saint Peter’s, I owe it all to the East Coast Lumberjacks. Coach Ryan Pembroke, Coach Dan Pembroke, Coach Joe, and Coach Elliot are the best coaches I have ever played for and I am proud to be a part of this successful team. Joining the Lumberjacks makes it a lot easier in the recruitment process of playing college baseball and Coach Pembroke has connections to almost every college a person can think of. My best advice to any high school player is to join the East Coast Lumberjacks.
St. Dominic’s High School 2018
St. Peter’s University
I had an amazing experience playing for the Lumberjacks. Playing with that team gave me the opportunity to get better every time I stepped on the field because of the outstanding coaching staff and teammates I had. The college exposure I obtained was great, I couldn’t thank the coaching staff enough for all they did for me and helping me accomplish my goal of playing Division 1 baseball. I was always excited to play with the Lumberjacks every time I toed the rubber, I knew I had a solid defense and a coaching staff ready to support me. I know that I could always go back to the coaches and talk to them about anything. I loved this team!
Zach White – RHP
Shoreham-Wading River High School – 2016 Grad
New York Institute of Technology
The East Coast Lumberjacks coaching staff provides the best exposure you are going to find. Throughout the past two summers, I can’t remember a time where we didn’t have colleges at a game. Ryan and the rest of the coaches are able to get high level college programs at a game consistently. Also, playing against the best competition in the country I feel really helped me improve as a player. Playing in tournaments in New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida really help you get exposure from school all over the country. The Lumberjacks have had over 10 commits in two seasons and a big part of it is the hard work the coaches are putting into this program.
Nick Manesis – OF
Shoreham-Wading River High School – 2017
College Commitment – United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)
Playing for the Lumberjacks was easily one of the best decisions of my life. You don’t know real high school baseball until you play for a program like this. Every game you’re under a spotlight. The people you want to watch you are there and it’s in your hands to make sure you put the work in and perform so you get where you want to be. The coaches are unreal and devote basically their whole life to you and the team, there’s nothing like it any where else. It’s a family out there not just a team, All the memories and good times at practice, in the cages, and on the diamond are things I will never forget. The East Coast Lumberjacks are the real deal when it comes to balling out and getting scouted. Ryan Pembroke is a absolute stud at what he does!
Joey Rosselli – OF
Ward Melville High School- 2017
College Commitment – Monmouth University
The Lumberjacks are the #1 program in NY for anyone interested in playing at the next level. Nobody works harder for his players than Coach Pembroke. 24/7 he is working to get everyone to the best college they can get into, and you’ll always have schools coming to see you play.
Miles Kelly – 1B/OF
Shoreham-Wading River High School – 2017
College Commitment – College of Charleston
Playing with the East Coast Lumberjacks was hands down the best move I could have possibly made!
On Long Island there is only a few organizations people would play for and I’ve played for a couple of them. After my freshman year, my family and I decided we needed a change. It was important to select an organization who will help you get to the next level. During that time, I heard from a buddy of mine that a coach he who has been working with wanted to start up a new showcase travel baseball team. I was certainly interested. He gave me his information and I went down to a workout to find out what this was about. This is when i was introduced to Ryan and Dan Pembroke. Two all out baseball guys who are hungry and want what’s best for the kids. I learned that the wanted to provide the most exposure possible. The wanted us to challenge ourselves by playing in tough competitive tournaments, often playing up. Therefore my family and I decided to join this first year organization. All winter long (my sophomore year) we were working out getting ready for the summer, often working out 3-4 times a week. Another factor for me was the previous organization said I would not last at shortstop. After watching me over the course of our initial workouts, Coach Ryan disagreed with the point and said “You are a shortstop and you going to be my shortstop! I don’t care what anyone says”. Summer season comes around and from the very first game and at most games throughout the entire summer, we would have college scouts there. In fact, it’s hard to remember when there wasn’t a scout. It was no coincidence to why this was happening. Coach Ryan would go out of his way to contact college coaches and get them down to the games because he knew there was talent on this team and he believe in us. That first summer with the Lumberjacks, I received a lot of interest from many colleges, along with some offers. Early in my junior year, I sat down with Ryan and he helped me narrow down which college was going to be the best fit for me all around. Coach Ryan believed in me that I could be a shortstop, not just for this team but on the college level. I am now committed as a shortstop going to the University of Pittsburgh, who play in one of the premier conferences in the country…the ACC. I could not have done it with out Coach Ryan and the rest of the East Coast Lumberjacks family (Coaches Dan, Joe and Elliott). With the help of them, the 2017 Lumberjacks are filled with college commits. If you are looking for a high caliber showcase program that offers a ton of exposure, the East Coast Lumberjacks is the way to go!
