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Mike Sweeney '99
Asst. Coach
Mike Sweeney

Pitching Coach Mike Sweeney '99 enters his third season on head coach Bill Thurston's staff, balancing his coaching duties with a burgeoning career as a pitcher in the professional minor leagues. Sweeney graduated from Amherst with a degree in economics in 1999 and inked a minor league contract with the New York Mets after his senior year. In 2000, he signed with the Elmira Pioneers of the independent Northern League and, in 2001, helped lead the New Jersey Jackals to their first-ever Northern League Championship. Sweeney was a two-sport standout at Amherst, helping quarterback the football team to a pair of Little Three and NESCAC Co-Championships. He also pitched the baseball team to a trio of Little Three Titles, three NCAA postseason berths and an appearance in the 1999 NCAA Regional final. Sweeney finished his collegiate career with a 21-3 pitching record and was a two-time All-New England and All-NESCAC selection.

Jason Larocque
Asst. Coach
Jason Larocque

Hitting coach and catching instructor Jason Larocque comes to Amherst after a standout playing career at Division I power Harvard University, where he helped lead the Crimson to three consecutive Ivy League Championships and a trio of NCAA Regional berths from 1997 to 1999. Larocque's 1997 Harvard team pulled off one of the more notable upsets in recent college baseball history when it, as the No. 6 seed, defeated top-seeded UCLA in the first round of NCAA Regional play. After captaining the team in 2000 and graduating with a degree in government, the Methuen, Massachusetts native spent a year working in the Boston Red Sox scouting department. Along the way, Larocque has worked as an instructor at the Instructional Baseball School in Lawrence, Mass., and played summer baseball for the Central Mass. Collegians in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. This summer, he'll begin his first season as an assistant coach with the Mill City All-Americans, based in Lowell, Mass.

Andy Jones '00
Asst. Coach
Andy Jones

Assistant coach Andy Jones, a 2000 Amherst graduate, joined the baseball staff prior to the 2001 season as the recipient of the College's prestigious Hitchcock Fellowship for athletic excellence and leadership. In addition to his duties on the baseball diamond, Jones assisted the ECAC Champion women's soccer team and helped coach the men's hockey team to a NESCAC runner-up finish. He returned for the 2001-02 season with similar success, helping the women's soccer team advance to the NCAA Championship game and the men's hockey team qualify for yet another postseason appearance. Jones was an outstanding hockey player at Amherst, captaining the Jeffs to a 15-6-3 overall record and a berth in the first-ever NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament as a senior, and was a contributing member on the baseball team. A native of Minnetonka, Minn., Jones majored in Psychology.


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