Nate Pearsall, Staff Writer
Lacey, Wash. – You may have noticed a new face driving around campus, and another working the front desk at the Recreation Center. They are the newest additions to the Saints baseball team, coaches Andy Forgione and Cole Brocker.
Forgione joins the Saints after spending the last three years with Centralia College. There, he spent his time working with the outfielders and base runners and helped with the offensive scheme of the Trailblazers.
During his time with Centralia College, the Trailblazers reached the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) playoffs all three years, and posted a top ten in fielding percentage every year in the NWAC. Coach Kelly Gau weighed in on the impact Forgione brings to the Saints, “Andy’s time coaching at the community college ranks and local ties will bring great perspective as well as recruiting connections to our program.”
Brocker brings his recent playing experience with him to the coaching staff. His playing career ended in 2017, after he had tommy john surgery to repair a torn ligament. Broker was previously with both the Braves organization, and the Cubs. As for his college, he was a part of the powerhouse Oregon State program, after attending Sacramento City College in 2010. Gau had this to say about Broker, “Cole’s energy and passion will provide for great direction of our pitching staff.”
These two additions came after Gau became the Head Coach, after spending the 2018 season as the interim Head Coach. Gau looks to bring a new identity to the Saints baseball programs after several seasons of not meeting expectations.
Joey Swanson also took on a new role in the coaching staff. Entering his third season with the Saints, Swanson takes over as the catchers’ coach and will take over as the hitting coach.
The Saints are coming off an 11-37 season last year; a year that dealt with heartbreak. Look for the Saints to take the field this year in pursuit of their absolute best.
For students interested in following the team’s progress, follow them in the offseason on Twitter @SMUSaintsBSB, and now on their newest Instagram page @Saintsbaseballsmu. These two pages will keep you up on the latest news and score updates once we reach the regular season.