Chris Celano is entering his seventh season as the head baseball coach at the University of New Haven. He has amassed a record of 147-97-1 with the Chargers and an overall mark of 332-235-1 as a collegiate head coach.
Before helming the dugout at Vieira Field, Celano completed seven years as head coach at Dowling College, where he led the Golden Lions to six postseason appearances – including four trips to the NCAA Division II Championship. The skipper guided Dowling to its first NCAA Division II World Series and was named the Division II National Coach of the Year in 2009, a season that also marked the Golden Lions’ first NCAA East Region Championship a program-record 35 wins. Also the ABCA East Region Coach of the Year in 2009, Celano earned his first Coach of the Year honor in 2008 from the East Coast Conference.
During his seven seasons as head coach, the Golden Lions recorded 20 or more wins six times. In 2006, Celano led Dowling to 22 victories in its final 25 games to advance to the NCAA postseason. He also coached three student-athletes that were selected in the MLB First Year Player Draft, three All-America and 31 all-conference honorees during his tenure.