Head Coach: Cory Haggerty

 

Little Falls, NY – The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) have announced that Cory Haggerty is returning for his second season as head coach for the 2019 season. In his first season in Little Falls, Haggerty led the DiamondDawgs to a Central Division title and a 26-19 regular season record earning a spot in the PGCBL playoffs.

“We are very happy and fortunate to be able to bring Coach Haggerty back for a second season as the head coach of the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs”, said Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs owner Travis Heiser. “Coach Haggerty’s work ethic, eye for the game and positive attitude is exactly what we strive for in this organization. We work very hard to make sure the very best baseball players and coaches are in a Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs jersey and we have just that with Coach Haggerty. Coach Haggerty and I have been working very hard in the offseason on our roster for 2019 and we are excited and looking forward to what the summer brings and fans can be assured we will be competing for another title in 2019. Coach Haggerty wont be the only familiar face to fans in the dugout this year as we are currently finalizing a contract with another well known coach to fans which we hope to announce soon!”

Haggerty brings with him experience both as a player and coach. The former Ilion High School standout was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft and still ranks in the top 10 in several offensive and defensive categories at Cortland State. Coach Haggerty is currently an assistant coach at Utica College and has also spent time at Hamilton College, Eckerd College and at his alma mater Cortland State. At Hamilton, Haggerty served as both an infield and hitting instructor for the Continentals in a season when they earned the most wins in school history (2017-18). While at Eckerd College, Coach Haggerty assisted with hitters as well as serving as the outfield instructor and saw one of his players, outfielder/infielder Nick Hill get drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 26th round of the MLB draft. From 2010-2013 as an assistant at Cortland State, the Red Dragons participated in four NCAA regional’s and two world series while placing runner-up in 2010. Several players under Coach Haggerty’s helm at Cortland State went on to sign professional baseball contracts and the offense and defense ranked in the top 10 in batting average and fielding percentage during his stint.

“I’m excited to return to Little Falls this summer for another season of DiamondDawgs baseball” said Coach Haggerty. “Travis and I have already been working hard putting together another great team on the field and will be ready to compete for another PGCBL title. We also have some returning players which I am happy to see come back and I’m sure fans will also be happy to see some of those familiar faces which they will be hearing about soon! It should be another fun summer of baseball for our DiamondDawg family.”

The 2015 and 2017 PGCBL Champions Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs play at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Little Falls, New York and kick-off the 2019 season in June. We hope to see you there!

Cory Haggerty — Career Honors

Listed in pre-season by  Baseball America  as one of the Top 5 Division III pro prospects

2002: Second Team All-New York Region

First Team All-ECAC Division III Upstate New York

First Team All-SUNYAC

NCAA Div. III New York Region All-Tournament Team

2001: Second Team All-New York Region

Second Team All-SUNYAC

2003: NCAA Div. III New York Region All-Tournament Team

 

Associate Head Coach: Steve Luby

Little Falls, NY – The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) have announced that two-time PGCBL Championship Coach Steve Luby will be returning to the dugout for the 2019 season as an Associate Head Coach.  Coach Luby who served as an assistant coach in both of the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs championship runs in 2015 and 2017 will join second year head coach Cory Haggerty in a quest for a third title.  In his four seasons as an assistant with the DiamondDawgs Coach Luby has compiled a record of 88-56.

DiamondDawg owner Travis Heiser was very excited to make the announcement, “When you are able to add a Coach to your organization that is a two-time PGCBL champion and is so closely tied to the history of this franchise it’s a great day.  Not only am I excited to have Coach Luby back in Little Falls but I know the fans love Coach and even more importantly I know he will do so much to help our players become the best baseball players they can become.  He is the caliber of Coach we love here, hard-working, dedicated, devoted to his players and a baseball guy 24/7/365.”

Coach Luby echoed the enthusiasm regarding his return, “I’m so excited to be back in Little Falls and the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs family.” I look forward to being back with Travis and all the great fans of the DiamondDawgs. Our goal of bringing quality young men, making them better than when they arrived, and competing for a championship is why Travis runs such a classy and top notch organization. I look forward to working alongside Coach Haggerty as I know we both have the same mindset and goals for the year – developing our players to be the best players they can be and competing for another title.”

Coach Luby returns to Little Falls after spending a summer with the Vermont Mountaineers of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). He is currently entering his second season as head coach and seventh year overall at Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC) and 31st year overall in baseball. Prior to TVCC, Coach Luby was a high school head coach in Oregon for 20 years and served three years as the infield and hitting coach at Western Baptist College.  Luby was named Oregon State Baseball Coach of the year in 1991, named Conference Coach of the Year five times and won a State Championship.

As a player, Coach Luby was an All-State athlete in football and baseball at Marist High School in Eugene, Oregon and played infield for Oregon State University and later transferred to Western Oregon State College where he was an All-Conference infielder.

Coach has two children: a son Tyler (26) and a daughter Danielle (23)

The 2018 Central Division Champions Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs kick off the 2019 season in June at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Little Falls, New York.  We hope to see you there!

 

Pitching Coach: TBA

Assistant Coach: TBD

Assistant Coach: TBD