The 2017 season will mark the 13th year for the reigning Little East Conference Coach of the Year Brendan Eygabroat. The all-time winningest coach in the program’s history, Eygabroat has taken the UMass Boston baseball program to new heights and in doing so earned his first conference Coach of the Year honor last season.
During his time with the Beacons, Eygabroat has guided UMass to 12 consecutive conference tournament appearances, more than any other coach in history. He also led his squad to the first Little East Conference Regular Season (2016) and Tournament (2010) titles and a NCAA Division III Regional crown (2010).
A true teacher of the game, Eygabroat’s coaching philosophy has helped numerous players earn multiple All-American, All-Region, and All-Conference accolades. He has also helped the program reach a national ranking of 12th on the NCBWA/D3Baseball.com Top-25 Coaches Poll --the highest in program history-- which they achieved during their amazing run to the Division III College World Series in 2010.
The all-time leader in Little East Conference regular and postseason victories, Eygabroat has turned the Beacons program into a yearly contender in a conference some consider to be one of the best in all of Division III baseball.
The 2016 season marked a magical year for Eygabroat and his Beacons. After traveling all over the state for practices and "home" games, the Beacons finally found a place to call their own. In late March the Beacons played the first-ever home baseball game on the UMass Boston campus at the brand-new state-of-the-art Monan Park. The Beacons would open the park and the season with a huge regional win over MIT. That victory would spark one of the most impressive seasons since their run to the College World Series in 2010. The Beacons would cruise through the Little East Conference on their way to their first regular season title.
During that stretch, UMB would win 13 consecutive games, and earned the right to host the conference tournament on their new home. After falling just short in the conference tournament, the Beacons saw their season continue when they earned the first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in UMass Boston history. The Beacons traveled to Moosic, PA to take part in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament. They would continue their winning ways as they knocked-off their first two opponents in Haverford College and Penn State Berks. They would eventually fall to regional champs St. John Fisher College and runner-up Kean University (NJ). In total seven players earned All-Conference honors, with Dan Mantoni and transfer Dave Murphy also earning D3Baseball.com, NEIBA, and ABCA All-Region honors.
In 2015, Eygabroat and his Beacons produced the second-most successful season in program history earning a combined 23 wins overall, while also establishing a new program record for conference wins with nine. A total of four Beacons would grab All-Conference honors, which included the program's first Rookie of the Year in Josh Lopez. In the month of April, Eygabroat guided his Beacons to wins over regionally ranked opponents Endicott College, Eastern Connecticut State University, and St. Joseph's College (Maine). He would also see his team defeat national champions SUNY Cortland during their annual spring trip in Florida. Eygabroat would also set a new career milestone, as he surpassed the 200-win mark following a conference split with longtime rival Eastern Connecticut State.
The 2014 season, Eygabroat saw four Beacons earn All-Little East Conference honors. Senior Jamill Moquete became just the second player in program history to be named the conference's Player of the Year. The Boston native would then make program history by becoming the first player under Eygabroat, and second in school history, to be drafted in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Amateur Draft. Moquete, was selected in the 32nd round by the Baltimore Orioles, after a standout three-year career with UMass.
In 2011 Eygabroat saw senior Ryan Walsh earn LEC and ECAC Player of the Year accolades. Walsh would go onto be named a First Team All-American as well as sign a professional contract.
The record setting and historic 2010 season saw Eygabroat lead UMass Boston to their first-ever NCAA Division III College Baseball World Series appearance in Appleton, WI after sweeping through the Little East Conference and New England Regional tournaments. His squad broke numerous records, shattering the single-season wins mark with 32 victories. Two of his players were honored as D-III All-Americans, five were recognized on the New England All-Region squad as well as the Little
East Conference Teams and he also coached the Little East Conference Pitcher of the Year for the third time in his career.
Behind Eygabroat, the 2010 Beacons set a school record for overall wins and matched the program's highest victory total in Little East Conference play with an 8-6 mark. UMass Boston won nine of its last 11 games, including four straight wins in the LEC Tournament and four in a row in the NCAA New England Regional. UMB set school records in games played (49), hits (580), runs scored (440), runs batted in (373), total bases (857), home runs (49), doubles (118), slugging percentage (.480), bases on balls (188), stolen bases (127), times hit by pitch (67), innings pitched (427 2/3), shutouts (4), batters struck out (333), saves (12), putouts (1283) and fielding assists (481).
During Eygabroat's 12 years his program has produced five All-Americans, the league's Pitcher and Rookie of the Year three times and Player of the Year two times, 19 All-New England Region honorees and 36 players have been named to the Little East Conference All-Star squad. His players have also competed in prestigious summer leagues around New England such as the legendary Cape Cod League and New England Collegiate Baseball League. Since 2008, Eygabroat has had two of his former players sign professional contracts to play in the CanAm Independent League.
Prior to his arrival at UMass Boston Eygabroat spent four seasons as an assistant coach at nearby Suffolk University where he worked with the Rams' hitters and catchers. Eygabroat also saw time as an assistant coach in the New England Collegiate Baseball League for the Mill City All-Americans working with the outfielders and hitters.
Before joining the college coaching ranks, Eygabroat enjoyed an outstanding college playing career at Mary Washington College in Virginia, where he helped the Eagles to a pair of NCAA Regional tournament appearances in 2001 and 1998. The Rochester, New York, native was named captain for the Mary Washington College for his senior season and earned South Region Honorable Mention honors as a catcher. Eygabroat also earned a spot on the Capital Athletic Conference First Team. Eygabroat was also part of the Eagles CAC championship as a freshman in 1998.
Eygabroat graduated from Mary Washington in 2001 with a bachelor’s of science in business administration. Eygabroat also earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from Suffolk in 2003. He resides in Jamaica Plain with his wife, Joanna and their daughter Ella.