Mike McCormack was named an assistant coach for the Brown baseball program in October of 2012 after spending the previous four years as an assistant coach under Jedd Soto at St. Mary’s College of California, a Division I member of the West Coast Conference. McCormack was elevated to the team's recruiting coordinator in September 2014.
McCormack, the hitting coach who also works with the outfielders, most recently helped five hitters earn All-Ivy recognition following the 2017 season. Seniors Rob Henry ’17, Josh Huntley ’17 and Marc Sredojevic ’17 all earned First Team honors, the most for the program since the 2010 season, while Sam Grigo ’18 and Cameron Deere ’20 also earned Honorable Mention accolades. Henry, a two-time All-Ivy outfielder at Brown, was then drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2017 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
McCormack developed a pair of All-Ivy hitters in 2016. Josh Huntley was named to the First Team as one of the top offensive catchers in the league, posting a .361 average in league games, while outfielder Jake Levine earned Second Team honors.
McCormack continued to improve the team’s offense during his third season in 2015. Brown posted a team batting average of .270, a 16-point improvement from the previous season, and increased the on-base percentage (.349) and slugging percentage (.401). McCormack coached Rob Henry to Second Team All-Ivy honors, as the sophomore ranked second in the Ivy League in batting average (.363) and doubles (17). Henry was also named to the NEIBA Division I Second Team, while fellow outfielder Jake Levine earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors.
In 2013 and 2014, McCormack helped increase Brown’s offensive numbers over his first two seasons as an assistant coach, showing improvements each season across the board in team batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. McCormack coached outfielders Will Marcal and Daniel Massey to All-Ivy honors in 2013 and 2014, respectively. He also helped develop J.J. Franco, who was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 2014 annual Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
While at St. Mary’s, McCormack played a significant role in every aspect of the baseball program, handling off-field responsibilities and also working with the outfielders, hitters and coaching first base. Over the course of his tenure, the Gaels had their highest single-season win total since 1991, as well as their first winning record since 2006. Ten position players received All-West Coast Conference honors, including four outfielders, and two received Freshman All-American honors. Infielder Troy Channing won the West Coast Conference Triple Crown in 2009 and graduated in 2012 as the program’s all-time leader in home runs and runs batted in. McCormack also aided in the development of four position players who were drafted in Major League Baseball’s First Year Player Draft. Outfielder Kyle Jensen (12th round, Miami Marlins) and first baseman Anthony Aliotti (15th round, Oakland Athletics) were selected in the 2009 draft, while infielder Patrick Wisdom (1st round comp. A, St. Louis Cardinals) and catcher Toby DeMello (27th round Seattle Mariners) were drafted in 2012.
McCormack has also honed his skills at the amateur and youth level in both California and Massachusetts. He served as an assistant coach for the Massachusetts Post 150 Greater Newburyport American Legion team that competed in the 2008 Massachusetts State Finals. He also assisted Team Northeast in Massachusetts’ Bay State Games. While at St. Mary’s, he coached the Northern California 13 and under team at the 2011 National Team Identification Series in Cary, NC. He also coached the 14 and under Danville Junior Hoots in the spring of 2012, leading them to national rankings as high as seventh.
After spending his freshman year at the University of Rochester, McCormack transferred to Worcester State University and was a three-year letter winner in the outfield. He was a team captain of the 2008 MASCAC Championship squad and NCAA New England Regional team and was named the University’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year during that same season. In 2010, McCormack was elected to Worcester State’s All-Decade team. He graduated Cum Laude in 2008 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.
A native of Newburyport, Massachusetts, McCormack was a three sport athlete at Newburyport High School. He resides in Providence, R.I. with his wife, Kelly.