The latest guest on The Base Path Podcast is one of the most accomplished high school baseball coaches in the state of Massachusetts.
Braintree High coach Bill O’Connell has established a perennial state championship contender. He led teams to MIAA Division 1A state titles in 2015 and 2016 during a stretch in which his team went to the Super 8 five out of six years.
“I think we’ve established kind of a year-long program,” O’Connell said. “That’s the commitment that we ask of our kids now. We encourage them to play other sports; we really do. We want them to stay competitive, stay relevant, and stay up with the competition. Our kids play in the fall and all summer. We offer a winter program and strength and conditioning a couple of days a week. The kids are starting to hit and pitch.”
O’Connell acknowledged that it has become more difficult to keep his players from transferring to private and prep schools since the start of the pandemic. However, he believes the Braintree experience speaks for itself.