Now in his sixth season as the head coach of the Holy Cross baseball team in 2013, Greg DiCenzo has continued to bring the program to new heights. The Crusaders have gone 126-126-1 overall and 54-44 in Patriot League regular season play during DiCenzo’s tenure, with the team posting five straight 20-win seasons for the first time in program history from 2008-2012. Holy Cross also made two Patriot League Championship Series appearances in 2010 and 2012.
In 2012, DiCenzo earned New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association 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.
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 and 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 eventualy 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 an assistant coach for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League for four seasons from 2002-2005. While on the Cape, DiCenzo had the opportunity to work with many of the top collegiate baseball players in the country, 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.
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