Now in his 11th season as the head coach of the Holy Cross baseball team in 2017-2018, Greg DiCenzo has continued to bring the program to new heights. The Crusaders have gone 245-264-1 overall and 111-85 in Patriot League regular season play during DiCenzo's tenure, with the team posting 20-win seasons in 10 of the last 11 years. Holy Cross won its first Patriot League Championship in program history in 2017, and has also made four other Patriot League championship series appearances in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016.
In 2017, DiCenzo led the Crusaders to their first-ever Patriot League Championship, going 4-0 in the conference tournament with series sweeps of Army West Point and Bucknell. Holy Cross then made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1978, competing in the Corvallis, Ore. Regional at Oregon State. The Crusaders earned their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1978 by defeating #25 Nebraska in their second game of the regional by a score of 7-4, eliminating the Huskers from the postseason. Four Crusaders were named to All-Patriot League teams in Austin Masel, Anthony Critelli, George Capen and Thomas Russo. Masel was named the Patriot League's Rookie of the Year, and also earned Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball. Critelli was named the winner of the 2017 Senior CLASS Award, a national award that focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
DiCenzo came to Holy Cross from Northeastern University, where he served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for five seasons. During his time at Northeastern, the Huskies won the America East Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2003, while winning the America East regular season title in 2004 and 2005. The Northeastern pitching staff set the school record for strikeouts in DiCenzo’s first four seasons as pitching coach. He had two pitchers earn America East Pitcher of the Year honors and four of his pitchers were drafted, including Adam Ottavino who went in the first round to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 and made his Major League debut in 2010. Additionally, six positional players were drafted or signed to professional contracts during DiCenzo’s time at Northeastern.
DiCenzo was also an assistant coach for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League from 2002-2005. While on the Cape, DiCenzo had the opportunity to work with many top players, including future major leaguers David Aardsma, Matt Antonelli, Cliff Pennington, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Leroux, Jensen Lewis, Chad Huffman and Brian Bocock.
A native of Duxbury, Mass., DiCenzo earned three degrees from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Science Degree (1998), a Master’s Degree in Education (2000) and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration (2002). He spent four seasons on the baseball coaching staff at his alma mater and two seasons as an assistant football coach. In baseball, he was an assistant coach for three seasons and served as interim head coach in 2002. As an athlete, DiCenzo was a four-year member of the St. Lawrence baseball team, captaining the team as a senior. He was also a one-year member of St. Lawrence’s men’s soccer team, and a four-time All-Conference kicker and punter for the school’s football team.
DiCenzo and his wife Klio were married in 2012.
Jason Falcon is in his 12th season of coaching. His primary focus is working with the Crusader hitters and assisting in recruiting efforts.
Falcon was the head coach at Clark University in Worcester, MA from 1999-2015 where he managed all aspects of the team. In 2010, Falcon led the 91-year old program to just its second winning season in school history, while producing a pair of all-conference players.
He was also the head coach of the North Shore Navigators of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) from 2007-2009 where he posted a 72-53 record at the helm and was named Manager of the Year in 2007.
Falcon also had coaching stops with the Lowell All-Americans of the NECBL as a pitching coach (2006), Team USA International as the head baseball coach and recruiting coordinator (1999-2006) and UMass Boston as an assistant coach.
He was a four-year letterwinner, two-year captain and team MVP while playing collegiately at Western New England University. Falcon earned numerous accolades, including Constitution Athletic Conference (CAC) Player of the Year in 1995 after leading the Golden Bears to the CAC Championship following a season in which he went 5-1 on the mound and hit .405 at the plate. He earned CAC conference honors two more times and was selected to play in the New England All-Star Game at Fenway Park in his senior season.
After graduating from Western New England in 1997, Falcon signed as a free agent with the Massachusetts Mad Dogs, an independent professional baseball team, where he pitched for two years.
Falcon earned his master’s degree in Athletics Administration in 2011 from Endicott College's Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies.
He resides in Sutton with his wife, Tracy, and sons Ryan and Chase.
Kahovec is beginning his 2nd season with Holy Cross as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. His primary duties include working with the team's defense and coordinating the nationwide recruitment of student-athletes.
He came to Holy Cross after spending the past four seasons as the head coach and assistant athletics director at Bard College. Kahovec became the first head coach of the baseball program at Bard in the summer of 2012, a team which had not competed at the varsity level since 1937. During his four seasons at the helm, Kahovec had 10 players named to All-League teams and two All-Region (NY) selections, along with 19 on the All-League academic roster.
Before heading to Bard, Kahovec spent four years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Rochester. In his time with the Yellowjackets, he served as the hitting coach and infield instructor. He assisted in leading Rochester to two UAA Championships, two regular season Liberty League titles, three conference tournament appearances, a program-record 30 wins, a No. 7 national ranking and a Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year award. Kahovec also helped develop one UAA and Liberty League Player of the Year, one UAA Rookie of the Year and 11 different all-region and all-conference selections.
Kahovec played four seasons at Rochester from 2005-2008. His collegiate accolades include three All-Liberty League selections, two All-UAA awards and one all-region award. In his senior season, he helped lead the Yellowjackets to a regular season Liberty League title while batting .372. Kahovec also played professionally in the German National Baseball League for the Erbach Grasshoppers, where he was named team MVP in 2008. He also ranked in the top 10 in the league for batting average, on-base percentage, assists and fielding percentage.
Kahovec has instructed at camps and clinics all over the country including, Clemson, Stanford, Wake Forest, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, William and Mary, Richmond, HeadFirst Honor Roll Camps, and Baseball America Clinics.
Kahovec received his bachelor’s degrees in political science and English from the University of Rochester in 2008 and is currently working toward his masters degree in positive coaching from the University of Missouri.