ADA, OK – After guiding Bacone College to a runner-up finish in the NAIA’s Red River Athletic Conference this past spring, Dino Rosato has been named the new head baseball coach at East Central University, it was announced Friday.
Rosato led the Warriors to a 29-20 finish this past season, including a second-place finish to Northwood (Texas) and a 10-5 mark in the RRAC regular season. It was Rosato’s first season as Bacone head coach after serving three years as an assistant at the Muskogee institution.
In his three years as an assistant the Warriors were one of the top teams in the RRAC with an impressive 41-14 record during the 2008 campaign.
“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity. East Central is a class organization and a step up,” said Rosato. “I’m glad to help represent ECU and I know we’ll continue the positive direction that Coach Hurt had on the baseball diamond.”
He replaces Mike Hurt, who stepped down as ECU head coach in May after three seasons.
“I look forward to the challenge at East Central,” Rosato said. “The Lone Star Conference is one of the best leagues in the nation and I look forward to hitting the recruiting trail soon.”
Dr. Duane C. Anderson, Interim President at East Central University, said "I am pleased that Dino has agreed to serve as head coach of the Tiger baseball team. I anticipate that he will position the team to be competitive in the Lone Star Conference in a reasonable period of time.
With the appointment of David Thorn two years ago to head the women's volleyball team, the recent return of Tim McCarty to head our football program, and now the addition of Dino Rosato in baseball our athletic programs are moving in a most positive direction."
“I’m extremely excited to have someone of coach Rosato’s ability join our coaching staff. He’s been a winner everywhere he’s coached and there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll bring that winning spirit to our program,” said Brian DeAngelis, Director of ECU Athletics “This is a program that’s on the right track and I feel confident we’ll continue the momentum under Coach Rosato’s direction.”
Prior to his fall of 2005 arrival at Bacone, Rosato was an assistant for one season on the staff at Ohio Dominican University, which made an appearance at the NAIA World Series in 2005 and finished with a 47-18 record.
Rosato is a graduate of St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla., where he earned a baccalaureate degree in liberal arts. He served as outfield/hitting instructor while helping St. Thomas make back-to-back NAIA Region 14 tournament appearances, which included averaging 40 wins per season.
Upon his arrival at Bacone, the Warriors showed continual improvement in the pitching department by lowering their team ERA each season.
This past season, seven of his players achieved all-conference accolades and 14 received academic all-conference recognition. Three actually earned Academic All-American awards.
In 2008, nine of Rosato’s Bacone players achieved all-conference honors while two garnered NAIA All-American awards. Two pitchers on Rosato’s 2007 Bacone squad were ranked nationally in several categories.
A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association, Rosato also served as an assistant at the College of St. Scholastica, Concordia University, and the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
“I look forward to start building ties in the (Ada) and look forward to getting myself and the team involved in the community,” said Rosato.
Rosato received his master’s degree in education with an emphasis in Sport Management from ECU. He had been teaching at Bacone since his arrival there in 2005.
He played his college baseball at Muskingum College (Ohio) for two years and Concordia for the next two years as a catcher and second baseman. He played his high school ball at Hebron Lakewood under the winningest coach in Ohio history in Don Thorp.