Louie Bernardini was named the 10th Head Coach of the College’s baseball program in November 2015.
Bernardini comes to DWC having most recently served as the assistant coach at NCAA Division I program Long Island University-Brooklyn, where he oversaw the pitching staff and was the program’s recruiting coordinator. The Blackbirds posted a 16-win season last year and were 9-15 in the Northeast Conference (NEC) and saw one pitcher earn all NEC honors.
“It is an honor to have been provided the opportunity to lead a program with a strong legacy,” Bernardini said. “I am humbled and look forward to working on bringing a conference championship back to Daniel Webster. I thank Associate AD Ken Belbin, Athletics Director Chris Gilmore, and President Michael Diffily for the support and encouragement to take on this role as Head Baseball Coach."
Prior to his time at LIU, Bernardini spent one summer as pitching coach with the Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, along with previous stops for one year as pitching coach at Division I Brown University, and two years as pitching coach at Bates College. He also spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Springfield College.
A native of Gray, Maine where he attended Gray-New Gloucester High, Bernardini went on to play four years at traditional New England Division III power Wheaton College, where he was part of a program that posted four 30-plus win seasons including a program record 42-10 mark in 2005-06. The Lyons produced three straight NEWMAC championships during his time in Norton, Mass. including finishing as national runner up in the NCAA tournament in 2006. His tenure included two New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) all-star awards and one NEWMAC all-conference honor.
Bernardini inherits a program that posted an 8-19 overall mark last season. DWC baseball has been one of the top performing programs in the New England Collegiate Conference, having won the NECC tournament title in 2013, 2012 and 2010.
Mike Henzley is set to begin his 10th season on the Eagles baseball staff in 2013. Henzley will work with the outfielders and serve as the first base coach.
In the past three years, Henzley served a key role in the Eagles assault on the base paths. The team racked up 146 stolen bases, good for second in NCAA Division III in 2010. They followed that up with 122 successful steals in 2011. Henzley is also credited with developing a talented group of young outfielders defensively.
“Coach Henzley has done a great job with our outfielders, he works extremely hard to make sure that we are always positioned correctly and prepared to play,” said head coach J.P. Pyne.
Henzley's history with Daniel Webster baseball goes back to the late 1980's when he was a two-year letter winner as the Eagles third baseman, graduating in 1988.
After graduation Henzley served in the United States Air Force from 1989-1998, he is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Since retiring from the Air Force he has been heavily involved with youth and amateur baseball in Southern New Hampshire. He has done extensive work with Merrimack Post 98 Legion baseball as well as the Granite State Baseball League.
"Mike Henzley is a true pillar of Daniel Webster baseball. He is
involved in every facet of the program from player development and
field maintenance to coaching our outfielder and hitters,”
said Pyne. "We are fortunate to have someone who cares so much
about the success of the program on staff. Our program benefits
tremendously from his passion for the game and the college."
In 2011, an award was created in Coach Henzley’s honor. The Michael G. Henzley Award will be presented annually to a recipient that displays continued, dedicated service and made a lasting contribution to the baseball program.
Henzley, a New Jersey native, maintained a .305 batting average during his playing days. Currently he resides in Merrimack with his wife Sue and their three sons Brock (25), Garrett (15) and Landon (12).