09/25/2019 8:22 AM
Article By: CCBL Public Relations Office
HYANNIS, Mass. – After 35 years of baseball coaching experience, veteran mentor Gary Calhoun has been named field manager of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
“I’m honored to be joining Hyannis and work with some of the elite players in the country with the Cape League,” said Calhoun. “Looking forward to getting up there and working with our coaches and people in the organization and community.”
Calhoun replaces long-time Harbor Hawks mentor Chad Gassman, who departed Hyannis last month to became athletic director at Waldorf University in Iowa.
Gassman led the Harbor Hawks to three West Division titles and was Cape League Manager of the Year in 2011, working with then-GM and current league VP Bill Bussiere and current GM Tino DiGiovanni.
Last summer, Calhoun managed Keene Swamp Bats to the 2019 NECBL Championship and brings recognition by peers as a top college coach over the past three-plus decades.
“Gary Calhoun brings vast coaching experience, a wealth of baseball knowledge and a positive national reputation,” said Hyannis General Manager Tino DiGiovanni. "It’s the beginning of a new Hyannis Harbor Hawks chapter."
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Calhoun played for Florida Southern College, winning a national championship in 1976.
Upon graduating, Calhoun spent several years playing pro baseball and coached several New Yankees’ Minor League teams from 1997-2006. Additionally, he spent time coaching in the Detroit Tigers and Milwaukee Brewers minor league systems. Calhoun has been assistant coach at St. Leo College, Florida Southern and University of South Florida.
From 1987-2015, he was head coach at Hillsborough CC in Tampa, Fla., winning NJCAA Coach of the Year honors in 1988 and named national coach of the year in 1988. He spent a decade coaching pro baseball in the Gulf Coast League (NY Yankees), New York-Penn League (Detroit Tigers) and Pioneer League (Milwaukee Brewers).
The Hyannis Harbor Hawks, formerly Hyannis Mets, are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Hyannis, Mass. The team is a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) and plays in the league's West Division. The Harbor Hawks play home games at renovated Judy Walden Scarafile Field at McKeon Park, which has new electronic message board. Team is owned and operated by non-profit Hyannis Athletic Association.
Hyannis won Cape League titles in 1978-79 and 1991 and in 1979 set league records for wins (33), points (67), batting avg (.314), total bases (724) and runs (348). The Harbor Hawks advanced to league championship series in 2015, where they fell to Y-D. Hyannis finished one point behind Wareham in West Division in 2018.
In the off-season, Gary and wife Ann reside on Omelia Island, Florida. They have two children.