Messina Tabbed as Baseball Head Coach
Names Jim Pernick as Assistant Coach
- Release Date:
- November 2, 2010
- The Office of Sports Information
- (716) 649-7900 ext. 333
Hamburg, NY - Hilbert College Director of Athletics, Susan Viscomi, announces the hiring of Mark Messina to the position of Head Coach of the baseball program for the 2010-2011 season.
“Hilbert is incredibly fortunate to have landed someone of Mark’s caliber to be our new baseball coach,” noted Viscomi. “His experiences with the East Coast Grays organization, coupled with Mark’s demonstrated teaching ability, make him an ideal choice for leading our program to distinction. We are thrilled to have Coach Messina join our athletics staff.”
Messina comes to Hilbert looking forward to the challenges and the rewards of coaching college baseball. He recently served as a head coach in the East Coast Grays organization. The Grays assemble all-star teams comprised of players anywhere east of the Mississippi to the Atlantic Coast. His talent assessment has a proven track record already; the Grays produce many Division I players and recently a few alumni have been drafted by Major League Baseball.
“I look forward to this opportunity given to me by Hilbert College. Together, Coach Jim Pernick and I will take this group of talented ball players and make them a talented team,” explained Messina. “We are focused on providing our players with the tools necessary to take them and our program to the next level. As a team, we are looking forward to new goals and higher expectations”.
Messina is familiar with Hilbert College having attended Frontier High School in Hamburg in the late ‘90’s. He received the Joe Hesketh ‘Pitcher of the Year’ Award in 2000 and was also selected to an All-ECIC team in baseball his senior year. Following graduation, he continued his studies at Monroe Community College and then at Binghamton University. While at MCC, he was selected to the 1st Team All Region Team in 2002 before moving on to his Division I experience. To keep sharp and continue to hone his skills, Messina played summer ball for the Geneva Redwings in the NYCBL. In 2003, he lead the league in ERA (1.65), wins, innings pitched and was second in the league in strikeouts.
Beginning in 2003, then every other year (’05, ’07, ’09) Messina qualified for the National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) World Series, making the trip with a different team each time. In 2005, Messina and the #2 nationally ranked Orchard Park Sox won the NABF World Series, and in 2007 Messina was selected to the All-Tournament team. Pitching in 2008 for the Buffalo Diesel team, Messina traveled to Orlando, FL and won the MSBL Championship. Finally in 2009, Messina made the World Series trip with West Herr, his team for the past ten years, based out of Hamburg, NY. When not playing for West Herr, Messina played professionally with the Bangor Lumberjacks of the North East League, the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League and minor league ball with the Milwaukee Brewers.
When Messina wasn’t playing competitively, he served as head coach for the Academy Stars (14U) in ’06, the East Coast Grays (pitching coach for 17U and head coach for 16U) in 2009 and (head coach 16U) in 2010.
Currently, Messina has plans to open up his own indoor baseball practice facility in Hamburg. He has been giving private instruction since 2003 and now he will be the owner and operator of the Upper Deck.
Messina currently resides in Hamburg, NY.
Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.