Tim Scannell is in his 20th season as the Trinity Tigers head baseball coach.
After serving as as an assistant coach for two seasons, Coach Scannell took the Tigers’ reins prior to the 1999 campaign. Since that year, Trinity has amassed an overall record of 630-245 (.720) over 19 seasons. Coach Scannell stands in the top-10 in active NCAA Division III coaches’ victories.
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/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. The American Baseball Coaches Association honored Coach Scannell’s achievements by electing him the 2015 ABCA/Diamond NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year.
Coach Scannell’s teams have qualified for the NCAA Playoffs 11 times, including seven in a row from 2010-2016. The Tigers advanced to the Regional finals seven times, in 2002, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016. He also also led the Tigers to 10 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships and has been elected SCAC Coach of the Year nine times in his coaching career.
The Tigers advanced to the finals of the 2017 SCAC Tournament, beating Centenary (LA) College to force a second game. The Gents prevailed in the finals, and Trinity completed the season with a 28-16 record.
A total of 13 players have earned All-America honors during Coach Scannell’s tenure, including Scott Walters in 2017. Pitcher Ryan Lucero was a two-time All-American in 2012 and 2013. Thirteen Tigers have been elected either SCAC Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, or Freshman of the Year. Ben Klimesh was tabbed as the conference Pitcher of the Year twice in 2012 and 2013.
Twenty-six players mentored by Coach Scannell have signed pro baseball contracts and eight have been drafted by Major League teams. Among the pro players is outfielder Jeremy Wolf who was drafted in the 31st round in 2016 by the New York Mets.
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.