NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Bees will be entering its second season in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League with a new manager.
The team announced it hired Donnie McKillop, the head coach and assistant athletic director of the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor on Tuesday.
“I’m stoked to be able to get to work with so many athletes with different backgrounds,” McKillop said in a statement. “As a team, we will get everyone to reach their potential together, while playing a fun brand of baseball that will make the fans proud every time they come to New Britain Stadium.”
Since joining Loomis Chaffee in 2017, McKillop has posted a 40-12 record and won two league championships. He coached 15 all-league players in three seasons, including the 2017 player of the year and the 2018 pitcher of the year. Twenty-seven of his players went on to play college baseball and one was drafted into the major leagues.
“Donnie will certainly be a fan favorite. He brings a great attitude, and an unbridled enthusiasm for the game that rubs off on everyone he is around,” Bees general manager Brad Smith said in a statement. “He is the perfect person to lead us and establish the culture we desire here in New Britain.”
The Bees’ first season as a collegiate summer league ended with a 15-23 record and last place in the FCBL under Yale assistant coach Ray Guarino. The team had originally selected Post University coach Ray Ricker to be the manager for last season, but he moved on to accept a position in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
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