Meet The Staff

Frank Alameda
Chief Executive Officer / Founder
President of Baseball

  • 1991 BCNY Assistant Director of Sports
  • LES Sports Store Owner
  • Henry Street Bulldogs Founder
  • Urban Youth Baseball Initiative
  • Director of Derek Jeter’s “Turn 2 Us” Foundation
  • Certified MLB Scout 2003

A native of New York City and a resident of Lower East Side since his youth, Frank Alameda has worked with the local community, coaching, directing, promoting and donating to youth sports programs for over twenty years. As a standout youth baseball player for Boys Club of New York (BCNY), Frank was selected as one of the top 50 players in the city to participate in the city all-star team, playing alongside Manny Ramirez (Boston Red Sox). Frank returned to BCNY, in 1991, as Assistant Director of sports, overseeing 200 participants. In ’93, Frank opened a sporting good and apparel store in Lower East Side. Through the sports store, Frank was able to donate on a regular basis to local sports programs and even started and maintained for over a decade a Summer Basketball Tournament to keep kids busy and active while school was out. In 2002, Frank launched and directed the Bulldogs baseball program at Henry Street Settlement’s Boys Brotherhood Republic location, now called Boys and Girls Republic. From 2006 through 2008, Frank worked with RPI, Inc.’s Urban Youth Baseball Initiative. Frank traveled to ten MLB team cities, working with the 50 teams in each city to promote baseball, host local little league tournaments, donate equipment to over 500 players in each city, and coordinate team and media promotion of the program. In 2007, Frank was asked to launch and direct Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Us Foundation, a baseball program that began with four public schools in Washington Heights, Manhattan. As the commissioner, Frank coordinated umpires, schedules, uniforms and equipment distribution and all other administrative duties pertaining to the league. Frank also promoted the program and the positive values of baseball through presentations at schools. The program is still currently thriving and now hosts eight schools annually.

In addition to Frank’s baseball specific history, he also has extensive experience working with youth and directing sports programs in other fields. Frank has coached and ran leagues NFL Flag football and peewee tackle football. He created and directed a summer basketball league that is still successfully running. Frank has ten years of experience as a sports specialist, athletic director, and summer camp assistant director at non-profits and local public schools.

In 2003, Frank completed the Major League Scouting Bureau’s Scout Development program in Tucson, AZ. In the same year, he also completed Referee/Umpire Instructor School for baseball, basketball and football. Frank has been the Chief Umpire of Down Town Little League for the past five years.

Danny Ramirez
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Baseball Operations

  • 1993 CUNY City Champion 
  • 1994 Jr College World Series
  • BCNY coach/manager for over 9 years
  • Current Coach of Monroe College
  • Certified MLB Scout 1999

Raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Danny Ramirez has played and coached baseball in New York City for twenty-eight years. Danny has coached at the youth, high school and college levels. As a player of Bronx CC, he was a member of the 1993 CUNY City Championship team and the 1994 Bronx team that played in the Junior College World Series. For nine years, Danny coached and managed with the Boys Club of New York and Major League Baseball’s RBI program, where he lead teams to several city championships while working with youth of all ages. Danny next coached at LaSalle Academy High School from 2002 through 2005. Danny then moved up to the college -division I level, where he was head coach at the Globe Institute of Technology, leading the Knights to their first district tournament win. Most recently, Danny has coached at Monroe College for the past four years. Danny has also previously volunteered with local little league programs, Our Lad of Sorrow and St Bridges, as well as coached free clinics for low-income residents. In 1999, Danny completed the Major League Scouting Bureau’s Scout Development program in Tucson, AZ.

Danny brings the Academy, a vast knowledge of the game, as well as a strong foundation in strength, conditioning, speed and agility. Danny joined the Lower East Side Baseball Academy to ensure future generations of his neighborhood find affordable opportunities to participate in the sport he loves.

Nate Andersen
Vice President Baseball Operations

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Nate Andersen has lived in New York City for the past three years. In that short amount of time, Nate has been extremely involved in local community activities, especially youth sports. Nate coached the IS 276 middle school Track & Field. He also played a role in coaching the Down Town Giants 12U championship football team, during the 2009 – 2010 season, along side Frank Alameda, where they formed a friendship, and a shared passion for baseball, which led them to launch together the East Side Baseball Academy in 2011. Nate coached the inaugural season, sharing his passion for the game and teaching youth the fundamentals. Beginning at the early age of twelve, Nate has worked with numerous community centers and children as a swim instructor for over fourteen years. As a former Community Services Advisor in the San Francisco North Bay, as well as a graduate from Sonoma State University, Nate brings a wide variety of coaching experience to the table including Swimming, High School Track & Field, Youth Football, and of course, Baseball. Nate is a loud, lively and animated individual, making him beloved by the children he works with. In Nate’s devotion to working with children, he aims to set the best example possible on and off the field.

Ernie Cave
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Administrator of Baseball

A native of Sarasota, FL, Ernie grew up playing baseball since early childhood, where he played on all-star teams, attended baseball-training camps and was a multi-sport high school athlete. Ernie attended college at Florida State University, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Finance. After graduation, Ernie moved to Jacksonville, FL, where he helped small businesses become financially successful enterprises through his role as a Senior Small Business Financial Specialist at a national bank. In 2010, Ernie moved to East Village, Manhattan to further his career in the field of finance. Soon after moving to Manhattan, Ernie met Nate Andersen, and learned of the baseball program he was starting with Frank. Ernie joined the ESBA team for its inaugural season as the head coach of the boys’ 12U team. He also helped train all the players at the academy. During the month of July, 2011, Ernie directed and coached at ESBA’s first Summer Baseball Camp, where forty youth players trained for four hours a day for four weeks. After ESBA’s first season, Ernie felt he could make a larger impact by partnering with Frank Alameda to form a new non-profit sports academy. Ernie is the acting Chief Financial Officer of the academy, where he works with the community to source financing for the academy operations, as well as overseeing administrative activities.

Ernie has always been a charitable individual, working with Habitat for Humanity, attending multiple church missions to rebuild homes for families in need, chairing a board seat for American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life – Jacksonville, FL, tutoring elementary students while attending middle school, and many other instances of contributions to those he meets. Ernie’s passion for co-founding the Lower East Side Sports Academy comes from his youth of sports and what they meant to him as a child. He sees the lack of programing that he was afforded as a child and wants to ensure youth of Manhattan receive the same opportunities.