Wagner has a new baseball coach and the Staten Island Advance broke the story last night.
After losing their head coach to a Big East program (Joe Litterio left to take an assistant position at his alma mater Rutgers), Wagner tapped into another Big East member to fill its vacancy.
Director of Athletics Walt Hameline tabbed Jim Carone the head coach of Wagner baseball. Carone spent the last three seaons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Villanova.
He also has some history with the Seahawks, having mentored the team’s pitching staff in 2006 when two-time AL All-Star Andrew Bailey was on Grymes Hill.
Bailey, the newest addition to the Boston Red Sox bullpen, had these words to say about the hiring…
“He’s a baseball guy that knows the game very well and enjoys being on the field and around the guys. He already made a name for himself in his first stop at Wagner and will make a great college head coach. I’m excited that he landed back at the college. I can only see the program to continue to sail in the right direction with the addition of Coach Carone.”
Gridiron Legend Gets His Day in the Capital Region
Whether they associate it with Bill Murray or Punxsutawney Phil, February 2 is known the Americans as Groundhog Day.
But in Albany, NY, they are calling it something different.
Move over Phil, Albany mayor Jerry Jennings has declared February 2 Bob Ford Day.
The 2011 NEC Football Coach of the Year and the “Architect of UAlbany Football” is inarguably a living legend and the Capital Region is celebrating that legend today.
In addition to the impact he has made on countless young men over the past five decades, Ford has won football games. A lot of them.
In fact Ford’s 255 collegiate wins are the most of any active NCAA Division I (FBS & FCS) head coach.
Since overseeing the Great Danes’ rise into the Division I ranks, Ford’s teams have won at least a share of five NEC titles since 1999.
This past season, he reached the NCAA FCS playoffs for the first-time ever via the NEC’s automatic bid.
From his extensive coaching tree that has spawned hundreds of coaches across America, including Monmouth’s Kevin Callahan and Wagner’s 200-game winner Walt Hameline, to the wins he is piled up, Bob Ford deserves this day.
Click here for Bob Ford Bio
Tweeting about Bob Ford Day
@ualbanysports – FB: Bob Ford Day is today. To watch it live click here: http://www.ualbanysports.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?DB_LANG=C&db_oem_… #congratsCoachFord #GroundhogDay
@UAlbanyFootball – “Eddie Delaney served as an inspiration to me” – Bob Ford
@AndrewSantillo – Here at UAlbany for “Bob Ford” day and Albany mayor Jerry Jennings has just proclaimed Thursday Feb. 2 as Bob Ford day
@UAfb96 – Absolute honor to be mentioned by Coach Ford in his speech
@AndrewSantillo – Forgot to mention that Coach Ford got a standing ovation from huge crowd in Hall of Fame room, also presented with ball for 250th win
@UAHOOPSWB – Great listening to Coach Ford speak today. He has impacted so many people!
– Feb. 2, 2012 –