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Jim Carone embarks on his sixth season as head coach of the Wagner baseball program after being named the 13th head coach back on January 30, 2012. Coach Carone became just the fourth Seahawk coach to amass 100 victories after his Green & White squad defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 2-0, back on March 26 in Emmitsburg, MD. For his career, Carone has 111 career victories.
The 2016 Seahawks closed out the year winning six of their final nine games. Offensively, the Green & White placed among the top-three in the league in several statistical categories, which include team batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, hits. On the mound, the Seahawks ranked in the top-three in opposing batting average, fewest runs and earned runs allowed. For the second straight season, the Seahawks matched a program-record in having five players earn All-NEC honors, four of whom were selected to the Second Team. Carone also became the first Seahawk coach to have a player be drafted by the organization in which Wagner plays their home games, as Ben Ruta [’16] was selected in the 30th Round by the New York Yankees and became the first Seahawk to play for the Staten Island Yankees at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.
2015 marked a season to remember for Carone’s squad, as the Seahawks posted 20-or-more victories for the third time in four years under Carone’s watch. In fact, last season tied for the second-highest win total in program history with 27, matching only the 2008 Seahawk team, led by former head coach Joe Litterio. In leading the Seahawks to this feat, Carone was recognized by his coaching peers, as he was named the 2015 Northeast Conference (NEC) Coach of the Year.
A longtime assistant at fellow Northeast Conference (NEC) institution, LIU Brooklyn, Craig Noto embarks on his first with the Wagner baseball program and will serve the program as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, in addition to overseeing the Seahawk offense and working with the catchers on a daily basis.
Noto spent nine seasons as an assistant coach with the Blackbirds. On the field, he recruited and coached 14 All-NEC selections to go along with six All-Region honorees while two of his players garnered Rawlings Gold Gloves. He was directly responsible for recruiting the university’s first Major League Baseball (MLB) player in James Jones, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners.
Among his day-to-day responsibilities at LIU Brooklyn, Noto was accountable for all facets of recruitment of prospective student-athletes, which included academic and talent evaluations. He developed and executed an academic structure and time management seminar for 30 student-athletes on a daily and yearly basis, which translated into the baseball team posting a 3.4 grade-point average between 2009 and 2014.
Chris Greco begins his third season as part of the Wagner Seahawk coaching staff. Greco will work with the Green & White hitters, as well as serving as the Seahawks infielders and serve as first base coach.
After helping guide Wagner to its second-straight Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament appearance, Greco spent the 2015 summer as an assistant coach of the Laconia Muskrats (now known as the Winnipesaukee Muskrats), who finished the season with a 21-21 record while capturing the No. 4 seed in the North Division of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL).
On July 13, Greco was named to the coaching staff for the NECBL All-Star Game for the North Division.
Former Wagner Seahawk hurler, Nick Pavia (’14) returns to his alma mater, as he will serve as a volunteer assistant coach, head coach Jim Carone announced on September 19. Pavia will work with the outfielders and assist with the pitching staff in his new role.
A Staten Island native who starred at St. Joseph by the Sea High School before arriving on Grymes Hill, Pavia pitched for the Seahawks from 2011-2016. After appearing in five games in 2011, the Todt Hill resident made 11 appearances in 2012, while making eight starts, hurling 36.1 innings and recording 26 strikeouts.
Pavia earned his first collegiate win at Lafayette in 2012, striking out three batters without allowing a single walk over five frames.