FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Sacred Heart Baseball head coach Nick Restaino announced the addition of Matt Burns to the coaching staff as volunteer assistant coach for the 2018 season on Wednesday.
"We are excited to add Matt to the coaching staff." said Restaino. "He is a motivated young coach with lots of energy, his experience will help our players both on and off the field"
Burns joins the Pioneers staff after spending the summer managing the Rome Generals of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. Prior to his time with the Generals, he served as an assistant coach at Post University.
In 2016, he spent time as graduate assistant with Franklin Pierce. He worked with the infielders, outfielders and hitters. That summer he served as hitting coach for the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs of the FCBL, leading the team to a second ranked team offense in the league.
Burns was a two-time All-Northeast 10 honoree at Southern Connecticut State. In 2015, he led the team with a .356 batting average, 11 doubles, and 28 stolen bases. He played a graduate season for Franklin Pierce in 2016, the Ravens were ranked as high as No. 1 in Division II and made the College World Series.
The Pioneers finished the 2017 season 23-36, 14-13 NEC. SHU advanced to the eighth NEC title game in the last nine seasons.