RCSJ-Cumberland Dukes Athletics are proud to announce the hiring of Marco Carolla to be the next Head Baseball Coach.
Carolla, 29, takes over for Keith Gorman, who led the Dukes to the first National Championship in school history. Gorman is now the Head Baseball Coach at Barton College in Wilson, NC. Carolla was an assistant for the Dukes the previous two seasons in which the program was a mainstay in the top 5 of the NJCAA National Rankings. During his time as an assistant, he was charged with developing the infielders and hitters under Gorman.
Carolla has been in the coaching world since he completed his playing career at Ramapo College in 2012 where he would earn his bachelor's degree in History. He would begin his coaching career in 2013 where he was an assistant coach for perennial state contender, Pascack Hills High School in Montvale, NJ, in which he would help guide the school to the sectional championship in his only year on staff. A year later, in 2014, he would return to his alma mater, Buena Regional High School in Buena, NJ. That year, the Chiefs would go on to win the first Group II state championship in school history, and would follow that with another Sectional Group II championship in 2015. The following two years he would serve as an assistant coach at Bridgeton High School before making his way to RCSJ-Cumberland in 2018.
The Landisville, NJ native is a graduate of Buena Regional High School where he won multiple titles including the 2008 SJ Group II Sectional Championship and is a member of the 100-hit club, finishing with 131 career hits. He would be a junior college product himself as he played at both Camden County College and RCSJ-Gloucester (formerly Gloucester County College) before making his way to Ramapo College of New Jersey. He would be a part of the record-setting 2012 team at RCNJ in which the Roadrunners would win 35 games and reach the NCAA DIII Regional Finals.
Carolla is currently a history teacher at the nearby Cumberland County Technical Education Center in Vineland, NJ. As mentioned, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in History from Ramapo College of New Jersey, and his currently pursuing his Master's Degree in History from Rowan University.
Athletic Director, Jonathan Dijamco, shared his thoughts on the hiring of Marco Carolla. "First and foremost, Marco is a proven winner. He has won at every level he has been at as a player and as a coach." Dijamco continued, "Being a part of the Baseball program for the past two years, he understands what is required to be a Cumberland Baseball player. Our department is excited for Marco and we are ready to enter this new chapter of Dukes Baseball with him at the helm."
Cumberland is set to begin their Fall slate of games this Saturday at Monmouth University.