New Haven Baseball Head Coach Chris Celano

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Chris Celano is entering his seventh season as the head baseball coach at the University of New Haven. He has amassed a record of 147-97-1 with the Chargers and an overall mark of 332-235-1 as a collegiate head coach.

Before helming the dugout at Vieira Field, Celano completed seven years as head coach at Dowling College, where he led the Golden Lions to six postseason appearances – including four trips to the NCAA Division II Championship. The skipper guided Dowling to its first NCAA Division II World Series and was named the Division II National Coach of the Year in 2009, a season that also marked the Golden Lions’ first NCAA East Region Championship a program-record 35 wins. Also the ABCA East Region Coach of the Year in 2009, Celano earned his first Coach of the Year honor in 2008 from the East Coast Conference.

During his seven seasons as head coach, the Golden Lions recorded 20 or more wins six times. In 2006, Celano led Dowling to 22 victories in its final 25 games to advance to the NCAA postseason. He also coached three student-athletes that were selected in the MLB First Year Player Draft, three All-America and 31 all-conference honorees during his tenure.

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Baseball Slotted 17th in 2018 Perfect Game NCAA Division II Preseason Poll


Coming off a 2017 Northeast-10 Conference title and NCAA Division II East Region appearance, the University of New Haven baseball team has been ranked 17th in the Preseason NCAA Division II College Baseball Top 25 by Perfect Game College Ball. Last season, Celano led the Chargers to a 31-13 overall record, the 12th 30-plus win season in program history and the second under Celano. Following a 3-0 shutout of Le Moyne in the first round of the NE10 Championship, New Haven earned hosting rights for championship weekend. After advancing to the title round with wins over Pace and Southern New Hampshire, the Blue and Gold swept a doubleheader against Franklin Pierce, 7-3 and 12-1 to win the program's second NE10 title. Heading into the NCAA Division II East Region Championship ranked #21 nationally and No. 2 in the region, New Haven first got past No. 7 Dominican before falling against No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas and No. 5 Felician in later rounds. New Haven returns 10 position players this season including NCBWA All-East Region First Team selection, Jack Zagaja (Merrick, N.Y./St. Dominic), and a solid starting pitching staff of senior David Palmer (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip), an NCBWA All-East Region First Team selection, and senior Tim Kennedy (Ridge, N.Y./Longwood). Together, the pair combined for a 15-1 record last season with a combined 1.47 ERA. West Chester claimed the top spot in the poll after earning its second national title in five years, sweeping their way through both the regional and national tournaments.

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