Pittsfield's Moynihan, Pellerin make for a Hall of Fame coaching staff
PITTSFIELD -- A lot of high schools have had coaches inducted into the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Pittsfield has had two of them.
But, it's probable that no Bay State high school has two Hall of Fame coaches on the same staff -- except Pittsfield.
Bob Moynihan, who is in his 30th season coaching the Generals and was inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame in 2007, has Hall of Famer Buddy Pellerin on his varsity coaching staff.
"I played for him in high school and when I started coaching, I was his assistant," Moynihan said. "Thirty some odd years later, he's back."
Pellerin, who coached Pittsfield to a state Division I baseball title in 1966, was the third Berkshire County baseball coach to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, following John Consolati of Lee (1975) and Jim Rivers of Wahconah (1984).
Pellerin spent 19 seasons at the Pittsfield baseball helm. He has been anything but idle since then. He coached the Pittsfield softball team to three Western Massachusetts Division I titles, coached the MCLA softball team and had most recently been the varsity softball coach at St. Joseph's.
In addition, he spent last summer with the Pittsfield Babe Ruth All-Stars that went to the 15-year old World Series in Arkansas.
"It's great" having Pellerin on the staff, said Pittsfield first baseman/pitcher Bobby New. "Last summer, he was the assistant coach and he brought some of the same teachings here."
For his part, Pellerin is truly excited to be back in a uniform -- which he hasn't worn as a head coach since he was the softball coach at PHS.
"It's wonderful," he said. "Thirty years later, I'm an assistant coach and I love it."
In separate interviews, both Pellerin and Moynihan said that coming onto the coaching staff was never planned.
Pellerin was a semi-regular at PHS games because his grandson, Kevin Donati, plays shortstop for the Generals. Moynihan invited Pellerin to practice last year and hit fungoes to his infielders. One thing kind of led to another, and Pellerin is back in purple and white.
"We informally got talking and [Moynihan] said he'd like to have a third man," Pellerin said. "I'll give it a try, as long as the Geritol holds up."
Pellerin coached players like Moynihan and former Texas Rangers outfielder Tom Grieve. The PHS assistant coach said that the players are really not a lot different than they were in his first tenure.
"If you treat them with respect, they're just like they were," said Pellerin. "I started in , and they were wonderful then.
"The one main difference is that we used to have 20 on a team. We used to get 95 out for tryouts. It's interesting that when I look back, we had a happy group of 20."
Pellerin is the "youngster" on Moynihan's staff, as assistant Mark Petruzella has been with the PHS coach for the past 15 seasons. Pellerin was also the "youngster" on manager Bob Shade's Babe Ruth staff last summer.
"It's another great coach for us, to help us win games," said Pittsfield catcher Dom Traversa, the catcher on the Babe Ruth champions. "He'll tell you about situations you never thought possible and help you work through them. It's a lot of good knowledge he's got."
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