Bees hire Yale assistant coach Ray Guarino as new manager

Published on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 12:28
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The New Britain Bees have a new manager … again.

The new entry into the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced the hiring of Ray Guarino as the team’s field manager for the 2020 season. Guarino is currently an assistant baseball coach at Yale.

“Ray brings the Bees a tremendous amount of D-I experience and a proven track record of leadership,” Bees General Manager Brad Smith said. “He is a Connecticut guy, a baseball lifer, and we can’t wait to see the success he will bring to our ballclub.”

Guarino is entering his 11th season on the Yale staff, primarily working with the team’s infielders and outfielders, while assisting with all defensive strategies and serving as the Bulldogs first base coach.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to help put a winning product on the field for the Bees,” Guarino said. “We are going to compete the right way and give the baseball fans of Central Connecticut a team they can get behind and be proud of. I can’t wait to get started.”

While at Yale, Guarino helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2017 Ivy League Tournament championship.

“I’ve known Ray for over 20 years,” Yale head coach John Stuper said. “I first met him when I hired him to work my youth camps. Then I asked him to be part of our staff here at Yale about 10 years later. I have seen him grow so much as a coach and as a man. Our players love him. He loves the game and he loves teaching it. This is a great choice for New Britain.”

Guarino replaces Ray Ricker, who was hired to be the team’s manager for the 2020 season only to accept a position with the Philadelphia Phillies organization a short time later.

Posted in The Bristol Press, New Britain Bees on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 12:28. Updated: Tuesday, 11 February 2020 12:30.