NEW YORK — Recently named NYIT baseball coach Frank Catalanotto continued his media tour Sunday, stopping by the set of Fox Channel 5 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for a sit-down with host Tina Cervasio on Sports Xtra.
Catalanotto, a 14-year major leaguer, told Cervasio that NYIT's proximity to his home in St. James on Long Island was one thing that attracted him to a college position leading the Bears.
"I can sleep in my own bed, be with my kids, and still be able to coach baseball," said Catalanotto, who officially was announced Thursday as head coach. "… In the past I've been offered minor league and major league coaching jobs. The opportunity to be on Long Island was just great."
Catalanotto has experience coaching, albeit not in the capacity of a manager or head coach.
He has served as a coach for Team Italy in the last two World Baseball Classics. In 2017, that included coaching Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo.
"It's going to be a little bit different," Catalanotto said about the head role with NYIT. "… You're dealing with kids that have to go to school and get good grades. So, obviously, that's the most important part — to make sure that these kids get their schoolwork done. But I look forward to the challenge.
"New York Tech has had a great baseball tradition in the past. In the recent past they haven't done so well. So I feel like I have the experience and the knowledge that I hope I can get them back to where they once were."
Cervasio noted that both major league managers in New York — Aaron Boone with the Yankees and Mickey Callaway with the Mets — are in their first year in leading roles.
The 44-year-old Catalanotto replied that introducing youthful, first-time managers is a positive for MLB.
"These guys have been in the game for so long," Catalanotto said. "They know so much about the game. I think it's good to get some young former players to manage these guys. They can relate to the players."