Anthony Siroka – SS/RHP
Sachem High School East – 2017
College Commitment – University of Pittsburgh
The Lumberjacks experience was unbelievable. Coach Ryan Pembroke’s ability not only to teach the game, but to get players the exposure they need is second to none. All the members of the coaching staff have an unbelievable knowledge of the game and a drive to win, compete, and teach. The Lumberjacks organization in its first two years has and will continue to demand respect and excellence wherever they go. Whether the tournaments are big or small the Lumberjacks will compete and they will show the immense talent that the organization has. I had a great time playing for all the coaches including Coach Dan, Coach Ryan, Coach Joe, and Coach Eliot. They taught me a lot about this game and about life. I owe a lot to them. The Lumberjacks is the best investment of time you can make. And thank you to the coaches for all you have done for me.
Richie Wells – MIF
Archbishop Stepinac High School – 2016 Grad
Originally, Ryan started as a part time player for the East Coast Lumberjacks two years ago, but immediately Coach Pembroke took an interest in his success and worked to get him exposure with quality Division 1 programs. Soon after his first tournament with the ECL, Coach Pembroke was working his contacts and getting scouts to observe our son play. It became routine to see six to ten scouts with a radar gun watching Ryan pitch, and between each inning Coach Pembroke would be talking to these scouts about our son.
During the time between tournaments Coach Pembroke would contact Ryan and provide the contact information for college coaches with dates and times he would need to reach out to them to set up a visit. It became very intense with the amount of attention Ryan was getting and the amount of time that Coach Pembroke invested in opening doors to some of the best baseball programs and the best Universities in the country. Even though our son’s dream is to play baseball, the fact that a quality education is more important never escaped the mind of our Coach.
After numerous college visits and times spent with Division 1 coaches, Ryan had created a list of his top five schools. Coach Pembroke knew his choices and worked his contacts tirelessly to get our son into his dream school. Once his dream school invited Ryan for a visit, Coach Pembroke joined us for the visit knowing how important this visit was to our son. Later that day, Ryan committed to playing Division 1 baseball for Coach Foster at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Ryan has played for numerous travel teams, all with good coaches playing very competitive baseball. However, the experience he received from Coach Pembroke and his organization at the East Coast Lumberjacks far exceeds any of the others. Coach Pembroke devoted a great deal of time and personal expense not only to develop our son into a better player, but also to provide the exposure he needed to attain his dream. We observed Coach Pembroke provide this same level of dedication to all of his players. At last count he had 12 of his players committed to D1 programs within the last twelve months.
We enthusiastically recommend Coach Pembroke and his organization, the East Coast Lumberjacks.
Ronald and Catherine Gerenser
Ryan S. Gerenser – RHP
Avon Grove High School (PA) – 2018
College Commitment – United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)
The Lumberjacks organization has helped me and created a new future for myself. The coaching staff is the best around…helpful, confident, and most of all they are always there. This baseball organization is the best I have personally ever played for and everyone should become a Lumberjack if you want to go on to play college baseball. Ryan Pembroke is the best at getting colleges to come down and the best at getting you to play at the next level. To all the coaches, I would like to thank you for all you have done for me and creating a bright future for me. ECL FAMILY
Thomas Brady – C
Shoreham-Wading River High School – 2017
College Commitment – New Jersey Institute of Technology
Playing with the East Coast Lumberjacks was an amazing experience. Every coach was very knowledgeable and were very willing to share that knowledge. Every guy on the team knew how to work hard and make the important plays. Through many years of playing ball this team was by far my favorite to be around and be a part of. I was amazed at how much exposure I had just through this team. Playing in the WWBA World Series in Georgia with this team was some of the best exposure I had all summer. Thank you so much!!
