Name: Mike Palumbo
Job Title: East Coast Baseball Director
Family: I'm the youngest of four with three older sisters: Angela, Christina and Michelle. Our parents are John and Diana Palumbo. I have five nieces and nephews including Jesse (14), Niko (11), Vincent (4), Franco (2), and Vanessa, who is 2 months old.
College attended: Penn State
Sports background: Played baseball and golf at my high school, Archbishop Carroll, and recently rejoined an adult fastpitch league called the Delco League, one of the oldest men's leagues in the country (1908). Have coached baseball seven years in both high school and on the travel circuit, starting as a freshman assistant coach at Archbishop Carroll and most recently being the varsity pitching coach at the Haverford School. Coached travel ball for a club outside of Philadelphia named the Bell Ringers, from ages 12u-17u.
My proudest moment, both as a player and coach, was winning our state championship at Haverford, defeating 3-time reigning champion Malvern Prep 2-1 in a great game. We had a lot of respect for MP's success going into the game so to knock them off was an amazing accomplishment for our team — to see the joy it brought our players and their families made it a lifelong memory.
My must humbling defeat came also as coach, losing a game to Penn Charter Prep, who also has a very rich baseball history, 2-1, where I left our starter in too long and also brought in a relief pitcher who probably wasn't ready for the situation. I learned the hard way about the importance of thinking two steps ahead and that you have to be accountable to your team if you make a mistake.
Hobbies: My friends and I like to play a lot of golf, tennis, darts and travel as much as we can. I recently bought partial season tickets for the Phillies, so I'll go to a lot of their games as well as Sixers and Eagles games when possible. Spending as much time as I can with my nephews is great; they're a wide range of ages so different things with each of them is a lot of fun.
Favorite trip: My friends and I visited Munich, Prague and Amsterdam in seven days. It was an amazing experience to see so many countries and cultures in such a short period of time.
How did you become associated with Triple Crown?: I used to work with (former TCS employee) Mike Magaro at the Baseball Factory, and we stayed in touch through the years. Eventually I saw Triple Crown post about the job through his Linkedin and made connections from there.
What intrigues you the most about Triple Crown?: I see massive opportunities in the Northeast, specifically where I'm from in Philadelphia for well-run, consumer- and family-first tournaments that are cost effective. There are an abundance of options currently for tournaments, but few that can match that criteria. To blend those benefits, as well as the tourist features with all the great landmarks in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, Boston, etc., could be very attractive to regional teams.