The transition of the UMass Lowell baseball program is now complete. Head coach Nick Barese took care of the final piece of the coaching puzzle by hiring Cody Kauffman to the staff. The two have worked together before about 20 minutes down the road at Merrimack College. Kauffman brings with him a world of experience at both the college and pro levels. Though his job discretion has not been finalized, it appears that Kauffman will get the chance to work with the offense and the infield defense. One thing that is known is that Cody will serve as the team’s first base coach come spring.
For the past two years, Kauffman has been at Franklin Pierce where he wore many hats during his time with the Ravens. He was the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator and he prepared the team’s full-team practice routines while working with both the catchers and hitters. The Ravens had themselves a pretty good spring going 31-17. Included in those wins were four vs Stonehill a new member of DI baseball. They played for the Northeast-10 Conference Championship and were also selected to take part in the NCAA DII East Regional Championship as well finishing with a 3-2 record in that regional. As a team, the Ravens hit .291, with 28 home runs, and scored 336 runs.
Prior to his stop at Franklin Pierce, Kauffman spent two years in North Andover, MA. working on coach Barese’s staff at Merrimack College. His duties with the Warriors were as the hitting coach and defensive coach. His work paid off as the team was a top-25 fielding percentage team in the nation. He was also an assistant coach for Brown University in the Ivy League.
Kauffman has spent summers working for USA Baseball. He has also spent time working with the Women’s National Team. He was the general manager of the U12 national team and was the coordinator for the Collegiate National Team. His resume also includes a stint with the Chicago Cubs minor league system as the video coordinator. He played college ball for both Massachusetts in the A-10 and for the Ravens. He spent two years with both programs. He was a team captain and a winner of a gold glove by Rawlings.
Kauffman is looking forward to being a part of the future of the UMass Lowell baseball program while the head coach is thrilled to add him to the staff.
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