Hello CBD readers, my name is Brian Leighton and I the Head Baseball Coach at Division III Albertus Magnus College located in New Haven, CT. I am entering my tenth season at the helm following one season as a HS coach and several years as a student-assistant baseball coach at Division III power Eastern CT State. Albertus Magnus College is a small (just over 500 day students) private catholic institution located in the college town of New Haven, CT. Nearby colleges include Quinnipiac University, Southern CT State, University of New Haven, and Yale University. In addition to my responsibilities as Head Baseball Coach, I am in charge of Athletic Facilities and Operations for the department. Like many Division III Head Coaches, I wear many hats within the department as it allows me to have my dream job of coaching college baseball. Continue reading CBD Journal with Brian Leighton (Albertus Magnus)
I would like to start out by saying that, on behalf of the Rhody Baseball team, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by the Boston Marathon bombings, as well as the explosion that recently occurred in Texas. Continue reading CBD Journal with Rhode Island’s Mike Le Bel (April 26th)
Sunday. It’s the most important day of the week. Unfortunately, in our conference-opening weekend last week, we were not able to execute on Sunday. That Dayton series was tough on us as a team as we didn’t play how we expected to and the results reflected that. The beauty of baseball however, at least most of the time, is that there is always another game right around the corner. Continue reading 2013 CBD Journal with Rhode Island’s Mike Le Bel (April 8th)
Pitching, defense, and timely hitting. Those three aspects of the game of baseball are what lead the Rhody Rams to a three-game sweep of Winthrop this past weekend. I really can’t express to the readers how proud I am of our team for the way we battled this weekend. There is no doubt that we did not start the season the way we had planned, but this group of guys refuses to give up. Day after day, we keep plugging away and continue to try to improve the way we play baseball. Continue reading 2013 CBD Journal with Rhode Island’s Mike Le Bel (March 21st)
Rhody Baseball is on the road again. We are currently traveling in a van, captained by Sports Information Director Jodi Pontbriand, on our way to Johnson City, TN for a two-game set against East Tennessee State. Jodi has been working at URI for seven years now and is a true professional at what she does. She’s also responsible for setting me up with this blog on CBD, and for that I would like thank her.
About half of the guys riding in our van right now are seniors. Throughout the rest of this post, I am going to do a little Q&A with each of them to give readers a better sense of what these guys are like… Continue reading 2013 CBD Journal with Rhode Island’s Mike Le Bel (March 11th)
Well, last weekend did not go as planned for the Rhody Rams as we were swept in Tallahassee by #9 Florida State. That being said, we once again have a chance to prove we can hang with big time programs as we head to #8 Ole Miss for a weekend series and then travel to #5 Mississippi State for two mid-week games. Continue reading 2013 CBD Journal with Rhode Island’s Mike Le Bel (Feb. 22nd)
Judging by the fact that this is a baseball website, I feel that it is safe to assume that you all have been to your fair share of baseball games. I would also assume that at those games, no matter what was happening on the field, your experience as a spectator was either ruined or significantly enriched by the music that was played during the game. There is no sport that has more downtime than baseball, so even if I am exaggerating a little, it is safe to say that ballpark music is a key element of creating a fun stadium atmosphere. Continue reading CBD Journal with Drake Browne (May 25th)
Halfway through the season Coach Villano started sending us video clips and questions to help us understand ourselves and what we were trying to accomplish this season. I will always remember one of the first ones he sent, of a speech by Kirk Cousins of Michigan State. He addressed over and over what a privilege it is to be an athlete and what an honor it is to represent something bigger. I speak for each of my teammates and anyone that competes with Western on their jersey, that it is a privilege to be a Leatherneck. Continue reading CBD Journal with Western Illinois (May 22nd)
Senior Day has now come and gone and we played our last series at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium. It was an exciting moment to see all of the seniors you have grown so close with and be able to share that moment with their friends and families. We had stellar performances from two seniors, Rich Mascheri and Dustin Hunter as both threw complete games, while Rich threw a shutout and Dustin recorded 15 strikeouts. Although this season has not gone as we had planned, there are many great things that will be remembered from this season and three great years with the Purple Army. Continue reading CBD Journal with Western Illinois (May 8th)
We will take this weeks’ Stater code strait from the Ten Commandments (but don’t worry not religiosity in this post). Respect thy Mother and Father. In lieu of moms weekend having just past, I think it is a good idea to mention the true respect that we all have for our superiors, which extends beyond our parents.
Continue reading CBD Journal with Washington State’s Tommy Richards (April 17th)