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Clark Named Second-Team ABCA All-Region Selection
Junior center fielder Dave Clark (Springfield, Mass.) of the American International College baseball team has been named a Second-Team All-East Region selection by the American Baseball Coaches of Association (ABCA), it was announced following a vote of the east region head coaches. He is AIC's first all-region selection since 2000.
Three Yellow Jackets Named to All-Conference Baseball Team
Junior center fielder Dave Clark (West Springfield, Mass.) of the American International College baseball team was named a Second-Team Northeast-10 All-Conference selection, while freshman starting pitchers Derek Azzopardi (Redwood City, Calif.) and Harrison Paige (Springfield, Mass.) were named to the All-Rookie Team. The announcement was made following a vote of the Northeast-10 head coaches.
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.
Paul DeMaria is entering his ninth season as assistant baseball coach at American International College in 2012. He also serves as the athletic department equipment manager.
A 2002 graduate of AIC, DeMaria was a four-year letter-winner for the Yellow Jackets. He was a pitcher for AIC from 2000-2003 and was twice awarded the Henry J. Butova Award for good sportsmanship.
A Springfield native and 1998 graduate of Springfield's Cathedral High School, DeMaria was an All-Western Massachusetts selection on the diamond in 1998.
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.