Nick Derba ’07 Returns as Assistant for Manhattan Baseball
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The Manhattan baseball program welcomes back former Jasper standout Nick Derba '07 who joins the team as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2013 campaign. Derba was a three-time First Team All-MAAC selection during his career from 2004-2007 before going on to play six seasons of professional baseball within the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
"I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to begin my coaching career in the presence of a winning coaching staff and a group of winning players," said Derba. "It is only that much sweeter that I can begin my coaching career in the same uniform I wore as a student-athlete."
Derba was selected by the Cardinals in the 30th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft and climbed the minor league ranks during his professional career. He spent the majority of his career playing for the Double-A affiliate Springfield Cardinals and was promoted to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. Derba played in 368 games in the minors, recording 217 hits and 103 RBI, while also scoring 120 runs.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to add Nick to our staff," said second year head coach Jim Duffy. "One of our team goals is to improve every day, and by adding Nick I feel we do just that. His presence around the team just makes us better."
The College Point, N.Y., native helped begin a renaissance period of Manhattan baseball as the Jaspers reached unprecedented heights during his time in Riverdale. Derba helped guide Manhattan to its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship in 2006 to earn the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1957. The three-time team co-captain was instrumental in the Jaspers run to the NCAA Tournament Regional Finals after an upset of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. and victory over San Francisco.
Derba was a three-time MAAC All-Academic Team selection at Manhattan who started 205 of 210 career appearances. He currently ranks in the top-10 in program history for hits (212), RBI (129), runs (172) and home runs (26). Derba was a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which is a prestigious honor presented annually to college baseball's outstanding senior student-athletes. He also played three summer ball seasons for the Chatham A's of the highly regarded Cape Cod League, where he served as the team captain and was honored with the team's Veteran's Award during the summer of 2006.
"Nick brings a wealth of baseball knowledge from his professional career. Additionally, he has won a MAAC Championship here as a player, so he knows Jasper baseball and what it takes to be successful in this program," explained Duffy. "I am excited for Nick to start his coaching career at his alma mater where he's already had great success."
Derba was a double-major at Manhattan graduating in 2007 with bachelor of science degree in biology, going along with minors in chemistry and psychology. He was a Dean's List honoree and a member of the Phi Delta Epsilon, biology honor society. Derba was inducted to Manhattan's Pen and Sword Society, which honors seniors of high scholastic standing and leadership.