Coach Lugo was drafted in 1988 by the Minnesota Twins as a shortstop, later transitioning to a pitcher with the Marlins and the Blue Jays. He played for Grady High School in Brooklyn and was a three year consecutive All-City shortstop. Once completing his professional career, he took his passion for the game and opened Extra Innings in Wappinger.
In 2012, he was certified by Brent Pourciau for the Top Velocity Pitching Program and is now known as Brent’s top instructor for the 3x Top Velocity Program. In 2013, he began the Elite Player Development Program, Top Gun Pitching Program, D2 Catching Program, D467 Fielding Program and the Zone it Up Hitting Program at Extra Innings. These programs have produced some of the areas best players and top MLB prospects.
In 2014, Coach Lugo decided to bring his knowledge of player development to the field and created his travel baseball college prep teams known as, Cadet Baseball Academy.
In 2016, Coach Lugo was named New York State Coordinator for USA Baseball’s North Atlantic NTIS. In 2017, he opened the Hudson Valley RBI program, which is dedicated to getting inner-city players back on the softball and baseball fields.