Leoni named ECAC South Coach of the Year
After the program's most successful season in its young tenure in the Capital Athletic Conference, the awards continue to roll in for the Marymount (Va.) University baseball team, as the Eastern College Athletic Conference announced Head Coach Frank Leoni as the 2016 Coach of the Year for the Division III South. Read More
Bazemore, Gerdts earn All-CAC honors; Leoni tabbed Coach of the Year
After a successful third season for the Marymount (Va.) University baseball program, the awards are beginning to roll in, as the Capital Athletic Conference announced its all-league teams on Tuesday afternoon with three Saints representing the squad. Read More
Leoni named FCBL Co-Manager of the Year; Squad top in league heading to playoffs
Not only are some of the Marymount (Va.) University baseball players out prepping for another season on the diamond in summer leagues throughout the East Coast, but so is Head Coach Frank Leoni, who is managing a squad in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England. Read More
Frank Leoni, the program’s inaugural leader, enters his fifth year as the Head Coach at Marymount in 2018. In just four years, Leoni has guided the Saints to the top of the highly competitive Capital Athletic Conference and visibility on the NCAA level.
The Saints won 20 or more games for the second-consecutive season in 2017. Overcoming the loss of three positional starters, they secured the #5 seed in the CAC standings. In the first round of the CAC tournament, the Saints knocked off #2 seed Christopher Newport in Newport News. Marymount is one of only four CAC teams to qualify for the post-season in each of the past three years. Junior Collin Bazemore and sophomore Conner Hall earned Second-team All-CAC honors. Off the field has been just as impressive for the Saints. Among their many community service efforts, the team has now raised over $30,000 to support Vs. Cancer and Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. For the second consecutive year, Marymount’s 3.2 GPA was recognized by the American Baseball Coaches Association with their Team Academic Award.
The 2016 season was a huge success. In only its third year of existence, Marymount came within two games of the NCAA tournament. Not only did they open CAC play with a seven game winning streak, the Saints played consistently throughout the season, securing the #2 seed in the CAC standings. In mid-April, Marymount was ranked #35 nationally. The Saints won six games versus nationally ranked opponents, including their first ever post-season victory, 11-3 over then #14 ranked Christopher Newport. They would eventually bow out of the CAC play-offs after two one-run losses to #11 ranked Salisbury. Marymount led the CAC in pitching, and two of their starting pitchers (Collin Bazemore, 1st team and Dylan Gerdts, 2nd team) were named All-CAC for the first time in program history. Freshman Luke Tyree earned CAC Player of the Week accolades on two occasions. The Saints were successful off the field as well, earning the inaugural ABCA Team Academic Award for maintaining a 3.2 GPA. Only 33of 383 NCAA Division III programs were recognized. Leoni earned his 500th collegiate victory on March 21, 2016 in a win versus St. Mary’s. As a result of the team’s success, Leoni was recognized as the 2016 Capital Athletic Conference and ECAC South Region Coach of the Year.
Chris Alberto enters his third season as the pitching and catching coach in 2018.
In his first season, Alberto guided the Saints’ pitching staff to a Capital Athletic Conference-best ERA (4.08), while working with the catchers to lead the conference in stolen bases against (38). Two pitchers were selected to All-Conference teams. Collin Bazemore (First-Team) and Dylan Gerdts (Second-Team) marked the first two All-Conference players in program history.
He continued the team’s success on the mound in 2017, seeing starting pitcher Bazemore makes his second-straight appearance on the All-CAC squad (Second Team) while Conner Hall made his way on as a reliever (Second Team). Hall, the team’s starting shortstop, commanded the mound as the closer, leading the CAC in saves with six and going a perfect 4-0 in 12 appearances.
Mike Cassidy is entering his fifth season as an assistant coach on the Marymount baseball staff in 2018, working with hitters, outfielders, and catchers.
With plenty of coaching experience besides what he has given with the Saints, Cassidy has worked different stints across the state of Virginia. In 2005, he was an assistant at his alma mater of Averett University. He returned to his Northern Virginia roots in 2008 to assistant coach five years at Bishop O’Connell High School, the home field of the Saints, until moving for a season in 2013 to his high school, Lake Braddock Secondary School. Lake Braddock were Northern Region Champions and semifinalist of the Virginia High School League State Championships in 2013.
Beyond his coaching duties with Marymount, Cassidy is the founder and director of Metropolitan Baseball, formerly known as NOVA South Baseball Academy in Occoquan, Virginia for four years and was the co-owner of Virginia Baseball Club Occoquan for six years before that. Cassidy has been the head coach of numerous highly competitive showcase teams including the Virginia Barnstormers, Virginia Shamrocks, and Metropolitan Senators.
Ryan Schubert is entering his second season on the Marymount baseball coaching staff in 2018, assisting with the pitchers and catchers.
Prior to Marymount, Schubert spent two years as an Assistant Coach at Annandale High School, where he was the Varsity Pitching and Catching Coach.
Aside from coaching at MU, Schubert works for Mike Cassidy at Metro Baseball Academy as a Lead Instructor and Personal Trainer, along with serving as the Head Coach for the Metro Senators 16U team. He is also Certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist.
Steve Frank enters his second year with the Marymount baseball team in 2018.
Frank was the Varsity Head Coach at Shaker High School in Latham, New York through the 2015 season. During his tenure, his teams won over two-thirds of games played, qualifying for the playoffs every year. In 2011, he led the Blue Bison to the N.Y. Large School State Championship game. Additionally, the team ranked second in the state and 91st in the nation, setting the record for single-season wins.
The playoff stretch continued with an Upstate N.Y. Runner up in 2013, and an Upstate N.Y. semifinals appearance in 2015.