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Dan Gomez Named CCC Coach of the Year

Dan Gomez Named CCC Coach of the Year
CCC Release
 
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (May 4, 2016) - Western New England University head baseball coach Dan Gomez has been named the 2016 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Coach of the Year, the league office announced this afternoon following a vote of the CCC's nine head coaches.
 
Gomez earns this honor for the first time in his career after leading the Golden Bears to a 28-9 regular season record and a 13-3 mark in league play. Western New England, which was picked fifth in the CCC Preseason Coaches' Poll, earned a share of the CCC regular season title and the top seed in this week's CCC Tournament.
 
The Golden Bears enjoyed a historic start to their 2016 campaign under Gomez's leadership, going 8-0 at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational with wins over Trinity and St. Joseph's (Maine). Western New England's hot start resulted in a No. 21 ranking in the d3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) DIII Poll, the program's first national ranking since 2013.
 
After going 2-4 upon their return from Florida, the Golden Bears put together a nine-game winning streak midway through the season that culminated in a 2-1, walk-off win over Endicott on April 17 and gave Western New England sole possession of first place in the CCC standings with a 7-0 record.
 
The Golden Bears were able to clinch the top seed in the CCC Tournament with a strong finish in league play, sweeping doubleheaders from Curry and Salve Regina on the last two days of the regular season.
 
Six of Gomez's student-athletes earned All-CCC recognition this spring, including a pair of major award winners in senior righthander David Cherry (Southbury, Conn.), who was named CCC Pitcher of the Year, and freshman lefty Bob Hamel (Southwick, Mass.), who earned CCC Rookie of the Year accolades. Joining Cherry on the first team was senior shortstop Kevin Marciano (Pepperell, Mass.) and junior first baseman Daniel Morin (Salem, N.H.), while senior third baseman Eduardo Colmenares (Caracas, Venezuela) and senior outfielder Doug Milne (Nesconset, N.Y.) landed on the second team along with Hamel.
 
Western New England was among the best all-around teams in the CCC during the regular season, ranking first in earned run average (2.95) and runs allowed (134), and third in both batting average (.311) and runs scored (235).
 
Now in his third season as head coach of the Golden Bear baseball program, Gomez has a career record of 66-48-1 (.578), including an impressive 35-13 (.729) mark in CCC play. The East Longmeadow, Mass. native spent four years as an assistant coach under Matt LaBranche before taking over the head role on an interim basis for the 2014 season.
 
Gomez is Western New England's fourth conference Coach of the Year in the 2015-16 academic year alone, joining Lori Mayhew (softball), John Klepacki (men's lacrosse), and Keith Emery (football).
 
The Golden Bears open the CCC Tournament on Thursday at 3 p.m. against sixth-seeded Curry at Trelease Park.