Christopher Mooney is the head coach of the men’s baseball team at The College who has been around baseball since he was a kid.
“I played all throughout little league, middle school, and junior high school. I played all four years at Spotswood High School, which included winning a Greater Middlesex County (GMC) and NJ Group II State Championship in the same season in 2007,” said Mooney.
He is an alumnus at The College, where he played baseball as well. From there, he continued to play at Rutgers-Camden, where he earned many accolades, both on and off the field.
“In 2011, I was an All-American first baseman when I was named to the ABCA/Rawlings DIII Gold Glove Team. I earned the honor as the best defensive first baseman in the country. In 2012, I was named to the Capital One Academic All-American Third Team with a 4.0 GPA. I was the first and only baseball player in Rutgers-Camden history to be honored with a gold glove and make the Academic All-American Team,” he said.
Mooney said he knew he wanted to be a coach because it allows him to stay around the game he loves. He also wants players to have the same joy of playing baseball that he once had.
“I had such a great experience playing the sport that I wanted to have the opportunity to help future student athletes enjoy that same experience. Being a coach gives me the chance to stay around the game that I love and allows for me to be a guiding mentor to help these young men reach their goals and dreams,” he said.
Coach Mooney stresses the importance of structure, organization, discipline, and respect. He wants his players to take care of business on the field, and most importantly, in the classroom.
“My coaching staff and I have built a culture here that is based upon commitment, dedication, and hard work. We understand the importance of academics and make this known to each and every one of our student-athletes within our program. They must meet the necessary academic requirements and standards that we set if they want to be a part of our program,” he said.
Mooney said he likes to keep a balance of showing tough love to his players, and keeping it light at other times.
“We want our players to have fun and enjoy every moment that they have playing here at MCC. We know when it is appropriate to joke around and allow for the players to grow with one another to form their own identity as a team,” said Mooney.
He became head coach back in 2013, at the age of 23 years old. He is very thankful for the athletic commission giving him this opportunity at that age.
“Former athletic director, Bob Wisniewski, gave me the opportunity to take over the baseball program at the age of 23 years old. I thank him and the rest of the athletic administration who interviewed me (Carey Monkowski and Bob Edmonds), for believing in me and having enough confidence to give me the job at such a young age,” said Mooney.
As far as his coaching future goes, he has loved his time at The College and doesn’t plan to go anywhere else.
“I want to continue coaching baseball for as long as I possibly can, and I could not think of a better place to do that then here at Middlesex. I was a student athlete here, graduate of the school, and now came back to coach here. MCC has been such a big part of my life that I could not imagine myself being anywhere else,” he said.