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Baseball Names 2014 Captains

Seniors Blake Butera and John Gorman were named the 2015 captains of the Boston College baseball team, voted by their teammates, head coach Mike Gambino announced. Continued.....

Mike Gambino

 

Head Coach

Mike Gambino, a 1999 Boston College graduate, was named head baseball coach on July 19, 2010.

He is in charge of rebuilding a program that made an emphatic postseason statement in 2009, earning its first Atlantic Coast Conference Championship berth and first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1967.

The Eagles went 17-33 in his first season at the helm, but he saw four players get selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. In 2011, the Eagles improved to 20-33, winning 10 games in the highly-competitive ACC. In just one year, the team's batting average improved 19 points, slugging percentage 54 points and on-base percentage 27 points.

The second-year head coach saw infielder Anthony Melchionda and outfielder Tom Bourdon earn All-ACC second-team honors and take home American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Northeast Region and New England Intercollegiate Baseball Associate (NEIBA) All-Star accolades. Melchionda and classmate Matt Brazis were both drafted in the 2012 MLB Draft.

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Greg Sullivan

 

Assistant Coach

Greg Sullivan is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Boston College baseball team. He came to the Heights after spending four seasons as the head coach at Newbury College.

Sullivan primary works with the outfielders, hitters and is one of the three primary recruiters on staff. During the summer, he is responsible for running the Boston College Baseball Camps.

Sullivan was named Newbury College's first head coach in January 2007 and began laying the groundwork for the development of the program. In 2008, he was named the national Coach of the Year by the Association of Division III Independents. The Nighthawks earned the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Sportsmanship Award in each of his last two seasons.

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Matt Meyer

 

Student Assistant Coach

Former player Matt Meyer joined the Boston College baseball staff prior to the 2013-14 season as a student assistant coach. Meyer, who donned the Maroon and Gold from 2004-06, returned to the Heights to complete his undergraduate degree.

Meyer assists pitching coach Scott Friedholm with the pitchers and has general coaching duties.

The Rochester, Minn., native was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 15th round (No. 461 overall) of the June 2006 First-Year Player Draft. In his first minor league season, he went 2-2 with a 1.98 ERA and struck out 31 in the New York-Penn League. He put together one of his best seasons in 2011, working his way from rookie ball to triple-A with the Salt Lake City Bees, the affiliate of the LA Angels of Anaheim. Over the course of the summer, he recorded a 2.29 ERA with 59 strikeouts. In his final season - 2012 - he went 1-2 with a 6.26 ERA over 41.2 innings for the Bees, striking out 38.

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Pete Frates

 

Director of Baseball Operations

Pete Frates joined the Boston College baseball team as the director of baseball operations during the 2012 season. A former player, Frates captained the Eagles his senior year in 2007.

Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in March 2012. He played in the outfield for the Maroon and Gold from 2004-07. In both his junior and senior year, he tied for the team lead with five home runs, finishing his career with 11. He also tied for a team-high eight sacrifice hits his senior year and led the Eagles with 19 stolen bases.

The centerfielder set a modern BC record with eight RBIs in one game, going 4-for-6 with a grand slam, a three-run homer and an RBI double at Maryland on April 14, 2007. In Frates' junior year, he went 4-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs in the Eagles' 10-2 win over Harvard in the Beanpot Championship at Fenway Park.

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Jimmy Van Ostrand

 

Volunteer Coach

Jimmy Van Ostrand joined the Boston College baseball staff as a volunteer coach before the start of the 2014 season. He brings seven years of international and minor league playing experience to the Eagles.

The Vancouver, B.C., native has been a member of the Canadian National Baseball Team since 2007. He played in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, three Baseball World Cups, the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2011 Pan American Games. He drove in the only two runs for his team in the Pan Am Championship game to lead Canada to a 2-1 victory and the gold medal over the United States. In the Olympics, he was 4-for-14 with two RBIs and he helped the Canadians bring home bronze medals at the 2009 and 2011 World Cups.

Van Ostrand played for California Polytechnic State University in 2005 and 2006. He earned NCAA West Region Scholar-Athlete and first-team all-conference honors. As a Mustang, he batted .317, tallying 114 hits, 44 RBIs and 17 home runs. He was drafted in the eighth round by the Houston Astros of the 2006 MLB First-Year Players Draft and has spent the last eight seasons playing in the minor leagues, reaching the triple-A level.

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