Oakdale, N.Y. - Dowling baseball head coach
Chris Celano has officially resigned after seven years at the helm
of the Golden Lions. This move, effectively immediately, sees
Celano head to the University of New Haven where he will become
head coach of Chargers baseball for the 2011-2012 season.
Former Dowling assistant coach Tom Caputo will act as interim head
coach for the upcoming year.
Celano leaves behind a long history of success at Dowling, joining the Golden Lions in 2001 as an assistant coach and eventually earning the head coach position four years later in 2005. Since then, Celano has compiled a 185-138 record, leading his team to four NCAA postseason appearances, including the program's first trip to the College World Series in 2009. His efforts that year would earn him 2009 Field Turf Division II National Coach of the Year and ABCA/Diamond Sports Company East Region Coach of the Year honors.
Under his leadership, the Golden Lions have also won two conference regular season championships and three conference postseason titles, most recently earning the East Coast Conference Tournament trophy in 2011. In 2008, Celano was named the ECC Coach of the Year after going 29-19 on the year.
"Chris has contributed a great deal to this department and we have so much to show for it," stated Dowling's Vice President for Athletics Rick Cole, Jr.. "It has been an absolute pleasure working with him and I wish him the best of luck at the University of New Haven."
Celano has coached three Dowling players who have gone on to be selected in the MLB First Year Player Draft. In addition, two players have earned All-American status while 31 have been named to All-Conference teams under the guidance of Celano.
"I cannot express how much I have enjoyed my time at Dowling," said Celano. "Over the past seven years I have grown tremendously under the leadership of the department and the institution, and wish nothing but success for the program moving forward."
Celano joins the Chargers after former head coach Raphael Cerrato resigned this summer to join the coaching staff as an assistant at the University of Rhode Island for the upcoming year. Last season, UNH went 26-18 on their way to an appearance in the NE-10 Conference Tournament.
Provided by the Dowling College Sports Information Department.