Ryan Connolly, a former standout at Notre Dame, joined the Tech baseball staff serving as the volunteer assistant last year and enters his second season on the Hokies’ bench.
Connolly, a native of Binghamton, N.Y., led the Fighting Irish in 2010 with a .335 batting average, which included team highs of 11 home runs and 38 RBI. He also led the team in hits (66), doubles (15), triples (2), total bases (118), slugging percentage (.438) and hit by pitch (20). He was a four-year monogram winner and a two-time captain.
Connolly and his mother, Penny, are co-chairs of the Michael E. Connolly Endowment for Lung Cancer Research (named in honor of his deceased father).
“Ryan is a tremendous addition to our staff working primarily with our catchers,” Tech Head Coach Pete Hughes said at the time of Connolly’s arrival. “His experience as a highly successful student and athlete will be an immediate asset to our program. Being voted captain by his peers on two occasions speaks volumes of the type of person we have joining our Hokieball family.”