Anthony DeCicco, who served as an assistant at the University of Vermont the past six seasons, will join the Fordham baseball staff as pitching coach this season.
DeCicco just concluded his sixth season on the Vermont coaching staff in 2008. He arrived at Vermont from Eastern Connecticut State where he was on the staff of the 2002 NCAA Division III National Champions.
As Vermont's recruiting coordinator, as well as pitching and catching coach, DeCicco was instrumental in the Cats capturing the program's first two America East Regular Season Championships in 2003 and 2006. He had a big role in bringing in several outstanding newcomers to UVM featuring 10 America East All-Rookie Team selections over six years. Vermont's group of newcomers for the 2008 season was ranked among the top five recruiting classes in the Northeast by Baseball America.
Under DeCicco's tutelage, the Vermont pitching staff became one of the strengths of the team. Twice in four years, in 2002 and 2005, Vermont's hurlers had the best team earned run average in the America East while ranking among the NCAA leaders. In 2003, UVM had the sixth lowest ERA in the nation. Joe Serafin was named America East Pitcher of the Year and was on the all-conference first team in 2008 after leading the conference in earned run average while Eric Thompson '08 earned second team honors. In 2007, Bryan Rembisz '07 and Justin Albert ranked first and second in the America East in ERA.
Also, four Catamount pitchers have been drafted or signed by Major League organizations since 2003.
DeCicco is a 2001 graduate of ECSU receiving his B.S. degree in physical education. In 2005, he received his master's degree at UVM in education and leadership. He was a standout catcher for the Warriors and after his playing days at ECSU, he joined the staff of longtime coach Bill Holowaty.
A native of Johnston, R.I., DeCicco was involved in summer baseball in New England for seven seasons from 2000 to 2006. His spent two years as the bullpen coach of the Chatham Athletics of the Cape Cod League before becoming the manager of the Manchester (Conn.) Silkworms in the New England Collegiate Baseball League for the next five seasons. In 2002 he led Manchester to the best record in its franchise history and in 2004, DeCicco guided the Silkworms to their first-ever NECBL postseason berth. Manchester returned to the postseason in 2005 and 2006 and he was a manager in the 2005 NECBL All-Star Game.
DeCicco currently resides in East Haven, Connecticut, with his wife, Elizabeth, and children, Theodore (3) and Peyton (1).