Fordham's Restaino Has Interim Label Removed
"Nick Restaino has done an outstanding job with the Fordham baseball program over the past eight years and we believe that the program is in good hands," said McLaughlin. "With our rich baseball tradition and the new facility, we believe that the program is on the right track."
Restaino, the 2005 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, led the Rams to a 34-21 overall record in 2005, 17-7 in the A-10. The 34 wins are the most for a Fordham team since the 1997 squad went 34-19 while the 17 conference wins is a school record. The Rams finished second in the East Division and were the number three seed at the Atlantic 10 Championship.
Besides Restaino, one of his recruits was also recognized by the Atlantic 10 coaches as freshman pitcher Cory Riordan received Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year honors as well as being named second-team All-Conference. He led the staff with a 10-4 record along with a 3.61 ERA.
Restaino served as the associate head coach for seven years prior to taking over as interim head coach this spring, helping the Rams to the 2004 Atlantic 10 Tournament, Fordham's first appearance at the championship since winning the title in 1998.
A 1993 Fordham graduate, Restaino also served as the recruiting coordinator at Fordham, consistently attracting some of the top recruiting classes in the nation to Rose Hill. He was responsible for recruiting two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Bobby Kingsbury, who is currently in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as well as a member of the 2004 Greek Olympic team, and Rob Semerano, who was taken by the Oakland Athletics in the 20th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
Restaino came to Rose Hill after serving as an assistant coach at Manhattan from 1994-95. At Manhattan, Restaino was responsible for infield/outfield defense, base-running and bunting as well as being in charge of recruiting. He created and implemented Manhattan's scouting system as well as promoting the Jaspers' baseball program within the community.
Prior to his stint at Manhattan, Restaino was an assistant baseball coach at Lehman College from 1993-94, where he served as the third base coach and pitching coach. He coordinated and instructed Lehman's daily practices and drills. He was also responsible for recruitment and development as well as managing fundraisers to finance annual spring trips.
Restaino earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Finance from Fordham's College of Business Administration. He currently lives in the Bronx with his wife, Blanca, and son, Christopher (4).