December 5, 2016, Middletown, NJ – The Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate
League (ABCCL) announced the appointment of Jay Blackwell, former President of the
New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association, ABCCL Executive VP and coach at four
New Jersey colleges and universities, as its new president.
Blackwell said, “I’m very proud to be named to this important post and am looking
forward to helping keep the League on its successful growth path here in New Jersey.
We have a great track record and a solid base to work from… and with the support of
the baseball community here and across the nation I’m confident we can do terrific
things for the players, their schools and the community at large.”
Blackwell, a resident of Middletown, has been a mainstay on the New Jersey college
baseball scene for more than two decades, including 10 years as an assistant to
Rutgers University Hall of Fame coach Fred Hill. As head coach at Division II
Bloomfield College, he guided his team to postseason births in two seasons at the helm.
He also served as an assistant at both Seton Hall University and Kean University,
where he worked under head baseball coach Neil Ioviero.
“It doesn’t take long when you’re around Jay to see his teaching skills, passion and
genuine love for the game of baseball,” said Ioviero. “He has great energy and is very
organized in his approach both on and off the field. I think he is a great choice to help
lead the ABCCL in the coming years.”
Blackwell is also a familiar face around the ABCCL. He has been ABCCL Executive
Vice President and a member of the League’s Advisory Board for more than a decade.
He has also coached in the League, having led the Freehold Clippers to the 2008
ABCCL championship game in his first season with the team. He plans to use his
knowledge of the League, along with his college coaching experience and his time as
president of the NJCBA to realize the unique goals for the ABCCL both now and in the
“I’m working closely with former president, Monique Koehler, key members of the
Governing Board and League general managers to review operations, procedures and
policies with an eye toward continued expansion and enhancements of our services,
field availability and our unique charitable outreach programs,” said Blackwell.
“It’s always been my position that college baseball programs and fans in New Jersey will
benefit from learning more about the ABCCL and becoming involved in our efforts both
on and off the field. So another major push will be to press forward with the marketing
and public relations programs that Monique has instituted. We need to continue to raise
awareness, differentiate ourselves and increase support from the colleges and
universities, local businesses and the communities we serve. It’s a challenge but it’s
one we can and will meet,” he concluded.
ABCCL founder and chairman, Monique Koehler, summed up the benefits of Blackwell’s
addition saying, “Jay brings a great deal of experience, drive and organization to the
ABCCL that will be incredibly valuable not only to the League’s administration, but to the
colleges, team management, players and families we serve. And as the ABCCL grows
that value will only increase.”