Coach Joe Walsh Memorial Golf Classic

Thur., Sept. 29, 2016
LeBaron Hills, Lakeville, Mass.

Joe Walsh was an outstanding baseball coach and an even better person. He touched so many lives through his association with Suffolk University, Harvard University, the Cape Cod Baseball League and amateur baseball throughout New England. To honor Joe's life, a group of former players are creating a scholarship in Joe's name at his alma mater Catholic Memorial High School. This scholarship will be given annually to a deserving student and will be funding by this annual golf tournament.

We would love to see as many of Joe's former baseball players as well as his girls' basketball players and track/cross country athletes join us for a great day of golf for a great man and great cause. Keeping Joe's legacy alive through this annual scholarship! We hope to see you at the tournament, but if you cannot make it, please consider some of the other options available to contribute to the cause. 

Joe Walsh Golf Tournament Website

Tournament Brochure

Joe's famous "Retirement of a Gate Crasher" story

 NCAA Div. I World Series

DI World Series, Omaha, Neb. (June 18-29, 2016)
Coastal Carolina (Big South)
UC-Santa Barbara (Big West)
Arizona (Pac-12)
Oklahoma State (Big-12)
TCU (Big-12)
Texas Tech (Big-12)
Miami (ACC)
Florida (SEC)


2016 NEIBA Joe Walsh All-Star Game

A Note From the Executive Committee (Tuesday, June 7, 2016)

Despite the great efforts of many, Mother Nature won again and we are unable to play the NEIBA All Star Game this year. Make-up dates are more and more tricky to work out given all of the summer ball schedules.

Although we have had rain for two straight years, we do not want to minimize this event as it celebrates our student-athletes and a great number of people who work tirelessly to make collegiate baseball in New England special. These include all of our coaches (and their families), our award winners, our loyal sponsors, and the great number of folks who simply come out and support college baseball in New England.

There are so many people to thank, but we do want to recognize a few people who work hard behind-the-scenes for NEIBA. These include, but certainly not limited to, the following:

Matt LeBranche and his All-Region, Gold Glove, and Coach-of-the-Year committees who work diligently to recognize worthy players and coaches who have put together the special seasons.

Barry Rosen for his work on the Div. II polls and the Div. II All-Region Teams.

Tristen Hobbes for pulling together Div. I and the Div. I All-Region Team.

Brendan Eygabroat and his regional representatives who handle the Div. III weekly polls.

Bob Whalen for his work on the Div. I weekly poll.

Mike Connolly who chairs our awards committee and helps select the annual award winners.

Jeremy Viens for coordinating all polls and all media for the NEIBA.

Mark Woodworth and Seth Orensky for their work on the NEIBA website.

John Casey for his leadership and hard work in literally every aspect of college baseball.

Congratulations to all on a great season! We will send out a press release recognizing our players, coaches and award winners for 2016 and look to give out the hardware at our General Meeting in January. 

Best of luck this summer,

NEIBA Executive Committee
Ken Haring (UMass Lowell) - President
John Susi (Western Conn. St.) - Vice President
Matt Noone (Babson) - Secretary President

2016 MLB Drafted Players from NEIBA Schools (June 11, 2016)

There were 33 players from NEIBA schools drafted in June, 2016. Eight schools had multiple players drafted, led by Boston College with five, and UConn with four.

