After four successful years as St. Bonaventure's back stop, B.J. Salerno '09 enters his fourth year as an assistant coach as a part of the Bonnies' staff, working with the Bonnies' pitchers and catchers.
As a starting catcher, Salerno helped lead the Bonnies to the A-10 Tournament three consecutive years (2006-2008). He was also a part of the 2006 Atlantic 10 Tournament runner-up team. Salerno started 152 consecutive games behind the plate for the Brown and White and was a senior co-captain.
With Salerno on staff, the Bonnies were far and away the Atlantic 10's top pitching staff statistically in 2016, recording a 2.79 team ERA. That total ranked first in the A-10 by over a full run and fourth in all of Division I. Sophomore Brandon Schlimm was named Second Team All-Atlantic 10 while senior Connor Grey set Bona's all-time season record for strikeouts with 95 and was drafted in the 20th round of the MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks following the season.
In 2017, Salerno oversaw the development of junior Aaron Phillips who became St. Bonaventure's second player to earn Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year honors after going 9-1 with a 2.77 ERA. Freshmen Casey Vincent and Donovan Moffat were each named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team as well. In all, the Bonnies ranked fourth in the A-10 with a staff ERA of 4.03.
Salerno also serves as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Before joining the Bonnies, B.J. was an assistant baseball coach at Jamestown Community College where he was in charge of the hitters, catchers and outfielders. Salerno also assisted with recruiting.