NEW LONDON, Conn. – Mitchell College has hired Scott Heath as an assistant coach of the baseball program, as announced by head coach Travis Beausoleil on Tuesday.
Heath spent the 2017 season as a pitching coach for the University of Maine—his alma mater—and helped the Black Bears to 25 wins and a berth in the title round of the America East Championship. Over the summer he also served as head coach of the Norsemen in the Greater Northeast Collegiate Baseball League, leading his squad to a championship in the league's inaugural season.
"I am very excited to add Scott to our coaching staff," said Beausoleil. "He brings a lot of energy and experience in recruiting for this region, as well as the Mid-Atlantic. Scott has done a tremendous job working with the pitching staff at Maine, and his experience as a two-way player will be an invaluable addition for the entire program."
Heath, a native of Westbrook, Maine, joins a Mitchell program that has won three of the last four New England Collegiate College titles. The Mariners return a core group from a team that went 29-13 last season, including the NECC Player of the Year and three all-conference selections.
Heath was a four-year starter as a pitcher and first baseman/utility at Maine. He appeared in 186 career games for the Black Bears from 2011-15 and earned all-conference first-team status in his final two seasons. As a junior in 2014, he batted a team-high .361 and was named to the All-New England First Team and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association First Team. Following his collegiate career, Heath played a year professionally with the Joplin Blasters in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
Before Maine, Heath played baseball at Westbrook High School under coach Mike Rutherford. He was a three-time all-state selection and was named Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011.