John Toffey's relatively short tenure as head baseball coach at Winchendon School has been marked by an increase in player commitments to college baseball programs.
Toffey enjoyed successful head coaching stints at Salisbury School and Cheshire Academy prior to landing at the Winchendon's Central Mass. campus. In 2019, the program took home the New England Small School championship. Last year, Winchendon again reached the title game before it was cancelled due to Covid protocols.
Yet, what often gets overlooked through all of this program's recent track record of success is the number of players who have gone on to experience rewarding college careers. With each passing year, those numbers continue to rise. Nine players from this year's squad have already committed to play at the Division 1 and Division 3 levels next season.
New England Baseball Journal sat down with three of those team members to talk about their baseball backgrounds, their reasons for attending Winchendon, along with their future endeavors. Post graduates Robbie O'Connor, Sam Clark and senior Noah Hajdu shared their thoughts over the importance of attaining a quality education and the opportunity to play Division 1 college baseball.