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Paul Panik discusses relationship with MLB brother

Paul Panik joined the Gaels in 2018, with his second season being cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. // Photo courtesy of
October 1, 2020

Iona College men’s baseball coach Paul Panik grew up in a home surrounded by baseball. He and his brother, Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Joe Panik, would come home after school from basketball...

Enjoying the game important for Ferraioli after injury

Senior Mario Ferraioli earned the NCAA Player of the Week award right after his no-hitter versus Quinnipiac.
February 20, 2020

Iona College senior Mario Ferraioli is going into his last season of college baseball with the primary goal of having fun with the sport. Ferraioli has played baseball since he was 5 years old, where...

Competition within team will help overall quality: Panik

Head Coach Paul Panik led the Gaels to a 14-38 record in his first season at the helm.
February 1, 2020

The Iona College baseball team aims to focus on internal competition to improve the overall play of the Gaels this season. The addition of eight freshmen plus the return of senior Mario Ferraioli after...

Influx of freshmen help refresh men’s baseball team

The Gaels have a total of 36 players, adding more depth to the team this season.
November 14, 2019

The Iona baseball team starts their season soon, and the Gaels are looking forward to improving their 14-38 record from last season. The team will start the new season with hopes to bounce back from...

Preparation, experience to help Gaels through season

Tim Cluess has lead the Gaels to four straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships and is the only coach to have done so.
October 31, 2019

The Iona College men’s basketball team has performed well in the past four seasons and hopes to win their fifth straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship this season with the help of streamlined...

Iona looks to push through tough season as conference play begins

Junior Brian Picone has 13 runs and 21 hits this season.
April 16, 2019

The Iona College baseball team has had to battle through a lot of ups and downs throughout a tough 2019 campaign. The Gaels’ 8-26 record lands near the bottom of the MAAC rankings, just above Saint Peter’s...

Iona baseball struggles during opening road trip

Iona won its first game of the season against Hofstra.
March 14, 2019

The Iona College baseball team (1-11) finally jumped into the win column after beating Hofstra 4-2 on March 8. Sophomore pitcher Chris Dodrill started and pitched well. Outside of his six walks allowed,...

Paul Panik emphasizes patience heading into first baseball season as head coach

Iona senior Fran Kinsey had a .240 batting average in 2018.
February 15, 2019

While some coaches may set their sights to the future and curtail reduce their messages towards winning it all at the end of the year, Paul Panik – who is entering his first season as the new Iona Baseball...

Mariano Rivera becomes first player to be unanimously voted into MLB Hall of Fame

Mariano Rivera visited Iona College in 2017 to talk about how religion played a strong role in his baseball career.
January 30, 2019

Former New York Yankees closer and all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera became the first player in MLB history to be unanimously voted into the Hall of Fame on Jan. 22.Rivera received the one call baseball...

New Iona baseball coach Paul Panik talks personal experience, coaching philosophy

Iona baseball head coach Paul Panik (above) is the brother of San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik
September 5, 2018

When you walk into the office of Paul Panik, you will find that it is very neat and the temperature is cool. His office serves as an ultimate reflection of himself— calm and cool, with everything in...

Sean Scales molds game after role models

The senior infielder supports a .373 batting average this season.
April 19, 2018

Iona College senior infielder Sean Scales grew up admiring former MLB All-Star Nomar Garciaparra, who slashed his way to the American League batting title in 2000 when he was with the Boston Red Sox. Scales...

Iona struggles to continue on the diamond

March 22, 2018

The Iona College baseball team (4-12) has had a rough stretch lately as the team has found themselves on the losing end of five straight games.Iona lost the final two games of their series against Longwood...

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