Suffolk University head Baseball Coach Cary McConnell earned his 400th win in a Suffolk uniform on April 30 as the Rams topped the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats 7-2 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament.
Since joining the Rams in 1996, McConnell has made the University's Division III college program one of the best in the New England region.
McConnell has guided his teams to a 400-221-2 record (.642 winning percentage). He has been named GNAC Coach of the Year on five occasions as his teams have earned four GNAC Tournament Championships, five GNAC regular-season first place finishes, four NCAA Regional appearances, one ECAC Tournament Championship, six ECAC Tournament bids, a national ranking of 18, and the school record in wins, with 38 in a season.
His 2000 team recently was inducted into the inaugural Great Northeast Athletic Conference Hall of Fame. That season the Rams led the nation in ERA (2.09) with a staff that posted 401 strikeouts. Over the past 11 seasons, four of McConnell's players have gone on to sign professional contracts.
The 2011 season marks the 13th consecutive season that the Rams have reached the 20-win plateau for a season, while Suffolk reached conference finals for the sixth straight season.
In 19 total seasons as a collegiate head coach McConnell has collected 455 career victories between the University of Rochester and Suffolk. His career 400th victory came on April 8, 2009, in a 19-6 Suffolk victory over Fitchburg State University.
McConnell began his coaching career in 1990 as an assistant at The College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) working with pitchers and catchers.