Dayton Flyers find new baseball coach

Tony Vittorio (left), the UD baseball coach, takes the ball from starting pitcher, Cameron Hobson, with two outs in the seventh inning.The University of Dayton baseball team played UMass, at Fifth Third Field, in Dayton. It was a second round Atlantic 10 conference tournament game. Dayton won the game 9 to 5. Hobson gave up 4 runs, on 5 hits and he hit 6 batters, yet still picking up the victory.

Credit: Ron Alvey

Credit: Ron Alvey

Jayson King had long, successful run as head coach at D-II level

Jayson King, a Massachusetts native who has 20 years experience as a head coach, will take over the Dayton Flyers baseball program, the university announced Thursday.

King spent last season at Army as an associate head coach. That followed an 18-year run at Division II Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H. He also coached two seasons at UMass-Boston. His career record is 675-338-3 (.610).

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"My family and I are extremely excited about joining the Flyer family, the University of Dayton, and the rich heritage of success in the classroom, community and athletic programs," King said in a press release. "We are grateful for the opportunity that we have been provided and look forward to taking the baseball program to that next level of success. We will talk frequently amongst the program about championships and will strive for excellence in everything we do."

King replaces UD coach Tony Vittorio, who stepped down in May after 18 seasons. With 461 victories, Vittorio is the winningest coach in program history.

King graduated from Framingham State College in 1993. He’s a native of Canton, Mass.

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