Sept. 14, 2008
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Head coach Joe Godri today announced the addition of Jim Carone to the team's coaching staff. Carone joins the Villanova program as the pitching coach and will assist in the Wildcats recruiting efforts. He comes to Villanova after spending the last two seasons as the pitching coach at Rider.
"We are extremely excited to have one of the top young pitching coaches in the Northeast on our staff as Jim comes on board at Villanova," Godri said. "From a recruiting standpoint he is very well connected in New Jersey and New York and we expect that he will help us continue our recent success in recruiting from the tri-state area.
Last season Carone was part of a Rider team that won 29 games and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 14 years after winning the MAAC Championship as the fourth seed. During the conference tournament, the pitching staff allowed fewer than three runs per game in three Broncs victories. Overall, Rider won 49 games during the two years Carone was an assistant coach.
A former all-star pitcher during his collegiate playing days, Carone also has made head coaching stops at Wagner, New Jersey Tech and Stevens Institute of Technology. In two seasons at Wagner in 2005-06, Carone coached right-handed pitcher Andrew Bailey, who was a sixth round draft pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2006.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Carone has been an assistant coach in both the New England Collegiate Baseball League and the ABC Collegiate Baseball League. He was the assistant coach for the Concord Quarry Dogs in the NECBL after having played for the Middletown Giants while in college, and also assisted with the Jersey Shore Tides in the ABCCBL.
Carone was the Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Year during his junior season at Monmouth in 2002, when he went 10-3 with a 2.21 ERA in 13 starts. He pitched seven complete games, including two shutouts, and limited opposing hitters to a .221 batting average in 97 2/3 innings. For his career, Carone went 17-11 with a 3.67 ERA in 245 innings.
At Villanova, Carone will join a Wildcat squad which has gained a reputation for successfully developing pitchers over the years. Villanova has currently had at least one pitcher taken in the MLB Amateur Draft every year since 2002 and had four former pitchers (six players overall) pitching professionally this summer.