The latest guest on The Base Path Podcast has led one of the most successful programs in New England over the last five years. Loomis Chaffee coach Donnie McKillop joined hosts Dan Guttenplan and Matt Feld to discuss his team’s rise to the top of the Founders League since his hire in 2017.
Last year’s team went 18-2 on its way to a Founders League championship. That team included 19 players who have futures playing college baseball, including 11 D1 commits.
The commits include 2022 graduates Davis Hanson (Yale), Payten Wawruck (Fairfield), Charlie Biskupiak (Tufts), Thomas Cancian (Johns Hopkins), Evan Caulfield (Occidental), Matt Komo (Union), Kai Como (Kenyon) and Andrew McGowan (Wooster); 2023 graduates Chandler Coe (Texas Tech), Aidan Healy (Navy), John LaFleur (Holy Cross), Alex Tawa (Delaware), Phil Scott (William & Mary) and Louis Hernandez (MIT); 2024 graduates Gabriel Tirado (UConn), Jimmy Chadwell (Columbia) and Ian Brown (Navy); along with 2025 graduate Kai Nee (Duke).
“I think that the athlete as a whole, and especially in New England, has turned into a more elite-level athlete,” McKillop said. “There are more student-athletes who are prepared to be successful at the college level. The other piece is the amount of recruiting information that’s available. And kids have the ability to promote themselves. So, kids who typically had not been discovered and ended up at smaller schools now have the ability to choose between schools.”