When Mike Mastrocola returned to Taft School as its new head coach at the start of 2020, he walked into a unique situation. The year prior, the Rhinos enjoyed one of their most accomplished seasons in school history, going 16-1-1 en route to a Founders League championship.
That season, Taft was led by head coach Andrew Prince, who left the Watertown, Conn., institution to become Head of School at the Collegiate School in New York City.
Mastrocola was a two-sport standout and team captain in both basketball and baseball at Taft before graduating in 2008. He attended Colby College, where he was a four-year starter at third base with the Mules, earning All-NESCAC honors in the process.
After college, Mastrocola spent seven years as a math teacher and head baseball coach at St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Del. When Prince decided to step down as head coach, it opened the door for Mastrocola to return to his roots.