The 2016 season will mark the 12th year for head coach Brendan Eygabroat. The all-time winningest coach in the program’s history, Eygabroat has taken the UMass Boston baseball program to new heights.
During his time with the Beacons, Eygabroat has guided UMass to 11 consecutive conference tournament appearances, more than any other coach in history. He also led his squad to the first Little East Conference and NCAA Division III Regional crown in 2010.
true teacher of the game, Eygabroat’s coaching philosophy has helped numerous players earn multiple All-American, All-Region, and All-Conference accolades. He has also helped the program reach a national ranking of 12th on the NCBWA/D3Baseball.com Top-25 Coaches Poll --the highest in program history-- which they achieved during their amazing run to the Division III College World Series in 2010.
The all-time leader in Little East Conference regular and postseason victories, Eygabroat has turned the Beacons program into a yearly contender in a conference some consider to be one of the best in all of Division III baseball.
In 2015, Eygabroat and his Beacons produced the second-most successful season in program history earning a combined 23 wins overall, while also establishing a new program record for conference wins with nine. A total of four Beacons would grab All-Conference honors, which included the program's first Rookie of the Year in Josh Lopez. In the month of April, Eygabroat guided his Beacons to wins over regionally ranked opponents Endicott College, Eastern Connecticut State University, and St. Joseph's College (Maine). He would also see his team defeat national champions SUNY Cortland during their annual spring trip in Florida. Eygabroat would also set a new career milestone, as he surpassed the 200-win mark following a conference split with longtime rival Eastern Connecticut State.
During Eygabroat's 10 years his program has produced three All-Americans, the league's Pitcher of the Year three times and Player of the Year two times, 10 All-New England Region honorees and 26 players have been named to the Little East Conference All-Star squad. His players have also competed in prestigious summer leagues around New England such as the legendary Cape Cod League and New England Collegiate Baseball League. Since 2008, Eygabroat has had two of his former players sign professional contracts to play in the CanAm Independent League.
Eygabroat graduated from Mary Washington in 2001 with a bachelor’s of science in business administration. Eygabroat also earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from Suffolk in 2003. He resides in Jamaica Plain with his wife, Joanna and their new baby girl Ella.
Kevin Kelley is entering his seventh year at UMass Boston and his second as Associate Head Coach.
Kelley came to UMass Boston after holding a number of coaching positions in and around the city of Boston. For over six years, Kelley has been a coach in the Boston Junior Rams AAU program. He also works as a baseball coordinator at the Rams Athletic Complex and was the Head Coach of the 16-18 year old Senior Babe Ruth team.
Before his coaching days, Kelley was a four year standout at second base for Suffolk University, where he played for Coach Eygabroat. During his time there, the team won two Great Northeast Athletic Conference titles, one Eastern Athletic Conference crown, and qualified for the NCAA tournament twice. While defense was his calling card, the former Rams' Captain finished his career with a .305 batting average.
Prior to graduating from Suffolk in 2005 with a degree in criminal justice, the Erving, MA native was a two sport athlete at Turners Falls high school, where he played both basketball and baseball.
Dan Gambill ’13 was named the head pitching coach by head coach Brendan Eygabroat in the summer of 2013 after serving one year as a student-coach.
The former hurler for the Beacons will be in charge of developing a pitching staff that competes in one of the top Division III baseball conferences in the country, the Little East Conference.
As a former Beacon, Gambill was instrumental in helping the program to their first-ever Little East Conference and NCAA New England Region tournament championships in 2010. The Beacons would then make the program’s first-ever appearance at the Division III College World Series in Wisconsin after never suffering a loss in either the conference or regional tournaments.
This past summer Gambill officially earned his bachelor’s degree from UMass Boston.
Bobby Barrett is entering his fourth year at UMass Boston and will serve as assistant coach in 2016. Bobby comes from Suffolk University where he coached the catchers and hitters for the past two seasons. At UMass Boston, Bobby will be responsible for working with the team's catchers and hitters, in addition to calling pitches during games.
Before coaching, Barrett was a four-year standout as a catcher for Suffolk University. While at Suffolk, Barrett was a D3Baseball.com All-America selection as a Junior. That season he set the single season Suffolk RBI record with 69. Barrett was also a two-time New England All-Region selection by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) and was a three-time All-Conference selection by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). During his senior year Barrett was award Suffolk's Charles Law Student-Athlete Award, which recognizes a student-athlete for excellence in academics and athletics. Held a career .385 batting average.
Barrett earned his Masters of Education in Administration of Higher Education at Suffolk University in December 2011.
Ryan McDermott enters his second season with the UMass Boston baseball program.
A 2011 graduate of Little East Conference opponent UMass Dartmouth, McDermott is currently pursuing his MBA at UMass Boston.
Prior to his arrival on the UMB campus, McDermott has coached at the Legion and AAU level. He is currently serving as the hitting and infield instructor, and U-16 head coach for Team Mizuno Elite Baseball Club in Plymouth, MA.
As a player, McDermott was a four-year starting shortstop at UMass Dartmouth and was a .311 career hitter. During his standout career, McDermott totaled 186 hits.
Currently McDermott works for Fidelity Investments, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from UMass Dartmouth.