The 2015 season marks Nick Giaquinto's 27thseason at the helm of the Sacred Heart Pioneers, and 16th at the Division I level. In 2014, Giaquinto led the Pioneers to a sixth consecutive appearance in the NEC Championship game. During that span, SHU won 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.
During Giaquinto's tenure, eight Pioneers have been drafted into the MLB. He has also coached two All-Americans, 42 All-NEC selections, three Conference Players of the Year, two Conference Rookies of the Year, one Northeast Region Pitcher of the Year, one Northeast Region Player of the Year, and one NEC Pitcher of the Year. He was honored as the Northeast Region and New England Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in 1992, as well as the NEC Coach of the Year in 2005.
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 1992. Sacred Heart also won back-to-back ECAC championships in 1990 and 1991 under his tutelage.
He 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, where they would go on to to win the program's first ever NEC championship.
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 and Patrick.