Hitting Coach/Defense Coach
Chris Collazo begins his first season on the Villanova coaching staff in 2015. He is involved in all aspects of the baseball team's operations and will work with the Villanova hitters and defense. Collazo will also coordinate the placement of current Villanova student-athletes in summer leagues around the country.
Collazo came to the Wildcats already familiar with many of the philosophies of the Villanova program. He previously spent three years as an assistant coach, where former Wildcats pitching coach Jim Carone is now the head coach. Collazo was responsible for the Seahawks hitters and infielders while also serving as the PROGRAM'S recruiting coordinator.
Over the past three seasons the Wagner offense enjoyed a great deal of success under Collazo's tutelage. The Seahawks reached postseason play in 2014 for the first time in four years and Chris Smith earned second team All-NEC honors after batting .302 and leading the team in several offensive categories. In 2013, Wagner improved in all facets of its offense from the previous year and the team set a school record with 114 stolen bases. That total also set a Northeast Conference record and the Seahawks ranked in the top 15 nationally in stolen bases. Wagner had a pair of first team All-NEC selections in 2013 and one of those players, Ian Miller, was a 14th round pick by the Seattle Mariners in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Stuart Younger is in his third season as the Team Manager for the baseball team in 2014. Younger assists the team in a variety of roles, particularly with the team's video operations.
Younger earned four varsity letters in baseball and one in cross country during high school. He was a manager for the baseball team and as a senior received the St. Paul's Athletic Appreciation Award, given to an individual as a result of their outstanding service and commitment to the school's athletic teams. In addition, Younger received the Team Spirit Awards from both the baseball and cross country head coaches.
In addition to working with the baseball and cross country teams Younger covered each team on behalf of the Varsity Sports Network. Throughout his junior and senior years he published over 30 articles featuring baseball game recaps that appeared on the site.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Kevin Mulvey is in his second season on the Villanova coaching staff in 2014. He is the Wildcats pitching coach and is heavily involved in all aspects of the program's operations. Mulvey is a former Villanova standout in his own right who returned to his alma mater following a successful professional career which included Major League stints with two different teams.
In his first season as the Wildcats pitching coach Mulvey helped mentor one of the most consistent weekend starting rotations of the past few years. Pat Young emerged as a top professional prospect much like Mulvey had in his playing days and was a 13th round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants after leading the Villanova staff with 14 games started and 76 strikeouts.
Josh Harris blossomed into the ace of the rotation as a sophomore and led the staff in wins, innings pitched and ERA. Senior Stephen Ostapeck also had his best season in a Wildcats uniform and compiled a 4.07 ERA while logging 79 2/3 innings over 12 starts. Ostapeck finished his collegiate career in style by tossing a complete game shutout at Georgetown during the final weekend of the season.
In a program that has been around for nearly 150 years, the coaches that have led the Villanova baseball team have carved out their own unique part of the team's history. Despite the Wildcats baseball longevity there have been only 10 full-time head coaches in the program's history, including just four in the past 65 years. Joe Godri begins his 13th season in the position in 2014 and is looking to build a young team into a perennial contender in the new-look Big East Conference.
Through his first 12 years as head coach Godri has averaged better than 25 victories per season while posting a record of .500 or better eight times. His Villanova teams have also won 30 or more games twice and made two postseason appearances.
Godri coached a Wildcats team in 2013 that was among the youngest that the program had ever put on the field. Although there were the typical growing pains associated with such a young roster, by season's end the progress and growth of the entire team was fully evident. Over the final two weeks of the 2013 campaign Villanova significantly improved both its team batting average and fielding percentage while playing like a much more experienced team. The end-of-year push included sweeping a three-game series at Georgetown on the final weekend of the season.