The New Britain Bees have a new manager â€¦ again.
The new entry into the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced the hiring of Ray Guarino as the teamâ€™s field manager for the 2020 season. Guarino is currently an assistant baseball coach at Yale.
â€śRay brings the Bees a tremendous amount of D-I experience and a proven track record of leadership,â€ť Bees General Manager Brad Smith said. â€śHe is a Connecticut guy, a baseball lifer, and we canâ€™t wait to see the success he will bring to our ballclub.â€ť
Guarino is entering his 11th season on the Yale staff, primarily working with the teamâ€™s infielders and outfielders, while assisting with all defensive strategies and serving as the Bulldogs first base coach.
â€śIâ€™m excited for this opportunity to help put a winning product on the field for the Bees,â€ť Guarino said. â€śWe 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 canâ€™t wait to get started.â€ť
While at Yale, Guarino helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2017 Ivy League Tournament championship.
â€śIâ€™ve known Ray for over 20 years,â€ť Yale head coach John Stuper said. â€śI 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.â€ť
Guarino replaces Ray Ricker, who was hired to be the teamâ€™s manager for the 2020 season only to accept a position with the Philadelphia Phillies organization a short time later.