The College of Staten Island baseball program has announced a new assistant coach to the ranks, although the face is a familiar one. Patrick Gale, a former four-year standout with the Dolphins, is returning for his second go-around with the team as an assistant coach in 2018. Gale was a stalwart pitcher for the Dolphins from 2008-11, and a year after graduation served as the team’s pitching coach in 2012-13. After stepping away to pursue his career, Gale will return to the squad as a fresh face who will offer both batting and pitching expertise to the storied unit.
“I am definitely excited to be back,” commentated Gale on the appointment. “I’ve missed it the last couple of years. There is a lot of great energy surrounding the team and the athletics program as a whole and I am really happy to be a part of returning to CSI and helping the team as an assistant coach.”
In four years with the Dolphins, Gale’s calling card was his pitching, as he finished as the school’s strikeout king with 315 career strikeouts, finishing 7th all-time at the College in career ERA with 3.57, amassing a 21-13 career record. Gale was an ABCA/Rawlings Division III First-Team All-American in 2010, and signed a professional baseball contract with the Traverse City Beach Bums in 2012.
Gale was also a sensational hitter, finishing with a .355 career batting average, three hits shy of the school’s all time record for career hits (197) and two RBI shy of the career record in that department as well (151). His 50 career doubles are a CSI record as are his 555 career at-bats. The fact that he is not far removed from his playing days will serve him well in his return as an assistant.
“Understanding the team, the conference we play in, and the type of baseball Coach Mauro wants to play will help me relate to the guys,” Gale commented. “I think it makes for a comfortable experience all-around. I think we can definitley look to keep our championship pedigree intact and I’m anxious to get out there and work with a great group pf guys.”
Gale returned to the CSI squad as its pitching coach in 2012-13, and the team celebrated a CUNYAC title in 2013, amassing a 30-13 overall record, the second-highest win total in CSI history. Gale then stepped away from the team pursuing full-time duties with the New York City Board of Elections, and in 2015, transitioned over to the New York Fire Department as a firefighter, where he continues today.
“I’m glad to have him back,” said Head Coach Michael Mauro. “To have the one All-American who played for me back is an honor. Pat is a high-energy, positive, person who has the ability to work with all of our players efficiently and make them better ball players and better people.”
In his current role, Gale will serve as a general assistant, lending his expertise on the offensive and defensive sides of the diamond.