ARLINGTON — Arlington baseball is fresh off a successful 2021 season in which it reached the Division IV semifinals and finished the season 13-3.
The Eagles hope to remain a contender under new leadership in 2022, as Alex Borsari has been named the next Arlington baseball coach, taking over from Jamie Wright.
Borsari is a graduate of Castleton University and played shortstop for the Spartans baseball team from 2017-2020. He captained the Spartans during the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The 24-year-old teaches physical education in Arlington and is excited about his first chance to coach a varsity team.
The new Arlington skipper recalls fond memories of helping his father coach his younger brother James during their childhood. With a six-year age difference between the brothers, Alex was able to lend a hand coaching James’ Little League and youth basketball teams in their hometown of Bolton, Massachusetts.
“Even from a young age I have always had a passion for coaching,” said Borsari. “I just love seeing young athletes progress through skills…I’ve known for a while that I’ve really enjoyed it and it’s something I want to do for years to come.”
Last year, Borsari coached a high school baseball team at Rutland Town School. Now he gets the chance to show what he can do at the varsity level.
Being a young coach can have its pros and cons. Borsari believes it will help his players achieve their goals.
“I think my young age can definitely help to deal with the players and I think it motivates us,” he said.
Borsari wants to help Eagles players reach their full potential. If that means going to college baseball, Borsari has been there and done it.
“I think I’ll play four years” [college] baseball, I know what it takes and I think I can help a lot of them get there.”
He believes that a challenging aspect of coaching varsity will be establishing the daily routines for his team, be it training or match day. Borsari said changes in coaching are always challenging because athletes are used to a certain way of doing things.
“I think that structure is great in a program,” Borsari said. “I think when a new coach starts, it’s hard to move from structure to structure, at any age and at any level.”
The new coach is looking to pick up last season’s momentum and the Eagles are off to a good start. Arlington already has 17 players signed up to play baseball. Last season, the Eagles had 13 players on their roster.
The added numbers will only help Arlington stay competitive.
“It helps with competitiveness in the field,” Borsari said. “You are now fighting for a number of positions. If you’re sitting there and you’re fighting a little bit for position, you’re focusing a lot on.”
Borsari wants to have a successful season in 2022, but ultimately he takes a long-term approach when it comes to Arlington baseball.
“Of course my goal is to continue the momentum from last year, but my overall goal is to look forward to it years later,” he said.
The Arlington manager said the secret to a successful program lies in building the sport within the community. He plans to connect with youth and high school programs to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Arlington Athletic Director Reg Trayah is delighted to have Borsari in the building.
“The athletics department is delighted that Mr. Borsari is leading the baseball program,” Trayah said.
As for Borsari, he is already looking forward to spring.
“I’m just extremely excited,” he said. “I have a great relationship with the kids and I’m really excited to see how it goes.”