King's College baseball program has been in existence since the
college opened in 1946-47. The Monarch program has enjoyed
many successful seasons and stand as one of the top programs
in the MAC Freedom Conference. Most recently, King's won
the 2006 Freedom Conference championship and earned a berth into
the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
post-season history has seen a variety of accomplishments due to
a number of conference realignments.
In 1992, the Monarchs captured the
MAC Northern Division
championship. In 1993, King's shared the MAC Northeast
1996, the Monarchs finished second in the MAC Freedom League
and went on to place second in the overall conference championship tournament.
The 1999-2000 academic year saw the Freedom League
become the Freedom Conference with the conference champion
gaining an automatic berth into the Division III national
Since an MAC restructuring in 1990, King's has had 54 players
selected to the MAC Freedom Conference all-star squad. An
additional 68 players were named to the MAC All-Academic teams since 1993.
King's competes for an opportunity to qualify for the Freedom Conference
Championships as the top four teams from within the conference earn
King's began a new era in the fall of 2002 with the hiring of
coach Jerry Greeley who enters
his 11th year as a minor league baseball coach in 2008. Greeley
begins his ninth season as an
assistant coach in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system and
spent two in the Cincinnati Reds' farm system. Greeley will
return to Baltimore's Bluefield, WV affiliate in the
summer of 2008.
Greeley's first official season at King's was the 2003 spring
campaign. In his second year in 2004, Greeley led the Monarchs
to the conference playoffs. The Monarchs finished second in the MAC Freedom
in the regular-season and were seeded second in the conference
playoffs. In 2005, the Monarchs again the second-seed in the
conference tournament, then earned a spot in the ECAC playoffs.
In 2006, King's once again finished second in the conference in
the regular-season. This time the team won all three playoff
games and won the Freedom Conference title and an automatic
national tournament berth. The Monarchs also set a program
record with 25 wins in the season.
Junior Paul Giovannoli was named the 2006 Freedom Conference
"Pitcher of the Year", while Greeley was named the 2006 Freedom
"Coach of the Year".
2007, the Monarchs set a program record 28 wins while finishing
the regular-season tied for first in the Freedom Conference with
a 13-5 mark and earning a fourth straight playoff berth under
Greeley. Additionally, Six King's players were named to the
all-conference team, highlighted by Caleb Calarco who was
selected as both the 2007 Freedom Conference "Pitcher of the
Year" and "Player of the Year" as a senior.
fall practice schedule is conducted to help prepare the team
for its demanding spring slate which includes the team's annual
trip to Florida. King's plays a varsity and jayvee
schedule in Florida to give all the players the opportunity to
hone their skills while also developing team chemistry.
The Monarchs are also involved in a
number of community service activities and projects in and out
of season. The experiences aid both the community, as well
as the Monarchs players who learn the value of giving back to
the people of the Wyoming Valley and surrounding areas.
King's plays its home games at
beautiful Robert L. Betzler Fields,
regarded as the top natural grass baseball facility in
Northeastern Pennsylvania and served as host site for the
MAC Baseball Championships in 1997 and 1998. The field
was referred to by one major league scout as "one of the
the finest grass turf fields in the tri-state area."
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