Marc Pavao enters his eighth year at the helm for the Buccaneers. After serving as the assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator for the Buccaneers for seven years, Pavao was named to the head coaching position prior to the 2006 season. In seven seasons, he has compiled a 236-132-2 overall record and a 100-66 mark against Sunshine State Conference opponents, including conference titles in 2009 and 2011.
The spring of 2012 was an up and down year for the Bucs. With a new group of faces and the voids left by All-American Dean Green and Manny Rodriguez. Barry was able to battle back to a 23-22 overall mark and showed plenty of potential with a veteran group returning in 2013.
The Bucs posted a pair of 40-win season in 2009 and again in 2011, capturing the SSC title with a 20-4 mark and going 40-17 overall. First baseman Dean Green was a beast in the middle of the Buccaneer lineup, hitting .400 with 19 homers and 77 RBI to earn SSC Player of the Year. Junior Corey Witkowski led the league with an 11-1 record and 1.48 ERA. Green (11th round to the Tigers) and right-handed pitcher Manny Rodriguez (10th round to the Nationals), who went 7-3 with a 2.00 ERA and a school-record 126 strikeouts, were tabbed in the MLB Draft. Rodriguez became the highest drafted Buccaneer in program history surpassing Yan Gomes who was also drafted in the 10th round.
Pavao's 2010 Buccaneers went 32-19 overall and 13-11 in conference play. The team tallied a .329 batting average, ranking the squad third in school history. Pavao's squads now hold the top four batting averages in school hostory.
Also breaking records during the 2010 season was four-year starter Nick Shaw. Shaw totaled 211 walks over his career as a Buccaneer and set an NCAA DII record. Shortly after the 2010 season, Shaw became the 15th Buccaneer taken in the MLB draft going tot he Milwaukee Brewers in the 25th round.
In the Summer of 2009, Pavao was an assistant coach for the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod Baseball League. The A's advanced to the playoffs but lost to the New Orleans Firebirds in the first round.
Under Pavao's leadership, the Bucs enjoyed their best season in history in 2009, going 44-11 for the year, winning their first SSC Championship, and earning a #2 seeding in the South Regional. Eight Buccaneer players earned All-SSC honors. In addition, Yan Gomes, Nick Shaw, and Charley Short earned All-American honors.
Gomes went on to earn first-team American Baseball Coaches Association All-South Region and First-Team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-South Region. Gomes headlined four Buccaneer players who were taken in the 2009 MLB draft and became the first Buccaneer to reach the major leagues when he was called up by the Toronto Blue Jays in the summer of 2012. Seniors Danny Lima, Yudelmis Hernandez and Bobby Hernandez were taken 694th, 847th, and 1150th overall, respectively.
The Bucs broke several team records including home runs as a team (105), runs (551), RBI (506), walks (312) and wins (44). Barry also broke the NCAA Division II record for grand slams in a season with ten.
In 2008, Pavao led the Bucs to a 32-19 mark. The Bucs set a team record batting .338, with several players having big seasons. Bobby Hernandez and Nick Shaw garnered All-America honors in the 2008 season. Along with the third team All-America honors, Hernandez earned Pitcher of the Year honors out of the SSC going 7-0 with a 1.58 ERA. Hernandez was also drafted in the 38th round by Boston, but will stay for his senior year. Shaw received honorable mention All-America honors during his sophomore season, as he led the Bucs with a .398 batting average and scored 63 runs out of the lead-off spot.
John Servidio posted a .366 batting average, 14 home runs and a .688 slugging percentage during his senior season and was drafted by the New York Mets in the 26th round. Andrew Frezza tallied a .392 batting average, 82 hits and 15 steals during his senior season, which earned him a pick by the Boston Red Sox in the 31st round.
Senior lefty Mike Tomoleoni also signed a free agent contract with Boston after going 9-5, with a 3.75 ERA in 132 innings during his five-year career.
After starting the 2007 season 16-19, Pavao led the Buccaneers to an outstanding finish, winning 16 of the last 21 games. The Buccaneers finished third in the SSC with a 14-10 mark and narrowly missed out on an NCAA tournament berth.
Marc ’s first season as the Buccaneer baseball skipper was the best debut in school history, as Barry went 33-21-1 to top Chris Cafalone’s mark (30-19-2) in 1996. The Bucs went 33-21-1 during the 2006 season led by Seattle Mariner draftee Alex Meneses and NCBWA All-American Nick Corbeil. Meneses, who along with Cesar Aranguren owns most the Buccaneer career records, hit .367 and walked 55 times to lead the SSC in on-base percentage at .515. Corbeil hit 16 homers to finish second all-time at 30.
The pitching staff was paced by junior Jayson Brown who led the SSC with a 1.97 ERA and the team with 94 strikeouts. In addition to Meneses, who played most of the season with the High A California League champs Inland Empire 66ers, Corbeil, Jerry Thornton and Greg Dicso all signed professional contracts.
In addition to his service at Barry, Pavao spent two summers, 2003 and 2004, as the head coach of the North Adams Steeple Cats, a member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) in North Adams, Mass. In 2004, he led the Steeple Cats to a franchise-record 24 wins.
In 2000 and 2001, Pavao worked with Major League Baseball International in Europe and served as a liason with baseball federations in Germany and France. He worked closely with members of each, planning and organizing strategies for club and national teams.
From 1997-99, Pavao served as the assistant coach for the Rhode Island Reds, a member of the NECBL in Warwick, R.I. He also served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Community College of Rhode Island for three seasons (1996-98), helping the team to the Junior College Division II World Series. Pavao began his coaching career in 1994 as an assistant at Coyle-Cassidy High in Taunton, Mass.
Pavao is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and holds a professional certification in turf management from the University of Georgia. He is certified by the state of Florida and Massachusetts Departments of Education as a professional educator. In addition, he has been licensed by the Florida High School Athletic Association and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association as a high school football official.
As a player, Pavao began his collegiate playing career at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. At UMD, he earned a starting position at third base as a freshman, helping the team to consecutive appearances in the NCAA Northeast Regional.
Pavao has also been active in the Miami Shores community, working with community service organizations Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, along with many community service projects. Pavao Resides in Davie, Fla. with his wife Erin, his son Logan Reid, and his two dogs River and Toby.