Instructors

Brian Looney

Brian was a standout student athlete at Cheshire High School and The Gunnery School, before taking his talents to Boston College. While at BC, he juggled both hockey and baseball before concentrating solely on baseball his junior year. During his junior baseball season, Brian led the Big East in virtually every pitching category, which led to him being drafted in the 10th round by the Montreal Expos in 1991.

Brian’s professional career took off with a bang, as he went 7-1 with a 1.16 ERA for the Jamestown Expos. He was named the 5th best prospect in the New York Penn League and went on to lead his team to a League Championship. Just two years later, Brian was the ace of the famed Harrisburg Expos pitching staff, which went on to win 100 games and capture the Eastern League Championship. Following the season Brian earned his first call-up to the Major Leagues, where he posted a 3.00 ERA in six innings pitched. In 1994, Brian began the year in AAA with the Expos and earned a mid-season call-up to the Big Leagues once again, only to be sent back down when the players went on strike. Brian was traded to the Boston Red Sox following the season and spent part of the year in AAA Pawtucket and couple of weeks in Boston with the Red Sox. After spending the entire year in AAA the following year, he was traded to The Minnesota Twins for Pat Mahomes. Brian had his first elbow surgery that year and followed that with another in 2000, curtailing his path to the Major Leagues.

In all Brian went on to pitch 18 years professionally, with the last three as a player-coach in the Italian Professional Baseball League. Following his career in Professional Baseball, Brian went on to become the Pitching Coordinator at the Hit Club where he tutored some of the best young pitchers in the state of Connecticut. He is now the owner of Hamden Yards and will continue to mentor and develop all of the up and coming athletes in the area.

 

Matt Merullo

Matt was a standout player at Fairfield Prep before taking his talents to the University of North Carolina.  He was drafted in the 7th Round in 1986 by the Chicago White Sox.  Matt cruised through the Minor Leagues and made his Major League debut with the White Sox in 1989 where he finished with 31 games played.  Being stuck behind Carlton Fisk, Matt began the 1990 season in Birmingham, but was only there 8 games before being recalled to the Big Club.  In all Matt played in the Major Leagues for 6 seasons with the White Sox, Indians and Twins.   Injuries to his elbow(3 surgeries) and knees forced him to retire after the 1996 season.  After his playing days ended, Matt tried his hand at scouting and was responsible for signing Evan Scribner, Michael Belfiore and Matthew Torra.  After 12 years of scouting he followed his heart back into teaching the game and just finished his third year of Managing in the Baltimore Orioles Organization.

Bill Mrowka

Bill Mrowka took over the Cheshire High School baseball program in the spring of 1998. Prior to taking over the Rams program, Mrowka was an assistant baseball coach at Cheshire High School for 10 years. Coach Mrowka was awarded with the Connecticut Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year award in 1997. Mrowka graduated from Cheshire High School in 1982 earning all-league football and all-state baseball honors and still holds the career homerun record; and from Quinnipiac College in 1987 where he was the starting catcher for three years; as well as being elected captain his senior year. Coach Mrowka continued his baseball career professionally in the Connecticut State League. During his fourteen years as head baseball coach, Mrowka has led the rams to the state playoffs 11 times reaching the finals, semi-finals and quarter-finals of the class “LL” tournament. Bill was also selected by his peers to coach in the Connecticut Senior All-star games in 2007 and 2008.Bill earned his Masters of Arts in teaching from Sacred Heart University and his Sixth Year Degree in Science from Southern Connecticut State University and currently teaches at Wolcott High School.

 

John Slusarz-Texas Rangers

Shane Spencer- New York Yankees

Jim Leyritz- New York Yankees

Jason Lavorgna- New York Mets

Nick Merullo-Baltimore Orioles