Thomas Braybrooks – RHP
Albuquerque Academy – 2017
College Commitment – United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)
I played for Coach Ryan, Dan, Joe and Elliot for a year and a half. In that year and a half I was given the guidance to better my game, the showcasing to show my skills to colleges, and an all around great environment to grow and play with my team and coaches. If you want to get the hardest working recruiting coach out there it’s going to be Coach Ryan because he works day in and day out for his players, and even players of other organizations. I’ve never met a more knowledgeable and hardworking coaching staff in my life. Coach Dan and Elliot are both great hitting coaches and know what they are talking about. Coach Joe is also a great pitching coach who knows what it takes to be a great pitcher and will show you the skill set and things needed to achieve that. These men will do whatever it takes to get their players seen and move them on to the next level God willingly. During my time as an East Coast Lumberjack I’ve had a lot of great memories and experiences where the coaching staff and my teammates all have made me grow as a player, a person, and a leader on and off the field. For that, I thank them all and this organization.
Troy Gehrig Davern
Ward Melville High School- 2016 Grad
Being able to play for a team like the Lumberjacks is a great privilege. The coaching staff and players will do anything for one another and will always be there to defend you, on or off the field. All of the Lumberjacks coaches spend a majority of their day getting college scouts to come to every game we play. Because of the exposure I received while playing with the Lumberjacks, I am able to fulfill my dream of playing division 1 baseball. Within one month I went from having 0 college scholarship offers to having 10 scholarship offers. The East Coast Lumberjacks organization is hands down one of the best organizations a player could play for in this country.
David Erickson – RHP
Cape Henlopen High School- 2018
College Commitment – Liberty University
My son, David Erickson, has known Ryan Pembroke, and played for the Lumberjacks for the past year. As a team, David was welcomed into the Lumberjacks family, and quickly developed what I’m sure will be life long relationships with the players and coaches. As a coach, Ryan has taken David under his wing, and helped guide him into becoming not just a good player, but a great young man. Ryan dedicated an enormous amount of time to David over the summer, playing ball in some highly competitive tournaments, which gave David visibility with several outstanding colleges. With Ryan’s guidance, David made the decision to attend Liberty University in the fall of 2018. David would not have achieved this if it was not for the efforts of Ryan. You will not find a better baseball coach, and more importantly, you will not find another coach who has such passion for the game and for the success of each child in his care.
My experience playing for the east coast Lumberjacks was great. Their first class coaching staff and college exposure is unmatched and something you can’t find anywhere else on Long Island. They gave me the opportunity to play in front of College coaches on an everyday basis which paved the way for me for me to commit to a great division 2 program where I’ll not only get the chance to play as a freshmen, but compete for a conference championship for the next four years. I can’t thank the Ryan Pembroke and the rest of the coaching staff enough for the past two years.
Tyler Pepper – RHP
Shoreham-Wading River High School – 2017
College Commitment – Felician College
I would like to take this opportunity,to thank the entire EAST COAST LUMBERJACKS organization. From it’s inception they never wavered from the plan. There goal was to preach and teach baseball and for the players that wanted to continue there careers in college, they kept there word and made it possible. They made sure those kids got the opportunity to show case their talent to an array of college coaches and scouts. From the coaches to the players and of course the Moms and Dads first class all the way. Great experience, First Class Organization!
Playing with the East Coast Lumberjacks has been a great experience and has tremendously helped me to have the opportunity continue playing at the college level. The coaches worked very hard to get all players exposure to both college and pro scouts. At every game there were always college coaches there watching us play. I don’t think I would have had the same opportunities to continue playing baseball that I have today if I hadn’t played with the Lumberjacks.
