April 7, 2021 – On Tuesday., April 6, Providence Day recognized nine senior baseball players and their parents for their commitment and support of the Charger baseball program. At the conclusion of the recognition ceremony, Head of School Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw addressed the crowd to thank and acknowledge a special group of people and the Charger Club who made major contributions to last year’s fundraising initiative to support the renovation of the Charger baseball facility. The renovation consisted of a new paved concourse with fresh landscaping, an improved sitting area for fans, a new baseball lighted batting cage, and a renovated home team dugout.
After Dr. Cowlishaw completed his presentation, Director of Athletics Nancy Beatty was up next in the lineup to make a special surprise presentation to Head Coach Jim Cerbie. AD Beatty invited Jim and his wife Mary and daughter Melissa ‘14 (son James ’08 was unable to attend) to join her in front of the newly renovated home dugout. Addressing Jim and his family, Ms Beatty noted that as part of last year’s fundraising efforts, alumni players and their families joined together to make a contribution specifically for him. “Today, we celebrate the naming of the ‘Jim Cerbie Home Dugout’ in your honor.” Jim was presented with a plaque which will be secured to the dugout façade.
AD Beatty continued highlighting Coach Cerbie’s numerous accomplishments over his 34 years coaching Charger baseball:
- Over 480 wins
- 8 CISAA conference championships
- 3 NCISAA state championships
- The Charlotte Observer’s 1998 “Coach of the Year”
- American Baseball Coaches Association 1998 “Coach of the Year”
- Over 40 student-athletes continuing their baseball careers at the college level at some of the most prestigious universities including Dartmouth College, University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, NC State University, Purdue University, Davidson College, and Washington and Lee University
After Coach Cerbie addressed the crowd and offered a few words of gratitude and thanks to his family, alumni, and all involved, Jim was invited to walk over to the mound and throw out the first pitch. Looking extremely comfortable just like his days when he played for St Leo University in Florida, Jim took the signal from Collin Quinlan, and lasered a fast ball right down the middle of the plate. The speed clock read 95!
Congratulations Coach Jim Cerbie!
Baseball Head Coach Jim Cerbie addressing the crowd after his recognition