Rob Lemoncelli enjoys teaching, whether in the classroom or on the baseball field.
“I love learning the nuances of the game; I love teaching it,” said Lemoncelli, a seventh- and eighth-grade special education teacher at Wyoming Area who was named Sept. 26 to take over as the school’s head baseball coach. “It’s such an interesting game where people think it’s boring at times, but there’s so many things that go into in terms of preparation and the mental aspect.
“That’s my favorite part of it.”
The 27-year-old played four years in high school and four years at King’s College. The 2009 Pittston Area graduate returned to his alma mater where he has coached infielders for five seasons. He has also spent the last four years coaching and instructing at Baseball U.
“I’m excited to run my own program,” Lemoncelli said.
The Warriors won Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 titles under Ron Musto in 2015 and 2016. Musto announced his resignation, effective at the end of the season, during the 2017 preseason.
“They graduated 14 or 15 seniors, eight starters and their top two arms,” Lemoncelli said. “They did win a couple divisions (in the previous two years); we’re hoping to build with the younger groups.”
Lemoncelli said there will be an emphasis on off-field workouts that grew in importance at Pittston Area in recent seasons.
“I’m excited to hopefully parallel it,” Lemoncelli said of the PA program. “It’s a different mentality. We’re putting a big emphasis on the weight room.
“We’ve already started in the weight room. We’ve had good numbers, good turnouts, a lot of excitement in the kids.
“Excitement in the kids fires me up and, hopefully, it will translate on the field.”
Wyoming Area went 6-7 to tie for third in the five-team WVC Division 2, one game behind eventual state Class 4A champion Dallas. The Warriors were eliminated in the District 2 Class 4A quarterfinals with a loss to Tunkhannock, the other Division 2 team that finished 6-7 in the WVC.