The coaching carousel is usually quiet in January, but today we've got a pair of head coaching changes to report in the Northeast. Wagner coach Joe Litterio is leaving after 12 years to take a job as an assistant at his alma mater, Rutgers. And Michael "Butch" Caulfield, who was set to serve as "head assistant" at New York Institute of Technology, confirmed to Baseball America that he has resigned for reasons he declined to discuss. (Note: a previous version of this story incorrectly stated Caulfield was named head coach this fall.) College Baseball Daily first reported that news earlier Wednesday.
Litterio went 240-372 as Wagner's head coach, leading the Seahawks to the program's only regional appearance in 2000. He was a standout player at Rutgers from 1990-93, and long-time Scarlet Knights coach Fred Hill approached him to fill an unexpected coaching vacancy over the holidays. Assistant Darren Fenster accepted a job as the hitting coach at low Class A Greenville in the Red Sox system, according to a source. Litterio said that within a week of that development, he agreed to join the Rutgers staff.
"I called every one of my kids on the roster and explained this is just a situation that I can't pass up for myself and my family," Litterio told the Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance. "It's something that I couldn't turn down."
Neither Wagner nor Rutgers has officially announced the moves yet. Fenster will stay on at Rutgers until the end of the month to tie up loose ends and aid with the transition. As for Wagner, this close to the start of the season, it seems likely that assistant Mike Consolmagno will take over as head coach on an interim basis.
Caulfield was named head assistant when Bob Hirschfield retired after the completion of his 30th season last spring; he was set to "assist the athletics director with the leadership of the program," according to a release. The school has not posted a release about Caulfield's departure, but it lists its head coach as TBA. Caulfield speculated that the Bears "will probably keep everyone as an assistant coach right now and decide the head coach at the end of the season." Chris Rojas is NYIT's most experienced assistant and figures to take more of a leadership role now.
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