Manganaro to lead Jugglers into battle

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Notre Dame baseball once again has a new head coach.

The Jugglers have brought in Carl Manganaro to replace Jake DerCola.  He becomes the program’s third head coach in the last two seasons.

“It’s baseball and things happen in life,” Eli Neth said.  “You just have to focus on winning as many games as possible and being as successful as you can.”

Manganaro previously served as the JV coach, which should suit him well at the varsity level.

“It made the adjustment easier for me,” Manganaro said.  “Coming in, the players knew me and the system.  They knew what I was about and how I coached.”

Through a few weeks of practice, the team is satisfied with how the transition is going.

“He’s a great coach,” Neth said.  “He knows what he’s talking about and the team just bonded to him.  We think he’s going to make us a very successful program and lead us in the right direction.”

Notre Dame returns a strong group of seniors, led by Le Moyne commit Zach Brush, Deondre Linder, Neth and Matt Kelly.  The hope is they’ll be able to improve off their 6-11 finish in 2018.

“We’re older and we’ve all been in tough situations,” Brush said.  “I think everybody is ready for a battle.”

The Jugglers haven’t won a sectional title since 2006, and the team is hoping Manganaro can lead them back to the top of the Section III world.

“The goal they have is to win the league and to win sectionals,” Manganaro said.  “That’s what they’re working for.  Is it unrealistic?  Absolutely not, but it does take a lot of work and a lot of luck.”

Notre Dame opens on the 2019 season against Oneida on April 8th.

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