Our paid coaching staff have all played at a highly competitive level. They are dedicated to instructing the players the proper way to play the game, while still having fun
Coach Mike Del Buono
Coach Mike graduated from Robinson High School in 2009 where he was a three-year Varsity Starter. Coach Mike was a true two-way player; as the starting 3b he led the team in hitting his final two years while still leading the team in innings pitched and ERA. He was a two-time All-District selection as well as an All-Region performer. While in High School Coach Mike played his travel ball for the Richmond Braves National team and competed in and won many tournaments from Florida to Arizona. In 2009, during his senior year of high school Coach Mike was named an Under Armour Pre-Season All-American. Coach Mike then continued his playing career at Lynchburg College where he remained a two-way player. His freshman year, he was named the National Pitcher of the Week after throwing a one hitter in his first collegiate start. During his sophomore year he was able to lead the team in batting average as well as triples and HBP's. During his Final season at LC he was the clean-up hitter on the team that set a school record in Wins, and at one point lead all divisions in college baseball in Runs Scored, RBI, Batting average and Hits. During this historic season they were also able to bring home the first conference Championship in over 20 years! After his playing years at Lynchburg College Coach Mike moved back to the area and started getting into baseball as a profession by doing private lessons at DST (Diamond Sports Training) while also being a Varsity Assistant at Centreville High school. While doing this he also was the head coach for one of the top MVP Terps team for multiple seasons. After a couple extremely successful seasons, the parents came to Coach Mike and said while they loved him as a coach they did not enjoy the big organization feel. This is what prompted Coach Mike to start his team the Nova Vipers! The Vipers were founded with one idea in mind, provide the level of value expected for the amount of money that is put in. Because of this simple theory the Vipers have now become a Northern Va powerhouse. Not to mention that Coach Mike is a full time Coach/ Private Instructor, which enables him to push his players all day everyday!
Jimmy graduated from Centreville high school in 2013 where he was a 4 year varsity and 3 year Varsity football player. He was All-District in his Junior Year, and All-Region and All-MET his Senior Year as a third basemen. Jimmy then went on to play for 2 years at West Virginia Wesleyan College before injury ended his baseball career. Jimmy has coached one year with Nova Premier along with doing double duty the past two seasons the Vipers and Centreville High School Varsity
Tom graduated from Briar Woods High School in 2012 where he was a four year varsity starter as a 1B/3B/P. He was awarded Gameday Magazine player of the week as a Sophomore and Loudoun County Player of the Month his junior year. Also as a Junior he was named to the 2nd All Dulles District team. He attended the University of Alabama. He also coached baseball at Herndon High School in the Spring of 2017. This year he is coaching baseball at Woodgrove High School where he will also be substitute teaching.
Drew is a real ball player; He graduated from Centreville high school in 2013 where he was a two sport stud athlete playing both Baseball and Golf. Coach Drew always knew he wanted to be a coach when his playing career ended and didn't waste anytime getting started. After graduating he promptly became a Coach at Centreville high school. Coach Drew quickly rose to be one of the top Assistants in the area. While doing this he also was an Assistant coaching with the MVP program and one of their top teams MVP Elite.
Cory graduated from Osbourn High school in Manassas, Va in 2009. Corys first at bat when he was 13 on the big field was a Home Run. That's when we all knew something was special about him. While at Osbourn he was First team cedar run district utility player, Second team all district pitcher, First Team All extra, Honarble Mention All Met. Cory played his travel ball for one of the top teams in the nation Oriolanders. He then continued his career as 2 year starter at Radford. Big south player of the week nominee 4 times. If you are ever fortunate enough to watch our Player Vs. Coaches scrimmages, he will be the one still diving for everything.
Please email Coach Mike with any other questions at Mike@novavipers.com