|Coach Danny Bernstein • Coach Vin Minotti • Coach David Villalobos
Fabrizzio “Fab” Leroy • Coach Devon Whalen • Henry Ferrarin
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.
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.
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.
Born and raised in New York City, Fab has always been involved in sports. He earned his undergraduate degree in History from Manhattanville College as a Castle Pin Scholar and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Organizational Management. During his college years, Fab was a member of the Men’s Varsity Basketball team and served on the Leadership Council.
Fab is the Program Supervisor of Backyard Sports as well as the coordinator for BYS Birthday Parties. In his free time he enjoys coaching Greenwich Star’s AAU and The Greenwich JCC WJBL boy’s basketball teams.
A Nesconset, Long Island native, Devon earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Education at Manhattanville. At her previous job at Iona College, Devon was in charge of facility and game day event operations, while also maintaining a position as a youth soccer coach in the area – a position she currently holds.
Devon grew up playing sports and excelled in soccer. She participated in the Olympic Development Program for six years and attended regional camps during her high school and college days. She later attended Iona, where as a member of the Gaels she was named to the All-MAAC Rookie Team and conference teams during her four-year career.
Henry Ferrarin, born in Irvington, New York, has been in love with sports his entire life. Throughout high school he was a multi-sport athlete, playing team baseball, soccer, track and field, football, and basketball. Henry went on to play college basketball at SUNY Purchase, where he became captain of his team, and led the Skyline Conference in rebounds. While at Purchase, Henry was also a scholar-athlete tutoring all of the college sports programs' players who required help in Science and Math, and was a member of the Mentoring Program for the Natural Sciences Department.
Henry has been coaching basketball, baseball, and soccer at Backyard Sports since 2008. He has also coached many championship-winning basketball teams from various leagues throughout Westchester. His most recent team, the JCC of Greenwich, won the 2012 Westchester Jewish Basketball League championship.
In addition to his involvement in sports, coaching, and working with children, Henry is also planning to attend medical school.