Mr. Patrick Kemp '04 (right) takes over from Coach Mike Pienkos after 45 years as baseball head coach at Chaminade High School. (Courtesy of CHS)

Chaminade Announces Appointment Of New Varsity Baseball Coach

by Guy LaCognata

Chaminade High School announces the appointment of Mr. Patrick Kemp ’04 as head coach of its Varsity Baseball Team. Kemp succeeds Coach Mike Pienkos, head coach
for 45 years.

Under Pienkos’ leadership, the team has achieved a career record of 675-323, a 67.64 winning percentage. Coach Pienkos led the team to 14 League Titles, including the 2022 State CHSAA Baseball Championship. His exceptional contributions to the program were recognized with his induction into the 2023 New York Baseball Hall of Fame.

“I’d like to thank Mike Pienkos for his 45 years of service to the Chaminade baseball program,” said Athletic Director Mr. John Honerkamp ’93. “His legacy is one of excellence, mentorship, and unwaver-ing dedication. Chaminade baseball is in great hands thanks to the mentoring and example Coach Pienkos has set over the last four decades.”

Mr. Patrick Kemp played for Coach Pienkos in the early 2000s and has coached alongside him for the past 11 years. Mr. Kemp brings a deep understanding of the team’s values and traditions. He also has been teaching history at Chaminade since 2013.

“I am happy that my former player is taking the reins. The program is in good hands, and Chaminade baseball will not miss a heartbeat,” said Coach Pienkos.

“We’re excited to welcome Coach Kemp as the new head coach of our Varsity Baseball Team,” said President Bro. Thomas Cleary, S.M. ’81. “His long-standing relationship with Coach Pienkos and experience with the program make him uniquely qualified to lead our program. I am incredibly grateful to Coach Pienkos not only for his passion and commitment to Chaminade baseball, but also for his untiring support of Marianist education.”

Coach Kemp is excited to take the program to the next level. “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Varsity Baseball Team at Chaminade. Coach Pienkos has been an incredible mentor, and I am grateful for the years we have worked together. I look forward to building on his strong foundation and continuing Chaminade’s commitment to excellence.”

Guy LaCognata is Director of Communications and Marketing at Chaminade High School

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