19 - Greg DiCenzo
Greg DiCenzo
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 508-793-2753
Email: gdicenzo@holycross.edu
Previous College: St. Lawrence, 1998
Experience: Eighth Season

Now in his eighth season as the head coach of the Holy Cross baseball team in 2015, Greg DiCenzo has continued to bring the program to new heights. The Crusaders have gone 167-182-1 overall and 73-63 in Patriot League regular season play during DiCenzo’s tenure, with the team posting six straight 20-win seasons for the first time in program history from 2008-2013. Holy Cross has also made three Patriot League championship series appearances in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

The 2014 Crusaders had two players named to both the All-Patriot League and the NEIBA All-New England teams. Holy Cross also had a pair of players selected to the Academic All-Patriot League team and a player, Jack St. Clair, who earned CoSIDA Academic All-District team accolades. The squad also led the Patriot League in numerous offensive categories including doubles (79), home runs (16), total bases (517), extra-base hits (101) and slugging percentage (.358). The Crusaders also had two wins against nationally-ranked #7 Mississippi State.

In 2013, DiCenzo was named Patriot League Coach of the Year after piloting the Crusaders to their first-ever regular-season title, with the best conference record in program history (15-5), and an appearance in the Patriot League championship series. Jordan Enos was named Patriot League Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while John Colella earned Patriot League Pitcher of the Year. Seven Holy Cross players received All-Patriot League honors and a pair made the Academic All-Patriot League team. The squad led the Patriot League in every major offensive category including batting average (.289), hits (499), runs scored (317) and home runs (22). Two players from the 2013 team were selected to play in the New England All-Star Game.

In 2012, DiCenzo earned New England Division I Coach of the Year honors, after the Crusaders finished with an overall record of 33-22 to break the school single-season mark for victories. Holy Cross also placed second in the Patriot League with a 13-7 mark in conference games, and finished as the runner-up in the league tournament. In addition, the Crusaders set school single-season records for best fielding percentage (.971), most saves (15) and most strikeouts (350). Three players were selected to play in the New England All-Star game, seven Crusaders earned All-Patriot League honors and Nate Koneski was drafted in the 19th round by the Seattle Mariners. Holy Cross also upset No. 4 Texas A&M during its spring trip to start the season.

The 2011 season saw the Crusaders finish with a winning overall record for the first time since 1991 at 24-23-1. Two players earned first team All-Patriot League honors, three players were named to the New England All-Star team and John Pedrotty was drafted in the 13th round and signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In 2010 the Crusaders finished in third place in the Patriot League with a 10-10 mark in conference games, while going 26-26 overall. Holy Cross then won its first-ever Patriot League playoff series by taking two out of three games at Lehigh, and finished as the runner-up in the conference tournament. Stephen Wadsworth earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors and was selected as a third team Freshman All-American, while six Crusaders earned spots on the All-Patriot League teams. The 2010 squad also broke school single-season records in a number of offensive categories, with a .319 batting average, a .477 slugging percentage, 367 runs, 569 hits, 114 doubles, 45 home runs, 852 total bases and 340 runs batted in.

During DiCenzo’s second season at the helm in 2009, Holy Cross went 22-27 overall and took third place in the Patriot League at 11-7. The Crusaders also qualified for the Patriot League Tournament, where they dropped a close three-game series to eventual conference champion Army. In addition, Matt Perry took home Patriot League Player of the Year honors.

In his first season at Holy Cross, DiCenzo was named the 2008 Patriot League Coach of the Year as the Crusaders qualified for the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2001. He became only the second coach to ever be named the league’s coach of the year in his first season. Holy Cross had a 21-28 overall record (11-9 in Patriot League play) marking the school’s first 20-win season since 1980. In addition, Matt Shapiro was named the Patriot League Pitcher of the Year.

DiCenzo came to Holy Cross from Northeastern University, where he served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for five seasons. During his time at Northeastern, the Huskies won the America East Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2003, while winning the America East regular season title in 2004 and 2005. The Northeastern pitching staff set the school record for strikeouts in DiCenzo’s first four seasons as pitching coach. He had two pitchers earn America East Pitcher of the Year honors and four of his pitchers were drafted, including Adam Ottavino who went in the first round to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 and made his Major League debut in 2010. Additionally, six positional players were drafted or signed to professional contracts during DiCenzo’s time at Northeastern.

DiCenzo was also an assistant coach for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League from 2002-2005. While on the Cape, DiCenzo had the opportunity to work with many top players, including future major leaguers David Aardsma, Matt Antonelli, Cliff Pennington, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Leroux, Jensen Lewis, Chad Huffman and Brian Bocock.

A native of Duxbury, Mass., DiCenzo earned three degrees from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Science Degree (1998), a Master’s Degree in Education (2000) and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration (2002). He spent four seasons on the baseball coaching staff at his alma mater and two seasons as an assistant football coach. In baseball, he was an assistant coach for three seasons and served as interim head coach in 2002. As an athlete, DiCenzo was a four-year member of the St. Lawrence baseball team, captaining the team as a senior. He was also a one-year member of St. Lawrence’s men’s soccer team, and a four-time All-Conference kicker and punter for the school’s football team.

DiCenzo and his wife Klio were married in 2012.

