[Chestnut Hill, MA, September 2016] Pine Manor College announced the hiring of Anthony Leonelli as the inaugural head coach of men’s baseball. Leonelli is the latest addition to the Pine Manor College Athletics team. This announcement marks an exciting time of growth at Pine Manor College as the college continues to expand its athletics offering to men. With this addition of men’s baseball, Pine Manor College will now have five men’s sports and five women’s sports to ensure compliance with the NCAA. Leonelli will recruit Pine Manor College’s initial roster in 2016-2017, and the team will begin to play in 2017-2018.
Athletic Director, John Griffith, commented, “We are excited to offer baseball starting in 2017-2018 and welcome Anthony Leonelli to our team to serve as Head Baseball Coach. His experience in recruiting, coaching, and sportsmanship will enhance our Athletic program and launch Pine Manor College’s men’s baseball.”
“I could not be more excited to help build a collegiate baseball program from scratch. I look forward to recruiting student-athletes that will benefit from not only our program but the campus community as a whole,” said Leonelli.
Leonelli comes to Pine Manor College after most recently spending 2011-2014 as the varsity baseball coach at Blackstone Valley Technical High School in Upton, Massachusetts. Leonelli inherited a program that had not won a league title since 1977 and promptly turned them into a regional power posting a 65-23 (.738) record, and a 50-6 (.892) league record. The Beavers claimed the 2012 and 2013 Colonial Athletic League titles and the 2012 State Vocational Championship. In those four years, the Beavers also sent eight players on to play college baseball.
Leonelli also has substantial experience serving as manager of the CMass Expos (HABL) in 2006 and 2007 and pitching coach for the West Roxbury Bluefish (YBL) in 2008 and 2009. During this time Leonelli coached well over 50 Division 1, 2, and 3 players as well 5 future professional players including current Minnesota Twin Ryan O’Rourke.
Away from the diamond, Leonelli spent the last 11 years in college basketball including stints as the head coach at Green Mountain College and assistant coach at Rhode Island College, WPI, and Wentworth.
He also runs 508 Athletics, a company providing first-rate instruction for youth and scholastic athletes and recreational options for adult athletes throughout Central Massachusetts and beyond.
Leonelli played collegiate baseball for Jayson King at Franklin Pierce, an NCAA D2 program in the Northeast 10, after a storybook scholastic career at Nipmuc Regional that included a four-year varsity career. Leonelli also pitched on the 2001 MIAA State Championship.
With Leonelli’s record of success, Pine Manor College anticipates a great 2016-2017 recruiting year and 2017-2018 baseball season.
About Pine Manor College (PMC)
Pine Manor is a private four-year liberal arts college located just outside of Boston. PMC is focused on serving the needs of students from historically underrepresented communities, including minorities, low-income, and first-generation college families. In September 2015, U.S. News and World Report recognized PMC as one of the five most ethnically and racially diverse student bodies of all liberal arts colleges nationwide.
For over 100 years, Pine Manor has provided a highly student-focused education and tailored mentoring grounded in the liberal arts tradition. PMC has become known for its successful integrated programs that focus on prominent local industries, most notably the sciences. Each program requires completion of a senior internship, which have been successful in students finding entry-level positions in their fields. PMC also offers a Master’s degree through its highly-regarded MFA Program in Creative Writing.