Jan. 30, 2012
Wagner to hire Carone as head
Sources have confirmed that Wagner will name
Villanova pitching coach Jim Carone as its head coach today.
College Baseball Daily was the first to report Carone's move.
"We're ecstatic for him," Villanova coach Joe Godri said Monday
morning. "Anytime you have an assistant get a D-I job, that's
what it's all about."
Carone will replace Joe Littterio, who led the Seahawks for the
past 12 seasons before leaving to become an assistant at his
alma mater, Rutgers. Litterio posted a school-record 240 career
victories while at Wagner, leading the Seahawks to a Northeast
Conference Championship in 2000 and a NCAA Regional spot. Wagner
claimed the NEC regular-season title in 2009 as Litterio was
named conference Coach of the Year.
Carone has been pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at
Villanova for the past three seasons. A 2003 graduate of
Monmouth, Carone was an assistant for two seasons at both Wagner
and Rider before joining the Wildcats. Carone was 2002 Northeast
Conference Pitcher of the Year, going 10-3 in 13 starts with
seven complete games, two shutouts and a 2.21 ERA.
As for Villanova, Godri admitted the timing isn't the best to
lose his pitching coach, but he feels good that everything is in
place for the season. Godri expects to name a new pitching coach
in the next seven to 10 days.