2016 Blazers Coaching Staff

Dewey Oriente, Field Manager
Dewey Oriente, Field Manager Primary Phone: (856) 466-3347
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eMail: deweyoriente09@gmail.com

Dewey Oriente is in his first season at DeSales where he will serve as the Recruiting Coordinator. He will work with the Bulldogs' hitters and outfielders. Oriente comes to DeSales after serving as Widener University’s Hitting Coach, Recruiting Coordinator and JV Coach for the past four years. Widener enjoyed tremendous success while Oriente was on staff helping guide the Pride to back-to-back 25+ win seasons. Oriente played a role in helping the Pride capture the 2014 MAC Commonwealth Championship and 2015 ECAC Southeast Region Championship. During his work with the Pride’s hitters, he mentored eleven All-Commonwealth Conference and five All-Mid-Atlantic Region hitters. He also saw two of his hitters go on to win the Conference Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards in 2014. Additionally, the Pride were statistically ranked among the top of the MAC Commonwealth in several key offensive statistics each season.

Oriente competed four years for Saint Joseph’s University from 2006-2010. In 2009, he was named ABCA All-Region, Honorable Mention All-Atlantic 10 Conference, Philadelphia Big Five Team and Philadelphia Big Five Academic Team. In his breakout season, Oriente finished the year hitting .403, which still stands as the last Hawk player to reach that plateau in program history. Following the 2009 season, Oriente was selected Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and First Team All-Big Five. He completed his second season as an Assistant Coach with the South Jersey Giants in the ACBL where he guided them to back-to-back playoff berths.

Oriente graduated Saint Joseph’s in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Finance and is currently pursuing his Master’s of Science with a concentration in Sports Management at Wilmington University.
Bill Hezel, Pitching Coach
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Bill Hezel enters his fourth season as pitching coach for Northampton Community College after spending six seasons as an assistant coach for the East Stroudsburg American Legion team.

A graduate of East Stroudsburg University, Hezel played two years for the Warriors after transferring from Division 1 Lehigh University.

Hezel was named to ESPN Magazine's Academic All-District team and went 6-1 with a 3.75 ERA during his senior year.

Hezel graduated from East Stroudsburg North High School where he was named MVP, All-Conference and All-Area and was recently inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Blake Smith, Assistant Coach
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Blake Smith enters his first year on the coaching staff at Eastern University. He serves as the team’s pitching coach, while also assisting with the development of the catchers. He is also in charge of monitoring the student-athlete’s academic progress, while heavily assisting in recruiting efforts.

Blake is a 2015 graduate of Brescia University in Owensboro, KY where he helped the team to a school record 35 win season his junior year. He was selected as a team captain his senior year.

Prior to Brescia, he played two years at Macomb Community College in Warren, MI. He was a 2-time NJCAA Academic All American, and helped his team to a runner up finish in the Regional Tournament in 2011. He was selected as a team captain his sophomore year in 2012.

A native of Belleville, MI, Blake is a 2010 graduate of Detroit Catholic Central. He is currently pursuing his Master’s of Arts in Organizational Leadership at Eastern University.

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