|Title:||Head Baseball Coach|
Steve Cirella begins his 14th season at the helm of the Salve
Regina University baseball program in 2012-13. During his tenure,
the Seahawks have captured a pair of Commonwealth Coast Conference
(CCC) championships, advanced to both the ECAC (2003, 2004) and
NCAA Tournaments (2001, 2005) twice, and captured an ECAC
A two-time CCC Coach of the Year, Cirella owns a career record of 289-221-2, making him the winningest coach in program history. The Seahawks have won 20 or more games during 10 of their 13 seasons under Coach Cirella, including a school-record 32 wins in 2006.
He was named to the Rhode Island Baseball Coaches Association
Hall of Fame in 2011.
In addition to his duties as Director of the Jamestown Baseball School, Cirella has also served as head coach of the Coventry (R.I.) High School varsity baseball team and coached teams in both the George Donnelly Sunset League and American Legion.
Cirella played football at both the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Rhode Island, where he earned his bachelor's in 1979 and his master's in 1985.
Cirella resides in Jamestown with his wife, Lori, and son, Stephen Jr. His oldest son Eric was a four-year member of the Seahawk baseball team and returns as an associate head coach with the program. His daughter Rachael was a four-year member of the Seahawk volleyball program and graduated in 2009.
|Title:||Associate Head Baseball Coach|
Associate Head Coach, Salve Regina University (2012-present)
Assistant Coach, University of Rhode Island (2007-2012)
Assistant Coach/Hitting Instructor, Green Bay Bullfrogs (2008)
Assistant Coach, Salve Regina University (2005-06)
Eric Cirella rejoins the 2012-2013 Seahawk coaching staff as associate head coach after spending the last six seasons (2007-2012) as an assistant for the University of Rhode Island Rams. In each of his six years at URI the Rams qualified for the Atlantic-10 Tournament, while boasting a .647 Atlantic-10 winning percentage over that time span. In addition, URI won over 30 games five straight seasons (2008-2012), knocked off nine nationally ranked opponents, had five players taken in the MLB draft, saw eleven former Rams go on to play professional baseball, and finished the year ranked as the top Division I baseball team in New England by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) following the 2009 and 2012 seasons.
As third base coach for the University of Rhode Island, Cirella was responsible for the base running, bunting, and situational hitting, as well as working with the outfielders defensively. In 2012, sophomore centerfielder Jeff Roy was named Atlantic-10 Player of the Year. In the same season URI tied a single season team record for stolen bases, swiping 122 bags in 155 chances and placing them fifth in the country in stolen bases and sixth in stolen bases per game (2.07). The 2011 Rams ranked fourth in the country in stolen bases per game (2.17) and ninth in total stolen bases (117). From 2009-2012, the Rams averaged over 112 stolen bases per season.
Cirella also served as assistant recruiting coordinator for the Rams. URI’s 2011 and 2010 recruiting classes were featured in Baseball America's listing of top classes by region (outside of the Top 25). Also in 2010, the Rhode Island baseball team received votes in Collegiate Baseball's poll of the nation's Top-40 Recruiting Classes for 2010. The Rams were the only club from New England - and one of just two Atlantic 10 programs - to appear on the list.
In 2008, Cirella was selected as the hitting instructor for the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League. Offensively, the Bullfrogs led the Northwoods League in five offensive team categories, including average, hits, doubles, triples, and total bases. Additionally, ten players from Green Bay's 2008 team were selected in the 2009 & 2010 MLB Draft, including four picks that went in the top 15 rounds.
Cirella began his coaching career in 2005-06 at Salve Regina University, helping the Seahawks win a school record 32 games (32-13).
A four-year stand-out baseball player at Salve Regina University, Cirella was an All-Conference and Academic All-Conference member four years while also earning the 2004 Brother Michael Reynolds Award for outstanding accomplishment in academics and athletics. He also was SRU's Male Athlete of the Year in 2004-2005 and was a three-time Academic All-American (2003-2005) in addition to earning ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American of the Year award in 2005. Following his junior (2004) and senior (2005) seasons at Salve Regina, he was selected All-New England First Team and was a Rawlings ABCA All-American at SS and OF.
Cirella still owns over a dozen career and single-season records at Salve Regina. His .447 lifetime batting average is 23rd highest in the history of Division 3 baseball and is the sixth highest among players with over 450 at bats. From May 2, 2003 to April 6, 2005, Cirella stole 50 consecutive bases without being caught, placing him third all-time.
As the NCAA's leader in batting average (.504) and bases on balls (49) his senior year, Cirella was honored with the Vin Cullen Award for small college achievement by Words Unlimited. Cirella signed professionally with the Rockford Riverhawks of the Frontier League in 2006, while eventually landing in the Can-Am League with the New Haven County Cutters.
Cirella graduated magna cum laude from Salve Regina University with a B.S. in Financial Management in May of 2005. He was a member of the Dean's List four straight years and graduated with an impressive 3.87 GPA, the highest GPA of any finance graduate in 2005.
In 2010, he finished his master's degree in Communication Studies at the URI School of Communication, where he has also taught as a graduate instructor from 2007-2009
In October of 2011, he was the youngest ever inductee into the Salve Regina Athletic Hall of Fame.
|Title:||Assistant Baseball Coach|
|Title:||Assistant Baseball Coach|