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Coaches

Dave Gage - Head Coach

Gage is current Southern Vermont College (Div. 3) head coach and the new head coach of the Dirt Dawgs. Other than his three years experience as a head coach, Gage will also be bringing his instincts and love for the game of baseball as well as the positive attitude to make the team better as well as help with the Dirt Dawgs players summer goals. In Gage's two seasons thus far as the Southern Vermont coach, the Mountaineers have seen major improvements. The team has fielded program bests in both seasons. In 2013, Gage’s squad lowered the total amount of errors from the previous season by 111. Since he took over, the Mountaineers have also set program marks in stolen bases with 89 in 2014. His 2014 team also set a program record with a 4.86 ERA and achieved the second-best batting average. Statistics aren’t the only thing that his improved since Gage was appointed as the head coach. In 2014, the Mountaineers reached the third-most wins in program history with their 15-19 record. In year two the team went 6-7 in one-run games after nine one-run losses in 2013. Mountaineer Baseball is nothing new to Gage. From 2008-2011, he was the starting second baseman for the Mountaineers and served as one of the team’s captains during his final three seasons. His leadership and play helped guide his team to the NECC playoffs in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the first three consecutive playoff appearances in program history. 

Raul Rivera- Pitching Coach

Raul is entering his second year with the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs as their pitching coach.He is currently the Pitching Coach of the New York Institue of Technology (NYIT) in Old Westbury, NY. Rivera played for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics powerhouse Bellvue University, winning a National Championship in 1995. He then went on to play for the Detroit Tigers and continued his professional career at several Independent Minor League organizations for more than seven years. For the past 10 years, Rivera has worked as a physical education teaching and, during this time, has coached several NCAA Division III programs included Globe Institute of Technology and St. Joseph's University in Patchogue, N.Y.