(Fairfield, CT) – The Sacred Heart University Baseball coaching staff, as well as a number of Pioneer players, had the chance to meet New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman and Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operation Theo Epstein at the Edgerton Performing Arts Center on Sacred Heart Campus Tuesday night.
Cashman and Epstein were the featured speakers at the Student Affairs Lecture Series, a conversation moderated by Steve Berthiaume of ESPN. After the featured conversation, SHU Baseball coaches Nick Giaquinto, Wayne Mazzoni, and Tyler Kavanaugh and SHU Baseball players Rob Griffith, Hunter Phillips, John Murphy, Troy Scribner, and Derick Horn had a chance to meet with the two well-respected baseball executives.
"It was a great experience for us and the guys to hear to great pros share some very interesting stories," said Giaquinto. "I thought they both were very candid and honest, and it was a great thing for our guys to hear about their experiences and get the opportunity to meet them."
Cashman has led the Yankees to four World Series championships since being named general manager in 1998, while Epstein joined the Cubs after an historic tenure as the general manager of the Boston Red Sox. He become the youngest GM in Baseball history in 2002, and went on to lead the Red Sox to two world titles, including Boston's first championship in 86 years in 2004.
The Sacred Heart University Baseball team seeks to defend its own championship after winning the Northeast Conference title last season and earning a trip to the Clemson Regional of the 2011 NCAA Baseball Tournament. The Pioneers begin their 2012 season Feb. 24-26 at the University of New Mexico.