Ocean State Waves general manager Matt Finlayson is going back to his roots for his new manager.
A baseball player in his own right at Salve Regina University, Finlayson has tabbed Seahawks skipper Eric Cirella to take over head coaching duties of the Waves.
Finlayson played for Cirella’s father, Steve, at Salve and also coached with Eric under Jim Foster at the University of Rhode Island.
“I’ve known Eric for years and I worked with him at URI so I’ve kind of seen him grow professionally,” Finlayson says. “I didn’t know if he could do it from a coaching point where it’s a busy recruiting time for him too but I’m really happy to have him on board. He’s from Jamestown and he’s really happy to be a part of this community too.”
A graduate of North Kingstown High School, Cirella went on to have a standout career at Salve before getting into coaching.
The youngest ever inductee to the Salve Regina Athletic Hall of Fame, Cirella had stints as an assistant at Salve, URI and the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League before getting the top job with the Seahawks.
“It’s an exciting opportunity,” Cirella said of his new position. “The Ocean State Waves are a great organization from all I’ve seen last year. I think that every organization is better in their second year just because now they kind of know what to expect. I’m in contact with Matt pretty often and he’s put together an incredible roster.”
Among those players will be South Kingstown’s own T.J. Lynch, who had a breakout performance in the Futures League this past summer.
Lynch will once again be coached at Old Mountain Field by his high school manager Jim Sauro, as he returns to the bench this season – along with Rian McCarthy – to work under Cirella.
For more on Cirella’s hiring, the Waves roster and the prospects for the team moving forward pick up the Nov. 27 issue of The Narragansett Times.