Gavazzi enjoying second stint as Mountie diamond coach

He is still a rather youthful diamond mentor even at age 36, although his experience quotient with 17 seasons of football and baseball coaching on his résumés would indicate that Ron Gavazzi is a grizzled veteran in terms of guiding teams – whether it was guiding Bayley-Ellard baseball through the school’s final sporting event before closing its doors in 2005 or working on longtime Montclair State University coach Rick Giancola’s staff for a number of years.

Ron Gavazzi (right) is happy to be back concentrating on baseball at Montclair.

He is now in his second stint at Montclair High where he re-revived a baseball tradition during his eight seasons at the helm through the 2013 season, including winning the Greater Newark Tournament title in 2012. That was the Mounties’ first since 1963 in the granddaddy of statewide in-season tournaments.

Working alongside his good friend and former assistant Anthony Genchi, who headed the MHS diamond program for the three seasons, Gavazzi was gone  from 2014-16, the experienced coach is excited to be concentrating solely on baseball again after giving football his full energy. That included recent stints at both state power Don Bosco with the since-displaced head man Greg Toal and a season at Kean University on Dan Garrett’s staff.