Tim Scannell is in his 22nd season as the Trinity Tigers head baseball coach.
Coach Scannell was appointed head coach in 1999, after serving two seasons as an assistant coach. The Tigers have amassed a record of 698-266 (.724) over 21 seasons with Coach Scannell at the helm. He is ranked in the top-10 among active NCAA Division III coaches by winning percentage.
The 2016 season was the most successful in Trinity’s DIII baseball era. The Tigers emerged as the NCAA Division III World Series champions, going 5-0 at Grand Chute, Wisconsin. Trinity defeated Keystone (PA) College 2-0 in the best-of-three finals series to capture the crown and completed the campaign with a 44-7 record. The 44 wins set a school record for victories in a season.
Coach Scannell was elected the 2016 National Coach of the Year by four organizations. He was selected as the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year. Additionally, Coach Scannell was honored by D3baseball.com and HERO Sports, as well as receiving accolades from the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
The latter honor was the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year award. Coach Scannell was among the finalists in all NCAA Divisions, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Trinity earned its first trip to the World Series in 2015. The Tigers came within one game of advancing to the best-of-three finals series. Trinity completed the season with a 40-14 mark. Coach Scannell was honored as the 2015 ABCA/Diamond NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year.
Coach Scannell’s teams have qualified for the NCAA Playoffs 12 times, including the 2019 campaign. Trinity posted a string of seven NCAA Tournaments in a row from 2010-2016. The Tigers advanced to the Regional finals seven times in 2002, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016.
Coach Scannell also has led the Tigers to 11 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championships - including the 2019 season - and has been elected SCAC Coach of the Year 10 times in his coaching career.
A total of 15 players have earned All-America honors during Coach Scannell’s tenure, including Scott Walters in 2017. First baseman Evan Jones was a two-time All-American in 2008 and 2010, and pitcher Ryan Lucero earned the accolade in 2012-2013.
Two-time All-American Bo Edwards (1998 and 2000) will be inducted into the Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame on October 5, 2019. The ceremony will be held at halftime of the Tigers football game with Austin (TX) College.
Fifteen Tigers have been elected either SCAC Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, or Freshman of the Year. Jake Martin was the latest honoree, as he was elected the 2019 SCAC Offensive Player of the Year.
Twenty-seven players mentored by Coach Scannell have signed pro baseball contracts, and eight have been drafted by Major League teams. Among the pro players was outfielder Jeremy Wolf who was drafted in the 31st round in 2016 by the New York Mets. Pitcher Brendan Meyer signed a contract in 2018 with the Cleveland Indians organization.
Coach Scannell served as an assistant with the University of Massachusetts, and his alma mater, Northeastern (MA) University. He graduated from Northeastern in 1992. Coach Scannell spent the summer of 1999 as the hitting coach for the Cape Cod League champion Cotuit Kettleers. He coached MLB All-Stars Chase Utley (Philadelphia Phillies) and Garrett Atkins (Pittsburgh Pirates).
As a player, the Xaverian Brothers High School (MA) graduate was a four-year standout at Northeastern. He captained the baseball team his junior and senior years. Coach Scannell spent two seasons in the Cape Cod League with the Harwich Mariners and the Cotuit Kettleers.
Coach Scannell is married to the former Christa Potter, a 1990 Trinity graduate. They are the parents of three sons, Matthew, TJ, and James.