- Head Men's Baseball Coach & Coord of Volleyball Tournaments , Athletics
The 2016 campaign was the most successful in Trinity baseball's NCAA Division III history. The Tigers emerged as the NCAA DIII World Series champions. Trinity went undefeated at the NCAA Championship with a 5-0 record at Grand Chute, Wisconsin. The Tigers beat Keystone (PA) College 2-0 in the best-of-three finals series to capture the crown, and completed the season with a 44-7 record. The 44 wins set a school record for victories. The Tigers also won the 2016 NCAA Regional at Spokane, Washington, with a 4-0 mark.
During the NCAA Championship, Coach Scannell earned his 600th career victory. He now stands at 602-229 over 18 seasons - since 1999 - for a winning percentage of 72.4%. Coach Scannell is listed among the top-10 of active Division III coaches. Trinity qualified for the NCAA Postseason for the 11th time, and seventh in a row. All of the Tigers NCAA competition has been on Coach Scannell's watch.
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 NCAA Championship, in 2015. The Tigers came within one game of advancing to the best-of-three finals series. Trinity completed the campaign with a 40-14 mark, tying the school record for wins in a season. 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 guided the Tigers to a 10th Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship - and fourth in a row - in 2016. The title was garnered in Seguin, Texas, with Texas Lutheran University serving as host. Coach Scannell has been elected as the SCAC Coach of the Year nine times during his career.
Coach Scannell has coached 11 All-Americans, and four Academic All-Americans. Twenty-five players have signed professional baseball contracts under Coach Scannell’s tutelage. Eight have been drafted, including outfielder Jeremy Wolf (New York Mets) in 2016.
Coach Scannell had served as an assistant with the University of Massachusetts, and his alma mater, Northeastern (MA) University. He graduated from Northeastern in 1992. He spent the summer of 1999 as the hitting coach for the Cape Cod League champion Cotuit Kettleers. Coach Scannell coached current MLB all-stars Chase Utley (Philadelphia Phillies) and Garrett Atkins (Pittsburgh Pirates).
As a player, Coach Scannell, an Xaverian Brothers High School (MA) graduate, was a four-year standout at Northeastern, where he captained the baseball team his junior and senior years. He also spent two seasons playing in the Cape Cod League for the Harwich Mariners and the Cotuit Kettleers.
Coach Scannell and his wife, Christa, are the parents of three sons: Matthew, TJ, and James.