Neil Ioviero is entering his 16th season at the helm of the Kean University baseball program. Under his guidance, the team has grown into one of the premiere programs in the nation culminating with the program's first national championship in 2007 and five World Series appearances (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012).
Ioviero, who collected his 450th career win during the course of the 2012 season, currently boasts a 477-182-2 (.723) record. Ioviero has been garnered with several honors during his recent success. In 2007 he was honored with the biggest award, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Division III National Coach of the Year. In addition, he has been tabbed the NCAA Division III Regional Coach of the Year (2007, 2008, 2009 & 2012), New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) Coach of the Year (2007, 2008 & 2012) and has been named the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Coach of the Year four times (2005, 2007, 2008 & 2009).
In 2008, the Cougars proved to do what few others could, defend their title. KU battled through the always competitive NJAC, and captured their second conference tournament championship. With a 14-4 NJAC record, the Cougars also claimed the regular season title for the second straight season. Kean didn't have to travel far, and stayed close to home, hosting the Mid-Atlantic Regional for the first time in school history. With a perfect 4-0 record, including wins against two NJAC foes, Kean advanced to the NCAA Division III World Series for the second straight season with their second straight NCAA Regional Championship.
During the 2007 campaign, the Cougars set many milestones including then, their first ever trip to the World Series, a regional championship and a new standard for wins in a season with 43. After receiving one of 14 national "wild-card" bids, the Cougars would go on to win eight straight post-season games, including four in regional play. In an ironic twist, Kean needed 10 innings in both the regional and World Series championship games and defeated both of their opponents by an identical score of 5-4.
In 2002, Kean University captured the school’s first ever NJAC Championship and with a 33-12 record advanced to the NCAA Tournament. That year the Cougars then set school records for most wins and best winning percentage.
In his first season, 1998, Ioviero led the Cougars to a 25-9 mark and earned an invitation to the Division III Regional Tournament, only the second time in school history then that the Cougars had made the national tournament.
In his first 15 years in the dugout, Ioviero has developed eight All-Americans, 20 first-team regional All-Americans, 31 first-team All-State and 26 first-team All-NJAC players. Moreover, 12 of those players have gone on to play professionally following the end of their Cougar careers.
A standout pitcher in college, Ioviero played for legendary coach Fred Hill at Rutgers University. As a Scarlet Knight, Ioviero pitched on two NCAA Division I tournament teams, in 1990 and 1992. As a sophomore in 1991, he posted a 7-1 mark and was named to the New Jersey Baseball all-state squad.
Ioviero has played professionally in the independent Northeast League and the Frontier League. He also participated in the prestigious amateur Cape Cod Summer League and in the Atlantic Collegiate Summer Baseball League.
Ioviero earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Rutgers in 1994, adding a postgraduate degree in physical education and health from Kean University in 1996. He received his master's degree in supervision and administration from Kean in 2002. He currently resides in Woodbridge with his wife Letizia.
Jack Nagy is entering his 16th season as an assistant for the baseball program at Kean University.
A mainstay under Neil Ioviero, Nagy, who serves as the catchers coach, brings a wealth of experience to Ioviero's staff. The Woodbridge native coached the Woodbridge Recreation team to back-to-back state titles in 1995 and 1996 with records of 46-2 and 42-6, respectively. As an athlete at Woodbridge High School, Nagy played on a pair of 1958 state championship teams in football and baseball.
Named the 2008 Kean University Assistant Coach of the Year, Nagy also played for the United States Army in both football and baseball between 1962-64.
Nagy was employed with General Motors Corporation for 38 years before his retirement and now is an avid golfer in his spare time.
Lewis France is entering his 16th season in the dugout for the Cougars as an assistant coach.
France, who played for the Cougars between 1994-97, has been assisting head coach Neil Ioviero for his entire tenure at Kean. Prior to enrolling at Kean, France was a member of the United States Air Force Pararescue. Pararescuemen, also called PJs, are the only members of the Department of Defense specifically organized, trained and equipped to conduct personnel recovery operations in hostile or denied areas as a primary mission. France is currently employed as a New Jersey State parole officer.
France earned a Bachelor in Social Work degree at Kean in 1997 and his master's degree in Criminal Justice at New Jersey City University in 2001.
Gary Galvach joins the Cougars for his second season in 2013.
Galvach will work primarily the first basemen this season after coaching at Union County College. Prior to 2011, he was the head coach of the Woodbridge Cardinals (men’s league) for 19 seasons.
He currently is a technical representative for Integrated Systems and earned his Associate of Applied Science degree in electrical engineering from Middlesex County College.
Kevin O’Neill joins the Cougars in his first season as an assistant coach in 2013.
O’Neill is a familiar face to the Cougar program after playing with the squad for three seasons, including the national championship team in 2007. O’Neill played in 135 games while posting a .984 field percentage behind the dish. An NJAC honorable mention award winner in his senior season, O’Neill collected 18 career doubles, with 52 runs scored.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Kean University in 2009.
Chris Carrano joins the coaching staff in his first season in 2013.
Carrano is no stranger to the Cougar program, having played for the squad for four seasons, including the national championship team in 2007. He capped off his senior season by earning a National Rawlings Gold Glove, committing just two errors in 239 chances. Overall, Carrano saw action in 148 games, and earned first-team all-conference honors in 2011. Off the field, Carrano was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the national student-athlete honor society, and earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
Carrano is a full-time educator in the Morris Hills Regional school district and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and Health from Kean in 2011. He is currently pursuing his masters degree at Kean.