Heather MacCulloch, director of Athletics at Baruch College, announced this past week that Charles Martinez has been named the new head coach for Baruch’s softball team. Martinez has been involved in numerous sports over the years, holding several esteemed positions. The team has been struggling lately and Martinez is looking to lead the them back to the promised land. The softball team’s performance has been underwhelming for the past few years. The team is in the midst of a four year championship drought, with their last CUNY Athletic Conference title win occurring in 2013. Since then, the Baruch Bearcats have been unable to capture a single championship or even qualify for the NCAA Regionals, in which they last competed during 2012. In 2017, the team finished 5-7 in the CUNYAC, and 11-18 overall, ending the year with two straight losses.
Martinez has been handed the task of helping the Bearcats regain their winning ways, and is in no way a stranger to the concept of change. Martinez has been a part of the New York Board of Education since 1990. Recently, he served as the head softball coach at Rye Country Day School in Rye, New York, as well as an assistant softball coach at Trevor Day High School in New York City. Martinez also served as assistant football coach at the Hackley School, which he helped lead to a major Indoor Football League Championship, as well as head coach of the Women's Varsity Basketball Team at the Yonkers Montessori Academy. Being familiar with the landscape of softball and his recent exposure to different softball teams is definitely a plus, as he will have a fresh new team to mold and guide. Martinez is more than qualified to lead the Bearcats back to their winning ways.
The team has a great deal to be excited about this season. Three members of the team, Katherine DelRosario, Cassandra Lagana, and Nicole Bellini, were named CUNYAC All-Stars last season. The core of the team is built around them, as they are standout players who will provide great veteran leadership. Inheriting a very talented team will make Martinez’s adjustment much easier.
The Bearcats do not have another softball game scheduled until 2018, which is more than enough time for Martinez to build the team back up. He has been coaching for the better part of a quarter-century, and his vast experience in several sports gives him the edge that the Bearcats desperately need. The Bearcats have a steep uphill battle to fight, but under Martinez’s guidance and leadership, a championship win may not be so far off.