FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
DeLand, Fla. – It is the beginning of a new year and Stetson head coach Pete Dunn has announced a new addition to the Hatters coaching staff. Mark Leavitt comes to the Hatters from Salisbury, Connecticut where he has been the head baseball coach and associate director of admissions and financial aid for the Salisbury Prep School. In his first year, Leavitt led Salisbury to a perfect 20-0 record and had two of his players drafted, one of whom went in the first round.
His position at the Salisbury School is the most recent entry on an impressive employment resume. Leavitt graduated from Princeton University in 1998 after four years as a starter on the baseball team. He began his coaching career the following season as the head junior varsity coach and as an assistant with the Princeton varsity. Leavitt went on to work as an assistant coach at George Washington, Princeton (2nd time), James Madison, and George Mason.
As a college coach Leavitt recruited, signed, and coached over 40 players that went on to sign professional contracts and 17 players that went on to play in the major leagues.
Shifting gears professionally, Leavitt next took a position as an area scouting supervisor with the Montreal Expos (1997-2001). In 2001 he began a six-year stint with the Seattle Mariners scouting department as territorial supervisor, and then as a regional coordinator.
Some of Leavitt’s additional coaching experience includes time as a Doyle Baseball School instructor, head coach of the Vienna Mavericks (Clark Griffith Collegiate Baseball League), head coach of the New Market Rebels (Valley Baseball League), assistant coach of the Chatham A’s (Cape Cod League), head coach of the Harwich Mariners (Cape Cod League), and just last summer as head coach of the Clermont Mavericks (Florida Collegiate Summer League).
Here at Stetson Leavitt will take over the recruiting coordinator duties for the program. He will also coach the hitters and infielders, and make the move to the 3rd base coaching box during games.
"My family and I are extremely excited to become part of the Stetson University community. Stetson is an amazing institution with a long standing tradition in excellence, both, in the classroom and on the baseball field", said Leavitt. "I am so very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of the Hatter baseball program and work with such an incredible person and ultra successful head coach in Pete Dunn."
Leavitt is married to the former Christina Spada who graduated from UCF in 1988. The couple has two sons, Scott (age 8) and Ryan (age 6).