The 2013 season marks Nick Giaquinto's 25th season at the helm of the Sacred Heart Pioneers and 12th at the Division I level. Last year, Giaquinto led the Pioneers to 25 wins and a second consecutive Northeast Conference Baseball Championship and their third overall. It also marked the fourth consecutive appearence in the NEC Championship game for Sacred Heart University Baseball and their fifth appearance in seven years, including the 2006 season when Sacred Heart won its first Division I crown and earned the program's first trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament. In 2011 the pioneers won a program record 34 wins en route to the NEC Championship. He begins the 2013 season with an all-time record of 492-604-2.
Giaquinto helped the Pioneers make the step up to Division I when they joined the Northeast Conference in 2000. After a difficult 12-38 (6-16, NEC) inaugural season, the Pioneers re-grouped and were one of the surprises in the NEC in 2001. The team improved to 22-23 overall (12-10, NEC) and battled for a NEC Tournament slot into the last weekend. The Pioneers qualified for the NEC Tournament in 2005 for the first time in school history, and backed that up with another appearance in 2006.
Giaquinto has played a significant role in building a rich tradition at the University. He guided the Pioneers to the NCAA Regional Tournament three times - finishing eighth in the country at the Division II College World Series in Montgomery, Ala., in 1992. Sacred Heart also won back-to-back ECAC championships in 1990-91 under his tutelage.
The 1999 season saw Giaquinto pass the 200-win plateau with an 11-7 victory over St. Francis (NY) during the team's annual southern trip to Homestead, Fla. He passed the 300-win mark with a 5-1 over St. Francis during the 2005 seasons. He won his 400th career game in a 6-0 victory at Mount St. Mary's on May 15, 2009. In his 24 years on the job, Giaquinto has compiled a record of 493-604-2.
During Giaquinto's tenure, he has coached two All-Americans, seen four players sign professional contracts, and has been honored as the Northeast Region and New England Collegiate Conference "Coach of the Year" by the New Haven Diamond Club.
Before coaching college baseball, Giaquinto had an accomplished football playing career that included four seasons in the NFL. He first played for the Miami Dolphins in 1980, then joined the Washington Redskins, playing for the Super Bowl XVII squad that beat his former team for the title. He graduated from UConn in 1979, where he still holds the school's all-time single-game rushing record of 277 yards against Holy Cross in 1976. After his professional football career, Giaquinto took a position as assistant baseball coach at George Mason University. There he received his master's in Education before being hired at SHU in 1988.
He and his wife Barbara have two children, Annie (24) and Patrick (23).