Meet the Coaches

Coach Danny Bernstein • Coach Vin Minotti • Coach David Villalobos • Coach Doug Barshop

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Danny Bernstein Coach Danny Bernstein

  • Executive Director and Founder
  • M.A.T, Physical Education, Manhattanville College
  • B.A., Economics, Amherst College

Danny Bernstein learned to love all sports right in his own neighborhood. Raised in Long Island, Danny played in the schoolyard, driveways, and backyards of suburbia. He attended Amherst College where he played goalie on the varsity soccer team and was elected captain his senior year.

His positive experiences throughout his youth inspired him to create Backyard Sports. Now as an adult, Danny continues to be athletic. He still plays soccer on Saturday mornings, and believes that the love of playing sports can continue throughout your life.

Minotti Coach Vin Minotti

  • Backyard Sports Program Director
  • Health Teacher and Assistant Athletic Director, Mamaroneck High School
  • Boys Varsity Basketball Coach, Rye Country Day School
  • 2010 and 2012 NY State Champs
  • 2012 Boys Prep League Coach of the Year

Coach Minotti spent the early years of life watching his father teach elementary physical education and coach high school soccer. By the time Minotti entered his freshman year at Fox Lane High School he already knew his chosen profession. Minotti earned both his undergraduate and Master’s Degree from Springfield College. At SC, Vin taught physical education courses and became the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach. After his college teaching tenure, Minotti's passion led him to coaching High School Basketball and teaching both elementary physical education and health.

Vin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Backyard Sports, infusing both solid teaching progressions and dynamic lessons that enable our Backyard Sports Athletes to develop love of the game and increase their maximum potential. Minotti currently teaches health education at the Mamaroneck Public Schools and is the head boys’ coach at Rye Country Day. Vin lives in Bedford New York with his wife Lorraine and two children.

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Villalobos Coach David Villalobos

  • Director of Soccer Operations
  • Assistant Principal, New York City Board of Education
  • Varsity Soccer Coach, Edgemont High School

Born in Chile, Coach Villalabos brings over 30 years of playing and coaching experience to Backyard Sports. He has coached all age levels from Pre K through college. A former professional player and received all-American distinction in his collegiate career. In addition to Backyard Sports, Coach Villalabos coaches at Edgemont High School and trains many travel soccer teams in the WYSL. He has a Masters in education and currently works as an assistant principal in the New York City school system. He resides with his family in Yonkers, New York.

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Doug Barshop

  • Associate Director
  • B.A., Speech Communication, University of Maryland

Doug never met a sport he didn’t like. Growing up in Westchester County, Doug was always ready for pick-up game of baseball, basketball, football, kickball, soccer or anything else that was being played at school or in the neighborhood. That enthusiasm continued through high school where Doug played Varsity football and Lacrosse.

Doug’s lifelong passion for sports and desire to work with kids lead him to join Backyard Sports. He believes, the positive lessons learned through sports can impact everyone in helping build better communities. Doug lives in Weston, Connecticut with his three children.

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