With a win in Game One of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Limestone University, CSI Baseball Head Coach Michael Mauro has become the winningest coach in CSI Baseball history. Picking up his 269th career win, he surpassed longtime head coach Bill Cali (1995-2008) who collected 268 victories in 14 seasons. The record-setting win was earned in the fifth game of Mauro’s 14th year at the helm, and with a sweep of Tuesday’s two-game set, the Dolphins concluded their annual Spring Training trip with a record of 3-3.
Mauro joined the Dolphins coaching staff in 2008 as an Assistant Coach under Head Coach and CSI Athletics Hall of Famer Bill Cali. In 2009, Coach Cali retired, and Mauro was elevated into his current role as Head Coach. Since his appointment, he holds a career record of 270-196-1, has coached CSI to seven CUNYAC Championships, and earned CUNYAC Coach of the Year honors eight times. Mauro has also led the Dolphins’ entry into the ranks of NCAA Division II with the team now in the midst of their third year as members of the East Coast Conference.
“To become the all-time baseball leader in wins is such an honor for me,” Mauro said.” Passing a legend like Coach Cali is humbling enough, and I am so proud to be in the history books at CSI. This school has been a huge part of my life, and coaching players over the past 14 years has provided me with such great memories.” Mauro was also quick to recognize those who contributed to his success saying, “I’m getting all of the recognition for this record, but without my coaching staff, this would not have been possible. They earned this honor as well. All the players I’ve coached over the years also get a big piece of this with me. They play the games and turn them into wins. I’m happy I can share this with them.”
Before joining the Dolphins, Mauro coached at Tottenville High School, New Utrecht High School, and Moore Catholic High School. Mauro also was an accomplished player starting his career at John Jay College before eventually signing a contract with Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers. For one of the most decorated coaches in the history of CSI Athletics, this milestone is just the latest in an illustrious career that has seen Mauro’s influence extend well beyond the baseball diamond. “He is not only a mentor for the student-athletes in his program but in all of our other programs as well,” said Athletic Director T.J. Tibbs. “As the veteran coach on staff, he constantly lends a helping hand to the other coaches on staff. This milestone is a reflection of all of the great people he has had in his program between coaches, players, and team managers. To do this on our first Division II spring training trip epitomizes what he has meant to the overall growth of our program.”
By: CSI Athletics