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Baseball Poised for a Playoff Push in 2015 With a Strong Returning Cast
The American International College baseball team will look toward solid starting pitching and a strong core of returning players to help lead them to the postseason tournament in 2015. read more
Baseball Field To Be Dedicated In Richard Bedard's Name On Homecoming Weekend
The American International College baseball team will host their annual alumni game on the morning of October 18, 2014 as part of Homecoming Weekend. This year's game will be held at 9 a.m. and will be followed by the dedication of the baseball field to recently retired Executive Vice President of Athletics Richard Bedard at 11 a.m.
Nick Callini is entering his ninth season as head coach of the American International College baseball team in 2012. He was named the 15th head coach in the program's history on October 20, 2003 after the untimely passing of Chuck Lelas, who was the Yellow Jackets' skipper from 1999-2003.
Callini was made full-time in the fall of 2008 and added additional duties as the coordinator of the College's Academic Resource Center, where he assists AIC students improve their academic standing. Those duties include arranging individual and group tutoring sessions and working with students to improve their study, test taking and time management skills.
The Yellow Jackets recorded their highes win total since 2002 this past season, posting an overall mark of 17-25. AIC finished ninth in the Northeast-10 with a conference mark of 11-15, just 2.5 games out of the sixth and final conference playoff berth, and saw four players named to the all-conference team.
Callini, who served as an assistant coach in 2003, earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Trinity College (Conn.) in 2002 with a minor in models and data. He was a member of two consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament teams and the Bantams won the NESCAC title his junior season. Also during his junior season, he was named the team's Most Improved Player and received the John E. Kelly Gold Glove Award as the Bantam's defensive MVP. Callini currently resides in Westfield, Mass. with his wife, Kristen, and daughter, Hannah.
Mike Lavato is entering his fourth season as an assist baseball coach at American International College in 2012 after playing for the Yellow Jackets from 2004-08. He is also an assistant equipment/facility manager.
Lavato appeared in 53 games, primarily as a relief pitcher, posting a record of 5-8 with three complete games. He was also involved in a pair of shutouts and recorded two saves.
Lavato earned his bachelor's in sports and recreation management from AIC in 2007 and received his master's in business administration 2009.
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