The Day – Local roundup: CGA’s Abbott to join Titans training camp staff

New London – Derik Abbott, entering his fourth season as assistant football coach at 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 with Jeremy Hawkins (Eastern Kentucky), Ashley Cornwell (Wisconsin), TC Taylor (Jackson State) and Justin Hamilton (formerly of Virginia Tech) .

“I’m very excited and grateful to Coach (Mike) Vrabel for giving me the opportunity to learn from the Titans coaching staff,” Abbott said. “The Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship is an outstanding program that has produced many coaches across the league.”

The NFL Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship is proud to celebrate more than 30 years of helping outstanding coaches learn about NFL training camps and off-season training programs.

The goal of the program is to use NFL club training camps, off-season training programs and minicamps to give talented coaches opportunities to observe, participate, learn experience and eventually get a full-time coaching job in the NFL.


• Waterford’s Connor Podeszwa threw six straight 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 point in the top of the eighth to tie the game at 1-1 and scored twice in the top of the ninth to win.

Podeszwa (Tufts) allowed five hits and a run and struck out nine with two walks. Andrew Gatland scored the victory allowing one hit in three innings with five strikeouts and one walk. Alex Irizarry (Maryland) had two hits for Norwich.

CJ Willis had three runs and was the winning pitcher as the Sea Unicorns finished a doubles sweep of the Brockton Rox with an 18-7 victory in Game 2 on Tuesday. Norwich (10-13) won the opener 7-3. Willis (Western New England) was 3 for 5 with a brace 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 d ‘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 apiece, Addison Kopack (Rhode Island) drove in two runs, and Charlie Pagliarini (Fairfield) and Flint had hat-tricks 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, extending their winning streak to five. Drew Dailey struck back 13 for the win and Colbe Andrews scored a hat-trick for the Tropics.

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