Lead item for Campbell is finding a baseball coach

t’s time to take stock on a few things as we itemize for the month of February:

ITEM: Campbell Baseball Still Looking For Baseball Coach

This isn’t a great situation for the Cougars, not completely of their own making. We’re finally figuring that the only diamond coach Campbell had ever had, Jim Gorham, is irreplaceable, because the school has yet to replace him.

Yes, they were all set to name their guy until he pulled out of the running. But here’s the thing: Gorham announced his retirement early last June, right before the tournament started. That was eight months ago. The job wasn’t even posted and the search process began in November at the earliest. You see, the way it works for a lot of schools and athletic departments is they go by season. Fill the fall jobs, then in the fall try to fill the winter, and in the winter, take care of spring, if that’s all time allows. Campbell AD Jarod Mills said when asked about baseball back in late October he was going to open up the baseball job after had filled what had suddenly become a vacant girls basketball position.

But now the Cougars are caught flat-footed. This is a proud program, that has won three titles in the last four years, and, to be honest, it needed better care. Under the relatively new rules, student athletes and their coach can gather once a week the previous season before theirs (winter teams in fall, spring teams in winter, etc.) under an open gym format. Problem is, the Campbell kids didn’t have a coach.

“I guess it was kind of a sudden situation,” Mills said this week. “I would’ve liked t have gotten it done sooner. … We had a few weeks when we were getting prepared to get it done.”

Moral of the story: If a coach retires in early June, see if you can get him replaced by October – just to be on the safe side.

ITEM: Former Daniel Webster College baseball coach Louie Bernardini named to Rivier coaching staff

Good things happen to good people, and Louie Bernardini is good people as another former Eagle has landed. It’s a great fit; Riv head coach Anthony Perry and Bernardini worked toghether when scheduling each other, etc., and last spring’s Eagle athletics finale at Holman Stadium with Riv was a stroke of genius that the two worked out. He’ll assist Perry primarily with the pitchers and recruiting.

“Anytime you can add a coach with th e background that Louie has, you do it,” Perry said. “His experience in coaching (Brown, Long Island University-Brooklyn, Bates before the Eagles head job) is something that’s invaluable to any program.”

The Raiders start their spring trip in Fort Myers, Fla. vs. the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy next weekend.

ITEM: Nashua South-Pelham hockey team still waiting.

Nothing is ever easy for Nashua hockey, right? The 6-12 Kings saw Salem get the 3-2 game-winner with six minutes left at the Icenter late Thursday night in their regular season finale, which now means that they will have to depend on Trinity to beat Exeter in an 8 p.m. Saturday night game to get them into the Division I tourney for the first time in well over a decade.

The interesting thing is 11-6 Trinity is red hot with eight straight wins, and could possibly pass Bishop Guertin into fifth place with a win if the Cards were to lose at Concord. That game will be done about a half hour before the Pioneers and 5-12 Blue Hawks take the Rinks at Exeter ice. Stay tuned.

ITEM: North Shore Navigatiors GM Bill Terlecky takes medical leave

When Nashua Silver Knights general manager Rick Muntean graciously asked a few reporter’s questions the other day, he was on his way to visit Terlecky in the hospital down in the North Shore area. The two have been good friends for years; no one was happier with Muntean’s return to the Futures League last month than Terlecky, one of the key figures in the league the last six years. The Navs have named assistant general manager Ashley Laramie and public relations director Joe Gill as co-interim general managers. “The Futures league is stronger and better because of (Terlecky),” said a league Facebook page post. “We ask our fans and players to send positive thoughts as he takes this head on.”

“We don’t plan on missing a beat,” Terlecky said in a statement. “Like I’ve told many people, running the Navs is not a job – it’s a way of life and something I plan on doing for many more seasons but for now, until my health is better, it’s time to go to the bullpen.”

Tom King can be reached at 594-1251, tking@nashuatelegraph.com, or @Telegraph_TomK.