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Former All-Star Takes The Mound As Pitching Coach

New Hyde Park’s Lou Bernardi Brings Playing Expertise to Old Westbury

The SUNY Old Westbury Panthers had a fantastic 2012 season on the baseball diamond—finishing with a record of 30-12—but will be receiving a significant boost by adding Lou Bernardi to the coaching staff as the pitching coach.

“The team had a great deal of success last season, but we’re looking to build on that,” said Bernardi. “I’m looking to instill a good work ethic, and I feel I can help that beginning with their off-season throwing program.”

The New Hyde Park native has had extensive success on the mound. He finished his collegiate career at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in 2010 as the program’s leader in appearances (67), and led the team in saves in 2008 with three.

He went on to play professional ball with the New York Federals of the New York State League, prior to playing with the St. George Roadrunners of the Golden League. 

His first coaching job was with his alma mater as an assistant coach for the 2012 season. 

Regarding his time as a member of the coaching staff, Bernardi said “It was a great way to give back to the program that did much for me as player. It was pretty beneficial being involved with the program I am familiar with, knowing the system and coaching the upper classmen who I played with.”

Prior to his time at NYIT, Bernardi had one of the most successful careers any athlete has had in the history of Herricks High School. In addition to his leadership role of captain as a junior and senior, he was named the League MVP as well as a member of the All-State team. For his accomplishments, he was inducted into the Herricks High School Hall of Fame.

This summer Bernardi also gained a considerable amount of experience as a head coach with the New York Atlantics of the ACBL. His team won the championship of the Kaiser division. 

Bernardi possesses strong character, as evidenced by being the recipient of the Harold J. Hirschfield Memorial Leadership Award in 2010 with NYIT. The accolade is given to the player who displays strong leadership qualities.

His guidance of the pitching staff will be crucial if the Panthers hope to unseat Farmingdale State Rams as the five-time defending champions of the Skyline Conference. The season ended in disappointing fashion as the Rams overcame a 6-run deficit in the ninth inning of the Conference finals.

That is in the past, however, and Bernardi is confident the Panthers can give them a run for their money.

“We’re going to compete. We will play Old Westbury baseball; good pitching, timely hitting and base running,” said Bernardi.

The team was led by its formidable offense, which ranked No. 1 in the nation in batting average (.362), runs per game (9.9) and stolen bases per game (5.79).

The pitching staff struggled to a 5.00 ERA, but the addition of Bernardi and his experience will provide substantial aid.

“I haven’t been a part of this conference but having coached Division-I helped me take on a role with bigger responsibility.”

 

 


News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


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Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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