Jason Starr appointed head baseball coach at McGill
MONTREAL - Jason Starr of Cote St. Luc, Que., has been appointed head coach and field manager of the McGill University men's baseball team. He becomes the third bench boss in team history, behind Johnny Elias (1994 to 1995) and Ernie D'Alessandro (1996 to 2011).
D'Alessandro, who stepped down recently after 16 years at the helm, guided the Redmen to two national championships (2006 and 2010) in addition to a pair of Northern Division pennants in the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association (2005 and 2006).
"I'm pleased to have Jason on board," said Drew Love, executive director of athletics at McGill. "It's always a bonus to have someone take over the coaching duties who is an alumnus and has both played and coached with the team. We thank Ernie and his loyal staff for their many years of service and dedication. The program has had much success under his stewardship, including opportunities for coaching development, which will make the transition and integration of the new leadership a smooth one."
A former infielder with McGill from 2001 to 2004 who earned all-conference honours in his senior campaign, Starr brings 15 seasons of coaching experience, including seven years with the Lac St. Louis program (Mosquito, Bantam and Peewee) and seven campaigns as an infielders coach with the Redmen. He was twice-named coach of the year in the Dollard Amateur Baseball Association (2004 and 2006). During his tenure as an assistant to D'Alessandro on the McGill coaching staff, the team won two national championships (2006, 2010). Starr also served as an assistant coach for Canadian junior squad, which won silver at the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel.
"I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead the McGill baseball program, said Starr. "Having studied, played and coached at McGill since 2001, I am proud to wear the school name on my jersey. The school has always been known for its high standards in education and athletics, and I look forward to the challenge of delivering an elite baseball club with each season."
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