1 19 Mets Justin Dunn RHP Boston College MA
1 31 Mets Anthony Kay LHP Connecticut CT
3 92 Indians Aaron Civale RHP Northeastern MA
7 213 Twins Matt Albanese OF Bryant RI
9 284 Cubs Duncan Robinson RHP Dartmouth NH
10 301 Orioles Cody Dube RHP Keene State NH
10 307 Astros Dustin Hunt RHP Northeastern MA
12 353 Marlins Mike King RHP Boston College MA
12 357 Mariners Timothy DeWald LHP Southern New Hampshire NH
13 381 Brewers Thomas Jankins RHP Quinnipiac CT
14 408 Reds Jesse Adams LHP Boston College MA
15 440 Rockies Justin Valdespina RHP Southern New Hampshire NH
17 508 Red Sox Nick Sciortino C Boston College MA
17 520 Mets Jay Jabs 3B Franklin Pierce NH
17 524 Cubs Zack Short SS Sacred Heart CT
19 573 Twins Sean Poppen RHP Harvard MA
20 598 Red Sox Nick Lovullo SS Holy Cross MA
22 661 Orioles Nick Gruener RHP Harvard MA
22 670 Mets Ian Strom OF Massachusetts-Lowell MA
22 675 Pirates Brandon Bingel RHP Bryant RI
23 678 Reds Manny Cruz SS Southern New Hampshire NH
23 686 White Sox Sam Dexter SS Southern Maine ME
25 763 Royals Robby Rinn 1B Bryant RI
26 784 Nationals Jack Sundberg OF Connecticut CT
27 804 Padres Chasen Ford RHP Yale CT
27 807 Mariners Paul Covelle RHP Franklin Pierce NH
27 815 Giants Pat Ruotolo RHP Connecticut CT
27 821 Dodgers Austin French LHP Brown RI
28 855 Pirates Michael Danielak RHP Dartmouth NH
34 1020 Rays Bobby Melley 1B Connecticut CT
34 1023 Twins Joe Cronin SS Boston College MA
39 1176 Angels Richard Fecteau SS/2B Salem State MA
39 1183 Royals Chase Livingston C Rhode Island RI


2016 NEIBA Award Winners 


Division I Team of the Year: Bryant University
Division I Coach of the Year: Steve Owens, Bryant 
Division II Team of the Year: Franklin Pierce University 
Division II Coach of the Year: Scott Loiseau, Southern New Hampshire University 
Division III Team of the Year: Tufts University 
Division III Coach of the Year: Eric Podbelski, Wheaton College 
Jack Butterfield Award: Bob Smith, Middlebury College 
Kevin Burr Assistant Coach Award: Pete Pasquarosa, Wheaton College 
Andy Baylock Distinguished Service Award: Judy Walden Scarafile, Cape Cod Baseball League


Division I Team of the Year: Bryant University
Division I Coach of the Year: Steve Owens, Bryant 
Bryant University, which finished first in the NEIBA poll for 10 straight weeks this spring, captured its fifth consecutive Northeast Confer-ence regular-season crown and its third conference tournament championship under the direction of four-time NEC Coach of the Year Steve Owens. The Bulldogs (47-10), who are ranked 20th by Baseball America and are 22nd in the USA Today Coaches poll, have set a school record for wins in a season and enter the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the Charlottesville Regional. 

Division II Team of the Year: Franklin Pierce University 
Franklin Pierce University, which entered the week ranked second in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, captured its fifth consecu-tive Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division regular-season title and claimed its first NCAA East Regional championship since 2013 and seventh overall to advance to the Division II College World Series. The Ravens, who reached the NCAA Tournament for the 12th con-secutive season, finished the year at 48-9. 

Division II Coach of the Year: Scott Loiseau, Southern New Hampshire University 
Scott Loiseau, who was selected as the Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year for the third time in the last five seasons, led Southern New Hampshire University to a conference tournament championship and a school record 50 wins this spring. The Penmen also made their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and won five straight elimination games to reach the East Regional title game. 

Division III Team of the Year: Tufts University 
Tufts University, which finished the year at 35-8, captured its third NESCAC Tournament championship since 2010 and fourth overall, while making its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history this spring. The Jumbos set a school record for wins in a season and reached the New England Regional final for the first time since 2010 and the second time overall. 

Division III Coach of the Year: Eric Podbelski, Wheaton College 
Eric Podbelski was selected as the NEIBA Division III Coach of the Year for the sixth time after leading Wheaton College to its 14th NEW-MAC Tournament championship and the top seed in the NCAA Division III New England Regional last month. The Lyons finished the 2016 campaign at 31-13, marking the 12th time that Podbelski has led the program to 30 or more victories since 2001. 

