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Mike Gambino, a 1999 Boston College graduate, was named head baseball coach on July 19, 2010.
He is in charge of rebuilding a program that made an emphatic postseason statement in 2009, earning its first Atlantic Coast Conference Championship berth and first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1967.
The Eagles went 17-33 in his first season at the helm, but he saw four players get selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. In 2011, the Eagles improved to 20-33, winning 10 games in the highly-competitive ACC. In just one year, the team's batting average improved 19 points, slugging percentage 54 points and on-base percentage 27 points.
The second-year head coach saw infielder Anthony Melchionda and outfielder Tom Bourdon earn All-ACC second-team honors and take home American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Northeast Region and New England Intercollegiate Baseball Associate (NEIBA) All-Star accolades. Melchionda and classmate Matt Brazis were both drafted in the 2012 MLB Draft.
A young team in 2013, the Eagles regularly started five freshmen, and Gambino worked to improve through the year. The overall batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage all rose significantly from the first half of the season to the second and the Eagles doubled their win total.
In his fourth year at The Heights, Gambino saw the most improvement, recording the most wins under his tutelage and tying for the most in conference as the Eagles were 22-33 and 10-20 in the ACC. Sophomore outfield Chris Shaw earned First-Team All-ACC and ABCA honors while left-handed pitcher Andrew Chin was drafted in the 15th round.
Since taking over at the Heights, Gambino has stressed off the field success as well, raising the team's GPA as a whole in his first four years. Eagles also earned four spots on the All-ACC Academic baseball team and 38 on the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Gambino, who was an assistant coach for the Eagles from 2003-05, came from Virginia Tech where he spent four seasons as an assistant coach under former BC head coach, Pete Hughes. He served as the Hokies' recruiting coordinator and also worked with the hitters and infielders. In his four years, he saw 15 players get drafted in the MLB Draft, including nine in 2010. From 1997 through 2006, only 13 Hokies were drafted in total.
Virginia Tech's batting average improved 40 points under Gambino's direction since the 2006 season. With his help, the 2010 Hokies made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2000 and finished the season ranked No. 20 in the country.
Prior to working in Blacksburg, Gambino spent two years as a regional scout for the Detroit Tigers.
Gambino played for the Eagles from 1997-2000, starting 166 games in the middle infield. He held a career batting average of .313 with 22 doubles, eight homers, 87 RBIs and 117 runs. His 78 hits in 2000, which was No. 1 when he graduated, was tied for fifth, until 2011, when his own player, Bourdon, knocked it down one with 79 hits of his own. Gambino's 52 runs his senior year is still tied for eighth.
The Garrison, N.Y., native was a first-team All-Big East, All-New England and All-Northeast region honoree following his senior campaign. He also earned second-team All-New England and Big East Academic Team accolades during his playing career.
Following his career with BC, Gambino played two seasons in the Boston Red Sox minor league system. He spent the 2000 season with the Augusta Green Jackets before splitting the 2001 season between Augusta and the Lowell Spinners. In 2002, the Red Sox hired Gambino as a special assistant to the Major League staff before heading back to Lowell for a coaching role with the Spinners just prior to the June draft. Following his stint in Lowell, the Red Sox sent Gambino to the MLB Scout Development Program.
In January 2003, Gambino returned to Boston College as an assistant coach under Hughes.
Gambino received his bachelor's degree from the Heights in English and theology. He currently lives in Newton, Mass., with his wife, Jill.