(Notre Dame, IN) The Holy Cross Athletic Department is excited to announce the hiring of Brian Blondell as the new Head Coach of the Holy Cross Baseball Team.
Blondell has strong roots in the baseball community, coming to Holy Cross from Elkhart Memorial High School, where he was lead assistant coach, charged with the development of the team's pitching staff. Brian is also director of the north-central area's College Prospects of America, where he works to prepare high school student-athletes for collegiate level academics and athletics. Brian currently serves as Director of Player Operations for the Michiana Scrappers Travel Baseball Program.
Blondell began his coaching career at South Bend Washington High School where he was lead assistant for four years. He was then named pitching coach at Bethel College where he groomed two All-American pitchers, one of whom currently plays in the major leagues. In 2005, Brian took the head coaching position at South Bend Riley High School where he led the Wildcats until 2007. From 2007 to 2011, Coach Blondell served as lead assistant of St. Joseph's High School's baseball program.
Blondell graduated from Bethel College in 1998 with a degree in business administration and marketing. As a pitcher for the Bethel Pilots, Blondell was a three-year letter-winner and an NCCAA All-American.
His extensive experience in baseball also includes working at the University of Notre Dame's baseball camps, serving as the site director for the Midwest Baseball Winter Camps, coaching the Crossroads Classic for top juniors in the State of Indiana, serving as committee director for the selection of the IHSBCA 2007 North All-Stars, and directing the 2008 North South All-Star Series held at the University of Notre Dame. Brian is also an active member of the IHSBCA and ABCA.
"I am very excited for the opportunity to coach at Holy Cross College. I believe we can truly build a winning program both on and off the field. I am very thankful for the opportunity that Holy Cross has given me and am very excited to get started with the team in the off-season," said Coach Blondell.
Brian is married to the former Christi Whitfield, a standout volleyball player at Mishawaka High School and Bethel College, where she was competed on the 1998 NCCAA National Championship team. Brian and Christi have three children: Alexis (10), Bryce (9), and Brenden (5).