Ted Stenberg capped his seventh year of college summer league coaching by leading the Niagara Power of the New York Collegiate League to their first-ever league championship in 2019, finishing at 34-12-1.
“The quality of coaches I had with me, who I found after a six or seven week search, shared my vision for a summer season, the message that we gave to the players stayed consistent throughout the summer – come to the ballpark with energy every day and be coachable, was the key to winning that championship,” Stenberg said in a phone interview.
Stenberg is a graduate of the University of Tampa, where he pitched for two years. One year of independent league and four years of collegiate playing experience, along with six years of collegiate and five years of high school coaching, round out Stenberg’s portfolio.
Among the players that Stenberg has coached, thirteen were selected in the Major League Baseball draft, 2010-2016, and five were free agent signees. Three of those players were on 2019 Major League rosters: right-hand pitchers Art Warren with the San Francisco Giants and Trevor Richards with the Tampa Bay Rays, and left-hand pitcher Travis Bergen, who worked 19.2 innings with the Giants and is now with the Rays AAA-affiliate Buffalo Bison.