Cary McConnell has been appointed director of Suffolk University athletics after serving as interim director since August 2013. Anthony Del Prete will succeed McConnell as head baseball coach for the 2015 season. Del Prete also will serve as the department’s associate director of athletics.
In his new role as director, McConnell will continue the development of the intercollegiate program and the strengthening of intramural opportunities for all students. He will join with Office of Student Leadership and Involvement in expanding leadership development opportunities for student athletes and in the creation of club sports. His leadership will be essential to achieving the University's goals for enhancing the quality of the student-athlete experience.
McConnell joined the University in 1996 as associate director of athletics and head baseball coach. He had been head baseball coach at the University of Rochester.
During his time at Suffolk, the baseball program has been recognized as Suffolk's most successful intercollegiate sport. He guided Suffolk to four GNAC Conference championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances, and 10 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournaments, including championships in 2000 and 2014.
For the fifth time in his coaching career at Suffolk, McConnell was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2014. In 2013, McConnell received the Jack Butterfield Award from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association. The award honors an active New England coach who demonstrates integrity and dedication to the game of college baseball.
Del Prete has served as an assistant Rams baseball coach for the past 10 seasons. In 2014 he was promoted to associate head coach.
He is a Suffolk alumnus who as a student-athlete recorded a 21-11 overall record in four seasons on the mound. He helped guide Rams baseball to a 2002 NCAA Tournament appearance in which he was named Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament MVP, the conference Pitcher of the Year, and an New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-Region selection.
Del Prete pitched for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod Baseball League in the summer of 2002 and served as closer for the Columbus All-Americans of the Great Lakes Summer League during their 2003 championship season. He had a brief stint with the North Shore Spirit of the independent CanAm League and in 2005 he signed with the Evansville (Indiana) Otters of the Frontier League, where he played for three seasons. Del Prete also pitched for the Melville Braves of the Western Australia State League.