is in his 19th season as head coach at Florida Atlantic University, where
he has compiled a record of 650-403-4. Overall, he has a record of 790-453-9 - a
.631 winning percentage - in 22 years. FAU has reached the NCAA regionals seven
times under Cooney, including each of the past four seasons. This is the third year
Cooney has offered his
thoughts on baseball - and other things - for CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
Oct. 11, 2005
When You're Alone
I have four children whose ages are spaced so far apart, that I still feel as
though I have a pretty small family.
My Mother was one of seven children - she was the “middle child” and often
expressed the complaints of that fate in the pecking order of family life. I
always envied my cousins who were all part of big families as well. My brother
and I always seemed lost at family gatherings.
The idea of Maggie and Luke having additional brothers or sisters sometimes
enters my mind, usually when they are sound asleep in that angelic state
familiar to any parent who has ever checked in on their kids before going to
bed. Mary Beth is always quick to bring me back to reality, and the thought
passes as we collapse into bed after a night of chasing two rug rats around the
But big families are nice because you have people that can share your life,
and the chance of winding up alone never crosses your mind.
We have a former player named Nick Siano who is now a red-shirt sophomore at
Indian River CC. Nick spent the 2004 season here as our bullpen catcher. After
last fall, I called him in and said his chances to play were slim. Coach Mac got
him a tryout with Coach Easom, and Nick was off to play for IRCC.
Nick was from West Boca, and his Dad was happy when he was here at FAU so
they could be together. Nick had lost his older brother to a heart problem, and
then tragically, his Mother and younger brother died within a year or two of
each other. But Mr. Siano understood that his son wanted to play ball and fully
supported the move up to Indian River.
Today, we learned from Coach Easom that Mr. Siano passed away yesterday from
a heart attack.
Nick is alone.
Coach Mac remembers Nick talking about a relative in this area, but we don’t
know much more, except that a 21-year-old kid is trying to deal with organizing
a funeral, cleaning out his Dad’s apartment and wondering what happens next in
We’ve always felt that our program is like a family. Now’s the time to pray for
one of your own.
Another Beginning, a New Beginning, Never Forgetting (9/12/05)
Deja vu all over again (9/1/05)
(photo courtesy of FAU Media Relations Office)