Jack Butterfield Award: Bob Smith, Middlebury College 
Presented to an active or former New England coach who exhibits the integrity and dedication to the game of college baseball that coach Butterfield demonstrated throughout his career. Following 38 years at Middlebury College, including 32 as head baseball coach, Bob Smith retired following the conclusion of the 2016 campaign last month. The winningest coach in school history, Smith amassed more than 350 victories and led the Panthers to their first 20-win season and first postseason berth after earning a spot in the ECAC Tournament in 1999. He collected his second NESCAC Coach of the Year honor after guiding Middlebury to its first conference title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2006, while leading the program to a school-record 26 wins. Smith also served as an assistant football coach from 1979-94 and head track & field coach from 1980-94. 

Kevin Burr Assistant Coach Award: Pete Pasquarosa, Wheaton College 
Presented to an active New England assistant coach who exhibits the integrity and dedication to the game of college baseball that coach Burr demonstrated throughout his career. 
A coaching veteran with nearly three decades of experience, Wheaton College assistant Pete Pasquarosa has been an integral part of the Lyons’ success over the last seven years. Since joining the coaching staff prior to the 2010 season, Wheaton has won six regular-season NEWMAC titles, five conference tournament championships and five trips to the Division III NCAA Tournament, including a second-place finish at the 2012 College World Series. Additionally, Pasquarosa has served as an assistant coach in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) since 1991 and will begin his 13th season with the Harwich Mariners later this month. 

Andy Baylock Distinguished Service Award: Judy Walden Scarafile, Cape Cod Baseball League 
Given to a person who has significantly contributed to the betterment of New England College Baseball. One of the most influential women in baseball, Judy Walden Scarafile served as president of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) for 24 years and retired following 45 years of service to the league in October. A former USA Baseball “Woman of the Year” Award winner, she became the first woman inducted into the Cape League Hall of Fame in 2003. After joining the CCBL as an official scorer in 1970, Scarafile served the league in various capacities before becoming the first female president in 1991. She is also featured in the “Women in Baseball” exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

NCAA Div. I Super Regional

Boston College (35-22) at Miami (50-12)
Mark Light Field, Miami, Fla.

Fri., June 10 - Miami 12, Boston College 7
Sat., June 11 - Boston College 5, Miami 3
Sun. June 12 - Miami 9, Boston College 4


Northeast teams in the NCAA Division I Regionals
June 3-6, 2016

University of Mississippi
Swayze Field
Fri. - #3 Boston College (32-20) 7, #2 Tulane (39-20)

Sat. - #3 Boston College (33-20) 4, #4 Utah (26-28) 3
Sun. - #3 Boston College (33-20) 6, #2 Tulane (40-22) 3
     Boston College wins the regional (3-0).

University of South Carolina Founders Park
Fri. - #4 Rhode Island (31-25), 5, #1 South Carolina (42-16) 4
Sat. - #2 UNC Wilmington (40-18) 11, #4 Rhode Island (31-26) 7
Sun. - #1 South Carolina (44-16) 23, #4 Rhode Island (31-27) 2
Rhode Island (31-27) eliminated
(South Carolina wins the regional)

University of Florida Alfred A. McKethan Stadium
Fri. - #3 Connecticut (38-23) 7, #2 Georgia Tech (36-23) 6
Sat. - #1 Florida (48-13) 6, #3 UConn (38-24) 5
Sun. - #2 Georgia Tech (38-23) 7, #3 UConn (38-25) 5

UConn (38-25) eliminated
South Carolina wins the regional

University of Virginia
Davenport Field
Fri. - #3 East Carolina (34-21-1) 9, #2 Bryant (47-10) 1
Sat. - #4 William & Mary (29-30) 4, #2 Bryant (47-11) 3
Bryant (47-12) eliminated
East Carolina wins the regional

Texas Tech
Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park
Fri. - #1 Texas Tech (41-16) 12, #4 Fairfield (32-24)
Sat. - #2 Dallas Baptist (41-18) 8, #4 Fairfield (32-25) 5
Fairfield (32-26) eliminated
Texas Tech wins the Regional

Louisiana Lafayette M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field

Fri. - #1 Louisiana Lafayette (41-19) 5, #4 Princeton (24-19) 3
Sat. - #3 Sam Houston State (41-21) 7, #4 Princeton (24-20) 2
Princeton (24-21) eliminated
Arizona wins the regional

