Kevin Leighton Baseball Camps
In his third season with the Fordham baseball coaching staff is assistant coach Rob DiToma, who adds the title of recruiting coordinator in 2016.
DiToma, who is responsible for the Rams' running game and infield, once again saw the Rams lead the Atlantic 10 in stolen bases (97) and stolen bases per game (1.80) in 2015, while ranking 17th and 14th nationally in those categories, respectively. The Rams also advanced to the Atlantic 10 Championship for the second straight year and had five players receive Atlantic 10 awards.
In his first season at Rose Hill, DiToma helped coach the Rams to their first Atlantic 10 Championship appearance in four seasons in 2014, where the Rams picked up their first tournament win since 2007. Fordham also saw a number of award winners throughout the 2014 campaign, as four players earned All-League honors, marking the first time since 1997 that Fordham had four players honored by the Atlantic 10.
DiToma saw the Rams improve their running game by 36 stolen bases in 2014, leading the Atlantic 10 with 101 stolen bases. It marked the third time since 2000 that Fordham has reached the century mark in a single season. Nationally, the Rams finished in the top ten in stolen bases and stolen bases per game, while individually, Fordham had three players in the top ten in the conference in stolen bases, led by Joseph Runco, who swiped a league-best 23 bags.
Prior to Fordham, DiToma had a four-year stint at Iona College, serving as the team's hitting instructor and recruiting coordinator.
In four seasons at Iona, DiToma guided Iona's offense to some of its most productive seasons in the last decade. In 2010, the Gaels posted their highest batting average, slugging percentage, and scored the most runs in the last 10 seasons. Four of his hitters from that team received All-MAAC honors including First Teamers Andrew Passerelle (OF), James Beck (DH) and Chris Burke (3B) and Second Teamer Mike Chiaravalloti (1B).
Under the direction of DiToma, the program started the Iona Elite Skills Camp, an instructional camp designed to help high school players and provide these players an excellent opportunity to receive position specific instruction.
In 2012, DiToma helped a trio of players earn All-MAAC recognition, including MAAC Player of the Year Chris Burke, who finished fourth in hitting with a .351 batting, second in RBI with 50 in 53 games played and second in home runs with 11 among MAAC performers. His 72 hits, 44 runs scored, 20 doubles, 127 total bases led the league while his .620 slugging percentage was second and 23 stolen bases ranked fourth. In June of 2012, Burke became the 24th Iona player to be selected in the draft when the San Diego Padres selected him with the 555th pick in the 18th round.
In 2013, DiToma had three more hitters earn All-MAAC accolades, as Matt Kriss (UT) was named First Team All-League, while Joe Torres (OF) and Matt Byrne (DH) were both Second Team All-League.
Prior to Iona, DiToma coached for one season at Siena and one at Temple. At Siena in 2009, he helped mentor eventual two-time MAAC Player of the Year Dan Paolini during his freshman campaign. The Saints finished fourth in the MAAC in slugging (.439) and total bases (748), and third in home runs (54).
DiToma also served as an assistant coach at Temple University during the 2008 season helping the Owls to 28 wins and a berth in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. He instructed the infielders and catchers, as the Owls reached the postseason for the first time in seven years.
Before Temple, DiToma's served on the baseball coaching staff at Manhattanville while pursuing his master's degree. He guided the College to the 2007 Skyline Conference Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals. DiToma gained additional coaching experience as an assistant in the New England Collegiate Baseball League in the summers of 2006 and 2007, working primarily with the infielders and assisting with recruiting.
A 2005 graduate of Mercy College, DiToma earned his master's degree in physical education from Manhattanville College in 2007. He played four years as the starting second baseman at Mercy as an undergraduate, serving as team captain as a senior. As a junior, he batted .309 and was an All NYCAC selection.
Director of Baseball Operations
Tony Mellaci, who served as an assistant coach at Fordham and as Director of Baseball Operations, returned as a volunteer assistant coach in 2015. Over the past 25-plus years, he has directed the infield play and the defense, served as first base coach, and championed Fordham's strong recruiting program, which has brought some of the finest players coming out of high school and junior colleges to Rose Hill, and served as a community service contact with youth programs.
