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No. 2 Baseball to Host Third-Seeded New Haven In Northeast-10 Championship Opening Round

The American International College baseball team has earned their first playoff berth in 15 years securing the number two seed in the Northeast-10 Southwest Division and will host the University of New Haven in a first-round affair Tuesday afternoon at Richard F. Bedard Field.

Starcun Garners ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Accolades

Sophomore first-baseman/designated-hitter Chris Starcun (Easthampton, Mass.) has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association / Rawlings NCAA Division II All-East Region Second-Team as announced this past weekend. read more

Nick Callini

 

Head Coach

Nick Callini is entering his 13th season as head coach of the American International College baseball team in 2016. He was named the 15th head coach in the program's history on October 20, 2003 after the untimely passing of Chuck Lelas, who was the Yellow Jackets' skipper from 1999-2003.

Callini was made full-time in the fall of 2008 and added additional duties as the coordinator of the College's Academic Resource Center, where he assists AIC students improve their academic standing. Those duties include arranging individual and group tutoring sessions and working with students to improve their study, test taking and time management skills.

Callini's biggest triumph came in 2015 as he led the Jackets to a second-place finish in the NE-10 Southwest division and earned a playoff berth for the program for the first time in 15 years. AIC hosted that first-round playoff game, but fell to New Haven 7-2. American International finished the season winning 12 of their final 14 games to compile a 17-21 record overall and a 10-8 mark in divisional action.

Callini coached five All-Conference selections one season ago including two secon-team members, the Rookie Player of the Year and an All-Region honoree. Overall he has coached 16 All-conference players and two All-Region selections during his tenure.

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Mike Lavato

 

Assistant Coach

Mike Lavato is entering his fourth season as an assist baseball coach at American International College in 2012 after playing for the Yellow Jackets from 2004-08. He is also an assistant equipment/facility manager.

Lavato appeared in 53 games, primarily as a relief pitcher, posting a record of 5-8 with three complete games. He was also involved in a pair of shutouts and recorded two saves.

Lavato earned his bachelor's in sports and recreation management from AIC in 2007 and received his master's in business administration 2009.

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Bob Arnett

 

Assistant Coach

Bob Arnett is entering his first year as assistant coach with the American International College baseball team. Arnett has been strength and conditioning coach at AIC since 2008 and continues to work with various teams along with coaching baseball.

Over the last 13 years, Arnett has coached at various levels. Most recently as head coach for West Springfield and Minnechaug Reg. High School. During his tenure as head coach, Arnett reached the playoffs 5 of 6 seasons while recording over a .500 winning percentage. Moreover, Arnett was head coach for the Wilbraham Falcon American Legion team which finished in first place in 2006 with a 20-5 record. Arnett also worked as an assistant at Western New England University from 2006-08, in which time the Golden Bears were three time conference champions.

Arnett is a 2003 graduate of Westfield State University, where he played baseball and football for the Owls. He received a Bachelor's degree in movement science and a Masters in administration. He currently teaches physical education at Minnechaug Regional High School

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Dan Fenton

 

Graduate Assistant Coach

Dan Fenton enters his second year as the Jackets Assistant Coach, after playing for AIC from 2010-2014. Fenton was a three year starter behind the plate for AIC starting in 114 games for his career, while appearing in 123.

Fenton received a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in 2014 and is now working on getting his Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology.

Tyler Beman

 

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Tyler Beman is entering his first season as a volunteer assistant baseball coach at American International College. He graduated from Westfield High School in the year of 2012 and is currently in his last semester at Holyoke Community College, where he will attain his associates degree in Sports Management.

Beman finished his playing career at the end of his freshman year of High School and began his coaching career in Westfield Babe Ruth the following year. He was an assistant during the first couple of seasons before taking over as the Manager in 2013 and 2014, along with being an assistant coach for the Westfield All-Star team for two summers.

Beman was also the Head Coach for The Batters Box Auu team last summer before being put on as a Volunteer Assistant Coach in the fall of 2014 for American International College.

Lucas Vallas

 

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Lucas Vallas enters his first season as volunteer assistant baseball coach after completing his playing career last spring.

Vallas is currently enrolled in the MBA program here at AIC as he graduated in May 2015 with a bachelors degree in special education.

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