The Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs are proud to announce that they have hired John Fureno as their 1st base and bench coach for the 2021 season.

Fureno recently retired from teaching at Fort Plain Central School after 31 years.

This actually marks a return to the Dawgs for Fureno, who was the 1st base coach and bench coach for the DiamondDawgs from 2008-2011, where he coached former Dawgs players, John Means (Baltimore Orioles) and Tyler Rogers (San Francisco Giants) who went on to play in Major League Baseball.

“I am truly honored that Travis asked me to come back and coach this year for the DiamondDawgs! Travis runs a top-notch organization, and I am very honored to be part of it again! It was such a great experience to coach so many talented players back in 2008-2011, and I’m looking forward to coaching many more this year! I’m truly excited to work with Coach Luby this Summer! My oldest son, Drew, was fortunate to play here for the Dawgs for 2 years. Now my youngest son, Brady, will get his chance to play for the Dawgs this year and I will be fortunate enough to coach him,” added Fureno.

Fureno has coached multiple sports (Baseball, Softball, Golf, Bowling, and Football) for 35 years and has been an assistant coach for 8 of those years at Fort Plain High School, a baseball powerhouse under the direction of Craig Phillips, the winningest coach in NYS High School Baseball. At Fort Plain High School, he was part of the NYS Championship in 2016, NYS State Runner up in 2018, and won Sectional Championship in 2016, 2018, and 2019.

“We’re thrilled to add another experienced baseball man to our staff,” DiamondDawgs owner Travis Heiser said.

Fureno also coached at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica for 4 seasons, where he had the opportunity to coach Patrick Corbin. Corbin has been a 2 time Major League Baseball All-Star and won the 2019 World Series with the Washington Nationals.

As a player Coach Fureno played at Herkimer County Community College and then transferred onto Marymount College located in Salina, Kansas.

“I believe that we have put together a group of coaches that will get the most from our players in 2021. I am excited for our players to have the opportunity to grow as players and men,” added Heiser.

Fureno resides in Canajoharie with his son Drew, a senior at Lemoyne College who played for the DiamondDawgs in 2018 and 2019. His other son Brady, a freshman at Lemoyne will be a member of the 2021 Dawgs, his wife Kristina and stepson Vinny.

The 2015 and 2017 PGCBL Champions Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs play at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Little Falls, New York, and have had several players reach the MLB level including MLB World Series Champion James Hoyt (Houston Astros), Caleb Thielbar (Minnesota Twins), Tyler Rogers (San Francisco Giants), and 2019 Baltimore Orioles All-star pitcher and American League Rookie of the Year finalist John Means.

The DiamondDawgs will kick off their quest for another PGCBL title in June 2021. We look forward to seeing all our Dawgs fans back at the ballpark this summer.