Head Coach: Bill Guerrero #2 (9th Year) (65-138-2)
Guerrero enters his ninth season as the head baseball coach for Purchase baseball program. Previously he was the coach of the Stratford, CT American Legion baseball team, where he was able to place many players into college programs.
A native of Norwalk, CT, Guerrero attended Norwalk High School, where he was selected to the All-City and Connecticut State All-Star team in 1988, and then went to the University of Connecticut.
Under his leadership, the program has achieved many individual accomplishments and honors.
He has had four former players play professional. Sean Gottschalk ‘08, played for the New York State Capitols of the New York State League (2009) and Coastal Kingfish of the Texas League (2009). George Kennedy ‘10 (New York Capitols), Joshua Leon ‘10 (New York Empire) and Francis Delgado ‘10 (New York Capitols) signed with the New York State Baseball League in 2010.
Three players have made the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region team. First baseman George Kennedy made the 3rd team in 2009, while senior third baseman Dan Stroud made the 2nd team in 2010 and second baseman and former captain Jared Isaacson made the 3rd team in 2010 as well. Fifteen players have achieved All-Conference honors in the previous Northeast Athletic Conference and the current Skyline Conference. Kennedy achieved the prestigious honor in receiving Purchase College’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2009.
Academically, Dan Conners (Class of 2009) and Bryan Donovan (‘09) shared the Purchase College Student-Athletes of the Year in 2009. Forty players have also received conference scholar athletes, including four players in 2010 (Sophomore Miller Lulow, Sophomore Alex Morsanutto, Junior Will Bernstein, and Sophomore Michael Moore).
Other accomplishments include four members on the 100 hit club. Jared Isaacson (Class of 2010), George Kennedy ('10), Michael Shea (‘08) and senior Austin Groves.
The program also has three former players working in professional baseball. Anthony Aloisi (’08) is working for the Milwaukie Brewers AAA affiliate in Nashville, TN in their scouting and player development; Shea is working for the Milwaukie Brewers AA affiliate in Huntsville, AL, and Steve Miraglia (’09) works as a Production Assistant for CBS Sports and the New York Yankees.
As a team though, Guerrero said, "Last year we underachieved and did not repeat our first ever playoff appearance. We had our most talented team and started off great. But after some challenging losses during Spring Break against the No. 1 team in the country at that time, St. Thomas (MN) and the University of Tampa (D2 No. 5), we were never able to regain the consistent winning form. We are poised to learn from last year and return back to the playoffs.”
Guerrero continued, "Although we graduated some solid four-year starters, including Jared Isaacson, George Kennedy, Francis Delgado and Josh Leon, we have a solid core of returning players such as senior OF Austin Groves, senior 2B Dan Stroud (2nd Team All-Conference, 2nd Team All-Region), junior SS Josh Spielberg, junior SP CJ Bula and senior SP Albert Baez (1st Team All Conference, 2009), and we have brought in some solid recruits and transfers to make up for the key losses. If things lineup right, we should return to the playoffs and compete for the conference championship.
"I used to like this quote from Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson, 'You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat.' Now that we have the talent, to quote the late Hall of Fame coach John Wooden, ‘Success is a piece of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.’”
Guerrero earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Connecticut in 1993 and his Masters in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He teaches Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics at Purchase College, and is also the Executive Director, Purchase College Association, Inc. a $15M entrepreneurial not-for-profit, responsible for the college’s many business enterprises.
He was very active with Special Olympics of CT as the softball coach for the Shelton, CT traditional team for seven years, and continues his baseball career as member of the Monroe Top Hats in the Connecticut Men’s Baseball League. Three years ago he was an assistant coach for the Stamford Robins (www.stamfordrobins.com) affiliated with the highly competitive Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (www.acbl-on-line.com).
He has one child, Austin, who is 11, and fiancée Maggie. They reside in Purchase, NY.
Assistant Coach: Dan McAlaine (1st Year)
First-year assistant and pitching coach Dan McAlaine graduated from Dickinson College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2007. He earned four varsity letters, one for Football and three for Baseball.
At Dickinson he was primarily a pitcher, but played the outfield as well. McAlaine was also a three-sport varsity captain at St. Andrews High School in football, basketball and baseball. He enjoys all aspects of athletics and competition and is excited to join the Panther staff for the 2011 season.
In addition to his playing resume, McAlaine has experience in the coaching ranks. He taught pitching fundamentals and mechanics at the All-Star Baseball Academy and has extensive knowledge of pitching. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Sports Business Management at Manhattanville College and hopes to get involved in baseball operations for a Major League Baseball team one day.
Assistant Coach: Leo Fortyz #14 (3rd year)
Fortyz continues with the Purchase College baseball’s coaching staff after a five-year stint with Lehman College located in the Bronx, New York. His service to Lehman began in 2004 when he made the baseball team as a walk on at the age of 35.
Fortyz is a Navy veteran who has traveled the world to parts on the globe such as Spain, Italy, Greece, Egypt, and France. He credits his time in the military for providing the discipline and “attention to detail” needed to be successful in life.
In his sophomore year at Lehman, Fortyz was appointed a player/coach and assisted the staff with recruiting and player development. His overall commitment to the program saw Lehman make steady improvements, culminating in an increase of 10 wins in 2008 over the previous year under CUNYAC Coach of the Year John Quirk. The team advanced to the playoffs and finished in 3rd place.
Fortyz has a distinct ability to develop positive relationships with his players and get the maximum effort from the team. In the off-season Fortyz writes player evaluations centering on college prospects during National Combines for Triple Crown Sports and coaches a baseball camp here at Purchase. “It is an honor to be entrusted by coach Guerrero with a team that has tremendous potential.” Fortyz said.
Coach Fortyz lives in the Bronx with his Fiancé Barbara. They have one child, in beautiful Amanda-Lee.