Head Coach Joseph Abarr
The 2019 season will be Coach Abarr's third season as head varsity coach for Oliver Ames baseball. In his first season at the helm, he guided them to a 12-8 regular season record and a #10 seed in the South D2 MIIA tournament . The team picked up first round and quarterfinal tournament wins before falling in the South semi-finals. Joe also teaches history at Oliver Ames.
Prior to being named head varsity coach, Joe spent three seasons (2014-2016) as a volunteer assistant to Coach Leo Duggan and worked primarily with the team’s hitters and catchers. He previously served as head coach of girls softball at Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School in 2010 and 2011. The team won the Division II State Title in 2010 and five girls went on to play college softball.
Coach Abarr played high school baseball for Coach Mike LaBarbera at The Prout School in Rhode Island. He then walked-on at The University of Rhode Island and played for Coach Jim Foster (currently head coach at West Point). After college, Coach Abarr worked for three seasons as the bullpen catcher for the Pawtucket Red Sox where he caught for and worked with numerous major leaguers, prospects, and even Cy Young awards winners like Bartolo Colon.
Assistant Coach John McMillan
Assistant Coach Steve Adams
Head Coach Eric Marchetti
Coach Eric Marchetti is excited to be joining Oliver Ames baseball for the 2019 season. He comes to OA from the Atlantic Baseball Club where he works as the Director of Baseball Operations. The Atlantic Baseball Club is the largest dedicated indoor baseball training facility in New England. There their staff of professional instructors train players starting as young as age 6 up through the professional ranks including current and former MiLB and MLB players.
Eric has coached all age and skill level AAU teams over the last several years. He is currently coaching multiple AAU teams as well as a high school travel Showcase team for the 2019 season. He also does private lessons and teaches hybrid training classes in all aspects of baseball development specializing in offseason training.
Eric grew up in Norwell MA where he was stand-out high school athlete. Unfortunately, a catastrophic injury prevented him from playing baseball beyond the age of 16. Despite this, his love for the game was never dampened. He had been coaching youth baseball for 14 years before this former restaurant manager turned baseball into his professional career. Eric also served several years on the Bridgewater Little League Board of Directors and is currently the Massachusetts District 7 Assistant District Administrator and Tournament Director for Little League International.
Asst Coach John McCaffrey
Returning for his second season, Coach McCaffrey is again named the OA JV baseball assistant coach. He began teaching at OA in 2011. He has made sure to get involved in the atlethic department at OA ever since his first year here, at first by officiating track meets and running the scoreboard at home basketball games, as well as learning to do the basketball scoreboard this season. All the while, he's been awaiting an opportunity to get back in to the sport he really loves: baseball.
This is his first season coaching baseball at OA, and he is excited to work closely with Coach Abarr, Coach Cardullo, Coach Sullivan, and the rest of the staff to help grow the baseball program here at OA and to help each student-athlete achieve their goals and improve all aspects of their game. He is excited to share his passion and knowledge for the game with each student-athlete involved in the OA baseball program.
Coach John McCaffrey grew up in Middletown, RI, playing baseball in nearby Newport throughout high school at historic Cardine's Field. He later returned to coach there during the summers while attending Bridgewater State University. When his bat speed began to slip in college, he joined a slow-pitch co-ed league in Berkley in order to remain active in the game, and has been playing every Sunday morning in the summer for the past 6 seasons. He is very excited for this opporunity at OA this season.