Tony Cirelli played baseball for MCC in 1981, and has been our head baseball coach since 1995. He has the most baseball wins in school history at 755 and counting. In 2014, he led the Thunderbirds to their first national baseball championship since 1972. He has been honored with no less than seven conference and regional coaching awards during his career, including national Coach of the Year in 2014.
His former players are lavish in their praise. Tony Cirelli has coached more than 160 MCC student athletes who were honored for their play and academic success while they were here. More than 50 of them went on to have professional careers in the sport they love, and many more continued their educations and baseball careers at the university level after leaving MCC. One student wrote: “You don’t have enough space in this section to discuss all the great things this man has done for us.”
Great things he has done for students, community, and MCC. He’s won conference coach of the year honors three times, and regional coach of the year four times. He has led MCC’s baseball team to three conference championships, four district championships, and four NJCAA World Series appearances. The Thunderbirds have been nationally ranked for 14 straight seasons. Since 2008, MCC’s baseball team has volunteered for multiple events each year to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital.