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Van Spronsen Named 2012 Team MVP

Senior right-handed pitcher Ryan Van Spronsen (Brantford, Ontario / Assumption College) has been named the 2012 Wagner Baseball Team MVP as announced by head coach Jim Carone.

The baseball MVP award is sponsored by the Brotherhood of the Delta Nu Fraternity. It is named in honor of Lt. Robert Gall, a captain of the Seahawk baseball team who was killed in action in Vietnam.

Van Spronsen, who also garnered Second Team All-NEC accolades, had one of the top pitching seasons in school history, going 8-1 with seven complete games, a 2.07 ERA with 65 strikeouts over a school-record 100.0 innings of work.

The Canadian native, who was recently named as the Wagner College Con Edison Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, helped the Seahawks to wins in nine of his 12 starts.

Jim Carone

 

Head Coach

Jim Carone will enter his second year as 13th head baseball coach at Wagner College in 2013. Carone oversees all aspects of the program, including but not limited to the pitchers and catchers.

Carone replaced his former mentor Joe Litterio, after serving as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator over the last three years at Villanova.

No stranger to Seahawk nation, Carone was the pitching coach of the 2006 Wagner team that featured two-time American League (AL) All-Star and current Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Andrew Bailey as well as as Washington Nationals farmhand Joe Testa and former Baltimore Orioles farmhand Andrew Huebner.

Over the last three seasons with the Wildcats, Carone helped revitalize the pitching staff while spearheading Villanova's nationwide recruiting efforts. During his time in Pennsylvania, three of his pitching pupils were selected by Major League teams, highlighted by right-handed pitcher Kyle McMyne, who was selected in the fourth round by the Cincinnati Reds in last summer's annual Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft.

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Chris Collazo

 

Assistant Coach

Chris Collazo will enter his season as an assistant coach at Wagner in 2013 and will again be responsible for the Seahawk hitters and infielders while also serving as the program's recruiting coordinator.

Collazo arrived on Grymes Hill from Seton Hall where he had served as an assistant since the fall of 2011 after previously working in the same capacity at Felician College. In the spring of 2011, Collazo helped the Golden Falcons to 24 wins while overseeing the development and maturation of two All-Conference performers in the infield. At the conclusion of last year, he was tabbed to coach in the New Jersey Division I/II/III Senior All-Star game at Kean University.

While with Felician, Collazo was also responsible for coordinating all recruiting efforts, player training and the development and execution of practice plans while monitoring each player's academic progress. Collazo also was in charge of creating scouting reports and spray charts for each opponent while constructing offensive and defensive strategic plans.

In 2010, Collazo served as the assistant varsity baseball coach for Rumson Fair-Haven Regional High School, where he worked with the infield and outfield, coordinated team practice and also was the first base coach.

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Mike Consolmagno

 

Assistant Coach

Mike Consolmagno is in his second year as an assistant coach for the Wagner College Baseball program following a stint with the New Jersey Jackals of the independent Can-Am League. The Staten Island native had an impressive four-year career at the University of South Florida (USF), batting .272 with 106 hits, 100 runs and 37 stolen bases while helping the Bulls to 122 wins, including 57 in the ultra-competitive BIG EAST Conference.

Also during his time at USF, the Bulls advanced to four-straight BIG EAST Tournaments and were ranked in Collegiate Baseball's Top-30 poll while also receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN National Poll and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Poll.

At Wagner College, Consolmagno will be responsible for working with the hitters and outfielders.

A 2005 St. Joseph By The Sea alum, Consolmagno assisted his alma mater during the 2010 campaign, aiding with game preparation and practices. He has also worked as a personal instructor at former Wagner coach Jim Agnello's Baseball Academy on Staten Island since 2006.

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Jason Jurgens

 

Director of Operations

Jason Jurgens enters his seventh season on staff and his first as the Director of Baseball Operations. Jurgens previously served as an assistant coach and worked with the outfielders, hitters and catchers.

Since coming to the Seahawks he has solidified the Green & White defense and offense while helping Wagner to four NEC Tournaments, the 2009 Northeast Conference (NEC) Championship and a school-record 31 wins in 2009.

In 2009, he help spearhead a Seahawk offense that batted .313, a year after posting a .251 average. Additionally, Vin Avella broke the school single-season and career home run record while eight regulars hit at least .300.

Before arriving on Staten Island, Jurgens spent two years guiding the North Platte Junior Legion team to extremely successful seasons.

The product of North Platte, NE was a two-year letter winner at Colorado St. - Pueblo (CSU-P), where he helped the Thunderwolves to an 85-33 record during his two seasons, including an NCAA Regional appearance in 2002. Jurgens was also an All-Academic honoree and was named team MVP and captain.

Before transferring to CSU-P, Jurgens attended Howard County Junior College in Big Spring, TX, earning team MVP honors while serving as a captain.

He earned his MBA from Wagner and his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from CSU-P in 2003. Jurgens resides on Staten Island with his wife, former Wagner soccer standout Juli (Baranello) Jurgens and their daughters.

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