Baseball Coaches and Instructors
Brandon Portwine - Sluggers General Manager
Current Husson University Assistant Baseball Coach since 2012. Assistant Baseball Coach 2014 American Legion State Champions Bangor Comrades. Assistant Baseball Coach 2014 American Junior Legion State Champions Bangor Cadets. Head Baseball Coach American Legion Northern Lumber 2011-2013 & Assistant with Lumber 2005-2011. Head Coach Stearns High School 2007-2012 & Stearns Assistant 2005-2006. Player of University of Maine Baseball Team 1993-95.
Dean signed as a free agent at the age of 19 and played Rookie Ball with the Montreal Expos. After his playing days were over Dean was a coach at Milford Academy for 7 years. After 2 years on the job they were ranked the # 1 post grad program in the country. Dean has coached 19 player's who have played professionally and had 6 players drafted out of their program. Dean spent 2 years as an Assistant Coach at the University of Bridgeport and 1 year at Albertis Magnus before leaving to become a lead instructor at Norko's Batting Cage and Training Center in Connecticut. Dean has spent 25 year's coaching Travel Baseball, coaching private lessons, running camp's, and various clinic's. Some of the elite camps Dean has worked are a 6 year run at the Princeton University Summer Camp, 3 year's at the Clemson University Summer Camp, and 7 year's at the University of New Haven Summer Camp. Dean also spent 6 years as a college recruiter. Sluggers is very excited to add Dean to our Elite Coaching Staff and think he will be a great assett for the players within our facility as well as our coaching staff!
Dylan was a 2011 graduate of Bangor High School. While at Bangor, he was a 3 year Varsity Football and Baseball player, a captain of both his senior year. Dylan was a catcher for Bangor High School, the Bangor Comrades and the 2011 Senior League World Series Runner-Up. Dylan is currently in his final semester as a Criminology Major at the University of Southern Maine. While at USM he was a 4 year Catcher/ Relief Pitcher/ Utility Player, 3 time LEC Conference Champion, 2 time New England Regional Champion, made 2 College World Series Appearances, 2013 National Runner-Up, 2014 National Semi-Finalist and a Bill Wise Scholar Athlete Award recipient his Senior season.
Justin was drafted out of high school to the Red Sox in the 17th round of the 1996 MLB draft, but he opted to go to college first. He played his freshman and sophomore year at Arizona Western Junior College. While there he was named to the All Conference First Team both years and finished in third place at the Division 1 JUCO World Series. After leaving Arizona Western, Justin continued to play at Central Missouri State. While at Central Missouri he was named to the All Conference Team and participated in the Division II World Series. Post-Collegiate play Justin then signed to the Cleveland Indians as a free agent. He played 17 years of semi-pro baseball and was entered into the 2016 National Semi Pro Baseball Association Hall of Fame. He joined Sluggers in 2015 and will make a great addition to our coaching and instructing teams!