NYCBL Has New Commisioner
October 21, 1016
JOE BROWN NAMED NYCBL COMMISSIONER
Cortland, NY – The New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL), an MLB and NCAA sanctioned
collegiate wooden bat summer baseball league, has named Joe Brown as its new
Brown brings incredible baseball experience to the post, currently serving as the head baseball
coach at NCAA Division III power and 2015 National Champion SUNY Cortland. Joe will continue
as head coach of the Red Dragons while serving as NYCBL Commissioner.
Joe Brown has led Cortland to an impressive 641-164-3 (.795) combined record, 17 NCAA
Division III tournament appearances, 10 World Series showings and 15 State University of New
York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) titles in his first 17 seasons as the Red Dragons’ head coach
since assuming the role in 2000. His winning percentage is the best of any active coach
nationally (NCAA Div. I, II or III) with at least 10 years’ experience, and the third-best all-time
among all Div. III coaches with 10 years as a head coach.
Brown was elected commissioner during the NYCBL fall meetings, he has a wealth of experience
in summer collegiate baseball. From 1992-99, Brown was the head coach of the Ithaca Lakers
in the summer Northeastern Collegiate Baseball League (NCBL) and NYCBL. The most successful
coach in league history, he led the Lakers to three league titles, three runner-up finishes and
two third-place showings in eight seasons. He coached more than 25 players who moved on to
the professional ranks, including major leaguers Brad Lidge and Scott Sauerbeck. Brown
returned to summer coaching in 2006 and again in 2008 as the head coach of the New England
Collegiate Baseball League’s (NECBL) Sanford Mainers. He led the Mainers to the 2008 NECBL
title. He coached the NECBL’s Vermont Mountaineers four straight summers from 2013-16 and
led the team to the 2015 league crown.
“The NYCBL is extremely pleased to have Joe Brown as our new Commissioner, said NYCBL
President Steve Pindar. “Being one of the oldest collegiate leagues in the US, it’s only fitting
that someone with a rich tradition in baseball, as well as the respect of baseball people
nationally, takes the reins as our new Commissioner.”
Along with Brown’s appointment, the NYCBL elected additional positions for 2017.
Steve Pindar was elected and will continue in his role as President. Steve has been instrumental
in the growth of the NYCBL for the last two seasons. Pindar is also the founder of Roberto’s
Kids and had previously served in the league as President of Operations/GM for the Oneonta
Outlaws.Jake Dennstedt was elected and will continue in his role as Director of Baseball Operations.
Jake has served in the NYCBL as an administrator for the last 5 years. Dennstedt was also an
NYCBL head coach from 2007-2009 for the Brockport Riverbats and Cooperstown Hawkeyes in
Dave Meluni was newly elected to serve as Senior Marketing Director. Dave was an NCAA All-
Region and 1 st team All-Conference infielder at Ithaca College where he played for legendary
head coach George Valesente from 1996-2000. He also played two seasons in the NYCBL for
the Ithaca Lakers, coached by Joe Brown from 1998-1999.
The New York Collegiate Baseball League is comprised of 11 teams located in scenic Upstate
New York. Founded in 1978, the NYCBL is a development league for professional baseball. The
league gives college players who have not yet signed a professional contract the opportunity to
develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wooden bats, and be
evaluated by professional scouts. For more information on the league and teams please visit us
on the web at www.NYCBL.com and on Twitter at @nycbl_baseball.