Nick Vennochi
Nick Vennochi
Title: Head Baseball Coach
Phone: 617-824-3137

Coach Vennochi is entering his third season as the head coach of Emerson’s Baseball Program. In his first two seasons at the helm, the team has seen a steady climb in the win column, with four wins in the 2015-2016 season and eight wins in the 2016-2017 season. 

The Melrose MA native, graduated from Emerson in 2011 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and a minor in Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations. He then completed his Masters of Education in Athletic Administration at Endicott College’s Van Loan School in 2013.

Vennochi played three seasons for the Lions Baseball Program, including being named a captain and team’s MVP his senior year.  In his three seasons, Vennochi tallied 81 hits and a .299 average over his 95-game collegiate career. He and Coach Garber were a part of Emerson Baseball’s most successful season in 2010 when the club won 15 games.

Before coming back to his alma mater in summer 2015, Vennochi coached the club baseball team at nearby conference rival Babson College for two seasons. In addition, he worked camps, clinics, and did personal instruction at Extra Innings in Middleton MA. He also was an assistant coach for the Wesleyan University softball team in the spring of 2015.

He is the franchise holder (2014 – present) for the Malden Maddogs in the Boston based Yawkey Baseball League.  Since assuming the role of manager, the Maddogs have won 51 games. As a player in the league, Vennochi has 113 career hits, a .268 average and a .393 on base percentage in 158 games since 2012.

Vennochi currently lives in Groton MA, and also works as a personal instructor at the Rivals Baseball Facility in Woburn MA. 


Kendall Chaves
Kendall Chaves
Title: Pitching Coach

The 2016-2017 will be Coach K’s first full season with the Lions, after joining the staff last January. Chaves graduated from NEWMAC rival Babson College in 2012 with a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Finance and Economics. 

Coach Chaves will assume the role of pitching coach for the 2016-2017 season.

Chaves played two seasons for the Beavers varsity team as a relief pitcher and then decided to help organize/manage and play for Babson College's very successful club baseball program. His time there overlapped with Coach Vennochi and Coach Garber. 

Since graduation Chaves has played for the Malden Maddogs in the Yawkey League alongside Vennochi. In four seasons with the Maddogs, Chaves has pitched in 53 games totaling 169.2 innings. He has a 14-15 record with a 2.93 ERA over that time. In his YBL career, Chaves has struck out 147 batters while only allowing 78 walks and 164 hits. 

Chaves a native of Martha's Vineyard MA currently works as a Financial Analyst at Kronos Incorporated in Chelmsford MA. 

Taylor Lewis
Taylor Lewis
Title: Assistant Baseball Coach

The 2017-2018 will be coach Taylor Lewis' first season at Emerson. Lewis graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology of Physical Education.

At UMaine, he broke school records for most triples in a season (13) and finished second in the country in that category. During his sophomore season, he posted a batting average of .369, with 52 RBIs and was named to the America East First-Team.

After his junior year at UMaine, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round as a center fielder. Lewis spent three years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, starting in 2011. After the 2014 season, he decided to retire from playing to pursue a coaching career at the college level.

For the last two seasons, Coach Lewis has been a volunteer assistant at the University of Maine. Lewis is a Uncasville, Connecticut native and will be working primarily with the outfield and as a hitting coach. He will also be handling a portion of the recruiting responsibilities alongside Coach Vennochi.