In 2017-18, Nick Barese enters his fourth season as head coach of the Merrimack College baseball program. Barese spent the previous four years as an assistant coach with the Warriors, working primarily with the Warriors’ pitching staff. He also serves as the Assistant Athletic Director for Operations within the Athletic Department.
Through three seasons, Barese has a 69-57 record (.548) and has guided the program to postseason appearances in all three campaigns. In 2017, Merrimack won 15 divisional games in Norhteast-10 Conference play, the most for the program since the NE10 moved to the divisional format in 2012.
Merrimack earned five all-conference selections in 2017, and seniors Cam DiSarcina and Nate Spielvogel earned all-region recognition. Barese coached the aforementioned duo in all four of their seasons, with both players breaking program records during their careers. DiSarcina collected the most doubles (60) and plate appearances (655) in program history, while becoming the fourth player ever with 200 career hits. Spielvogel owns Merrimack records in appearances (52), saves (16), lowest opponents batting average against (.200) and strikeouts-per-nine innings (12.34).
In Barese's first two seasons, Merrimack combined to win 46 games including 29 victories during the 2016 campaign - tied for the second most in school history. Offensively, the Warriors hit .295 as a unit, the highest batting average for the program since the 2001 season.
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 Manchester, N.H. with his fiance, Ashley.