CBA coach Marty Kenney wins No. 700

CBA coach Marty Kenney wins No. 700

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CBA coach Marty Kenney wins No. 700

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Christian Brothers Academy has had many outstanding players and coaches who have helped shape the school’s illustrious athletic history.

Marty Kenney, the school’s long-time highly-successful head baseball coach, is interwined with the history of the school.

He estimates he has been involved in some capacity with the school for 46 years. He played baseball and basketball at the school. He has been the school’s baseball coach since 1974 and was a long-time assistant basketball coach.

“I’m pretty familiar with the history (of the school),” Kenney said. “(The school) obviously influenced my life. Hopefully, it will have the same impact on a lot of the people who played for me.”

Kenney, a 1966 CBA graduate, joined a select group in the history of New Jersey scholastic baseball on Thursday as the Colts’ 1-0 win over Middletown South in a Class A North game gave Kenney career win No. 700.

Kenney (700-302) is the fourth coach in state history to reach the 700-win milestone behind Ken Frank of Toms River South (781), the late Tony Ferrainolo of Memorial in West New York (754) and the late Harry Shatel of Morristown (752).

“It’s a nice honor, but it’s an honor you accept on behalf of the all players who have played for you over the many years and all the coaches,” Kenney said. “It’s a combination of surrounding yourself with a lot of good people.”

CBA (8-3, 8-2), which is currently in first place in Class A North after several down seasons by its lofty standards, has won two NJSIAA Non-Public A state championships, seven NJSIAA Non-Public South A sectional titles, five Monmouth County Tournament championships, four Shore Conference Tournament titles and numerous Shore Conference divisional titles under Kenney.

The Colts have had many players under Kenney, including current Boston Red Sox farm hand Pat Light. “We do work hard. That takes no talent, and that’s what I try to emphasize to the kids,” Kenney said. “Effort takes little or no talent, but a lot of time if you are going to maybe overachieve in situations, where maybe some teams wouldn’t. It’s not always that we’re blessed with talent.

“The years that we do have real good talent, you’re trying to take it to another level. You’re never really satisified. You’re hoping to strive for perfection even though you might never get there.”

Kenney said he has six or seven individuals who have been a part of his program who have gone to become head coaches. One of them is Middletown South head coach Ryan Spillane, who was an assistant at CBA for nine years before becoming the Eagles’ head coach in 2009. Spillane presented Kenney with the game ball after Thursday’s game.

“He’s done a ton for CBA, the Shore Conference and for me,” Spillane said. “Seven hundred wins is an unbelievable accomplishment.”

Wake Forest-bound senior right-hander John McCarren was the main player Kenney wanted with the ball for this milestone. McCarren fired a three-hitter and struck out 10, walked one and hit a batter in an 88-pitch masterpiece. Mike Caputo’s two-out double to left center in the top of the third scored Chris Cordova. Middletown South’s Rob Grilli pitched a two-hitter.

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