Claflin University Names Former Savannah State Assistant Scott Nestor Its New Head Baseball Coach

Scott Nestor, a former assistant coach at Savannah State was named the head baseball coach at Claflin University by the University’s Director of Athletics Tony O’Neal, as the Panthers are preparing for a new era under a new leadership.

I think that Nestor is one of the finest coaches in the game today and that opinion is held by many in the ranks of HBCU collegiate baseball. He has been a proven winner at each of his coaching stops. His teams have not only posted successful seasons, but they have also mirrored Nestor’s tradition of running a first-class program. He is well-known for his record of developing players everywhere he has coached.

There is no question that Nestor will dedicate himself to the success of the student-athletes and his team. He is excited to be returning to the Southern intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).

Nestor was an assistant coach under Carlton Hardy during the 2021 season at Savannah State before moving on as a volunteer assistant coach at NCAA Division I Villanova University last season. He also had stops at Rochester University, helping the team to a Liberty League Championship and reached the NCAA Division II Regionals in 2019.

I met Nestor in Montgomery, Alabama as Savannah State was checking into their hotel preparing to compete for a national title at the 2021 Black College World Series. I came away from that encounter believing Nestor to be a terrific person and coach.

In 2012, Nestor was the head coach at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Michigan. Under Nestor, Seaholm’s went 31-11 in the two seasons he was there.

Scott Nestor, a 2011 graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, replaces James Randall who retired at the end of the 2022 season.

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