Former Owl named new head coach

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 04:45 PM

Forest City Owls baseball announced on Wednesday that Andrew Ciencin, who had most recently been the assistant coach of the Morehead City Marlins and an assistant coach with the North Carolina State Wolfpack, is the new Owls Head Coach.

“I am excited to have Andrew as a part of our organization,” said General Manager Cory Dirksen. “Andrew shares my vision on what is important in building a team. Additionally, he has a history with this franchise.”

Andrew spent two years as a member of both the 2009 and 2010 Forest City Owls team.

During his time with the Forest City Owls, Ciencin led the team to back-to-back league championships. The team was a combined 46-10 during games where Ciencin was in the lineup.

“I’m extremely happy to be coming back to Forest City,” Ciencin said. “I have great memories here in the past and hopefully can create new ones this summer.”

Ciencin replaces Greg Byron who recently took a job with the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

“Greg did a tremendous job of putting together a well-balanced roster," Ciencin said of the team he inherited. "I look forward to working with the guys and having a winning season.”

Ciencin, a New Jersey native, was a standout at North Carolina State during the 2009-12 seasons. He broke into the NC State lineup as a freshman and wound up leading the team in batting and slugging that season.

As a sophomore, Ciencin led the team in RBIs (fifth most in team history) and set the NC State record for grand-slam homeruns in a season. He was also the team captain during the 2011-12 seasons.

Ciencin understands what the area is looking for in its team.

“My coaching philosophy is all about winning. I want to build a winning mentality into all of the guys we have this summer,” he said. “We will play loose, but at the same time, our team will play hard every night. I’m all about having fun as long as it doesn’t inhibit our ability to win.”

Ciencin will begin his managing career at home May 27 as the Owls take on Columbia.