MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm College baseball pitching coach Nick Cenatiempo has been named pitching coach for the Laconia Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL).
Cenatiempo, who played in the league while he was a pitcher at St. John's University and just completed his fourth season as the Hawks' top assistant, will work with what is largely regarded as the top pitching staff in the league. His staff includes pitchers from the University of Florida, the University of Tennessee, the University of Missouri, Arizona State University, Vanderbilt University and one from Iona College – Mariano Rivera Jr., the son of former New York Yankee, Mariano Rivera, who retired last season as Major League Baseball's all-time leader in saves.
The NECBL is a summer collegiate baseball league featuring some of the top players in the country. Since being founded in 1993, the NECBL has become a nationally recognized top-tier league that plays in all six New England states and recruits players attending U.S colleges from New England, the other forty-four States and foreign countries.
The league starts its summer season in early June and plays an eight-week, 42-game-per-team schedule. The league championship is determined by a playoff in early August. Each year, the league's top players are scouted and selected in the MLB Draft.
The Muskrats open their season Friday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. when they play host to the Vermont Mountaineers.