DANBURY, Conn. – After the program's most successful season in its young tenure in the Capital Athletic Conference, the awards continue to roll in for the Marymount (Va.) University baseball team, as the Eastern College Athletic Conference announced Head Coach Frank Leoni as the 2016 Coach of the Year for the Division III South.
Leoni, the inaugural manager of the program, has guided the Saints in just three seasons to their first 20-plus-win campaign, including six victories over ranked opponents. Additionally, in his 21 years of coaching between Marymount and two different stints at the Division I level, he reached his 500th collegiate victory midway through the season during a doubleheader sweep of St. Mary's College of Maryland.
The Saints concluded the regular season with a 12-6 tally in conference play, earning them the second seed in the CAC tournament, the highest they have entered the postseason. Hosting fifth-seeded Christopher Newport University in the opening game of the tournament, MU coasted past the Captains, 11-3, to register the program's first postseason victory.
Entering championship weekend, the blue and white added another win before falling to Salisbury University, the eventual conference champion, in two tight matchups to conclude the 2016 slate.
Leoni and the Saints wrapped up the program's third season with a 23-17 overall record, graduating just two seniors.