NEW ENGLAND CLUB BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
Mike McDonald served as coach of the University of New England Noreasters for the club's first five seasons in the league. From day one, he had been instrumental in the development of the league up until his untimely death in December 2005.
Connor “Dad” Fleming was a phenomenal pitcher throughout all four years of his club baseball career. Consistently a top pitcher in the NECBA, Fleming led Fairfield to three straight division titles and into the championship game in his senior year. His best performance came in the 2011 playoffs, when he came into a tie game in the top of the 5th inning with one out in the semi-finals, and threw 8 and 2/3 innings without giving up an earned run until Fairfield won it in the bottom of the 14th. He then proceeded to start the championship game, putting up two more scoreless innings. He also threw a perfect game against Bard in the 2010 season. Connor was a three time pitching MVP from 2009-2011. He is one of the best pitchers the NECBA has ever had.
The New England Club Baseball Association was founded by Pete Michel in the spring of 2000 after the University of New Hampshire cancelled its varsity program. Pete kept the Wildcats alive as a club and formed the league with three other schools. He then stayed on as coach of the Wildcats and led them to three championships in the first five years of the league's history.
Adam Leith became the first player in league history to be nominated as an all-star four times. His career culminated with leading the team in his last season in 2014 to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Ryan Connor, University of Vermont 2018, is the first Catamount to ever be inducted into the New England Club Baseball Hall of Fame. Ryan, a 4-time NECBA All-Star and 3-time Northwest Division pitching MVP, helped lead UVM to 3 divisional titles and 2 championship game appearances over his career. He was the winning pitcher in more than 20 games over the course of his career and helped the Catamounts reach the playoffs in each of his 4 seasons. A 2014 graduate of Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans in Vermont, Ryan graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from UVM in May of 2018.
When UVM’s Division 1 Baseball team was cancelled after its 2009 season, longtime Vermont High School Coach and UVM Baseball Asst. Coach Jim “Skip” Carter organized the UVM Club Baseball Team in 2010 and joined the NECBA that fall. In his inaugural season, Skip led the Catamounts to a perfect 12-0 record culminating in a League Championship Title. This was the start of a 10-year run that saw Skip’s UVM teams win 7-Division titles, reaching the Semi-Finals 6 times and the Championship Game 3 times (2010, 2014, 2017) with 1 League Championship title win in 2010. When Skip retired after the 2019 season, he had amassed a 10-year regular season record of 91-22 (.805%) and an overall record of 100-31 (.763%). His UVM teams reached the playoffs every year while never finishing lower than 2nd place in
their division. Skip remains an important, active presence within the UVM Club Baseball Program as a fundraiser, facilitator and mentor to the current players and coaching staff.