Is New Head Coach for MCCC Baseball
Windsor, N.J. -Kevin Kerins, of Trenton, has been named head
coach for baseball at Mercer County Community College, according
to Athletics Director John Simone. Kerins served as interim
head coach during the 2012 season, when the Vikings earned
a 29-15 record and advanced to the Region XIX championship
game, where they lost 4-3 against Lackawanna College.
Simone notes that Kerins is a natural choice for the head
coach position, having served as assistant coach under Matt
Wolski since 2005. In addition, Kerins attended MCCC in 2000,
playing for the Vikings when they advanced to the Division
II Junior College World Series.
Prior to coming to Mercer, Kerins played baseball at Steinert
High School from 1995-98. He was team captain when the Spartans
won the Group IV NJ State Baseball Championship in his senior
year. They were the Group III state champs in 1996.
"Kevin's connection to MCCC and Mercer County is very
strong. His background as a coach, a player and a mentor makes
him the absolute best choice for this post. The college is
very pleased to add him to our head coach staff," Simone
Baseball Coach Kevin Kerins
his year as a player at Mercer, Kerins played three seasons
at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), where he earned his bachelor's
degree in Technology Education. He earned his master's degree
in Technology Education from Ball State University in 2007.
He has been a teacher at Edison High School since 2003, and
was twice nominated "Teacher of the Year."
is a member of the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association. His
additional coaching experience includes serving as an assistant
at Edison High School and Hamilton West High School. He has
coached for youth camps at Coastal Carolina University, Rider
University and MCCC.
Kerins is pleased with his team's efforts during the 2012
season, but notes the ending was bittersweet. "Getting
so close to the region title and then not winning it was tough.
We had a lot of talent on this team. They were a great group
of guys." He notes that at last count seven players from
this season are expected to transfer to four-year schools.
"Multiple players have earned multiple scholarships,"
commended his players for helping him move smoothly into his
interim coach post in January. "The season really starts
in the fall. They did a great job with the transition."
Mercer is a comfortable place for Kerins, who "played
here, worked here, cut grass here. I appreciate it even more
as an alum. I am the perfect example of what a community college
can do. I wasn't ready to go to TCNJ right out of high school.
After a year at Mercer, I was ready. I tell my players, 'I
want my story to be your story when you leave here.'"
After strong recruiting efforts this spring, Kerins is looking
forward to next season with great enthusiasm. "We focused
on the depth of talent in Mercer County and also recruited
some very strong players from other parts of the state."
He predicts that pitching will be the strength and core of
next year's squad. See the list of incoming freshmen here.
More information about the MCCC baseball program is available
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