Nick Restaino
Nick Restaino
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (203) 365-7632
Year: First Season

Restaino takes over the helm of the Sacred Heart Baseball program in 2017-18 after spending the last three seasons as Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator for the Pioneers. During his tenure, he helped the SHU secure its fourth Northeast Conference Championship in 2015 and reach the NEC Title game two out of three years.

Restaino came to Sacred Heart after serving as the hitting coach at Southern Connecticut State in 2014. Prior to his time at Southern Connecticut State, he was the head baseball coach at Fordham University for seven seasons after serving as an assistant for six. He has also had previous collegiate assistant coaching stints at Lehman College and Manhattan College.

In addition to coaching, Restaino established the Complete Player Baseball Academy in 2005. As the founder and primary camp director, he assists children in proper player development and improving their overall knowledge of the game of baseball.  

Coaching Accomplishments

  • Five Pioneer hitters earned All-NEC accolades during his three seasons at SHU. 
  • Helped Southern Connecticut State first-place finish in the NE-10 Southwest Division in 2014
  • 2005 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in his first season at Fordham
  • Under his helm, the Rams registered a .590 winning percentage in Atlantic 10 play
  • Led Fordham to the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament in four seasons, including a runner-up finish in 2007
  • Overall, he compiled 196 victories at Fordham, including four over nationally ranked programs.
  • Off the field, his team was recognized with the NCAA APR Public Recognition Award for academic progress six years in a row
  • During his time as coach, he has seen 13 of his players drafted into Major League Baseball and, six more sign professional contracts.
  • He has coached 14 All-Conference players, seven Louisville Slugger All-Americans, six ECAC All-Stars, and in 2008, one of his Fordham players led the NCAA in stolen bases.