Evan Gegeckas – RHP
Downingtown East High School (PA) – 2017
College Commitment – New Jersey Institute of Technology
I want to thank Ryan and the Lumberjack coaching staff for making my dream come true. They are the best at what they do in the baseball world and truly care about each player. At the Lumberjacks everyone is one big family and work each other to reach our full potential. Ryan will work day and night if he has to get to your dream school to your games. The passion that the coaching staff has for players in the organization and for the game of baseball one of a kind. I wouldn’t be where I am today as a player and as person without the help of the Lumberjacks. They made my recruiting process a great experience that you only get to have once. Thank you guys for everything you done! GO JACKS!
Pryce Jones – LHP
Indian River High School (DE) – 2018
College Commitment – United States Military Academy at West Point (Army)
Deciding to join the Lumberjacks was definitely one of my best decision in my life. The coaching staff pushed me to be better than I could have thought, and still they push me. There isn’t a way I could thank Coach Pembroke and the rest of the coaches enough for the amount of D1 college exposure I received. They helped me reach my goal of playing college baseball. There is no other place I would want to play.
Anthony Frechette – C
Salesianum School (DE) – 2018
College Commitment – George Washington University
Jared has worked with Ryan since he was about 10 years old. The training has always been top notch in depth hard work always with Ryan’s 100% attention to every detail. I leaned early on that Ryan’s passion was baseball and his love for the game as well the way you play the game was something I wanted Jared around. As soon as he announced a team of Jared’s age it was a no brainer to be a part of it.
Ryan as well as all the coach’s (Dan.Joe,Elliott) have a tremendous baseball knowledge with the ability to translate that knowledge to the players. They all work extremely hard with all the players preparing them for every game. This was the first time in about 16 years I did not coach which I am glad I did after watching what these guys do. GREAT JOB GUYS!
If you are a top caliber player that wants exposure to play at the next level I suggest you give these guys a call. I have personally witnessed numerous colleges coaches follow us around to watch our guys. These are all kinds of schools all divisions all types of conferences but especially division one schools. At times we had over 20 D-1 schools attend games. I don’t think we played a game this past season without college coaches not only watching us play but in constant communication with Ryan. This guy works all day and night speaking to coaches all over the country getting our team tremendous exposure. My son had so much interest and opportunities that we never would have been able to do on our own.
Thank you Ryan, Dan, Elliott and Joe
I’ve been on the East Coast Lumberjacks for the past two summers and this is the best coaching staff I have been apart of hands down! I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be committed to a college if it wasn’t for this team and these coaches. This team gives the best exposure than any other team I can think of. Coach Ryan is also the hardest working coach I have had and will do absolutely anything to get his players signed. These past two summers there was not one game that scouts didn’t come to watch us play. A few games had to start as late as 1:00 A.M because of rain delays and Coach Ryan still managed to get scouts to come watch us play. The East Coast Lumberjacks is only a two year organization and we almost already have twenty Division 1 commits with about two Division 2 commits. As a beginner program that is unheard of, and it couldn’t of been done without these coaches and especially, Ryan Pembroke and all the hard work and dedication he puts into his players. Ryan is one of the most unselfish people I know and I’m grateful to call him my coach. I’ve spent full days with Ryan and he’s constantly on his phone getting in contact with scouts and colleges and doing whatever he can to get us committed.
Matthew Hirsch – RHP
Centereach High School – 2017
College Commitment – Monroe College
Playing for the Lumberjacks was the best decision I could ever make for my baseball career. There was never a dull moment with my coaches and team. Most of my best memories are from traveling, playing or even just hanging out in the hotel room with the team. The coaching staff for the Lumberjacks, Joe, Dan, Elliot and Ryan are the best it gets, no other coaching staff will do for you what they have done for me. I have learned so many things about the game I would of never known unless I was being coached by them. Let me tell you about Ryan, I have known Ryan for about 6 years now, he is like a older brother to me he gives me great advice not just on but also of the field I wouldn’t be were I am today without him. There is nothing I could do to repay him for all the time him and the the rest of the staff have done for me. If you are looking for a team to play for you would be making the worst decision you could make not playing for the Lumberjacks.
