"Coach Nick of Erskine college and a 4 year All American at Alabama and Major League Player for the Phillies gave me a second chance at life and within my baseball career. After 2 arm surgeries at Lander University and leaving the program I thought my career was done. I didn't think I could still play baseball after two years away from the game. In 2006 Coach Nick taught me a pro swing that would transform my hitting and coaching career forever. From being a average college hitter batting 350 I posted an average of 498 in conference games and over .400 with 35 doubles and 8 home runs. I turned down professional baseball and late rounds to join the U.S Army as a Chaplain and Captain with the U.S Military. I wanted to give back and ever since then I have played into professional baseball stadiums from San Diego, Japan and across the globe helping others reach the college and professional level. Since then I have taken thousands of baseball players to not only "Fill a Roster" but to start and perform at the NCAA Division 1, II and professional levels. He has proven this with Major League Baseball, The Texas Collegiate League, Pecos Professional Baseball League and hosting exhibitions against the San Diego Padres and Giants Organizations. In 2022 he hopes to carry the team beyond the NCAA and to compete against the Boston Red Sox Organization.
In 2007 three high school brothers named the Benjamin brothers played for a little Christian School called Greenwood Christian. The high school is composed of merely 200-300 students with a local town at that time of 50,000. Although they loved the game, they where told by the local summer legion coach and post team that they were not good enough to start. Much of it was due to local social popularity with the coaches and parents. During a 3 month span after the boys mother sought out Coach A. for help, he trained, developed and promoted the three brothers to several colleges and placed them with North Greenville College. He received no compensation for this training but simply wanted to make them an example of how powerful and effective it is to understand how college and professional baseball works. That year the same brothers who were told they where not good enough to start for a local summer legion high school team went to be the only local kids to sign college scholarships and to eventually play in the NCAA Division II World Series and to win not only on the field but in life.
In 2016 The dream of becoming a college or professional baseball coach seemed far and few between for Chaplain Adriatico. After researching the United State Armed Forces website for a baseball team, Chaplain Adriatico at the time realized that U.S Army, Navy or Airforce neither displayed nor had a program for both Enlisted or Officers to play baseball at the next level.
So after applying to 50 NCAA Colleges and being rejected, he prayed and decided to start his own team. In the summer of 2016 he created "The U.S Military Baseball Team" with help of just 5 Soldiers and Sailors who most barely played high school baseball and had no college or professional experience but persistence, recruiting and long hours of training and coaching his players, he had over 60 baseball players in 45 days. Within 3 months he lined up a schedule first against local Japanese high school and college teams and rose to earn the respect to play against professional baseball teams as exhibition games attracting attention of thousands of fans from The San Francisco Giants front office and The US Navy.
That year The U.S Military Baseball Team performed its larges show in front of 15,000 fans giving its player memories for a lifetime. That was the first baseball game to be played against the U.S Military and Japan Military since WWII making Tokyo headlines. After 6 years the program developed and had reach hundreds of baseball players allowing them to play at the collegiate and professional levels.
The program took on press from Major League Baseball Radio, The U.S Armed Forces News Network, National News Networks and even Toyoko Times. Eventually the team moved its roots to Texas where players who desired a second chance where able to play in one of the Top Rated Division I Leagues such as The Texas Collegiate League and The Jay Hawk League and even into The Pecos Professional Baseball League in Houston Texas composed of top Division I level players and affiliated players had come to reach Major League levels. Military Baseball would eventually come to a halt in 2020 as they would focus a brand and collegiate team "The USA Warriors" that would focus on helping high school players reach their dreams at the collegiate and professional level.
The USA Warriors Collegiate Baseball Team is now in partnership with Piedmont Technical College and seeks to help develop players academically and athletically for the next level. Since 2016 the program has placed several players into the NCAA and professional baseball and brought international attention in honoring our Veterans and First Responders for their sacrifices to our country.
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