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elevate our resources for our teams in a timely and equitable way.” There are 57 Division I schools in the Northeast alone and given the limited resources at Quinnipiac, it’s no surprise recruiting has become a challenge. But to Gooley, baseball is baseball, no matter where you are. “If you’re in a baseball dugout, whether it’s snowing or ice or rain or sleet … the baseball gods are smiling,” he said. “They smile at you.” During the last few years, the generational shift has had an impact on the team, with some players not subscribing to Gooley’s teaching methods. The resistance became more marked as the losses mounted. Gooley steadfastly endured these losses, never once blaming his players, the field or the university. There is never an excuse. He internalizes it all. “Win, lose or draw, some you win, some you lose and some you get rained out, but you dress for them all,” he said. “And the pride I have for this university is immeasurable, so just because you have a couple of tough years and you hit a tough patch, that doesn’t change how you feel about where you’re at. It never will.” For Lorenzetti, attitude over aptitude is the true key to success – something he thinks his team had been lacking the past few seasons. “We had better talent than most of the people we were playing,” Lorenzetti said. “... It’s just that we didn’t really have the right guys in

terms of buying into one system and buying into believing in each other.” Though there may have been some occasional bad luck in recruiting, Lorenzetti believes they are rectifying the issue now. One look at the team’s record shows progress; they nearly doubled the amount of wins in the last two seasons. Now that the team finally has a solid recruiting class, they are showing potential. “[Gooley] probably could [place blame] if he wanted to … but that’s not who he is,” athletic director Jack McDonald said. Gooley, however, would disagree. “I always say that it’s simple: the players got all the wins and the coaches got all the losses,” Gooley said. “You know, unfortunately, I probably haven’t done as good a job as I should. There’s nobody harder on me than me and you know, I’m disappointed, I feel badly, but it just hasn’t worked the past couple of years.” Despite it all, the triumphs and the challenges, Gooley consistently places an emphasis on the students’ success beyond the diamond. “The key ingredient to this whole mix is those guys have got to graduate. If they play here and go to school here and they’re here for four years and they don’t graduate, then I’m a failure,” he said. “... They failed themselves and we have failed them. And I will never have that. I will never have that.” Gooley is a humble head coach with a big heart. His love of the game is evident in the joy that he shares when he speaks of his journey,

regardless of the ups and downs. He views the game of baseball with a sense of respect rooted in the opportunities it has given him – and though he knew it was time to retire last June, he couldn’t help but give it one last go around. “I still get the thrill of a victory and I’m still upset when you lose,” he said. “And I’m convinced you can be as excited as you want to when you win, but if you accept losing and you don’t care if you lost, then you should get out. Because it doesn’t mean anything to you. But if you lose and two days later, you’re still upset with it, then you gotta stay in it. Because it means something to you. Right?” When current assistant coach John Delaney takes over as head coach next season, the team will still have that mix of old and new. Delaney played under Gooley, too. Gooley is retiring after his team’s first season in a new league, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. As he makes the transition to fulltime fan, he leaves behind a legacy and a life lesson of effort and excellence, no matter what the stats say. “You either win or lose. You’re either safe or out,” he said. “You go on a field and you be as competitive, inside the rules of the game, as you can, because when you leave, you have to live inside a society that has rules…. If you go out and you do your very best at something you love, then you’ve got a chance to be successful. You got a shot.”

QBSN: The Magazine, Issue 4  

The Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network's quarterly publicaation