Suffolk University

Men's Baseball

Coaching Staff

Head Coach Cary McConnell

Cary McConnell was named Head Coach at Suffolk University on February 1, less than a month before the start of the 1996 season. After finishing with 31 wins and 28 losses his first two seasons, the Rams made tremendous strides. Entering his 11th season as skipper of the Rams, McConnell has guided his teams to a 255-123-2 record (.672 winning %), four GNAC regular-season 1st place finishes, three NCAA Regional appearances, three GNAC Tournament Championships, one ECAC Tournament Championship, five ECAC Tournament bids, a national ranking of 18th, and the school recod in wins with 38 in a season. He was named GNAC Coach of the Year in the 2000, 2002 and 2005 seasons.

Coach McConnell began his coaching career in 1990 as an assistant at The College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) working with pitchers and catchers. In 1990, the Scots set a conference record in earned-run-average with 3.47 on the way to an NCAA Regional appearance. He then began his coaching career at the University of Rochester where he had a 55-64 record in three seasons.

A graduate of the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio), McConnell was a four-year starter in the infield for the Scots and was selected to the All-Decade Team for the North Coast Athletic Conference for the 80's. At Wooster, McConnell played in four straight NCAA Tournaments and one World Series finishing 5th. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and earned certification to teach at the Secondary level. In addition, he holds a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Rochester (Rochester, New York). McConnell was selected to the Medina County (Ohio) Sports Hall of Fame in April 2007.

Assistant Coaches

Jay Parker

 Jay Parker, 41, is entering his 18th year of coaching. Jay's years of coaching have been divided between 12 years of high school baseball (Mission High, Boston and Trinity Catholic, Newton, MA) and seven years with All-Dorchester Sports League (ADSL) Conie Mack 16-18 team. In 2000, the ADSL Connie Mack team participated in an international tournament held in Havana, Cuba where they were the first American team to beat Cuba on their home soil. Jay moved up to the college level when he joined the Suffolk University baseball program in 1999. During Jay's first year, the Rams finished the season as GNAC and ECAC Champions, as well as, making it to the NCAA Regionals in Portland, Maine. Jay is an alum of Catholic Memorial '81 and a graduate of Bridgewater State College(1986).

John O'Brien

John O'Brien joined the Suffolk staff in 2003 and is entering his third year with the Rams. He is a 1994 graduate of Northeastern University where he was named All-Conference and All-New England.O'Brien played for the Cape Cod League Wareham Gatemen in 1992 and in the professional Frontier League in 1993 and 1994. In Europe, he played for the Dutch League Haarlem, The Netherlands in 1995 and DSS Honkbal Club. O'Brien has played intercity league baseball for 10 seasons and was an assistant coach at Northeastern for one year before coming to Suffolk.

Jeffrey Mejia

Jeff Mejia, is entering his second season at Suffolk, Jeff has been coaching for 12 years. At Suffolk, Jeff  works with the infield and handles the off-season conditioning. He played collegiate baseball at San Jose City College in California. He has most recently coached the Strike One Spirit AAU Team. Jeff is a Co-Founder of the Boston Jr. Rams, as well as a Head Coach. Jeff’s 13 Under and 14 Under teams will be competing in the Triple Crown World Series in Colorado Springs, CO in late July early August 2007.  Jeff has been a head instructor at the Eric Wedge Camp. He was a member of the U.S. Army in Operation Desert Storm.

Anthony Del Prete

Anthony Del Prete enters his third season as an assistant coach at Suffolk. Del Prete has spent three summer seasons in the Frontier League on the Evansville (Indiana) Otters. The Otters won the Frontier title in 2006. Del Prete is a former Suffolk student athlete and has a 21-11 career record at Suffolk with six saves. He was named GNAC Pitcher of the Year in 2002. He graduated from Suffolk in 2004.