2019 Coaches and Staff
Chris Fitzgerald — General Manager
Chris Fitzgerald was named General Manager for the Falmouth Commodores in October of 2018. In his role, he oversees all the baseball operations functions of the franchise. 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. Fitzgerald graduated from Falmouth High School and went on to attend The University of Arizona. Fitzgerald is a local real estate agent with offices both in both Boston and Cape Cod. He and his girlfriend, Natalie, currently reside in Cotuit, MA with their retriever Charlie.
Conner Peters — Assistant General Manager
Conner is entering his first season as the Commodores Assistant General Manger after spending the previous three seasons as the team’s Scouting Liasion Intern. He lives in Falmouth and attends Lasell College in Newton, MA, where he is majoring in sports management and minoring in coaching. At Lasell, Conner works as a coaching apprentice for the men’s basketball team. He has had a lifelong passion for baseball and while a physical disability has limited his ability to play sports, he has contributed to the game through his many years of coaching and front office roles. Conner is anticipating many more memorable Commodores moments during the 2019 season and hopes to help bring a Cape League title back to Falmouth.
Jeff Trundy — Manager
Coach Trundy starts his 25th year with the Cape League and his 21th 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. He repeated that effort in 2016, winning it to go along with a league-best 58 points and then leading his team to the CCBL Finals. In the off season Jeff is the head baseball coach at The Gunnery, a prep school in Washington, CT. 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 8th 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 returns for his 3rd season coaching the Commodores. He spends his off-season as an Adapted Physical Education teacher. Prior to this year, Brett was a coach at Colby Community College where he was the offensive coordinator, 3rd base coach, as well having a huge hand in the recruiting process at Colby. Over the course of two seasons, Brett oversaw the Colby program transform from a last place team to a first place team in a single season, winning the first Jayhawk conference championship in the program’s history in 2016. Brett and fiance Tiernan Heydt will return to Falmouth with their daughter Reece for the summer of 2019.
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
Don O’Malley, MD – Team Physician
Dr. O’Malley enters his 19th 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 13th 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 8th 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.
Emily Buccigross, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Emily Buccigross is originally from Shelton, Connecticut, and is a rising senior at the University of South Carolina’s Athletic Training program. She plans to go to graduate school to study athletic training, and hopes to work in collegiate athletics. Emily is coming to Falmouth after a semester of working with South Carolina’s baseball team. Emily is very excited to be working with the Commodores this summer.