Mass. College Baseball: Nichols Adds Three To Coaching Staff

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about the Bison’s baseball team adding three coaches to its staff:

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College head baseball coach Nick Puccio has announced the additions of Dan Haugh, Casey Cummings, and Pat Redmond to his coaching staff.

Haugh comes to Nichols following a standout four-year playing career at Wheaton (MA) College which culminated in an appearance in the 2012 College World Series (CWS) National Championship game. He is No. 1 in Lyons program history in doubles (61) and sac flies (19), No. 2 in RBI (189), and No. 3 in games played (178), at bats (686), and total bases (362).

Haugh helped the Lyons capture three-consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships (2010-12) and, subsequently, appear in three NCAA Regionals (2010-12). The 2009 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, Haugh was later named the 2010 NEWMAC Player of the Year and was a Second Team All-America selection by D3baseball.com in 2011. Haugh was a D3baseball.com Preseason All-America First Team selection as a senior.

“We’re really excited to add Dan to the coaching staff,” said first-year head coach Nick Puccio, who coached Haugh during his time at Wheaton. “He was a great player and an All-American who carries the same values and mindset that both Hal (Landers) and I bring with us from Wheaton. He’ll work primarily with our infielders.”

Cummings founded the club baseball team at Merrimack College and managed the team’s budget, practice, and game schedule. He has previous coaching stints at West Boylston Post 204 Legion Baseball (2010), Central Mass. Thunder AAU Baseball (2011-12), and Saint John’s H.S. (2009-13). He has worked at both 108 Stitches Baseball Camp and Double Play Sports & Fitness since February, 2013. Cummings received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Merrimack in 2012 and currently teaches social studies at Venerini Academy.

“Casey will be our pitching guy,” said Puccio. “He did a great job at Saint John’s over the last few years. He’s a young, enthusiastic coach looking to make a name for himself in this profession. He’s brings a lot to the table and we’re excited to have him.”

Redmond spent the last two years as a coach at both Saint Mary’s H.S. in Worcester and the Main South American Legion team. He is a 2003 graduate of Shepherd Hill Regional H.S. who went on to play baseball at MCLA in North Adams, Mass., where he was also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

“Pat coached at Saint Mary’s the last few years, and everybody that I talk to says he’s a great catching guy,” said Puccio. “We’re so keen on player development, and having these guys – Dan with the infielders, Hal with the outfielders, Pat with the catchers, Casey and I with the staff, and all of us contributing on offense – allows us to provide the individual attention our student-athletes need to reach their full potential.”

The Bison open the 2014 season on March 14 against Baldwin Wallace at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla.

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