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MCCC Announces Resignation of Baseball Coach Kevin Kerins

6/29/18


Kevin Kerins

West Windsor, N.J. -- John Simone, Director of Athletics at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), has announced that Kevin Kerins, head coach for the MCCC baseball team, has resigned from his post.

Having just completed his sixth season, Kerins was one of most successful coaches in Mercer baseball history. This season, the Vikings earned their third consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 19 title and advanced to the Northeast District Championship.

Kerins joined the Vikings’ coaching staff in 2006 as an assistant coach and became head coach in 2012. He was a player for Mercer in 2000 when the Vikings went to the NJCAA World Series.

Under Kerins’ leadership, the Mercer baseball team advanced to the NJCAA World Series three times (2014, 2016 and 2017). Kerins was named the Region 19 Coach of the Year four times (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016) and the Rawlings Northeast District Coach of the Year in 2014, 2016 and 2017. 

“Kevin gave 100 percent to the program and his players. He built a strong base for success,” Simone said. “His players also had outstanding graduation and transfer rates. We wish Kevin well in his future endeavors and appreciate his tremendous contributions to Mercer.”

Five of Kerins’ former players are currently playing at some level in Major League Baseball, including Heath Fillmyer, who was recently called up from the Kansas City Royals’ farm system to pitch in the majors.

Kerins said he has had a great run at Mercer and could not have done it without his assistant coaches, including Fred Carella, Matt Zagari, Sean Reindel and Russ Stupienski, among others. “We were able to build a really good program and we did not cut any corners. I would like to think we provided our players with a unique experience and a wrap-around support system during and beyond MCCC.

“Coaching at Mercer is my dream job. I am very appreciative of my experiences and the players we were able to work with. Stepping down is bittersweet, but will allow me to spend more time with family and my children,” he said, adding that he plans to continue to support and help grow the MCCC baseball program.

Fred Carella, who has served as an assistant coach at Mercer since 2003, will serve as the Vikings’ interim head coach.



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