Local roundup: CGA's Abbott to join Titans' training camp staff
New London — Derik Abbott, who enters his fourth season as an assistant football coach at the Coast Guard Academy, has been added to the Tennessee Titans coaching staff for training camp.
Five coaches will participate as part of the NFL's Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship — Abbott along with Jeremy Hawkins (Eastern Kentucky), Ashley Cornwell (Wisconsin), TC Taylor (Jackson State) and Justin Hamilton (formerly of Virginia Tech).
"I'm very excited and thankful to coach (Mike) Vrabel for giving me the opportunity to learn from the Titans' coaching staff," said Abbott. "The Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship is an outstanding program that has developed numerous coaches throughout the league."
The NFL Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship is proud to celebrate 30 plus years of helping outstanding coaches gain exposure to NFL training camps and offseason workout programs.
The program's objective is to use NFL clubs' training camps, offseason workout programs and minicamps to give talented coaches opportunities to, observe, participate, gain experience and ultimately gain a full-time NFL coaching position.
• Waterford's Connor Podeszwa pitched six strong innings and the Norwich Sea Unicorns scored late to beat the Nashua Silver Knights 3-1 in a Futures Collegiate Baseball League game. Norwich (11-13) scored a run in the top of the eighth to tie the game at 1-1 and scored twice in the top of the ninth to win it.
Podeszwa (Tufts) allowed five hits and one run and struck out nine wth two walks. Andrew Gatland got the win by allowing one hit over three innings with five strikeouts and one walk. Alex Irizarry (Maryland) had two hits for Norwich.
CJ Willis drove in three runs and was the winning pitcher as the Sea Unicorns completed a doubleheader sweep of the Brockton Rox with an 18-7 win in Game 2 on Tuesday. Norwich (10-13) won the opener 7-3. Willis (Western New England) was 3-for-5 with a double and scored twice. He also pitched a scoreless fourth inning with three strikeouts for the win.
Nick Sturino (Fairfield) was 3-for-3 and scored four runs, Matt Flaherty (Triton) homered and drove in three runs, Ray Leonzi (Fairfield) had two hits and scored three runs and Dougie DelaCruz of Uncasville (Mitchell) drove in three runs for the Sea Unicorns.
• The Valley Blue Sox beat the Mystic Schooners 4-3 on Tuesday night in a New England Collegiate Baseball League game. Tristan McAlister (Mount St. Mary's) and Tucker Flint (UNC Greensboro) had two hits each, Addison Kopack (Rhode Island) drove in two runs and Charlie Pagliarini (Fairfield) and Flint had triples for Mystic (5-4). Waterford's Jared Burrows (Bryant) pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the Schooners.
• The Clippers beat the Tropics 6-1 in an Eastern Connecticut Major League game on Tuesday night, stretching their winning streak to five. Drew Dailey struck out 13 for the win and Colbe Andrews had a triple for the Tropics.