Staff
Head Coach
Dean Ehehalt

Ehehalt enters his 24th season at the helm of the Monmouth baseball program in 2017, having just completed year four in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

On March 28, 2015, Ehehalt earned his 600th career victory in a walk-off win in extra innings against Manhattan to open league play. To date, he has compiled 648 wins as a head coach, with 627 of them coming at Monmouth. Ehehalt, a three-time recipient of the NEC Coach of the Year, and an eight-time honoree of the NJCBA Coach of the Year, has guided the Hawks to 18 Conference Tournament appearances since 1996. He also led Monmouth to 11 Conference Championship games since 1998, and 4 NEC titles and NCAA Regional appearances in 1998, 1999, 2007, and 2009. Under Ehehalt's direction, the Hawks have amassed 22 consecutive 20-win seasons and nine 30-win seasons, while appearing in 73 postseason games.

In addition to success leading his players during their four years in West Long Branch, Ehehalt saw his first former player reach the Major Leagues in 2011 (Brad Brach, San Diego Padres). Brach is now a key member of the Baltimore Orioles bullpen, earning a win in Game 2 of the 2014 ALDS against Detroit after going 7-1 in the 2014 regular season. Pitcher Pat Light also became Ehehalt's first player drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft in 2012 (Boston Red Sox, 37th overall). Light made his Major League Debut on April 26th this spring.

Ehehalt arrived at Monmouth after spending the 1992 and 1993 seasons at Upsala College where he implemented the resurgence of the Division III program. After finishing 5-22 in his first season, Ehehalt guided a predominantly freshmen squad to a 16-16 mark in his second campaign.

The Middletown, N.J., native spent the previous year as an assistant coach at Kennesaw State College in Marietta, Ga., where he was directly responsible for all aspects of defensive play and recruiting. Ehehalt spent the Fall of 1989 as an assistant coach at Princeton University where he was involved in recruiting, hitting fundamentals and outfield play. Ehehalt began his coaching career in 1988 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, East Carolina. He graduated in 1987 with a B.S. in physical education. In 1990, he earned his second degree from the school, receiving a master's in education, in the discipline of physical education.

As a senior at East Carolina, Ehehalt was named to the 1987 CAA Scholar-Athlete team. The same year, the Pirates won the league tournament championship.

Prior to his arrival at ECU, Ehehalt played two years at Brookdale Community College, where he was named first team Junior College All-Region XIX in 1984.

Besides directing baseball clinics and summer camps at Monmouth, Ehehalt has also worked camps throughout the country.

Ehehalt, who was on the NCAA Regional Baseball Advisory Committee, was named National Chair of the ABCA All-America Committee in December of 2007.

Ehehalt resides in Wall, with his wife, Lee Ann and daughter, Kelsi Mae, who is a Monmouth graduate.

Assistant Coach/Camp Director
Brett Miller

Miller joined the Monmouth staff in the fall of 2017 following a two-year stretch as an assistant coach at The College of New Jersey.

While at TCNJ, Miller served as an assistant as well as the recruiting coordinator, helping the Lions to back-to-back 30-win seasons and NCAA appearances. Miller helped coach a pair of All-Americans in 2017 and 10 Lions who were named All-NJAC, in addition to nine All-Region choices.

Miller played outfield collegiately at York College of Pennsylvania, and was twice named to the All-CAC Academic Team.

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Chris Collazo

The Monmouth baseball program and head coach Dean Ehehalt have announced the addition of Chris Collazo to the coaching staff as the hitting coach. Collazo, an infielder at Monmouth from 2006-2009, comes back to West Long Branch from Villanova, where he spent 2015 as the hitting coach.

"We are really excited to have Chris back on board, said Coach Ehehalt. "His contributions and accomplishments as a player are standards of excellence. He is a true Hawk at heart and I know he will do a great job."

At the direction of Collazo, outfielder Dan Shea (JR) and third baseman Grant Lamberton (JR) were named to the All-MAAC first team. Shea hit .312 with 10 doubles and 8 homeruns to go along with 53 RBIs. Lamberton led the the team with 76 total hits leading to a .341 batting average and reached base at a .445 clip.

Collazo finished his career at Monmouth tied for the program record in hits with Joe McCullough, completing his four years with 247, which is still good for second all-time behind Tampa Bay Rays draft pick Ryan Terry. He was two-time First Team All-NEC selection in 2008 and 2009, while earning 2009 NEC Tournament MVP honros. He hit .642 in three tournament games to propel the Hawks to the program's fourth conference title and an NCAA regional at Mississippi, driving in six runs and scoring four times. The 2009 squad was the second championship team Collazo was a member of, winning a title in 2007 as a sophomore.

The Wall, NJ native concluded his career in the Blue and White with 247 hits, including 88 hits in 2009-one shy of a single-season program record. His 136 career runs scored rank 11th all-time, while the 72 walks Collazo drew mark in at 13th in Monmouth History. He hit .376 in his career, good for 17th all-time. Additionally, he was a 2009 First Team All-NJCBA selection after earning NJCBA All-Rookie honors as a freshman in 2006.

