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Head Coach Matthew Cornacchione
Matt Cornacchione begins his 8th season as head coach of the Warriors baseball program. The Warriors have reached the CACC playoffs three times during his tenure: 2012, 2014 & 2016.
Cornacchione has received several honors throughout his tenure, twice receiving the honor of Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year (2012, 2014), NCCAA East Region Coach of the Year (2012), and has also received the institutional coaching award as Nyack College Coach of the Year twice (2014, 2016). The Warriors have also been selected as the recipient of the CACC Sportsmanship award on three occasions under Cornacchione ('11,'13,'14) an award voted on by the coaches within the CACC.
The 2016 team began conference play with a 1-3 record, but the Warriors would rally and reach the playoffs behind 8 straight conference victories before eventually securing the #5 seed in the conference tournament. Three players were named to the All-CACC team. John Kennedy received his 4th All-Conference selection was also joined by Jose Corrales (1st team), and Erik Bussey (2nd team). Kennedy would lead the conference for the third time in his collegiate career in stolen bases and lead all of NCAA Division II in stolen bases per game.
The 2014 season would see the Warriors finish in third place in the conference regular season standings and Nyack would rank in the top 4 in the conference in every major offensive and pitching category, while also ranking 2nd in the CACC with a .963 fielding percentage. The Warriors would finish 22-20 overall, 12-8 in conference play.
In 2012, Nyack completed the 2nd biggest turnaround nationally in NCAA D-2, moving from a 3-35 team in 2011 to a 26 win team in one years time. The 2012 team returned to the CACC post season tournament for the first time since 2009, and gained an at-large bid to the National Christian College World Series, which was the school's first appearance since 2003.
The 2012 team would lead the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference in runs scored, total hits, on-base percentage, batting average, and team defense. The Warriors also established themselves as one of the fastest teams in the nation, their 181 stolen bases ranking 2nd nationally in NCAA Division II.
Before arriving at Nyack, Cornacchione spent two years within the conference at nearby Bloomfield College, where he served as Assistant Head Baseball Coach and Sports Information Director in the Deacons Athletic Department.
Cornacchione spent two years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Geneva College, during the 2005 & 2007 seasons, helping lead the Golden Tornadoes to a 2007 AMC North Division regular season title, Geneva's only AMC title in school history.
As a 3-year starter at Geneva College, he made starts for the Golden Tornadoes at 6 different positions including catcher, pitcher, third base, outfield, and designated hitter. In 2004 he was named a team captain and also received AMC All-Conference Honorable Mention, helping the Tornadoes to their first American Mideast Conference playoff appearance in school history, and a 4th place finish at the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series.
Cornacchione holds a bachelor's in Elementary Education from Geneva College and a Master's degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Sports Administration from Montclair State University. Along with coaching, Cornacchione also serves as the Facilities Coordinator within the Athletics Department.
Matt and his wife Makayla were married in 2011 and reside in northern New Jersey.