Greg Zackrison, G’03, replaces BSU Hall of Fame skipper Rick Smith, who retired after the 2018 season following 25 years at the helm of the Bears' baseball program.
“I feel very fortunate to become the next head baseball coach at Bridgewater State University,” said Mr. Zackrison. “BSU has a long history of great teams and I'm excited for the opportunity to continue that tradition.”
Mr. Zackrison served as the associate head coach at Massasoit Community College from 2003 to 2013, before moving on to Stonehill College where he was an assistant coach for four seasons from 2014 to 2017. He returned to Massasoit in 2018 as the associate head coach during Head Coach Tom Frizzell's farewell season.
Mr. Zackrison is also the head coach of the Plymouth Pilgrims of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), a position he has held since 2013. He was named the league’s Coach of the Year in 2014, as he guided the Pilgrims to a Southern Division championship.
Prior to coaching the Pilgrims, he was the head coach of the Oneonta Outlaws in the New York Collegiate Baseball League from 2009 to 2012 and an assistant coach for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod Baseball League for two seasons. During his college years, Mr. Zackrison pitched for two seasons at Massasoit (1997 and 1998) and two at UMass Dartmouth (1999 and 2000).
“We are extremely excited to bring in Coach Greg Zackrison to lead the team into the next era of Bears Baseball,” said Dr. Marybeth Lamb, director of athletics. “His experience both in recruiting talent and developing fine young men is well known throughout college baseball in New England… His experience on all levels of the game, including junior college, NCAA and summer development leagues, is a key factor in his selection as our next head coach.”
Mr. Zackrison, an adjunct professor at Massasoit in the Social Science Department, lives in Raynham with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Lyla. (Story and photo courtesy of Michael Holbrook, Athletics and Recreation.)