Along with 2005 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Nick Restaino, Mellaci helped the Rams have a resurgent year in 2005, posting 34 overall wins and 17 conference wins. The 34 wins were the most since the 1997 campaign, while the 17 conference victories were the most by Fordham since joining the Atlantic 10 in 1995-96.
As a member of the Atlantic 10, Mellaci has helped Fordham to the Atlantic 10 Tournament on four occassions, including the 1998 title. Mellaci has also helped coach ten All-Atlantic 10 players, two Players of the Year, and two Rookies of the Year.
Among the team accomplishments in Mellaci's tenure, Fordham has had eight 30-win seasons, and captured seven league titles (3 - MAAC, 3 - Patriot League, 1 - Atlantic 10).
Prior to Fordham, Mellaci's first significant stop was at Westchester Community College where he was the head coach for five years. His club won four Mid-Hudson Conference Championships, in the process notching 106 wins against just 43 losses for a better than .700 winning percentage. This stretch was highlighted by a 30-4 record in 1981, when the diminutive general led his troops to a National Junior College World Series appearance.
Mellaci moved to Iona College following the 1983 season and not coincidentally, the program turned around. He helped the Gaels to two MAAC titles in the mid-1980's, including an ECAC playoff bid in 1985. Mellaci served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the New Rochelle, NY school for four years before joining Fordham's staff in a similar role in 1987.
Mellaci graduated from Mercy College in 1981. He currently resides in Oradell, New Jersey with his wife, Allison, and sons, Tyler and Jordan.
Pat Pinkman joins the Rams' coaching staff in 2015-16 as the team's new pitching coach.
"I am very excited about the addition of Pat to our program. He has been around the game at a high-level as a player, coach, and instructor," said Leighton. "He is a great fit for our players and staff, and I look forward to working with him and watching him develop our student-athletes."
Pinkman joins the Fordham baseball coaching staff after spending last season at Marymount University in Virginia as their pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped the second-year program drop their team ERA by over a run, lower the team's opponent batting average by almost 20 points, and decrease the number of stolen bases against by 20.
Prior to Marymount, Pinkman served as the pitching coach at Washington University in St. Louis on two separate occasions. He helped lead WUSTL to a 28-16 record and a 3.75 team earned run average in 2014, finishing the season ranked third in the Central Region, while in his first stint in 2012, the Bears posted a 28-14 record and made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2009.
Between those two seasons, Pinkman returned to his alma mater at Virginia Tech to finish his degree in Sociology as a student assistant coach. The Hokies won 40 games that year for just the second time since 1999, finished as the runners-up in the ACC Tournament and hosted the 2013 Regional in Blacksburg.
Prior to his collegiate coaching career, he served as vice president and lead instructor at the Pinkman Baseball Academy from 2002-11. While there, he mentored and instructed over 200 players that have played at the college, minor league, and MLB levels. He also assisted the national selection committee for the ABCA Pitching Coach of the Year and Tom House Teaching Professional of the Year awards.
A former standout at Virginia Tech, Pinkman was a 1998 Freshman All-American and named the Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Year. He set freshman records for wins (seven), innings pitched (89), strikeouts (81), pickoffs (10) and complete games (seven). As a sophomore, he set an NCAA Division I record with 19 pickoffs and a sophomore record with nine complete games.
Pinkman played in the Cape Cod Baseball League in the summer of 1999, starting in the Cape Cod All-Star game and earning Cape Cod Pitcher of the Year honors.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Joshua Boyd joins the Fordham baseball staff in 2015 as a volunteer assistant coach.
Boyd has served as an assistant baseball coach at his alma mater, West Morris Central High School, for the past three years, where he was also a teacher's assistant and the head junior varsity basketball coach. In addition to his high school coaching, he was the head coach of the Mt. Morris Senior Legion baseball team 18U (Summer 2012-14) and the DiamondJack 17U Gold Team (Summer 2015).
Before coaching, Boyd was a four-year starting outfielder at Monmouth University, playing over 200 games for the Hawks, and helping the squad to an NCAA berth in 2009. He finished his career second all-time at Monmouth in triples (11) and fifth in stolen bases (53). A team captain as a senior, Boyd was a part of the "Coaching Boys to Men" Leadership Program at Monmouth as well as the Peer Leader Program.
Boyd graduated from Monmouth in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
*Other qualified high school and college coaches along with current college players may work our camps.