Zach Porcello enters his first season as a student assistant on coach Callahan's staff. Coach Porcello played under Callahan during his sophomore, junior and senior years at NJIT.
Porcello played four years of varsity baseball at Newark Academy under former coach Dave Pasquale, winning a Prep Championship(2000) and appearing in two North Sectional finals (1999, 2001). Was named to the First Team All-State Prep B twice (2000, 2001), First team all Colonial Hills Conference (2001), and second team All Essex County (2001).
Porcello began his college career at Division I Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and transferred to NJIT in 2003. In 2003, his sophomore season Porcello led NJIT in wins and strikeouts. Posted a 3-2 record in the 2004 season. In 2005, as a senior, he pitched into bad luck for most of the year, posting a 3-7 win-loss record from the mound. In five of his seven losses, he received two or fewer runs of support. Despite his win loss record, the righty was among the league leaders in numerous pitching categories. Porcello was ranked 50th nationally (Division II) for strikeouts per nine innings. His senior year was capped by an appearance in the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association All-Star game, representing NJIT on the Division II/III team. He also received the NJCBA Senior Award, and NJIT's Highlander Award.
Porcello is earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT.
During the summer months, Coach Porcello spent his time coaching the Jersey Bandits of the ACEBL. He was also the pitching coach on Steve Bort's staff for the CABA national champion Bergen Beach baseball club, which has produced over 280 draft picks. Porcello has also spent the last 6 summers pitching for the Chester Eagles of the Morris Majors baseball league.
Oldest of three sons...Son of Fred and Pat Porcello. Brothers Rick(17) and Jake(15) both play baseball for Mike Sheppard, Jr. at Seton Hall Prep. Grandfather Sam Dente played professionally for ten years, appearing with the Cleveland Indians in the 1954 World Series. Father Fred is a graduate of NCE with a degree in Civil Engineering.