Nick Barese is in his seventh year at Merrimack College and his second overseeing Merrimack’s Operations Department. Barese, who was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Operations in October of 2016, previously served as Director of Operations and Operations Coordinator, respectively, after being elevated to full-time status in the summer of 2015. He also enters his third season as the head coach of the baseball team.
In his role within the operations department, Barese directs all aspects of operations, including management at home athletic events, scheduling, van rentals, and more. Since taking over the helm of the baseball team in 2015, Barese has guided the Warriors to three straight appearances in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship while taking the team to the cusp of an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and 2016 prior seasons.
In 2017, Merrimack set a program record with 15 divisional wins, entering the conference tournament as the third seed out of the Northeast Division. Barese directed five players to all-conference status, led by seniors Cam DiSarcina and Nate Spielvogel who earned all-region recognition as well. DiSarcina etched his name into the program record book as the fourth player to eclipse 200 career hits. Spielvogel, meanwhile, ended his career as one of the best relievers in program history, holding records for saves and strikeouts-per-nine innings. The Warriors won 29 games during Barese’s second season in 2016, finishing one victory shy of tying the program record. The second-year head coach saw the Warriors hit .295 as a team, the best batting average for the program in 15 years. Barese, who retained his duties overseeing the Merrimack pitching staff, saw Perry Kulaga throw the second no-hitter in program history in March against Assumption.
The Navy and Gold had five student-athletes earn all-conference recognition under the second-year coach’s tutelage, including an all-region honor for senior center fielder Bobby Losanno. As a coach, Barese saw Merrimack advance to the Northeast-10 Championship for the second time in three years. He guided the Warriors to a 17-win campaign, battling #1/3 Franklin Pierce tough in the opening round of the conference tournament. Barese managed five student-athletes to all-conference nods, including Joe Carnevale, Frank Crinella and Cam DiSarcina on the second team. Matt Brown made the third team and freshman PJ Browne landed on the All-Rookie Team.