Baseball - Varsity
Baseball has been an important part of life at Taft since the school’s inception. Many descriptions of the extracurricular activities from the early years at Taft mention baseball, and indeed, in the school archives there are photos and accounts (some more than 100 years old) of Mr. Taft playing baseball with the boys. It has even been said that Mr. Taft waited until he had enough graduates to field a baseball team before he was willing to host the school's first alumni reunion.
Today, Taft offers many more options, but baseball still remains an integral part of the athletic program. The team itself is always competitive. There have been many outstanding seasons for baseball at Taft, with very few “down” years. Team play and sportsmanship are emphasized, with the understanding that hard work, persistence, hustle, and attention to detail are the building blocks of athletic success. Still, players and coaches never forget the fundamental reason for taking the field each day: Baseball is fun!
The season starts with a week of indoor tryouts in late February and early March, followed by a weeklong spring training trip to Florida during spring break. The team then returns to Connecticut ready to start the eight-week long, approximately 19-game regular season. Taft plays 15 Founders League games (Hotchkiss, Choate, Kent, Avon, Trinity-Pawling, Westminster, Kingswood-Oxford, and Loomis) and approximately four non-league games.
Our facility is part of an impressive complex that includes the Lawrence H. Stone Baseball Pavilion, Rockwell Field, and two hitting tunnels. It is centrally located on campus, and a great place to watch a game. People walking across campus near the pond often end up stopping by to watch a few innings.
Each year a few Taft players go on to play baseball at the college level, and many more come back to watch games and reminisce with coaches about the great experience they had while playing baseball at Taft.
About Head Coach Andrew Prince
Andrew recently completed his Master of Arts in private school leadership from the Klingenstein Center Teachers College at Columbia University. His teaching career includes graduate studies work at the Dalton School in New York City, and a faculty post at Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) in New Jersey. During his time at MKA, Andrew taught history, ethics, and government; advised the “Shades of Color Club”; organized the Black History Month events; and, served as a house coordinator. Andrew has also volunteered for the Jumpstart Program, an organization that teaches language and literacy skills to preschoolers.
Originally from California, Andrew graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in government, with a minor in moral and political philosophy. Andrew also played Division I baseball at Harvard.
At Taft, Andrew will be the dean of multicultural education; teach AP US History and AP US Government; work as an adjunct on CPT 4; and will coach football and baseball. He will live off campus on Warren Way.
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