Portsmouth Yardbirds Announce New Head Coach

The Portsmouth Yardbirds are excited to announce the hiring of Michael “Mick” McFerran as their new head coach for the upcoming 2019 season.

Head Coach: Michael “Mick” McFerran

Coach McFerran is serving in his second year as the associate head coach and pitching coach for the Skidmore College baseball program and will be entering his first year in the Tidewater Collegiate summer Baseball League as the Head Coach of the Portsmouth Yardbirds Baseball Club.

McFerran brings a wide variety of baseball experience from his young, post-athletic career to Skidmore. McFerran is an Associate Scout for the Rockland Boulders, front-runners in the Can-Am Independent League, in addition to being the pitching coach for the Hayner Brothers Barnstormers summer travel program. He also served as Assistant General Manager for the Glens Falls Dragons in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League in in 2017.

McFerran ended his collegiate playing career in 2016, pitching in the Sunshine State Conference for NCAA Division II powerhouse, Lynn University in (FL), under 2009 NCAA National Champion and tenured Head Coach, Rudy Garbalosa. He was also a two-year veteran of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, pitching for the then – Glens Falls Golden Eagles in 2014, before returning to pitch for the renewed Glens Falls Dragons in 2015, following their transitional year into new ownership. There, McFerran learned under former Major Leaguer and Detroit Tigers / Houston Astros Pitching Coach and Coordinator, Jon Matlack (Matlack was National League Rookie of the Year for the New York Mets in 1972).

McFerran also pitched in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League for the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks in the first two summers of his collegiate career, where he posted a 3.50 ERA following his freshman season in 2012, and won a FCBL Championship with the team in 2013.

McFerran earned his Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Management at Lynn University in 2016, and his Bachelor’s in Mass Communications at The College at Brockport in 2015.

McFerran originally hails from Albany, N.Y., but grew up spending much of his time living with his family in nearby Lake George. He also attended Catholic Central High School in Troy, N.Y.