Rob Mansfield, a 2010 Gordon graduate and alumnus of Gordon Baseball, is entering his third season as the head coach for the Scots after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant to the program. His first two years were capped with a trip to the Commonwealth Coast Conference playoffs.
In his first season at the helm, Mansfield led Gordon to their best record in conference play ever (9-6-1). The 2015 team improved upon their statistics in almost every major offensive category, increasing their batting average by 20 points; slugging percentage by 66 points; home runs by 12 and decreasing their strikeouts by 37. They placed the most players on the CCC All-Conference team in school history (six) and was awarded the Senior Scholar Athlete. (Wes Arning) The Scots also placed seven players on the Academic All-Conference team.
The 2016 campaign will go down as the most successful season in school history. While tying the school record for wins with 19, the Scots also set the school record for batting average, hits, doubles, fielding percentage and individual career pitching victories, innings pitched and individual season triples. Gordon also placed three players on the All CCC team and six on the Academic All-Conference team. The Fighting Scots also captured a program-record nine victories in a row, beginning in Florida before carrying over to the first three weeks of non-conference action back in Massachusetts.
Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach
A 2011 graduate of Eastern Nazarene College with a degree in Journalism. Rivera spent time split between the mound and the outfield during his time with ENC.
Was an assistant at ENC for two seasons and responsible for the fielders, two of which would receive all conference honors. Also responsible for the recruitment of future student athletes.
Spent the 2014 season as the pitching coach of Fitchburg State University. Fitchburg's pitching staff would post a 3.96 earned run average along with the breaking of multiple school records. Rivera was also responsible for scouting opposing offenses and recruiting potential student athletes.
Currently resides in Quincy, Mass.
Assistant Baseball Coach
TJ Murphy enters his first season with the Scots. Murphy previously coached at Suffolk University where he was primarily the hitting coach and outfield coach. During the 2014 season he led the Rams to a conference best .340 team batting average, as well as an ECAC championship, the first in school history.
This past summer, Murphy was the head coach of the Braves in the North Shore Baseball League, leading the team to a playoff berth their first season in the league.
Murphy played his college career at Saint Anselm College where he was a four-year starter in CF compiling a .336 average. He ranks in the top 10 for doubles, triples, hits and stolen bases in Saint Anselm school history.
Assistant Baseball Coach
Todd Alford begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Fighting Scots Baseball team during the 2015-16 academic year.
Alford is a well-traveled baseball mind after having been a collegiate player at South Alabama of the Sun Belt Conference. Following graduation, Alford became the head baseball coach and athletic director at Wallace Community College in Selma, Alabama. Alford won state and regional championships, while also winning awards as the Alabama and National Coach of the Year in the junior college ranks.
After temporarily leaving the baseball scene, Alford returned as an assistant coach at St. John Fisher College in New York and a owner/hitting instructor at a baseball training facility in East Rochester, N.Y.
He has also served time as an area scout in the Northeast for the Miami Marlins organization.