Collazo coached at Villanova druing the 2015 season, where he worked with the hitters and defense. Collazo coached two All-BIG EAST performers in Adam Goss and Todd Czinege, and the Villanova offense posted a 28-point jump in batting average from the previous season under his tutelage.

Prior to his stint at Villanova, Collazo spent three years at Wagner coaching the hitters and infielders. In his final season on Grymes Hill, the Seahawks reached the NEC Tournament for the first time since 2010, and infielder Chris Smith earned all-conference accolades. 2013 saw Wagner post an improved team batting average (.281), as well as jumps in slugging percentage, on base percentage, and extra base hits. Collazo coached Ian Miller, an All-NEC player who was later a 14th round draft pick by the Seattle Mariners.

After graduating Monmouth in 2010, Collazo joined the staff at Felician College for the 2011 season. In his lone season with the Golden Falcons, he helped coach the team to 24 wins and mentored three all-conference players on offense. He spent the fall of 2011 at Seton Hall before Moving over to Wagner.

"Collazo is an outstanding young coach with a great deal of energy as well as a great work ethic," added Ehehalt.

Collazo is from nearby Wall, NJ and played high school baseball at Wall HS.

Assistant Coach/Pitching
Brady Kirkpatrick

Brady Kirkpatrick joined the Monmouth coaching staff in October 2016, and will work with the pitching staff. Kirkpatrick joins the Monmouth program after a brief stint at Rochester and a year as an assistant at the University of San Diego.

“Brady is a great addition to our program,” said Ehehalt. “He will definitely be an asset to our program and a great ambassador of our University. Brady has a very good baseball mind and has been a part of some excellent programs as a player and a coach.”

As a coach, Kirkpatrick spent two summers with the Mountain West College Summer League, both in 2015 as an assistant and 2016 as a head coach. In 2016, he spent the season back at San Diego as a graduate assistant, dealing with the pitching staff, scouting reports and working developmental camps. He spent a short time at the University of Rochester as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator before coming to Monmouth.

Kirkpatrick pitched collegiately for three years at the University of Maryland before finishing up his career at San Diego. With the Terrapins, Kirkpatrick started 11 games a junior and held opponents to a .256 batting average, third on the team, after pitching to a 3.04 ERA as a sophomore. In total, he tossed 169 innings as a Terp, striking out 122. He was part of the 2014 South Carolina regional championship team as well as the first Super Regional Team in Maryland history. He spent the summer of 2012 pitching for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod Summer League, throwing to a 3.51 ERA.

Kirkpatrick graduated from Maryland with a degree in criminology and criminal justice, and from San Diego with a master’s degree in global business leadership. He is a 2010 graduate of Marist Catholic High School in Eugene, Oregon.

Director of Baseball Operations
Jeff Barbalinardo

Jeff Barbalinardo is in his 19th season within the collegiate coaching ranks as an assistant coach at Monmouth University. It has become a familiar sight to see No. 31 on the Monmouth diamond, first as a player and as part of the coaching staff. Barbalinardo has been with the Monmouth baseball program since 1991.

The Beachwood, N.J., native assists with all the daily activities of the program, with a special emphasis put on outfield development. Under his guidance, the Monmouth outfield has had tremendous performances in the Northeast Conference. Graduates such as Jay Law (2001 ABCA/Rawlings and Collegiate Baseball All-America), Greg Landis (2000 First-Team All-NEC & 2001 Second-Team All-NEC), Bobby Torres, Tom Ambrose, David Santana, Kyle Messineo (2007 First-Team All-NEC), Nick Pulsonetti (2009 First-Team All-NEC, 2011 First-Team All-NEC) and Jamie Rosenkranz (2012 Second-Team All-NEC) have all patrolled the outfield under Barbalinardo's watchful eye.

Barbalinardo is also responsible for the development of the current outfielders and a young corps of newcomers to the campus.

Barbalinardo, who graduated from Monmouth in 1995 with a degree in education, collected some impressive numbers himself, while patrolling the Monmouth outfield. The rightfielder played in 156 career games for a Hawks' team that posted 73 wins during his tenure. The sweet-swinging right-hander was a career .282 hitter, who scored 98 runs, had 104 runs batted in and 157 hits. He also collected 29 doubles and 10 home runs in his four years.

Barbalinardo, who received his master of education degree in May of 1999, is currently a teacher in the Toms River School District. Recently married to Heather Dawe, the couple welcomed in their daughter Ava Lynn in July 2010. The Barbalinardo family resides in Toms River, N.J.

The staff will also feature some of the area’s finest high school coaches, local professional players as well as many top collegiate players. The staff will work together to combine years of baseball experience and knowledge with the enthusiasm and desire to personally work with each camper.