The Glens Falls Dragons have officially announced the hiring of one of the team’s former catchers, Rich Guglielmi to a new position. Guglielmi has spent the last two summers behind the plate for the Dragons and has left a very good impression on management. In the summer of 2016 Guglielmi will shed the catcher's gear and come out from behind the plate as a member of the coaching and front office staff.
“Ben [Bernard] and the Glens Falls [Dragons] have given me so much the last two summers. I am extremely honored to accept a position as an assistant coach with the 2016 Dragons.”
The decision to hire the popular Guglielmi comes less than a month after the dramatic ending to the Dragons season. The team held a four game lead in the race for the final playoff spot in the PGCBL East Division before going 2-8 down the stretch to miss the post-season after falling to Albany at home on the final night of the season.
His appointment to the role of assistant coach is the first step in realizing Guglielmi’s professional goals.
“Along with coaching the Dragons in 2016, I will be working with Ben and the front office of the Dragons in the morning. As I become closer to graduating college I have realized the two career paths I am most interested in are either coaching at the collegiate level or working in the front offices of a professional baseball team. This opportunity with Ben and the Dragons is perfect for my situation and I am very thankful that it has been afforded to me.”
The Saginaw Valley State catcher batted a .232 in the 2015 season, and was true leader throughout the season for the team. Guglielmi's name will forever be etched in the Glens Falls Dragons history books. He is responsible for the first Home Run in Dragons history, which also was the first run scored by the team, thus earning the first RBI in Dragon's history.
Guglielmi is the first member of the Dragons new coaching staff for the 2016 season to be made official. The Dragons have not yet named a new head coach after parting ways with Johnston Hobbs and promoting pitching coach Colter Bostick late in the season.
Guglielmi's excitement about spending another summer in Glens Falls was as evident as his passion for the game of baseball, especially Glens Falls Dragons baseball. Guglielmi feels that the city has become sort of a home away from home.
"Glens Falls has become a second home for me, the community and my host family. The Patch family, Jim, Michelle and their two sons Ethan and Derek were big factors in my decision to come back to Glens Falls. The summer of 2016 will be an exciting one."