GREG DICENZO'S COLLEGIATE HEAD COACHING RECORD
    -----Overall-----      -----Conference-----   
Year Team W-L Pct. W-L Pct. Place
2008 Holy Cross 21-28 .429 11-9 .550 3rd
2009 Holy Cross 22-27 .449 11-7 .611 3rd
2010 Holy Cross 26-26 .500 10-10 .500 3rd
2011 Holy Cross 24-23-1 .516 9-11 .450 5th
2012 Holy Cross 33-22 .600 13-7 .650 2nd
2013 Holy Cross 28-25 .528 15-5 .750 1st
2014 Holy Cross 13-31 .295 4-14 .222 6th
Total Seven Seasons 167-182-1 .479 73-63 .537  

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 - Ron Rakowski
Ron Rakowski
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 508-793-2753
Email: rrakowski@holycross.edu
Previous College: San Francisco State, 2002
Experience: Fifth Season

Ron Rakowski enters his fifth season as assistant coach for the Holy Cross baseball team in 2015. He handles the Crusaders pitching staff and assists in recruiting. In his first four years as the pitching coach at Holy Cross, Rakowski has helped place five pitchers on the All-Patriot League Team with three of them selected to the league’s first team, including 2013 Pitcher of the Year, John Colella. He has also had three pitchers go on to play at the professional level with two being selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, John Pedrotty (13th round Arizona Diamondbacks) in 2011 and Nate Koneski (19th round Seattle Mariners) in 2012.

Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Rakowski was the head assistant/pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Tacoma Community College (Tacoma, Washington) While at TCC, Rakowski helped recruit and place over 40 players to four-year schools, including seven to the NCAA Division I level. The team also participated the NWAACC playoffs in all five seasons during his tenure at Tacoma. In addition to his baseball duties, Rakowski served as an adjunct faculty member in the physical education department. Rakowski also helped coach for the RIPS Brewers, one of the top high school select teams in the state of Washington. During his time with the Brewers, he worked with 2010 first round draft pick Josh Sale (17th overall), and third round draft pick Ryan Brett. For the two years prior to his arrival at TCC, Rakowski worked as the head assistant/pitching coach at Willamette University, an NCAA Division III school in Salem, Ore. Before arriving at Willamette, he was an assistant coach at San Francisco State, an NCAA Division II school that participated in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, and during his three years at SFSU he worked with the Gators pitching staff and assisted in recruiting. Rakowski was also an assistant coach at DeAnza Junior College in San Jose, Calif., where he helped the team to the California Junior College state playoffs.

In 2002, Rakowski coached in the Northwoods Collegiate Summer League as head coach of the St. Cloud River Bats in St. Cloud, Minnesota. While there, he coached future Major Leaguers Thomas Diamond and Jason Jaramillo and led the team to the second best record in the league. Rakowski also served as a coach with the Fresno Royals, a collegiate summer league team that participated in the National Baseball Congress World Series twice in his five years there. Before coaching at the collegiate level, Rakowski coached at Clovis High School (Clovis, California) and guided the team to back-to-back USA Today High School National Championships (1997 and 1998).

Rakowski received his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University in 2002 and earned his master’s degree in teaching with a specialization in teaching leadership from National University in 2009. He currently resides in Holden, Mass., with his wife Barbara and their daughter Susannah.

Matt Antonelli
Matt Antonelli
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 508-793-2753
Email: mantonel@holycross.edu
Previous College: Wake Forest, 2014
Experience: First Season

Matt Antonelli begins his first season as assistant coach in 2014-2015. He handles the offense and assists with recruiting. Antonelli comes to Holy Cross after spending last season as an assistant baseball coach at Wake Forest. While with the Demon Deacons, he assisted with hitting instruction, infield play and base running. Antonelli also currently serves as the founder and manager of Antonelli Baseball LLC, where he is responsible for the education and development of youth baseball players. He manages and coaches three youth baseball teams and also provides private and group hitting instruction.  

Antonelli was selected 17th overall in the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the San Diego Padres after three years at Wake Forest. He was promoted to the major leagues on September 1, 2008 and played in 21 games with the Padres that season. Antonelli remained within the San Diego Padres organization through the 2010 season and played three more years as a minor league player in the Washington Nationals (2011), Baltimore Orioles (2012), New York Yankees (2012) and Cleveland Indians (2013) organizations. He was also selected in the 19th round of the 2003 MLB draft out of high school (St. John’s Prep) by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A native of Georgetown, Mass., Antonelli graduated from Wake Forest with a degree in Communication. 

15 - Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 508-793-2753
Previous College: Holy Cross, 2000
Experience: 10th Season

Jeff Miller enters his 10th season as a member of the Holy Cross baseball staff in 2015 season, and will serve as an assistant coach this year. He has spent time as both an assistant coach and as director of baseball operations during his first nine years with the Crusaders.

Miller is a familiar face on the Holy Cross campus, as he was a four-year letterwinner with the Crusaders from 1997-2000. Miller returned to Holy Cross after serving as assistant baseball coach at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, Mass., for two years. Before his stint at Wachusett, Miller served as assistant coach at Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton, Mass. Miller’s experience on the baseball field also extends overseas, as he played professionally for the Tubingen Hawks Baseball Club in Tubingen, Germany, from 2001-2002. While in Europe, Miller also coached for Tubingen’s under-18 team, which he helped lead to an undefeated season in 2001.

Miller was a two-time first team All-Patriot League selection in 1999 and 2000, while playing shortstop for the Crusaders. He earned second team All-Northeast Region honors in 1999, then he served as team captain in 2000 and received the Hop Riopel Award following the season.