The 2015 season marks Nick Giaquinto's 26th season at the helm of the Sacred Heart Pioneers and 16that the Division I level. Last year, Giaquinto led the Pioneers to a sixth consecutive appearance in the NEC Championship game. During that span, SHU wion back-to-back NEC Championships in 2011 and 2012. Overall, Giaquinto has led the Pioneers to three Northeast Conference Championships, the first coming in 2006. Twice he has led Sacred Heart to a program record 34 wins, in 2011 and 2013. He begins the 2014 season with an all-time record of 555-656-2.
Giaquinto helped the Pioneers make the step up to Division I when they joined the Northeast Conference in 2000. After a difficult 12-38 (6-16, NEC) inaugural season, the Pioneers re-grouped and were one of the surprises in the NEC in 2001. The team improved to 22-23 overall (12-10, NEC) and battled for a NEC Tournament slot into the last weekend. The Pioneers qualified for the NEC Tournament in 2005 for the first time in school history, and backed that up with another appearance in 2006.
Giaquinto has played a significant role in building a rich tradition at the University. He guided the Pioneers to the NCAA Regional Tournament three times - finishing eighth in the country at the Division II College World Series in Montgomery, Ala., in 1992. Sacred Heart also won back-to-back ECAC championships in 1990-91 under his tutelage.
The 1999 season saw Giaquinto pass the 200-win plateau with an 11-7 victory over St. Francis (NY) during the team's annual southern trip to Homestead, Fla. He passed the 300-win mark with a 5-1 over St. Francis during the 2005 seasons. He won his 400th career game in a 6-0 victory at Mount St. Mary's on May 15, 2009.
During Giaquinto's tenure, he has coached two All-Americans, seen four players sign professional contracts, and has been honored as the Northeast Region and New England Collegiate Conference "Coach of the Year" by the New Haven Diamond Club.
Before coaching college baseball, Giaquinto had an accomplished football playing career that included four seasons in the NFL. He first played for the Miami Dolphins in 1980, then joined the Washington Redskins, playing for the Super Bowl XVII squad that beat his former team for the title. He graduated from UConn in 1979, where he still holds the school's all-time single-game rushing record of 277 yards against Holy Cross in 1976. After his professional football career, Giaquinto took a position as assistant baseball coach at George Mason University. There he received his master's in Education before being hired at SHU in 1988.
He and his wife Barbara have two children, Annie (24) and Patrick (23).