Well that didn’t take long. Per a report from the South County Independent’s Bill Koch, the Rhode Island Rams have named Raphael Cerrato as their next head baseball coach. It’s a promotion for Cerrato, who served as an assistant coach under the recently departed Jim Foster. Koch first reported the news via Twitter.
— Bill Koch (@BillKoch25) July 17, 2014
It’s an interim position; Cerrato is on board for just one year, with the Rams set to conduct a formal coaching search at the end of the 2015 season. Cerrato will be one of the candidates at that time, but this year figures to be a measuring stick for him as far as the position goes.
Cerrato, a URI alum, has been an assistant coach for Rhody baseball since the start of the 2012 season. Prior to that, the ’94 grad was the head coach at New Haven, leading the Chargers to a 131-97 record over five seasons. Here’s a little more info on Rhode Island’s new head coach, courtesy of GoRhody.com:
In 2009, New Haven joined the Northeast-10 Conference and instantly made its presence known by earning a trip to the conference tournament semifinals. The following year, UNH appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006 while closer Mitch Rossi became the first Charger to earn All-America honors in three years.
Cerrato became just the second head coach in the history of the UNH baseball program on July 1, 2006. He replaced Frank “Porky” Vieira, who founded and coached the Charger baseball program for 44 years.
Hopefully Cerrato can return URI to the success they’ve experience recently, last season excluded. Good luck to Rhody’s new coach in his first year running the show!