Pete Caliendo - Baseball is Life (A Journey to Spread Hope with Sport)
Peter Caliendo’s baseball experience covers a wide range of geography and responsibilities. Newly appointed Technical Commissioner for the 2009 World Baseball Cub to be held in Europe September of 09. 2008 was on the jury of appeal for baseball in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. He’s been a head coach and assistant coach, instructor and clinician, scout and evaluator, author and lecturer, President and General Manager. President of Caliendo Sports International and Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago. On the Board of the International Sports group a non for profit promoting coaches education worldwide.
Technical Commissioner for the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), governing baseball worldwide. Serves on the IBAF Steering Committee. Pete has served twice in Taiwan for the World Games, in Holland for the World Games, in Rio DeJaneiro Brazil for the Pan Am games and just recently in Beijing, China for the Pre Test Olympic games.
He is also the President of the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago, a professional baseball club which honors individuals in professional baseball and raises money to promote our national pastime.
2011 was given the American Baseball Coaches Association Meritorius Award, the Illinois High School Man of the Year and the Pitch and Hit Club Paul “Dizzy” Trout Ambassador Award.
Appointed to the Greater Woodfield Sports Council.
Former President of the Calgary professional baseball franchise in the Northern League.
He’s been in charge of Belgium’s National Team and responsible for the selection, training and development of U.S. entries in the Pan American Youth Championships, guiding those teams to gold medals in 1992, 1993 and 1996. In 1999, Pete was an assistant coach on the USA team in the International Cup in Australia.
Pete Caliendo has lead clinics for Major League Baseball International, USA Baseball and many other baseball organizations in various Latin American and European countries, and throughout the United States. Pete has organized and coached a team from Japan to compete against the White Sox minor league teams at the Chicago White Sox spring training program. He has also done some private coaching for Japanese players.
He has been an associate professional scout for the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays, responsible for identification and evaluation of potential Major League prospects.
Pete has lectured on baseball all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America, has written articles for various publications and an international coaches book. Has a set of 5 baseball instructional DVD’s developed specifically for the voluteer coach to help them organize, teach and have fun throught thier practice and games.
Pete was formerly (1999-2001) the Director of Baseball Operations and first base coach for the Schaumburg Flyers, a very successful independent league team in the popular Northern League.
Dr. Bruhl's thoughts...
Loved interviewing Pete and following his passion to serve and spread hope with baseball, a sport I too love dearly.