Just less than a month after former baseball head coach Danny Ramirez’s resignation, Saint Peter’s University Athletic Director Bryan Felt tapped Lou Proietti to take up the reins.
Proietti, the program’s second full-time coach, comes to Jersey City after serving as an associate head coach, assistant and hitting coach and coaching a first-round MLB draft pick, respectively.
Mainly focusing on hitting and in-field training, Proietti’s resume goes on.
He served as associate head coach for the Stonehill College Skyhawks up in Easton, Massachusetts for the last four seasons. Before going up north, he snagged a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic championships as an assistant coach for Rider University and coached third baseman Nick Richter who led the country in stolen bases at the time.
From 2009 to 2016, Proietti bounced around and helped players with their hitting in McMaster University (2009-10); the Oneonta Outlaws of the PGCBL, Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, (2010-12); and the Plymouth Pilgrims in the NECBL, New England Collegiate Baseball League, (2013-16).
In 2015, he helped first-round MLB draft pick, Brent Rooker from Mississippi State, win the 2015 NECBL MVP award.
The University of Massachusetts, Amherst graduate played shortstop and led in batting average and stolen bases. Before UMass, Proietti was a Peacock for the 2004 season before transferring to Potomac State College in West Virginia where he helped advance to the Junior College World Series, finishing fifth nationally.
“My goal is to create an outstanding culture that not only competes for a MAAC Championship on a yearly basis but also produces men of high character that go on to become successful husbands, fathers, and contributing members of society,” Proietti told SPU Athletics in a statement.
Former coach Ramirez took over in 2016 as the program’s first full-time head coach. Despite the team’s struggle with losing records, he coached 21 MAAC All-Academic student-athletes and one All-MAAC student-athlete.
"I move on knowing that the baseball program is in a better place today as compared to when I took over,” Ramirez told SPU Athletics in a statement. “I want to thank all of those that worked tirelessly alongside me every day in an effort to put smiles on the faces of our Saint Peter's Community.”