McCann Baseball Field
Built in 1991, the McCann Baseball Field has served as the home to Marist baseball since its dedication at the onset of the 1992 season. This venue, which brought Division I baseball to the Mid-Hudson Valley, was a project championed by longtime Marist Trustee John J. Gartland Jr. and the McCann Foundation. The field is located directly next to the James J. McCann Recreation Center on the south end of campus.
Arguably the greatest pitcher who’s ever worn a Marist uniform, Chris Tracz is in his seventh season as head coach of the Red Foxes.
Through six seasons, Tracz has amassed a record of 156-147-2 (.533). The Red Foxes have finished .500 or better four times in his tenure.
In the 2015 season, Marist earned a victory in MAAC the championships with a 10-3 triumph over Monmouth in an elimnation game. The Red Foxes had three Second Team All-MAAC selections, and 11 selections to the MAAC All-Academic Team. First baseman Steve Laurino was selected in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, giving the Red Foxes seven draft choices in Tracz’s tenure as head coach.
Jesse Marsh is in his third season with the Marist baseball program.
This season, his responsibilities include assisting in recruiting efforts, working with the Red Foxes’ catchers and hitters, and overseeing the team’s strength and conditioning program.
Marsh came to Marist after working for two seasons as an assistant coach at LIU Brooklyn. There, he was responsible for working defensively with the infielders and assisted with other aspects of the program, working with the hitters and recruiting. In 2012, LIU led the Northeast Conference in fielding percentage (.973) and was 2nd in batting average (.276). The 2013 campaign saw the Blackbirds qualify for the NEC Tournament for just the second time in thirteen years.
Eric Pelletier joined the Marist baseball coaching staff in the summer of 2015.
Pelletier serves as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He will be responsible for coaching third base, running the team’s offenses and working with the infielders.
He spent the previous two seasons at UMass Lowell, which followed stints at Southern New Hampshire and Keystone. At UMass Lowell, he recruited and coached the hitters and infielders. The team earned third- and second-place finishes in the America East in its first two years of playing Division I. Under Pelletier’s guidance, shortstop Danny Mendick was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago White Sox.
Lance Ratchford joined the Marist baseball coaching staff in the spring of 2016.
Ratchford serves as assistant coach. He will be responsible for coaching the outfielders, first base and coordinating the program’s camps and clinics.
He spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at the State University of New York Oneonta. During his tenure, seven players were named All-SUNYAC Honors, 23 players were named to the All-SUNYAC All-Academic Team, six were named to the SUNYAC Commissioners List. Ratchford also coached the 2014 SUNYAC Pitcher of the Year and the 2012 All New York Region Performer.
Director of Operations
Steve Nilsen is in his fifth season with the Marist baseball program.
After having served as a volunteer assistant form 2012-15, Nilsen is the program’s director of operations for the 2016 season. Nilsen will oversee camps and clinics among other administrative duties.
He started his collegiate career at SUNY Cobleskill as a pitcher and outfielder. He then transferred to The College of Saint Rose, where he completed his collegiate career