NEW LONDON, Conn. –- Travis Beausoleil has been named head coach of the Mitchell College baseball team, as announced by athletics director Maureen White.

Beausoleil will make his collegiate head coaching debut with the Mariners. He most recently served as a member of the support staff for the University of Connecticut baseball team, a nationally-ranked program that advanced to the NCAA Super Regional this past season. 

“We are excited to add Travis to our coaching staff,” White said. “Not only does he possess the tools that translate to success on the field –- leadership, competitiveness, and a sharp baseball mind -– but he’s also committed to developing our student-athletes off the field. I expect he will sustain the program’s recent success and build Mitchell baseball into a consistent winner that competes for championships.”

Beausoleil’s baseball knowledge has been gleaned from some of the top coaches in the state. At UConn he worked alongside head coach Jim Penders and (current Hartford head coach) Justin Blood. He also played for Roger Bidwell at UConn Avery Point and for John Schiffner at Plainfield High School.

“Travis is very well prepared to be a head coach, and Mitchell College is going to be rewarded multiple times over for making this hire,” Penders said. “He’s a fantastic young coach who is extremely bright and has unbelievable energy. He knows how to communicate with the players. He has such a passion for the game and a desire to coach and educate young people.”

Beausoleil began his collegiate playing career at UConn Avery Point where he was a two-time All-New England shortstop. He was the New England Region 21 Conference Player of the Year in 2007 and also garnered All-America second team honors. He helped the Pointers to two conference championships before completing his career at North Carolina Wesleyan College, where he was a two-year starter at second base and a captain in his final season.