A former catcher in the Boston Red Sox organization, Denny Berni leads the Etobicoke Rangers baseball program. Denny is firmly implanted in the Toronto baseball community, as he is the founder of one of the top baseball schools in Canada with Pro Teach Baseball in addition to being both a key coach and administrator with the highly successful Etobicoke Rangers Baseball Organization.
During his amateur career, Denny was a member of four Ontario Championship teams, and he represented the province in three Canadian Championships. After high school, Denny attended Orange Coast College and Southern California College on a baseball scholarship. At Southern California College, he was twice named an N.A.I.A. California State All-Star, and in his junior year he recorded a batting average of .420 — which still stands as a season best.
After his senior year at S.C.C., Denny signed with the Boston Red Sox and spent four years in the Boston Red Sox farm system. In the fall of 1993, Denny led Boston’s Instructional League with a .322 batting average. During his time in the minors, he worked with some of baseball’s greatest hitting instructors, including Jim Rice, Carl Yastremski and Terry Crowley.