Tom Frizzell enters his 28th season as the head coach of the Massasoit baseball program.
The NJCAA Hall of Famer and 2017 Massasoit Athletics Hall of Fame inductee has had plenty of success during his tenure in Brockton, most recently cracking the 700-win club during his 26th season leading the Warriors. Over his tenure he has amassed a career record of 707-347.
Under Frizzell’s watch, Massasoit has captured eight Region XXI Championships, five New England District Championships and advanced to the NJCAA World Series five times featuring a NJCAA Division II National Championship in 1993.
In his coaching career at Massasoit, the five-time NJCAA District Coach of the Year has led the Warriors to an average of more than 27 victories a season with a 67.1 winning percentage. In addition, Frizzell has coached 30 All-Americans, including Jake Stearns (2nd Team) from the 2016 squad and over 100 All-New England award winners.
During his long and successful coaching tenure at Massasoit, Frizzell has excelled at sending his student-athletes to four-year colleges to succeed both academically and athletically. A few of the colleges his former players have gone onto include: North Carolina State, University of Maine, University of Rhode Island, Florida Southern College, Eckerd College, Bryant University, Georgia College, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Boston, Eastern Connecticut State University, Bridgewater State, Westfield State, Suffolk University, University of Southern Maine, Eastern Nazarene, Mass Maritime Academy and Southern New Hampshire University amongst others.
In addition, 2015 Massasoit Hall of Fame inductee and member of the 1993 National Championship team, Jim Mann, was selected in the 54th round of the 1994 draft after playing two seasons under Frizzell. The right-hander appeared in 25 Major League Baseball games from 2000-03 seeing time in the big leagues with the New York Mets, Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Another former pitcher, Kyle Fernandes (2012 Massasoit Hall of Fame Inductee) was drafted in the 12th round of the MLB Amateur Draft by the Boston Red Sox in 2005 and former right-handed pitcher Jeff Davis off of Frizzell’s National Championship team signed a pro contract with the Texas Rangers in 1993.
In the spring of 2011, Frizzell was elected to the NJCAA Baseball Association’s Hall of Fame for his extraordinary success on the baseball diamond. He became just the fourth representative from Massasoit to ever be named to the NJCAA Hall of Fame (three in soccer), and the first to represent baseball.
Aside from his coaching duties, Frizzell also serves as a professor in the business department at Massasoit. He has also received numerous accolades for his involvement in the community, including the Brockton Boys and Girls Club “Man of the Year” in 1993, Stonehill College’s Joseph Martin Institute Award for Public Service in 1995 and the MEOP Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004.
Prior to taking over as head coach in 1991, Frizzell served as an assistant coach at Massasoit for three seasons.
Frizzell earned his associates degree from Massasoit in 1969 before earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Westfield State in 1971. He later earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Bridgewater State College in 1974.
Tom Frizzell: Inside The Numbers
707 Career Coaching Victories At Massasoit
120 All-New England Award Winners
67.1 Winning Percentage At Massasoit
30 NJCAA All-Americans
26 Seasons As Head Coach At Massasoit
8 Region XXI Championships
5 New England District Championships
3 Trips To The NJCAA Division II World Series
2 Trips To The NJCAA Division III World Series
1 NJCAA Division II National Championship (1993)