|Title:||Head Baseball Coach|
Head coach Charlie Hickey begins his 15th season at the helm ofthe Central Connecticut State University baseball program in2014. In his previous 14 seasons, the Blue Devils have wonfour Northeast Conference titles, and advanced to the NCAATournament is each of those seasons.
Their most recent title came in 2010, when the Blue Devils puttogether the most productive offense season in school history, ontheir way to a 33-23 record. The Blue Devils won their fourthNEC title in 2010, advancing to the NCAA Regional that was held innearby Norwich, CT. Central batted a school-record .341 as ateam in 2010, good for first in the NEC and 12th in thecountry. Senior Sean Allaire was named the NEC Player of theYear after batting .426 and matching the school-record with 100hits on the season. Central also set school records for runsscored (472), hits (679), batting average (.341), home runs (70)and runs batted in (441). With an 18-14 mark in the NEC theBlue Devils earned the third seed in the NEC Tournament. After dropping the second game of the weekend, Central won threestraight, including two over top-seed Sacred Heart, to win theirfourth NEC title in the last nine years. The 33 winsmarked the fifth straight season, and the ninth time in 11 yearsthat Hickey’s team won 25 or more games. Centralplaced five players on the First Team All-Conference squadfollowing the season, the most of any team in the league.
2013 was a memorable year for Hickey as he posted his 500th careervictory as a head coach. Hickey reached the milestone with a9-4 road victory at Hartford on May 14, 2013. The Blue Devilsfinished the season with a 28-25 overall record and a 16-16 mark inNEC action. The Blue Devils placed one player on the NECFirst Team and Three on the Second Team.
In 2012 Central finished 28-24 overall and 19-13 in the NEC,making it to their seventh consecutive NEC Tournament. TheBlue Devils had two players honored on the All-Conference FirstTeam, and two more were placed on the Second Team.
In 2011 the Blue Devils finished 26-25-1 overall and 17-14 inthe NEC, advancing to the NEC Tournament once again. Centralplaced two players on the All-Conference First Team, and two moreon the Second Team.
The four All-Conference picks in 2013 give Hickey 54All-Conference players in his 14 years at CCSU. He has alsoproduced three Players of the Year (Tim D’Aquila in 2003,Keith Stegbauer in 2004, Allaire in 2010), one Pitcher of the Year(Barry Hertzler in 2003) and two Rookies of the Year (PhilRothkugel in 2002 and D’Aquila in 2001).
In 2007 the Blue Devils finished fourth in the conference with a14-14 league record but advanced to the NEC Tournament titlegame. They fell to Monmouth, 7-1, in the last game of thetournament. It marked their fifth trip to the NECChampionship game in six seasons. They finished the seasonwith a 26-26 overall record.
In 2006 the Blue Devils were once again at the top of the NEC,winning the regular season championship with a 16-7 conference markand advancing to their fourth NEC Championship game in fiveseasons. CCSU lost in the finals to Sacred Heart and finishedthe season with a 33-18 record, marking the fifth time in six yearsthat they finished with at least 30 victories. For his team’sefforts during the 2006 season, Hickey was named the NEC Coach ofthe Year for the third time. The 33 wins were the most in theconference, and CCSU posted a league-best 17-8 record athome.
Hickey and the Blue Devils have been one of the most dominantteams in the NEC over the last 13 seasons. During thatstretch, Central Connecticut has won 379 games, four conferencetitles and averaged just under 30 wins per season. Includedin that stretch are four consecutive 30-win seasons from 2001-04,culminated by a school-record 41 wins in the 2004 season. The2004 season marked the first time in school history that the teamhad won 30 or more games for four straight seasons.
In his 14 seasons Hickey has posted a 218-147 record in NECaction. During that time Central Connecticut has posted a 397-314-4overall record. Entering the 2014 season his record stands at503-386-5 in 17 total seasons at Providence and CentralConnecticut.
Under Hickey, the Blue Devils set a then school-record in 2002with 34 wins and made the program’s first trip to the NCAADivision I Tournament. Hickey and the Blue Devils repeatedtheir NEC tournament title in 2003 and also grabbed the NEC regularseason title with a 19-6 conference record. In 2004 Hickeyand the Blue Devils brought the program to a new level. Theteam posted a 41-17-1 record, setting a school record for wins in aseason (41), conference wins in a season (20) and after losing thefirst game in the NEC Tournament won four-straight tournament gamesto claim its third-straight conference title and NCAA Tournamentbid.
Hickey came to the Blue Devils following a successful three-yearstint at Providence College, where he finished with a record of106-61. Providence discontinued its baseball program following the1999 season. During his final season with the Friars, Hickey guidedProvidence to its first Big East Tournament title since 1992 andits first NCAA regional appearance since 1995. Providencefinished second in the Tallahassee Regional to host Florida State.Under Hickey’s tutelage, the Friars set 18 school records and10 individual records that season, most notably, winning a schooland New England-record 49 games.
Hickey has also been an assistant coach for Cotuit Kettleers(1992-94) in the prestigious Cape Cod Summer League. He hadthe opportunity to coach former Friar and Boston Red Sox player LouMerloni and has also coached future major leaguers John McDonald,Jermaine Allensworth and Brian Simmons. Hickey was the headcoach of the Eastern Tides of the New England Collegiate BaseballLeague in the summer of 1996. He has coached both baseballand football at the high school level.