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Hofstra completes Coaching Staff

Hempstead, NY ­- Hofstra University Baseball Coach Patrick Anderson recently completed his coaching staff for the 2012 season with the additions of Kelly Haynes and Vincent Colasuonno.

“Both Kelly and Vince bring a great deal of experience to the bench,” said Anderson. “It is great having Kelly back again. He has proven to be an excellent on-field coach and his familiarity of the North Carolina region will open up a new area of recruiting for us. Vince comes to us as a highly regarded pitching coach and in a short period of time he has already made a huge impact. Both Kelly and Vince complement the rest of our staff and our team has already benefited from their presence.”

Haynes is in his second stint as an assistant coach for Pride after serving as an assistant during the 2010 season. Haynes, who will work with the Pride’s outfield, assist with the hitters and serve as the first base coach, brings 10 years of collegiate experience to the Hofstra dugout.

After leaving Hofstra at the conclusion of the 2010 campaign, Hayes served as the associate head coach at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, North Carolina. In his one season he helped guide the second-year program to a 38-15 record and as high as a #3 ranking in NJCAA Division II.

Haynes also coached at his alma mater, Lenoir-Rhyne, for eight seasons (1997-03, 2007). During his tenure, he served as a recruiting coordinator, infield coach and assisted with hitters. Haynes helped the school win conference tournament championships in 2000 and 2001. He also was part of a staff that led Lenoir-Rhyne to school records for wins in four different seasons, including the current mark of 35 in 2007. Lenoir-Rhyne appeared in the NCAA Division II South Regional in 2001, and also finished in the Collegiate Baseball Top 25 that season. Haynes coached 22 all-conference performers, five All-South Region selections and two conference rookies of the year during his time with the Bears.

Haynes, who played two seasons at Brevard College from 1992 to 1993, was named Offensive Most Valuable Player at Lenoir-Rhyne in 1995, and was named to the South Atlantic Conference All-Tournament Team in 1996.

Colasuonno, who will serve as the Pride’s pitching coach, brings a great deal of experience to the table as he has more than 30 years of playing and coaching experience including several seasons coaching in the Italian Baseball League.

Last season Colasuonno served as the pitching coach at Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York, which won the 2011 Catholic League championship.

Colasuonno has also been a coach for the Long Island Storm for more than 20 years, winning 10 National Amateur titles. In 2006 he coached the Long Island Storm squad that traveled to Sicily and appeared in the AABC World Series.

He began his coaching career in 2002 as a volunteer hitting instructor at Molloy College and then moved on to serve as the pitching coach for the San Marino National Team in the Italian Baseball League in 2003. In 2007 he served as a player-coach for the Padule Baseball Club in Florence, Italy. Colasuonno completed his run in Italy in 2009 by serving as an assistant coach for Lodi in the Italian Baseball League.

A 1983 graduate of Valley Stream South High School where he was a two-time All-Long Island selection, Colasuonno began his playing career at Lamar University in Texas before transferring to New York Tech after his freshman year.

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