Central Regional High School right-handed pitcher Andrew DiPiazza has made a non-binding commitment to the University of Alabana, Central coach John Scran said via email on Monday.
DiPiazza, who will be a senior in September, went 9-0 in 2013 with a 0.85 earned run average and 106 strikeouts in 66 innings.
He began his season with a no-hitter against Point Pleasant Boro, Central’s first no-hitter since 2009. He struck out 16 in that game.
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound DiPiazza originally committed to Boston College last summer, but decommitted to BC in the spring. He could be a potential selection in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft in June, 2014, because of his velocity and because his mechanics are sound.
Mike Bischoff has resigned as Central Regional’s head coach after 10 seasons, he said via email on Monday.
“With a heavy heart, I have submitted my resignation as head wrestling coach at Central Regional.” Bischoff said. “I will always cherish the relationships I have made with the athletes, parents, opposing coaches, and various members of the wrestling community.
I would like to thank Central Regional for giving me the opportunity 10 years ago to fulfill a lifelong dream and look forward to what now lies ahead. after 32 seasons as a competitor and coach. It’s time to take a bit of a break while continuing to support the sport that has given me so much.”
Central, under Bischoff, won consecutive NJSIAA South Group III championships in 2005 and 2006. Those were the first and only sectional titles the school has won in wrestling.
The Golden Eagles also won Shore Conference Class B South championships in 2004, 2006 and 2009 under Bischoff.
Central also had four wrestlers combine for five state medals under Bischoff. Nick Tenpenny, who was an assistant coach at Central last year and wrestled for the University of North Carolina, was third at 189 in 2007. Kalyph Hardy was third at 160 in 2011. Nick Weaver, who transferred to Central from Peddie, was fourth at 140 and at 152 in 2005 and 2006 and Jalen Ramos was eighth at 126 in 2012.
Another wrestler Bischoff coached is current Brick Memorial coach Mike Denver. Denver was the Region VI third-place finisher at 171 in 2007. He then went on to The College of New Jersey, where he was the NCAA Division III national champion at 184 in 2012 and a three-time Division III All-American. Denver was the head coach at St. Rose last season. He was named Brick Memorial’s head coach in late June, succeeding Dan O’Cone, who resigned in the spring after seven highly successful seasons.
Bischoff was an assistant coach at Southern before he became Central’s head coach.