Front Royal Cardinals Announce New Coaching Staff
Head Coach Mike Impellittiere
The Front Royal Cardinals welcome a new head coach for the 2021 season. Mr. Michael Impellittiere, head coach of the Hood College Blazers, will take the helm this summer. Coach Impellittiere, a Cold Spring, NY native, was named the head coach at Hood College in late 2017. In his first season, he led the team to an overall record of 32-11, finishing third in the MAC Commonwealth Conference. Coach Impellittiere was named Coach of the Year, and conference runner up, while Hood College led the division in bases on balls, double plays turned, on-base percentage, scoring, stolen bases, and triples. The team finished second in the nation for stolen bases! In 2019, his second season, Hood finished 25-13-1, earning the program’s first number one seed, and Coach Impellittiere earned his second conference Coach of the Year title. In the COVID shortened 2020 season, he led the team to a hot start, completing 11 games with an 8-3 record. In 2021, the Blazers made it to the MAC Commonwealth Quarterfinals. Prior to Hood College, Coach Impellittiere was an Assistant Baseball Coach at SUNY Paltz, serving as the program’s infield and recruiting coordinator.
As a player, Coach Impellittiere played college baseball at Misericordia University in Dallas, PA where he played an important role in the university’s three Freedom Conference championships. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management in 2013 and earned his MBA at Hood College in 2018.
Welcome Coach Impellittiere!
Assistant Coach Casey Demko
Coach Casey Demko joins us from Quincy University, where he is a Graduate Assistant. Coach Demko helped lead the team to a 29-15 finish, and its 6th straight regional appearance, in the 2021 season.
As a player, Coach Demko attended Ohio State University, Sinclair Community College, and Coker University, where he studied Sports Management. During his time at Coker, Coach Demko batted an impressive .293/.392/.355. He was named to the 2019-20 South Atlantic Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll, and received the 2019-20 D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award.
Welcome Coach Demko!
Assistant Coach Mike McDonough
Coach Mike McDonough joins us from Mercyhurst University, and hometown Columbiana, Ohio. He is a Front Royal Cardinal Alumni, playing the 2017 season in Front Royal. During the 2017 season, McDonough struck out 26 batters, only giving up 16 hits in 20 innings pitched. As a player Coach McDonough spent two years at Mercyhurst. In his senior year, he finished the season with a 4.46 ERA, striking out 66 batters in 42.1 innings pitched.
Prior to Mercyhurst, Coach McDonough attended Sinclair Community College, where he earned is associate degree in liberal arts. In high school, he was named first team all-conference, NEO D3 Pitcher of the Year and second team all-state, and holds six school records (career strikeouts, season strikeouts, career wins, no-hitters, best season record and strikeouts in a game).
Welcome Coach McDonough!