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Coaching Staff

 

 ELLIOT GLYNN

 Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator

 Fordham head baseball coach Kevin Leighton announced the addition of Elliot Glynn as an assistant coach today.  He will also serve as the team's recruiting coordinator.

 Glynn comes to Rose Hill after five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Hartford, where he assisted with recruiting, oversaw Hartford's pitching staff, and helped the   Hawks break a handful of   records during his time with the team.

In 2018, the Hawks' pitching staff had a stellar season helping the team to its first America East Regular Season and Tournament Championships.  The staff struck out the most batters in program history (405), while also setting a team mark for most innings (476.2) and had the fourth lowest ERA in program history. Highlighting the season was Nicholas Dombkowski, who became the first player in America East history to be named conference's Rookie and Pitcher of the Year, and went on to earn Baseball America Freshman All-American honors.  Glynn also saw right-handed pitcher Seth Pinkerton drafted in the 20th round by the Minnesota Twins.

In 2017, Glynn's pitchers combined to rack up the third-most strikeouts in a single season in Hartford history, with 324. While setting the program record for wins (37) in 2016, the Hawks also ranked second all-time in team ERA (4.33), one spot ahead of the 2015 staff (4.36). Under Glynn's supervision, Hartford's pitchers cracked the program's all-time top five in innings pitched, runs allowed, strikeouts, shutouts, saves and batting average against.
 
Prior to Hartford, Glynn was an assistant coach at Siena College. He helped guide Siena to the 2014 MAAC Championship and a win against Dallas Baptist in the Fort Worth Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
 
Glynn, who signed with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011, played collegiately at the University of Connecticut, where he was a two-time captain for the Huskies. In 2011, he helped lead the squad to the NCAA Super Regionals and, one year prior to that, he helped the Huskies to a school-record 48 wins.  He still among the Huskies' leaders in all-time innings pitched, games started, wins, and strikeouts.

As a freshman designated hitter, Glynn earned All-New England honors and in 2010 received Second Team All-Big East and All-New England distinction as a pitcher. He also played two seasons in the Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League, where he earned a nod to the 2009 All-Star game at Fenway Park.

A Long Beach, Calif., native, Glynn was drafted three times before signing with the Brewers. He spent two seasons in the Brewers' farm system before playing one year in Germany.   A 2011 graduate of the University of Connecticut, he holds a degree in Education.


 PAT PORTER

 Assistant Coach

 After a brief stint with Manhattan College in the fall of 2018, Pat Porter is back for his second stint with the Fordham baseball coaching staff, having previously served as a   volunteer assistant coach in   spring 2018.

 “Pat is going to be a huge help for me, my staff, and our players. He will be responsible for a lot of the behind the scenes, day-to-day tasks of running this program. He brings high   level playing experience,   tremendous energy and work ethic, along with the desire to learn every day,” said Fordham head baseball coach Kevin Leighton.


In 2019, the Rams captured the Atlantic 10 Championship for the second time in program history and made its first NCAA appearance since 1998.  Fordham once again led the nation in stolen bases for the second consecutive with a school record total of 178, while also setting the modern day program record for wins in a season (38) and strikeouts (605).

Individually, pitcher John Stankiewicz was named Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, the NCBWA, and the ABCA, after being selected as the Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year.   He also earned First Team All-Atlantic 10 honors along with teammate Kyle Martin, while Jason Coules was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.

In his first season on the staff, the team finished with 35 wins, the most for the program since the 2007 season, and tied for second in the Atlantic 10 standings.  The Rams also set a number of records throughout the year, which included team records for stolen bases, leading the NCAA with 169, strikeouts, surpassing the old mark by over 100 with 536, and saves (20) in 2018.  Other team records set were runs in a single game (29 vs. Saint Peter's) and strikeouts in a game (21 vs. Hofstra).

Porter came to Fordham after spending 2017 as an operations intern for the Ohio State baseball team, where he also played for the Buckeyes from 2012-15.  He was a First Team All-BIG TEN outfielder in 2015, and was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 15th round of the 2015 MLB Draft.  He has spent the last three seasons in the Astros minor league system, most recently playing for Buies Creek in the Carolina League in 2017
 


 JARED FRANKLIN

 Assistant Coach

 Jared Franklin joined the Fordham baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach in 2019.

 In his first season on the staff, the Rams captured the Atlantic 10 Championship for the second time in program history and made its first NCAA appearance since 1998.  Fordham once again led the nation   in stolen bases for the second consecutive with a school record total of 178, while also setting the modern day program record for wins in a season (38) and strikeouts (605).

 Individually, pitcher John Stankiewicz was named Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, the NCBWA, and the ABCA, after being selected as the Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year.   He also earned   First Team All-Atlantic 10 honors along with teammate Kyle Martin, while Jason Coules was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.

 Franklin comes to Rose Hill after serving as the hitting coach at Lake Erie College for two seasons (2016-2018). While at Lake Erie, Franklin guided the offense to the second most hits in school history in 2016 with 446.


Prior to Lake Erie College Franklin served as the Head Coach at Webster County High School in Kentucky for two seasons (2015-2016), Franklin has had several coaching stops, serving as an assistant coach at Defiance College (2014), Southeastern Illinois College (2013), Texas A&M International University (2010-11), and Ohio Wesleyan University (2008-10).

He has also been in charge of a number of summer programs, acting as head coach of the Madisonville Miners for four seasons (2013-2017) and the Cheyenne Grizzlies (2013), while serving as a baseball coach at the IMG Academy in 2012. While heading the Miners, Franklin lead the team to the two highest win percentages in franchise history in 2015 and 2016. In Cheyenne, Franklin lead to Grizzlies to the 2013 Mountain College League title. 

Since beginning his coach career, Franklin has had 24 for players sign professional contracts including three to reach the Major League level.

 
Franklin earned his associate degree from Columbus State Community College in 2001 in architecture, a bachelor's degree in cross disciplinary studies from Ohio Dominican University in 2009 and later a MBA from Lake Erie College in 2018.

 TONY MELLACI

 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 30 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 p   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.*Other qualified high school and college coaches along with current college players may work our camps.