Former college player takes over NHHS baseball program

For the first time in more than six decades, the North Haven High School baseball program has a new face at the helm.

This week, Joseph Romanelli was introduced as the Nighthawks coach. He takes over for Bob DeMayo, who called it a career back in August. DeMayo had navigated the NHHS baseball team since the late-50s.

Romanelli takes the reins of a well-respected program. DeMayo led the North Haven baseball team to five state championships, 21 conference crowns and numerous division titles. 

Last spring, the Nighthawks rolled up a regular season record of 9-11 and lost in the first round of the CIAC Class L state tournament.

NHHS Athletic Director Steve Blumenthal said “We are very excited"  to bring Romanelli onboard.

"It is not easy to follow in the footsteps of someone who has coached the baseball program for 64 years," Blumenthal added. "But, the committee unanimously felt that Coach Romanelli has the skills and knowledge to set the baseball program on a new path. We have every confidence in Joe to lead North Haven High School Baseball successfully."

Romanelli coached at Notre Dame-West Haven from 2016 to 2022 and also at The Grind Baseball Club and Training Facility. Additionally, he spent time as a volunteer coach at the University of New Haven and at Joseph A. Foran High School. 

Romanelli played baseball at Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville, New York, and continued his career at the University of New Haven. UNH earned the Northeast-10 championship in 2013 when Romanelli was a senior captain. Also, Romanelli played on UNH teams that advanced to the NCAA regionals in 2009 and 2013.

A math coordinator for North Haven Public Schools, Romanelli lives in West Haven with his wife and two children.


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