Now in his 10th season as the head coach of the Holy Cross baseball team in 2016-2017, Greg DiCenzo has continued to bring the program to new heights. The Crusaders have gone 221-235-1 overall and 99-77 in Patriot League regular season play during DiCenzo’s tenure, with the team posting six straight 20-win seasons for the first time in program history from 2008-2013. Holy Cross has also made three Patriot League championship series appearances in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016.
In 2016, DiCenzo led the Crusaders to their fourth Patriot League Championship appearance in program history. Holy Cross had three players in Brendan King, Anthony Critelli and Bill Schlich named to All-Patriot League teams, and additionally had Sean Gustin named Academic All-Patriot League. The Crusaders went 14-6 in Patriot League play during the 2016 season. Their 14 wins were the second-most for the program under DiCenzo.
In 2015, Holy Cross had six players named to All-League teams, including four selected to the first team, as well as a second team All-New England honoree in Sean Gustin. DiCenzo also coached the Patriot League Rookie of the Year in Cam O'Neill, who set a program record for hits by a freshman (56). Academically, Holy Cross had a pair of student-athletes named to the Academic All-Patriot League team, and a player (Jack St. Clair), who earned CoSIDA Academic All-District team laurels. The Crusaders earned 12 Patriot League regular season victories in 2015, the third-most won in DiCenzo's tenure.
The 2014 Crusaders had two players named to both the All-Patriot League and the NEIBA All-New England teams. Holy Cross also had a pair of players selected to the Academic All-Patriot League team and a player, Jack St. Clair, who earned CoSIDA Academic All-District team accolades. The squad also led the Patriot League in numerous offensive categories including doubles (79), home runs (16), total bases (517), extra-base hits (101) and slugging percentage (.358). The Crusaders also had two wins against nationally-ranked #7 Mississippi State.
In 2013, DiCenzo was named Patriot League Coach of the Year after piloting the Crusaders to their first-ever regular-season title, with the best conference record in program history (15-5), and an appearance in the Patriot League championship series. Jordan Enos was named Patriot League Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while John Colella earned Patriot League Pitcher of the Year. Seven Holy Cross players received All-Patriot League honors and a pair made the Academic All-Patriot League team. The squad led the Patriot League in every major offensive category including batting average (.289), hits (499), runs scored (317) and home runs (22). Two players from the 2013 team were selected to play in the New England All-Star Game.
In 2012, DiCenzo earned New England Division I Coach of the Year honors, after the Crusaders finished with an overall record of 33-22 to break the school single-season mark for victories. Holy Cross also placed second in the Patriot League with a 13-7 mark in conference games, and finished as the runner-up in the league tournament. In addition, the Crusaders set school single-season records for best fielding percentage (.971), most saves (15) and most strikeouts (350). Three players were selected to play in the New England All-Star game, seven Crusaders earned All-Patriot League honors and Nate Koneski was drafted in the 19th round by the Seattle Mariners. Holy Cross also upset No. 4 Texas A&M during its spring trip to start the season.
The 2011 season saw the Crusaders finish with a winning overall record for the first time since 1991 at 24-23-1. Two players earned first team All-Patriot League honors, three players were named to the New England All-Star team and John Pedrotty was drafted in the 13th round and signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In 2010 the Crusaders finished in third place in the Patriot League with a 10-10 mark in conference games, while going 26-26 overall. Holy Cross then won its first-ever Patriot League playoff series by taking two out of three games at Lehigh, and finished as the runner-up in the conference tournament. Stephen Wadsworth earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors and was selected as a third team Freshman All-American, while six Crusaders earned spots on the All-Patriot League teams. The 2010 squad also broke school single-season records in a number of offensive categories, with a .319 batting average, a .477 slugging percentage, 367 runs, 569 hits, 114 doubles, 45 home runs, 852 total bases and 340 runs batted in.
During DiCenzo’s second season at the helm in 2009, Holy Cross went 22-27 overall and took third place in the Patriot League at 11-7. The Crusaders also qualified for the Patriot League Tournament, where they dropped a close three-game series to eventual conference champion Army. In addition, Matt Perry took home Patriot League Player of the Year honors.
In his first season at Holy Cross, DiCenzo was named the 2008 Patriot League Coach of the Year as the Crusaders qualified for the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2001. He became only the second coach to ever be named the league’s coach of the year in his first season. Holy Cross had a 21-28 overall record (11-9 in Patriot League play) marking the school’s first 20-win season since 1980. In addition, Matt Shapiro was named the Patriot League Pitcher of the Year.
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.