NC State Doak Field
Fri. - #1 NC State (35-20) 13, #4 Navy (42-15-1) 8
Sat. - #4 Navy (43-15-1) 8, #3 St. Mary's (Ca.) 5
Sun. - #1 NC State (37-21) 17, #4 Navy (43-16-1) 1
Navy (43-16-1) eliminated
Coastal Carolina wins the regional

Texas A&M Blue Bell Park
Fri. - #1 Texas A&M (45-14) 4, #4 Binghamton (30-23) 2
Sat. - #2 Minnesota (34-21) 8, #4 Binghamton (30-24)
Binghamton (30-25) eliminated
Texas Tech wins the regional

NCAA Div. I World Series

DI World Series, Omaha, Neb. (June 18-29, 2016)
Coastal Carolina (Big South)
UC-Santa Barbara (Big West)
Arizona (Pac-12)
Oklahoma State (Big-12)
TCU (Big-12)
Texas Tech (Big-12)
Miami (ACC)
Florida (SEC)

Coastal Carolina won the National Title.

2016 Div. II World Series 

Nova Southeastern won the National Title.

DII World Series, Cary, N.C.
East Region - Franklin Pierce
Atlantic Region - Millersville

Central Region - Central Missouri
Southest Region - Lander
South Region - Nova Southeastern
West Region - Cal Poly Pomona
South Central Region - Angelo State
Midwest Region - Southern Indiana

Friday, May 28, 2016
Nova Southeastern 4, Franklin Pierce 3
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Central Missouri 6, Franklin Pierce 0

2016 Div. III World Series 

Trinity (Texas) won the National Title, beating Keystone in the Championship Round, 2 games to none.

DIII World Series, Appleton, Wisc.
New England Region - Keystone

New York Region - Cortland State
Mid-Atlantic Region - St. John Fisher
Midwest Region - Wisconsin-Lacrosse
Central Region - Wisconsin-Whitewater
West Region - Trinity (Texas)
South Region - Emory
Mideast Region - La Roche

2016 Div. III NCAA Regionals Info (5-23-16)

New York Regional (Falcon Park, Auburn, N.Y.) - May 22, 2016
FOLLOW HERE: D3Baseball.com
CHAMPION: No. 1 Cortland (4-1) 
No. 4 Susquehanna (4-2)
No. 2 Ramapo (2-2)
No. 6 Castleton (1-2)
No. 3 Frostburg State (0-2)
No. 5 Union (0-2)

Mid-Atlantic Regional (PNC Park, Moosic, Penn.) May 22, 2016
FOLLOW HERE: D3Baseball.com
CHAMPION: No. 2 St. John Fisher (4-0)
No. 6 Kean (4-2)
No. 5 UMass Boston (2-2)
No. 8 Penn State-Berks (2-2)
No. 3 Salisbury (1-2)
No. 4 Haverford (1-2)
No. 7 Salve Regina (0-2)
No. 1 Misericordia (0-2)

New England Regional (Eastern Conn. St., Willimantic, Conn.) - May 22, 2016
FOLLOW HERE: D3Baseball.com
CHAMPION: No. 4 Keystone (4-0)
No. 3 Tufts (3-2)
No. 2 Oswego State (3-2)
No. 8 Salem State (2-2)
No. 6 Mitchell (1-2)
No. 1 Wheaton (1-2)
No. 5 Suffolk (0-2)
No. 7 Eastern Connecticut State (0-2)

2016 DII NCAA Regionals Info 

East Regional (Franklin Pierce, Rindge, N.H.) - May 23, 2016
FOLLOW HERE: Franklin Pierce Championship Central
1. Franklin Pierce (3-1)
2. Southern New Hampshire (5-2)
3. St. Thomas Aquinas (2-2)
4. Felician (1-2)
5. Bridgeport (1-2)
7. Dowling (1-2)
6. Molloy (0-2)

2016 Conference Champions (5-31-16)  

Conference races were decided throughout New England the past couple of weeks.
Congrats to the 2016 Conference champions!

