Arguably the greatest pitcher who's ever worn a Marist uniform, Chris Tracz is in his fourth season as head coach of the Red Foxes.
Through three seasons, Tracz has amassed a record of 93-64 (.592). The Red Foxes posted a 25-25 record in 2012, and had three players (Jake Berry, Chad Gallagher and Mike Orefice) named Second Team All-MAAC.
In 2011, Marst posted a 35-17 record, as the Red Foxes achieved their second-highest win total in program history. The team's winning percentage of .673 ranked 28th in the country, and the Red Foxes received Top 25 votes. The program tied a school record with four players being drafted: Mike Gallic (San Diego Padres), Jon Schwind (Pittsburgh Pirates), Ricky Pacione (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and Eric Alessio (Cincinnati Reds). Additionally, Kyle Putnam and Sean McKeown played Independent ball. Five Red Foxes earned All-MAAC honors, with three earning First Team selections as the squad led the conference in both hitting and pitching. Marist was among the national leaders in both ERA (3.35, 38th) and fewest walks per nine innings (2.99, 45th). Individually, Sean McKeown ranked in the top 30 nationally in both ERA (1.87, 27th) and hits per nine innings (6.03, 15th).
Marist enjoyed tremendous success in the classroom in 2011 as well. Ricky Pacione was named a Second Team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American, becoming the first baseball player in school history to earn the distinction. Eight Red Foxes were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.
Tyler Kavanaugh is in his first season as assistant coach on Chris Tracz's staff.
Kavanaugh most recently served on Sacred Heart's staff for the past three years. Last season, the Pioneers set the program's regular season for wins, had four players named all-conference, and had two go on to play professionally - including John Murphy, a sixth-round selection by the New York Yankees.
Kavanaugh's Sacred Heart responsibilities included working with the Pioneers' hitters, catchers, and outfielders, coaching third base on game days, and overseeing the recruitment of student athletes for the Pioneer program under head coach Nick Giaquinto.
In his Sacred Heart tenure, the Pioneers have won back to back (2011 & 2012) NEC Tournament Titles and advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament. In 2011, Pioneers hitters led the conference with a .308 batting average, good for 20th in the country. The 2011 team also set the school wins record with 34 victories. During Kavanaugh's tenure, nine Pioneers have earned All-NEC Baseball accolades and three have been named New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division I All-Stars.
Jesse Marsh begins his first season with the Marist Baseball program.
Prior to Marist, Marsh served as an assistant coach at LIU Brooklyn for two season. Marsh's primary responsibilities at LIU were working defensively with the infielders, coordinating team defense, assisting with the hitters, recruiting, and serving as the team's first base coach. Marsh helped guide the Blackbirds to the NEC's top fielding percentage in 2012, .973.
Marsh came to the Blackbirds after spending three years as the top assistant coach at his alma mater, the State University of New York at New Paltz. While at New Paltz, Marsh worked defensively with the infielders. In addition, he assisted with all other aspects of the program, including working with the hitters and recruiting.
Marsh has also spent five season coaching with the Newburgh Nuclears, an American Legion club that competes in the summer months.
A Marlboro, N.Y., native, Marsh graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from The State University of New York at New Paltz and a Master's of Science in Exercise Science: Coaching and Conditioning, from LIU Brooklyn.