This weeks’ Stater code is trust the plan. Sounds simple enough but when the going gets tough, the plan can seem as distant as that retirement account you have been planning on opening. Sure, the plan may still be in the back of ones head, but often the tendency is to focus more on making it out of the present moment alive rather than anything else. Continue reading
On October 27, 2011, the University of Rhode Island baseball team lost a teammate and a brother, Joseph Paul Ciancola. I want to start by saying that, on behalf of the Rhody baseball team, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ciancola family.
Although under the most unfortunate of circumstances, I recently had the pleasure of meeting Joey’s family, and I now know where he got his smile, strength and love. Michele Ciancola, Joey’s mother, has been an incredible inspiration to all of us throughout this difficult time. Her strength is unmatched.
It’s been a long summer on the bus traveling all around the New England Collegiate League and my summer club the Mystic Schooners. This was my third year in the N.E.C.B.L. running a team as the past two seasons I was with the New Bedford Bay Sox, this make my summers a little different most assistant coaches. I really enjoying the recruiting aspect of coaching, going from showcase to showcase or field to field to try to find the next player to help your program take the next step. Coaching in the N.E.C.B.L. gives me the ability to run an all-star team composed of the top players in the country and get them to gel over the summer and hone their skills with a wood bat over the course of 42 games and hours on the bus. You really get to know these guys and admire how hard they work on an every day basis. Continue reading
For college baseball players, coaches and fans, this one word holds more weight than all others. It’s the goal of every program in the country. It’s the reason why some high schoolers come to college rather than turn pro, or why collegiate players like Aaron Westlake and Taylor Hill decided to pass over the draft and return to college for their senior seasons. Until Saturday night, Omaha was a goal of the Vanderbilt Baseball program that had yet to be fulfilled. Coach Corbin has always told us, “sometimes you have to keep knocking at the door for it to fall”—the door finally fell. Continue reading
Hello everyone. Welcome back to my blog. After a couple of days off from Post Baseball it was that time again, time to get back on the bus. I am entering my 3rd year in the New England Collegiate League which is widely regarded as one of the top 3 summer leagues in the country. This is my second season as Manager in the league. I really enjoy the opportunity to coach and teach some of the best players in the country. Watching the Major League Baseball Draft gets a lot more interesting not only because of the players that I have coached getting selected in the draft but also seeing what players might not be coming to your summer club. While at Post during the season I am calling and receiving emails from coaches all over the country and have the chance to select my team for the summer. This summer I am the Manager for the Mystic Schooners, my first question was what in the world is a schooner? It is a boat, I’ll save everyone the google search. Continue reading
We are fortunate enough to host one of the eight Super Regionals this weekend, as Oregon State comes to Nashville for the three-game series starting Friday night (8 pm EST on ESPNU). It is the first time in Vanderbilt’s history that we have hosted a Super Regional, so we are all very excited to witness the atmosphere at Hawkins Field tomorrow night. Our fans helped sell-out each of our regional games at the Hawk last weekend against Belmont and Troy, so we plan on seeing just as good of a turnout this weekend as well. Continue reading
We gathered to watch the NCAA Selection Show at the Commodore Grille, a restaurant near campus, with about 200 of our fans. Even after four years, it is still very exciting to see “Vanderbilt” pop up on ESPN as a regional participant. We are fortunate to be considered a national seed (#6) this year, meaning we will host the first two rounds of the tournament as long as we continue to win and advance. Continue reading
The SEC Tournament starts today in Hoover, Alabama. The town of Hoover really does this thing right—each team stays in the Wynfrey Hotel, which is connected to the Riverchase Galleria Mall. We have easy access to food, a mall and a pool. We also get police escorts to and from each game at Regions Park, the Birmingham Barons AA stadium. Now if they could only hook us up with free WiFi in the rooms… Continue reading
As the regular season comes to a close this weekend, we wrap up our schedule in Athens against the Georgia Bulldogs. It’s a big weekend for us because we are currently tied with South Carolina and Florida (20-7 conference record) atop the SEC standings with 3 games to play. All we can control are our games against Georgia, but any help from Kentucky (vs. Florida) or Alabama (vs. South Carolina) would be appreciated. Continue reading
The Fighting Leathernecks home season comes to an end this week as they take on the Redbirds of Illinois State this Tuesday. Coming off an 8-4 record in the past 12 games, the purple army looks to use this game to prepare for the final weekend of conference play against North Dakota State. Continue reading