BASEBALL'S COSTANZA EARNS NCBWA FIRST TEAM ALL-REGION HONORSSophomore Matt Costanza of the American International College baseball team was named an All-East Region First Team selection at the utility position by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association on Thursday, May 17. Read More
COSTANZA, KEMLAGE EARN NE10 BASEBALL HONORSTwo members of the American International College baseball team were selected to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference Teams, the league announced on Wednesday, May 9. Read More
Nick Callini was named the 15th head baseball coach in American International College history on October 20, 2003. He is the winningest head coach in baseball program history, with 195 wins through the conclusion of the 2018 season.
The Yellow Jackets enjoyed a successful season in 2018, posting the second-most wins in a single season during Callini’s tenure with a 19-25 record. AIC finished tied for fourth place in the Northeast-10 Conference’s Southwest Division, with highlight victories against national No. 6 University of New Haven on March 30 and No. 15 Le Moyne College on May 5. Under his guidance, pitcher and utilityman Matt Costanza earned First Team All-Conference and First Team All-East Region honors.
Callini’s best single season came in 2015 as he led the Jackets to a second-place finish in the NE10 Southwest Division and earned and hosted a playoff berth for the program for the first time in 15 years. American International finished the season winning 12 of their final 14 games to compile a 17-21 record overall and a 10-8 mark in divisional action. Callini coached five All-Conference selections in 2015, including two second-team members, the Rookie Player of the Year and an All-Region honoree.
Garrett Baker joined the American International College baseball coaching staff in fall 2018.
During the 2018 season, Baker served as the pitching coach and strength and conditioning coach for Westfield State University. While there, the team won the MASCAC championship and made their first regional appearance since 2010. Under Baker’s guidance, one of his pitchers also earned the 2018 MASCAC Pitcher of the Year distinction and All-New England Honors from the ABCA.
His coaching resume also includes serving as head coach and pitching coach on numerous youth, AAU, and high school teams, including Suffield High School, East Longmeadow High School, AAU championship teams, and three AABC youth state championship teams.
Baker has a bachelor of science in exercise science from Cedarville University, and he is currently completing his master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology at Springfield College. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has trained athletes at Enhance-U, a sports performance facility in Ohio, and he currently works at Powerhouse Training as a baseball instructor, strength and conditioning coach, and a mental performance coach.
Levesque is returning for his second stint with the American International College baseball coaching staff after previously coaching in 2008. Prior to that and since then, Levesque has acquired an extensive coaching resume throughout Western Mass ranging from youth, AAU, High School and summer collegiate teams. Coaching stops include head coach of the Bay State Summer Games West Team, McCann Tech, Longmeadow and Agawam High Schools as well as North Adams and Agawam Summer and Fall Legion teams. Levesque is also a baseball and softball instructor at Player’s Edge in Westfield.
Beginning in 2007, Levesque spent four years with the Holyoke Blue Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). Levesque began there as an assistant coach and worked up the ranks to Assistant GM in 2010. During his time there he helped guide the Blue Sox to a regular season title (07) and a semifinals appearance (09) in the NECBL playoffs. Levesque saw 13 former players drafted into the MLB draft.
A 1997 graduate of Southern Vermont College, Levesque was a four year baseball player for the Mountaineers. The two-year captain earned numerous accolades while at SVC. He was a three-time D3 NAIA All-Northeast Region selection, earning first-team honors as a senior and second-team honors as a junior and was an all-freshman pick. Levesque was also a two-time team MVP and was the recipient of the Senior Athlete Award. Levesque also finished his four-year career atop several categories that still stand. Levesque also played basketball and ran cross country during his time at SVC.
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