Coaches and Staff

2022 Coaches and Staff

Chris Fitzgerald — General Manager

Chris Fitzgerald is entering his 4th year as General Manager for the Falmouth Commodores. In his role, he oversees all the baseball operations functions of the franchise.  In addition to his duties as GM,  he is on the Commodores board of directors, a CCBL executive committee member, CCBL finance committee member and CCBL broadcast committee member.  Fitzgerald joined the Commodores in 2018 as the Assistant GM. Prior to joining the Commodores, he was General Manager and assistant coach for American Legion Post 188, head coach for Sandwich High School JV baseball team and board member for Falmouth Youth Baseball. Chris is the Sales Manager for Cavossa Disposal based in Falmouth as well as a licensed Realtor with WIlliam Raveis in Osterville. Fitzgerald graduated from Falmouth High School and went on to attend The University of Arizona. He lives in Falmouth with his fiancée Natalie, son George and their retriever Charlie. 

Steve Brocklebank — Assistant General Manager

Steve Brocklebank is assuming the role of Assistant General Manager after performing various other duties with the Commodores over the last 20  years. Steve started as a volunteer in 2000 assisting with the hiring and mentoring of student athletic trainers, as well as providing physical therapy care and consultations. Steve and his wife Debbie became host parents in 2004 and have hosted over 20 players and interns over the last 15 years. Steve has also been a Board member for over ten years and served as the team Treasurer for 6 years. Steve earned his Masters Degree in physical therapy in 1997 from the University of St. Augustine in Florida and started a private Practice, Sports Center PT, in Falmouth in March of 2000.   An avid fan of the game of baseball and The Cape League, Steve is looking forward to learning baseball operations and continuing his involvement with the Commodores.

Jeff Trundy — Manager

Coach Trundy starts his 28th year with the Cape League and his 24th year as the Head Coach of the Commodores.  He was the Captain of the baseball team at the University of New Hampshire before moving on to earn his Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado.  It was in Colorado that Jeff spent some time as an assistant coach and has been coaching ever since.  Jeff received the Mike Curran Award naming him Coach of the Year for the Cape League in 2004, 2016 and 2019.  In the off season Jeff is the head baseball coach at Frederick Gunn School, a prep school in Washington, CT.  In addition to coaching he has also served as a part time scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.  Coach Trundy was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2013.  Jeff is joined each summer on the Cape by his wife, Patti, who enjoys watching the Commodores games.

Mike Landry — Coach

Mike enters his 11th year with the Commodores as pitching coach, and brings with him extensive experience in the collegiate and professional ranks.  Landry played seven years of minor league baseball, has served as a bullpen catcher and batting practice pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, and was the bullpen coach for the Rockford Riverhawks of the independent Frontier League.  Landry earned his bachelor of arts in graphic design from Lewis University where he was a four year letter winner, served as a team captain, and was an All-​Great Lakes Valley Conference nominee.  He later returned to Lewis to earn a Master’s Degree in school counseling while he served as a graduate assistant baseball coach.  Most recently Mike served as volunteer assistant coach in 2011 for the Georgetown University Hoyas.  Mike now works in the off season at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Brett Becker — Assistant Coach

Brett Becker enters his 6th season with the Commodores as Hitting Coach. Brett played collegiately at Cowley College and Fort Hays State earning his bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance in 2009 and his Master’s degree in 2014. During his playing career he was a 4 year letter winner, and All-​MIAA performer.  As a Coach, Brett’s coaching career has taken him to all levels of college baseball. Serving as the Hitting Coach/​Offensive Coordinator at 2 different schools. In 2016, he led a Colby Community College team to their first ever Jayhawk West Championship after finishing in last place in 2015.  Brett currently works as an Adapted Physical Education teacher during the off season. He also runs Brett Becker Baseball working with athletes of all age levels. He is married to Tiernan Becker. They have two daughters Reece (4) and Rigley (8 months)

Ryan Ihle — Assistant Coach

Ryan hails from Brisbane, Australia. His playing career spans several years and includes 2012–14 Colby Community College (KS) as a Shortstop/​Pitcher; 2014–16 Columbus State University (GA) as a Shortstop/​Pitcher (2016 All-​American Shortstop); and 2017–18 Brisbane Bandits (Australian Baseball League) as a Pitcher (ABL Champions).  Ryan’s coaching career overlaps his playing career initially as he was the 2016–17 Student Assistant at Columbus State University serving as the Infield and Hitting Coach. In addition, he was the 2018 Junior State Development Coach in Australia as Infield and Hitting Coach and the 2018–2019 Graduate Assistant Coach at Columbus State University as Infield and Hitting Coach /​ Bullpen Coach.

Will Hawkes — Assistant Coach

Will is originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This will be his second season with the Commodores, with the first being in 2019. During his playing career at Cumberland University they were ranked in the top 25 and made a regional.  As a coach, Will’s coaching career has taken him to the Cape along with stops at Austin Peay State University and Lipscomb University. He primarily has worked with pitchers and outfielders. 

Don O’Malley, MD – Team Physician

Dr. O’Malley enters his 21st year as the team physician for the Falmouth Commodores. He trained at the Military Medical School in Bethesda, MD., and did his orthopedic training at Naval Hospital in Bethesda.  He served sixteen years in the Navy before coming to Falmouth.  Dr. O’Malley was the team physician at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy from 1994–1998.  He attended the Advanced Team Physician Course and is Board Certified in the specialty of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.  Dr. O’Malley is currently the President of the Irish American Orthopedic Society and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Karen Trait‑O’Malley, MS PA‑C — Physician Assistant

Karen begins her 15th year working with the Commodores.  She received her undergraduate degree from Boston University and her Master’s Degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.   While at BU she was on a full athletic scholarship for woman’s lacrosse and played in the NCAA playoffs in 1999/​2000.  Originally from Syracuse, NY, Karen was also a championship Irish Step Dancer and qualified for the World Championships in Ireland.  In addition to working with the Commodores, she is also an assistant coach for the girls’ varsity lacrosse team at Falmouth Academy.  She is a Physician Assistant working with Dr. O’Malley at Cape Cod Sports Medicine, an affiliate of Cape Cod Healthcare, in Falmouth.

Laura Murphy, EDM ATC LAT, CSCS –  Athletic Trainer

Laura is in her 10th season with the Commodores; she is originally from Boxborough, MA and a 2011 graduate of Endicott College in Beverly, MA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training. After graduating from Endicott, she went on to work at Emerson College in Boston, MA as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer.  While at Emerson, Laura completed her Master’s Degree in Health Education at Boston University.  She is currently an Assistant Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach at Wheaton College in Norton, MA.  Laura is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and is a licensed athletic trainer by the Massachusetts Board of Allied Health.  She is also a certified strength and conditioning coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Bella Thornton, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Bella Thornton is from North Grafton, MA where she lives with her family, dog, and two cats. Bella recently graduated from Springfield College in May with her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training, and passed her Board of Certification exam in April to become a certified athletic trainer. She has previous experience with baseball as she was the first AT student from SC to complete a clinical rotation with the baseball team at the College of the Holy Cross in the spring of 2020. She hopes to find a job close to home within a Division I or Division III college to stay in collegiate athletics, and is very excited to spend her summer on the field down the Cape.

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