Sept. 7, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross head baseball coach Craig Najarian and athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., announced this week that Wayne Mazzoni and Steve Simoes have been named as assistant baseball coaches. "I am extremely pleased and excited to have both Wayne and Steve join our coaching staff," said Najarian. "Each year we have tried to add something special to the program and getting them both here is a major coup for us all. To have two seasoned coaches with their kind of experience available was surprising, but the timing was right and they are the perfect fit for our program."
Mazzoni has an extensive baseball coaching background. A 1991 graduate of Gettysburg College (Pa.), he spent the last six seasons as the head baseball coach and assistant athletic director at Post University (Conn.). Prior to that, Mazzoni was the pitching coach at Fairfield University and served as an assistant at Nova Southeastern University (Fla.).
Mazzoni, who earned a master's degree in Sports Marketing from St. Thomas University, is also an established author and speaker. He has published articles in the ABCA Coaching Digest, NCAA News, Scholastic Coach, Baseball Digest, and Junior Baseball. He is the author of The Athletic Recruiting and Scholarship Guide which helps high school athletes and parents with the recruiting process and is a frequent speaker at high schools regarding that topic. In addition, he was a recruiting speaker at the 2005 World Baseball Coaches Convention. He has appeared on ABC, Fox, and most sports radio stations around the country. He has a pitching video titled The Left-Handed Pick Off Move, which he presented at the national ABCA Convention in 2004.
Simoes comes to Holy Cross from Hopkinton High School in Hopkinton, Mass., where he spent 12 seasons as the head baseball coach, in addition to working as the offensive coordinator for the school's varsity football team. Simoes led the Hopkinton baseball team to three Tri-Valley League Championships (2001, 2004, 2005), and a Massachusetts State Championship (2004). Following the 2004 season, he earned ABCA Region I Coach of the Year and the Daily News Coach of the Year accolades. This past season, he was named the Tri-Valley League Coach of the Year and the 2005 Boston Globe Coach of the Year. He also led Hopkinton to three Tri-Valley League Sportsmanship Awards (2002, 2003, 2005).
Since 1996, Simoes was also active as the associate head coach for the Milford Legion Baseball Club in Milford, Mass., where he led the club to the State and Northeast Regional American Legion Championship in 2001.
Simoes teaches advanced placement Government and Politics and United States History courses at Hopkinton High School. He is a 1985 graduate of Boston College and earned a post-graduate degree in United States History from Framingham State College in 1995.
The Crusaders finished the 2004 season with an overall record of 13-23-0 (5-11 Patriot League). They travel to Bradenton, Fla., in the first week of March to begin the 2005 campaign. Their first game on the newly renovated Fitton Baseball Field is slated for March 16.