Noto has guided the Rafters on the field as the team’s skipper since the 2015 season, accumulating a 134-78 regular season record and .632 winning percentage during his three years at the helm.
The 2017 season saw the Rafters tie or break 35 team and league records en route to a Northwoods League record 52 regular season wins, finishing with a 52-20 record. Noto’s team also won both the First and Second Half South Division titles for a second consecutive season. The Rafters finished the 2016 season with 49 regular season wins and went a perfect 4-0 during the playoffs. Noto guided the team to winning both the South Division First and Second Half, culminating with the Rafters first Northwoods League Championship. Under his leadership, he and his coaching staff led the Rafters to tie or break 21 club records during the 2016 regular season, including posting a scoring average of 5.7 runs per game. The pitching staff posted an ERA of 3.41 while allowing the fewest walks and hits per innings pitched in the entire Northwoods League (1.29 WHIP). The team also posted a collective batting average of .369 during postseason play. In his tenure as Rafters’ Manager, Noto has seen 12 of his players become Northwoods League All-Stars, five Rawlings “Finest in the Field” Gold Glove winners, and has helped develop 20 players that have gone on to play professional baseball. Including postseason play, Noto holds a career record of 139-79 (.638 winning percentage) in his first three seasons.
Noto is currently an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Wagner College, in Staten Island, New York. Prior to Wagner, he spent nine seasons as the Head Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator and Pitching Coach at LIU-Brooklyn. While at LIU Coach Noto recruited and coached five different players that have gone off to various levels of Professional Baseball, including the first Big League player in LIU history, James Jones of the Texas Rangers. He has also coached 14 NEC All-Conference selections, two NEC Players of the Year and a Rawlings Gold Glove Winner.
Coach Noto was an All-City player at St. Peters Boys HS and then went on to play for legendary New York City coach Louie De Martino at John Jay College. He was an all CUNY and ECAC Selection as a middle infielder for the Bloodhounds. Noto, who resides in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, NY, is a member of the American Baseball Coaches’ Association (ABCA) and also a member of the NYC MLB Scouts Association. He recently served as the Vice President of the Brooklyn Baseball Association from 2014-2016 where he oversaw all baseball operations for over 300 youth baseball and softball players from Brooklyn & Queens.
Joe Haumacher is in his first season as the Rafters pitching coach. Haumacher, who is currently the pitching coach at Amherst College, played Division I baseball at Wofford College and Old Dominion University, where he earned his B.A. in Communications in 2011. Following graduation, he played professional baseball in the Pecos League, CanAm League, and Atlantic League.
Haumacher is no stranger to summer collegiate baseball as he was the manager of the Orange County Surf, a collegiate league based in Orange County, California, and he led the Surf to the league championship in the summers of 2015 and 2017. He also spent a season as the pitching coach at Raritan Valley Community College, in New Jersey. In addition to his aforementioned coaching experiences, Haumacher worked four years with world-renowned pitching guru Tom House and the National Pitching Association at the University of Southern California. As a Rotational Athlete Specialist, Haumacher worked with professional baseball players including Jaime Garcia, Jason Hammel and Ryan Sherriff, guiding them through shoulder rehabilitations, training regimens and delivery adjustments.
Brink Ambler is in his first season as an assistant and first base coach. Ambler is currently in his second season as an assistant coach for the Otterbein University baseball program, specializing in hitting, outfield, and also coaching first base. Prior to joining the coaching staff at Otterbein, Ambler spent two seasons playing at the University of Alabama, where he also graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. On top of his collegiate play, Ambler has competed within the Collegiate Baseball League of Europe, the Coastal Plains Summer League and the Sunbelt Collegiate Summer League. A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, he was a four-year varsity letterman at Jamestown High School and played for Bobby Valentine’s All-American team from 2010-2011.
In addition to his baseball coaching duties, Ambler currently works as a professional tutor at The Ohio State University in the Student Athlete Support Services Office, mentoring students in Economics, Computer Science, and other general business courses. He also works as a professional instructor at Bo Jackson Sports Elite in Columbus, assisting with baseball programming and providing individual lessons. In addition, he has helped evaluate talent throughout the Midwest for Prep Baseball Report Ohio. Ambler resides in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Reagan.