WESTPORT— The Greens Farms Academy baseball program has gone into a progressive new direction this summer, as Patrick Vigilio has been named varsity head coach and Director of Baseball.
Vigilio will be joined by longtime collaborator Mark Lambert, who will be Director of Player Development, according to GFA Athletic Director Tauni Butterfield.
“I’m excited because I really think we’re going to be putting baseball on the map here at GFA, the way we have with our other sports,” Butterfield said. “They bring a new level of expertise to the game and I am excited they’re here because they’re going to develop the program and take it to the next level.”
Vigilio and Lambert are the brain trust behind Baseball U CT, a Fairfield County-based travel program that prides itself on developing baseball players and helping guide them through the college process.
After a handful of college coaching jobs in their respective careers, GFA will be the first high school gig for both coaches.
“You’re always excited for new challenges and new opportunities,” Vigilio said. “I think there are always challenges and we’ll figure them out as we go. We’ll put our plan in place, see what players we have and evaluate from there.”
Vigilio said the most important thing to him is that GFA keeps bringing in the right kind of student-athletes in the program and that the players get the ultimate baseball-playing experience, regardless of level.
“The goal would be to attract the right kind of student-athlete,” he said. “And you just want the kids to have a good experience with the sport. They might not be the best high school athlete or a future college player, but they can still have a good experience.”