Today’s podcast guest has managed to establish a feeder system to Division 1 college baseball at a public school in Massachusetts.
Milton High (Mass.) head coach Brendan Morrissey joined the New England Baseball Journal Podcast to share how he built a program that currently has 10 players on track to play college baseball. The co-founder of the Matt Duffy Baseball Academy took over as the Milton High coach four years ago. His 2022 roster includes players who are committed to schools like Northeastern, UMass Lowell, Wheaton College and Salve Regina.
“First, they have to have the talent to be able to be placed there,” Morrissey said. “They are talented kids. They do have a very tight knit group, and they didn’t want to go elsewhere. We came in to try to show them what we were about. We cared about them. They bought into it.
“It was a challenge with COVID, right? A lot of kids missed a year or so. Transferring to private school or reclassifying was a popular decision throughout high school baseball. But these guys really did buy into what we were doing and made a little pact together, like, ‘Hey, let’s do this in our hometown, boys.’ So, it’s been a pleasure coaching them. And it really starts with them. They have the talent, and they’re good kids. The part that everyone forgets that help is good grades.”