Mike Rocco is entering his fifth season as the Assumption College baseball head coach in 2017-2018. Rocco was named to the position on June 19, 2013. He comes into this season with an overall record of 85-171, 64-100 at Assumption.
In addition to his role as the head baseball coach, Rocco also works as an operations coordinator in the Assumption athletics equipment room.
The 2017 season was Rocco's fourth season in charge of the Greyhounds, where he kept them in the fight for a postseason berth right up until the final few weeks of the season. The Hounds finished with a 17-25 overall record to go with a mark of 10-17 in NE10 Conference play. Rocco coached a pair of Hounds to postseason honors, led by Andrew Jaehnig who recieved a plethora of accolades. Jaehnig was named First Team All-NE10, while Jared Brescia earned NE10 All-Rookie Team recognition. The duo were also bestowed with Worcester Area All-Star honors, as Jaehnig was named First Team and Player of the Year, while Brescia was named to the Second Team. On top of that, Jaehnig earned First Team All-East Region honors by the NCBWA, D2CCA and ABCA/Rawlings.
In 2016, Rocco led the greyhounds to their first postseason berth since 2009. The Hound finished with a 19-25 record and were 14-15 in Northeast-10 Conference play. Three members of the Assumption baseball team received NE-10 All-Conference honors for their play in 2016: Andrew Jaehnig (Second Team), Mike Coggeshall (Third Team) and Hunter Tralli (All-Rookie Team). Three Hounds were also named as Worcester Area All-Stars (Coggeshall, Jaehnig, Curtis). Not only did Rocco coach several regular-season award winners, but Assumption also boasted six Hounds in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) during the summer of 2016. These include Coggeshall, Tom Horstkotte and Kyle Chudoba (Worcester Bravehearts), Jake Byrne (Wachusett Dirt Dogs), Clay Yianacopolus (North Shore Navigators) and Tralli (Torrington Titans).
During the 2014 season, Rocco’s first season as head coach of the Greyhounds, the team went 19-20 with a 13-16 conference record, a 10-11 divisional record and was in the hunt for the Northeast-10 Conference playoffs all the way up until the last weekend of the season. Three of his players received Northeast-10 All-Conference recognition (Mike Coggeshall, Greg O’Donnell, and Ysander Figueroa). Four of his players were named to the All-Worcester Team (Coggeshall, O’Donnell, Figueroa, and Kevin O’Connor). He also coached one of his players to become Worcester Area player of the year (Figueroa). Cody Rocha, one of the team’s captains, received the 2014 Rev. Alfred R. Berthiaume ’32 Memorial Award for going“Above and Beyond” at the Assumption College Senior Athletic Banquet.
Rocco comes to Assumption from Lesley University (Mass.), where he served as the program’s head coach for three seasons from 2011 to 2013. After taking the team from an 0-28 record in the team’s inaugural season in 2011, Rocco guided the team to eight wins a year later and was named the 2012 New England Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year.
The Lynx continued to improve and during Rocco’s final season as head coach the team set a single-season program record for victories as the team posted a 13-17 record, including a 6-7 mark at home. He was the baseball program’s first head coach.
In addition to his recent stint at Lesley, Rocco has also worked as an assistant coach in the summer of 2013 with the Nashua Silver Knights of Nashua, New Hampshire of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL).
Prior to his three years at Lesley, Rocco served an assistant coach at Daniel Webster College (N.H.), where he served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and also worked with the hitters and infielders. He also worked as an assistant coach with the Keene Swamp Bats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) in the summer of 2008, helping guide the team to the Northern Division Finals while coaching two players who were chosen in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Rocco began his coaching career with the Billerica American Legion program and also served as a coach on the Lowell American Legion staff for one season. In addition to his baseball experience, he also served as the head coach of the Daniel Webster cross country team, where he guided the Eagles to the 2008 NECC Championship. The team earned a berth in the NCAA Regionals and as a result, Rocco was named as the league’s Coach of the Year.
In addition to his coaching career, Rocco was a four-year starter for Bryant University as a first baseman. He completed his career as the program leader in games played at 204 and third in career hits with 221. In addition, he also holds the NCAA Division II career and single-season records for putouts.
As a freshman in 2004, he was named as the Northeast-10 Freshman of the Year as helped lead the Bulldogs to their first-ever Division II College World Series appearance. The following year, Rocco was a member of the Bryant University basketball team that advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship Game.
Prior to attending Bryant, Rocco was a varsity athlete in three sports (Basketball, Baseball, Football). He is also ambidextrous and can throw both right and left-handed.
Rocco earned his Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Bryant University in 2007, where he was also a history minor. He also holds a master’s degree in athletic administration from Endicott College (Mass.), which he completed in 2013.
Rocco, a recent inductee of the Tewksbury Memorial High School Athletic Hall of Fame (2016), currently resides in Worcester, Massachusetts.