December 7, 2013 at 12:26 AM
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Senior varsity baseball star Marc Giacalone recently signed his letter of intent to play baseball for St. Joseph’s College in the spring of 2015.
The signing marks the third this fall for New Providence High School, with James Burke and Jillian Balog previously signing with Boston University and Louisville University.
The signing officially took place on November 20 at New Providence High School, and Marc’s dedication is the ultimate reason he was able to play on the next level.
“It was mostly sacrifice and being committed to the sport at all times,” said Giacalone. “There were many opportunities where I could have gone out friends, but I didn’t because of the top priority that I set baseball as.”
Not only was it his dedication that made him so successful, but the numbers he put up on the field are truly astounding.
The to-be four year varsity player posted a .467 batting average and a .583 on-base percentage last season, leading the team in both statistics. Also, perhaps most amazing, he reached base in every single game the Pioneers played his junior season.
Giacalone isn’t just a great player on the field, but he is a phenomenal teammate, says Pioneer baseball head coach Christopher Brodeur.
“Marc’s been an offensive leader and a great teammate,” said Brodeur. “He’s got a lot of talent and a great head on top of his shoulders too.”
Athletic Director Robert Harmer credits parts of all of the athletes’ success to the fantastic direction and guidance from the coaches and the “great athletic environment”.
“I have to commend all of the coaches from the freshman to varsity level,” said Harmer. “Coach Brodeur did a fantastic job with our varsity program, developing all of the players to make the teams very successful.”
With an influx of college athletes coming out of a Group 1 high school like New Providence, Giacalone said “It doesn’t matter what high school you come from, but the effort and proper time you spend on it.”
Marc and the Pioneer baseball team looks to have a solid year, with practice starting in early March, and opening day on April 1 against Union Catholic Regional High School at Paul Miller Field.