SCRANTON, PA. – After completion of an intensive search to replace its Baseball Coach, who resigned in May to return to his native state of Minnesota, Lackawanna College has hired Mike McCarry as the next pilot of its successful baseball program.
On being notified of his selection, McCarry said, "My family and I are extremely excited to be joining the Lackawanna College family." He added, "Initially, I would like to thank Athletic Director Whittington, along with the rest of the search committee, for entrusting me with the leadership of the Baseball program. I see this team as one of tremendous potential and I plan to continue the growth started by Coach Thompson; who was such an incredible leader. Lastly, none of this would be possible without my wife Danni, who has given my coaching career her unwavering support for 7 years now. I can't wait to get started as a Lackawanna Falcon."
In discussing Lackawanna's decision to hire McCarry, its Athletic Director, Joya Whittington, said "We are extremely excited to bring Coach McCarry on board as Head Coach of our Falcon Baseball Team. Coach McCarry is a man of high character and discipline, which stood out during his on campus interview. I have no doubt that he will continue to propel our baseball program to new heights. His recruiting plan is elite and we are excited to get him going."
A resident of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, McCarry is no stranger to Northeast Pennsylvania, having played under head coach Jamie Shevchik at Keystone College from 2003 through 2005. After his playing days at Keystone, he started his coaching career at Central Bucks West where he served as Assistant Coach from 2006 through 2008. In 2007, he took over the reins of the Colts Collegiate Summer Team, serving as both its head coach and team president. Mike started his collegiate coaching career at La Salle University, where he served as the team's Head Assistant – Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Most recently, McCarry served as the pitching coach for Stephen F. Austin University, a NCAA DI institution located in Nacogdoches, Texas.
As the pitching coach for LaSalle, four of McCarry's pitchers signed professional contracts including 2013 Houston Astros 27th-round draft pick Pat Christensen.
As a recruiter, McCarry brought four NJCAA All-Americans to LaSalle as well as a pair of high school MLB draftees in Roy Morales (Miami Marlins, 12th round, 2008) and Yan Carlo Rivera (Toronto Blue Jays, 36th round, 2014).
Before his time at LaSalle, McCarry was involved with the Major League Baseball sponsored Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. In doing so, he helped inner city baseball players in their efforts to secure collegiate opportunities.
McCarry gained extensive fund-raising experience through his involvement with the Colts Collegiate Baseball organization. Mike organized events, in partnership with local businesses, which raised upwards of $14,000 annually.
He has also been successful in providing tutoring opportunities and job search assistance for his players during their collegiate careers and after their graduation.
He joins a Lackawanna squad that finished the season with a 26-18 record and earned the first-place seed in the Region XIX Division II Baseball Tournament.