Nick Barese wrapped up his second season as the head coach of the Merrimack College baseball team in 2016. Barese spent the previous four years as an assistant coach with the Warriors, working primarily with the Warriors’ pitching staff. He also serves as Operations Coordinator within the Athletic Department.
The Warriors won 29 games during Barese's second season, finishing one victory shy of tying the program record. The second-year head coach saw the Warriors hit .295 as a team, the best batting average for the program in 15 years. Barese, who retained his duties overseeing the Merrimack pitching staff, saw Perry Kulaga throw the second no-hitter in program history in March against Assumption.
The Navy and Gold had five student-athletes earn all-conference recognition under the second-year coach's tutelage, including an all-region honor for senior centerfielder Bobby Losanno.
Barese's first year at the helm saw Merrimack advance to the Northeast-10 Championship for the second time in three years. He guided the Warriors to a 17-win campaign, battling #1/3 Franklin Pierce tough in the opening round of the conference tournament. Barese managed five student-athletes to all-conference nods, including Joe Carnevale, Frank Crinella and Cam DiSarcina on the second team. Matt Brown made the third team and freshman PJ Browne landed on the All-Rookie Team.
During Merrimack's memorable 30-19 season, Barese's pitching staff boasted a 3.25 ERA as a staff, ranking seventh in the 16-team NE-10 Conference.
Barese came to Merrimack after serving in the same capacity at Saint Anselm College. He is a 2008 graduate of Saint Anselm College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He then earned his Master of Science in Sport Science and Recreation from Ohio University in May of 2014.
Barese was a four-year member of both the Hawks’ football and baseball teams. He was elected a captain of each team and was named both programs’ Most Valuable Player once. Barese holds team records for innings pitched, games started, wins, earned run average and strikeouts.
After graduating from Saint Anselm College, Barese went on to play professional baseball in the Italian Baseball League for the Rangers Redipuglia Baseball Club.
Barese has also enjoyed summer collegiate baseball coaching stints, serving as the head coach of the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League in both 2012 and 2013.
Barese is a resident of Braintree, Mass.