DJ Gatz – INF/OF
Mount Sinai High School – 2017
College Commitment – Campbell University
I’ve played for many different travel baseball programs and the lumberjacks are hands down the best one. Last year i was looking for a team to play for over the summer and the lumberjacks met all my wants: high level competition, college exposure, and a great coaching staff that truly loved the game. This coaching staff is 100% invested into helping each and every kid reach their dreams. They have top level colleges at every game. Within just my first year with the team, they helped me reach my goal to play Division I baseball. The lumberjacks are definitely the way to go.
Jared Donnelly – 2B
Mount Sinai High School – 2017
College Commitment – New Jersey Institute of Technology
Deciding to play for the lumberjacks was easily one of the best baseball decisions of my life. Before this team I had never played for coaches that cared so much for everyone. Ryan and Dan both work tremendously hard to help everyone get college exposure, and get better everyday. My favorite part about playing for the East Coast Lumberjacks was the desire that everyone had to win. Every individual on the team had the same goal in mind during every game, and that was to win. Playing for this team has given me the closest experience to what college baseball was like before I got there and has definitely helped me. The only regret I have is not playing for this team sooner, because I enjoy every second.
Bobby Ramsey – RHP
Sachem High School East – 2016
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Our family’s experience with the East Coast Lumberjacks has been nothing but positive. Coach Pembroke and his staff make their players development and helping them advance to the next level their top priority. They have worked hard to see that the team plays in the biggest and best tournaments on the east coast. Coach Pembroke knows that the exposure to other top teams would push his players to perform at their very best and give them the best opportunity to be seen by college coaches and scouts. The entire coaching staff believes that working hard is a priority and quitting is never an option. A BIG thank you to Coach Pembroke and all his work to help our son land a Division I school.
Steve & Dawn Holesa
Playing for the East Coast Lumberjacks has been one of the best experiences of my baseball career. Coach Pembroke and his assistants are all a fantastic group of coaches that get their players seen by the top schools in the nation. They treat us as individuals and care about our current development and future. Ryan takes a lot of care in building his team so I got to play with some great baseball players and lifelong friends. My experience with the team has been once in a life time opportunity. I would to thank Ryan and his staff for giving me the chance to play with them and helping me move to the next level.
Nick Holesa – 1B/3B/RHP
Huntingdon Area High School – 2018
College Commitment – Virginia Tech
My son and I met Ryan early this year in Arizona during a Baseball Factory event and Ryan immediately saw potential in Marcus pitching ability. It didn’t take long for me to make the decision to have Marcus play for Ryan and the Lumberjacks as his current travel teams he was playing on did not have the intense travel schedule or tournaments that Ryan puts together.
Once Marcus met the guys on the team and the coaching staff he felt like this is the team for him. Ryan has dedicated his time to make sure Marcus gets seen by as many collage coaches as possible during our short time after we met, which was amazing for both myself and Marcus. The overall all experience has been amazing and I would like to thank all the Coaches Ryan, Dan, Elliott and Joe in providing all the boys the platform to succeed and play in the next level.
I’m also happy to announce that my son Marcus has committed and will be playing for the University of Tennessee Martin in the fall of 2018 a DI school in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Thank you again to all the coaches!!
My experience with the Lumberjacks this summer has been absolutely amazing. The coaching and the competition is all first class. The opportunity that the Lumberjacks gave me was absolutely amazing and I am 100% thankful for it. Ryan Pembroke is the man both on the field and off the field. He’ll get you the right exposure and he became a really great friend!
Marcus Eusebio – RHP
Passaic County Technical Institute – 2018
College Commitment – University of Tennessee Martin