Suffolk (GNAC)
Salve Regina (CCC)
Eastern Connecticut State (Little East)
Salem State (MASCAC)
Castleton (NAC)
Mitchell (NECC)
Tufts (NESCAC)
Wheaton (NEWMAC)

Southern New Hampshire (NE-10)

UConn (AAC)
URI (Atlantic-10)
Fairfield (MAAC)
Bryant (NEC)
Princeton (Ivy)
Navy (Patriot)
Clemson (ACC)
Binghamton (America East)
William & Mary (Colonial)

NEIBA Announces "Player of the Week" Award (3-7-16) 

NEIBA has begun naming Players and Pitchers of the Week in each division, starting in March of 2016. Please check the PLAYERS-OF-THE-WEEK link above.

 Peter Frates Strike out ALS Wristbands

 A message from Mike Gambino, Boston College:

 "We are hoping to make Pete Frates' cause of striking out ALS the cause of baseball and we are hoping this movement starts in New England. Pete is a New England kid through and through and we are first and foremost a New England program. Having this national movement start with our group would be awesome.

"The goal would be to have it start in New England the second to last weekend in April and have it finish the second to last weekend in May with all the ACC schools wearing the wristbands for the final series. MLB and the ABCA have already said they are on board.

"You can purchase the wristbands off Petefrates.com or just send the file you received via email to any embroider you use and they can make them up. You probably won't have the program needed open the file on your computer but companies that do embroidering will. 

"I thank you all for everything you have already done for Pete and this mission as well as for helping to launch this next initiative. Greg DiCenzo  and Matt Noone are also playing  a big role in helping to launch this so I want to thank them as well."


NEIBA Updates (Updated 2-1-16)

• Mike Connolly (Bowdoin College) is currently soliciting nominations for the 2016 NEIBA Awards. 
• John Susi (Western Conn. St.) is currently accepting nominations for the inaugural NEIBA Hall of Fame Class. The deadline for nominations if Feb. 5, 2016.
• A number of schools still have unpaid dues. Please note that schools are not eligible for polls, all-star games, and NIEBA awards if the annual membership is not renewed.

NEIBA General Meeting (Summary)

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 - 12:00 p.m.
World Coaches Convention - Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Conn.

• The annual meeting of the membership was very well attended, and the association's annual business was conducted under the direction of NEIBA President Ken Harring (UMass Lowell) and Secretary Matt Noone (Babson College).

• The 2015 NEIBA Awards were presented at the meeting and all three winners were in attendance and recognized in front of the group. Congratulations!

Dan Gooley (Quinnipiac & Hartford) - Butterfield Award
Joe Cacciatore (Umpire) - Andy Baylock Distinguished Service Award
Todd Carroll (M.I.T.) - Kevin Burr Asssistant Coach Award

• Joe Cacciatore (Umpire) spoke about 2016 rules clarifications

• Mike Gambino (Boston College) welcomed ideas on a possible ALS awareness weekend in May.

• Many coaches from NEIBA were honored to be presenters on stage at the World Coaches Convention:

Mike Leonard (Bates)
Josh MacDonald (UConn)
Andy Baylock (UConn)
Travis Beaursoleil (Mitchell)
Justin Blood (Hartford)
Matt Noone (Babson)
Steve Trimper (Maine)
Conor Burke (Maine)
Nick Derba (Maine)
Greg Sullivan (Boston College)
Jayson King (Franklin Pierce)

Convention Syllabus - with Speaker Outlines

Mohegan Sun Coaches Convention Website


Thanks to our Sponsors
The NEIBA is pleased to announce that New Balance has signed on to become a major sponsor of the NEIBA, joining OnDeck Sports and Lousiville Slugger as the Association's main sponsors. The NEIBA urges it's membership to patronize our sponsors. Their support allows the NEIBA to promote college baseball throughout New England.


The NEIBA mourns the sudden passing of Joe Walsh. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Remembering Joe Walsh Website
Harvard | Boston Globe | Boston Herald


5/18/15 - FINAL

Divison I

Division II
Franklin Pierce

Division III