Falcons open season Feb. 17 in Baton Rouge, La., vs. Alcorn State and LSU.
Custons and M. Roberts lead the Blue with three hits each; Ceci tosses six scoreless innings.
Three-game series runs from Oct. 14-16 at Falcon Field.
Mark Crocco enters his second season as an assistant coach at Air Force.
In the 2011 campaign, Crocco served as the Falcons first base coach and worked alongside Toby Bicknell in coaching all the position players including the infielders, catchers, outfielders and hitters. In his first year on staff Crocco helped lead the Fighting Falcons to the most wins since 2002. Highlights of the 2011 year for Air Force include a school record for fielding percentage at a .960 clip. Senior outfielder Nathan Carter ser the NCAA Division I record with 33 career triples. Sophomore Garrett Custons was a First-Team All-Mountain West selection and ranked in the top 10 in the league in 11 offensive categories. The Falcons accomomplished their first win over a Pac 10 school in 21 years and also completed their first four- game sweep since the 2003 season. Air Force also had the second-most Division I wins in a season in the first year with the new coaching staff.
In the summer of 2011, Crocco's duties also included running camps at The Air Force Academy. Crocco also worked numerous camps all over the country for organizations such as Top 96 Baseball, Head First Honor Roll Camps, Numerous Baseball Academy's and ACC Powerhouses University of Virginia and Clemson University.
Crocco comes from Wingate University, where he played second base for the Bulldogs (2005-2008) and spent the previous two seasons before the Academy as an assistant baseball coach, working with the Bulldog hitters and infielders and was the head coach of the developmental team.
The 2010 Wingate Bulldogs were South Atlantic Conference Champions (19-5) in conference play. Crocco assisted in numerous facets of the program including game day operations, camp duties and assisting the infield and hitters throughout the 2010 championship season. Crocco coached under head coach Allen Osborne (University of Georgia). In 2010, Wingate's JV team went 12-4 on the year under Crocco.
In the summer of 2010, Crocco took on the full time duties as the head coach for the Charlotte Area Anglers Showcase Baseball Team. He instructed and directed the high school baseball players in the Charlotte area by playing an extensive summer baseball schedule. The Anglers play for the Central Carolinas Prospects (CC Prospects) who have placed numerous high school baseball players throughout North Carolina into NCAA Universities, Major League Baseball organizations and junior colleges all over the nation. The South Central Anglers were league champions in Crocco's first year as the head coach.
During the summer of 2009, Crocco was an assistant coach in the Nampa Wolfpack of the Boise (Idaho) Collegiate Summer League. The Wolfpack went 21-12 on the season and led the league in numerous offensive categories. He was also the online broadcaster and on field announcer for the summer league's news coverage while serving as director of baseball operations for the league. He was the head coach of the East Union Middle School baseball team in the spring of 2007.
Crocco earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Education, with a minor in sport management, from Wingate University in 2010. Crocco is a native of Perkasie, Pa. He lettered in varsity baseball at Pennridge High School. Mark Crocco, Jr. is the son of Mark Crocco, Sr. and Dawn Crocco.
2011-Pres. Air Force Academy Assistant Coach
2011- Wingate University Assistant Coach/Head Developmental Coach
2010-Wingate University Student Assistant Coach
Summer 2010- CC Prospects Head Coach South Central Anglers
2009- Boise Collegiate Summer League Assistant Coach Nampa Wolfpack
2007- East Union Middle School (Wingate N.C.) Head Coach