CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) - After not having a baseball team this season, Corning Community College is set to return in 2023 as the Red Barons have hired Tioga Center native, Dakota Skinner as the new Head Coach of the program.

Skinner was the Head Coach at Broome Community College from 2021-2022, and was the Assistant Coach at Keuka College from 2018-2021, where he helped lead the Wolves to 2 Conference Final Fours.

Skinner is a Keuka College grad, where he earned North Eastern Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete honors all four years. In 2017, he set a school record for hits with 58, and he owns a program-best 21-game hitting streak, finishing the year with a .436 batting average. Skinner was named First-Team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference and was also named Third-Team All-New York from the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings.

As a senior in 2018, Skinner was an All-NEAC Selection once again, finishing with the program's third-best batting average at .382, and he was the first player for Keuka College to be twice named Academic All-American, receiving third-team honors in 2017 and 2018.

Skinner was also successful off the field, receiving many awards and honors including North Eastern Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete all four years, NEAC Male SAAC Member of the Year in 2018, and the Nancy Wightman Outstanding Leadership Award in 2018 which is awarded to the senior student-athlete that displays the same leadership capabilities of the Keuka College Hall of Fame coach.

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