CBS sports anchor Steve Overmyer praises NYIT Athletics during segment with Frank Catalanotto

Baseball coach Frank Catalanotto with CBS' Steve Overmyer during a weekend segment on Channel 2.
Baseball coach Frank Catalanotto with CBS' Steve Overmyer during a weekend segment on Channel 2.

NEW YORK — The positive direction of NYIT Athletics is getting noticed throughout the sports industry.

In fact, during recently hired NYIT head baseball coach Frank Catalanotto's visit to the set of WCBS Channel 2 this weekend, host Steve Overmyer praised NYIT's efforts to invigorate its athletics program.

Overmyer also has reported in the past year-plus on the launch of NYIT's nationally ranked women's lacrosse program, which made the NCAA Tournament in its first year of existence, as well as the department's eSports team, which has been a leader in that realm.

The East Coast Conference, spearheaded by NYIT's efforts, will launch an eSports league and crown a league champion during the 2018-19 academic year.

Meanwhile, NYIT president Hank Foley — a former top administrator and interim athletics director at the University of Missouri of the Southeastern Conference — has pledged the construction of a fieldhouse within the next few years on campus.

NYIT Athletics also added club Ultimate this past academic year.

"We're seeing this athletic adjustment at NYIT," Overmyer, a former CNN sports anchor and Jets studio host on SNY, told Catalanotto during the segment, which aired on WLNY 10/55 on Saturday night and also appears on CBS Channel 2 on Sunday at 11:30 p.m. "They've always been national championship contenders in men's lacrosse. They get a women's lacrosse team and they become automatic national championship contenders in that. We've seen them grow their eSports program. Now they bring you in to try to grow the baseball program."

Replied Catalanotto about NYIT Athletics: "It's become huge, and I'm excited about it. I'm excited about being part of this growth in athletics at NYIT. I feel like the commitment that they're making to me just proves that they want the athletics to continue to grow."

Catalanotto, who played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball, again pledged during the "Sports Desk" segment with Overmyer to get NYIT baseball players drafted and send them into the professional ranks.

After the segment, Overmyer tweeted about Catalanotto's hiring at NYIT: "Who wouldn't want to learn from a man who spent 14 years in the bigs with a career BA of .291!!"