Merrimack College Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson announced Nick Barese as the new head coach of the baseball program. Barese held the title of interim head coach through the fall season and will assume the title of head coach, effective immediately.
The four-year assistant worked under former head coach Jim Martin, who left the program to become an assistant coach at Division I University of Rhode Island.
“I would like to thank our Director of Athletics, Jeremy Gibson, and President Hopey, for naming me as head coach of the Merrimack College baseball program. I feel fortunate to have been part of Merrimack baseball since 2010, and look forward to the exciting opportunity,” said Barese. “I also want to thank Jim Martin for bringing me on his staff five years ago and serving as a coaching mentor. We have worked very hard to establish a culture valuing excellence in the classroom, community and on the field, and I know our coaching staff will continue to build on those traditions.”
During his time in North Andover, Barese has worked predominantly with the Merrimack pitching staff. Last season the Warriors finished with a 3.25 ERA as a staff, finishing seventh in the Northeast-10. Barese saw two pitchers recognized on All-Conference teams, including sophomore Joe Velozo (Tewksbury, Mass.), who finished the year on the All-Rookie Team after compiling a 4.60 ERA over 29 innings pitched.
“Nick has done an outstanding job serving as assistant coach for our program over the past four years,” Gibson said. “More importantly, he has proven to be an equally outstanding leader during this time serving as interim head coach and he has shown great leadership to our student-athletes. We’re proud to name Nick the next head coach of the baseball team and are excited to see his work with the program continue.”
Barese has played professionally, as a member of the Rangers Redipuglia Baseball Club of the Italian Baseball League. He also has head coaching experience in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League as the manager of the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs in the summers of 2012 and 2013.
Barese earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from fellow Northeast-10 Conference member St. Anselm. He played both baseball and football for the Hawks, serving as the team captain on both squads. He graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, and earned his Master of Science in Sport Science and Recreation from Ohio University in 2014. Barese currently resides in Braintree, Mass.
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report as well as on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN