2018 Coaches and Staff
Eric Zmuda — General Manager
Eric was born and raised in Falmouth, MA. After graduating from Falmouth High School, he entered the U.S. Army. He served four years of active duty, stationed in Natick, MA as well as Nurnberg, Germany. As part of the 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment, he served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm in Saudi Arabia. When not busy as the GM of the Commodores, Eric is also the General Manager of a local Falmouth motel and Director of Marketing and Sales for Vacation Inn Cape Cod. Eric and his wife Lisa live in North Falmouth with their daughter, Amy, while their son, Justin, is attending the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Eric has been involved in coaching for Falmouth Little League as well as served as a coach and board member for Falmouth Babe Ruth. He has served the Commodores as a host parent since 2010, a board member since 2012 and was assistant GM prior to taking on the GM role in 2013.
Chris Fitzgerald — Assistant General Manager
Chris joins the Commodores for his first season as the Assistant General Manger. Prior to the Commodores, Chris has been involved with a number of local baseball organizations. Most recently he was the General Manager of American Legion Post 188 Baseball, as well as the head coach for the Sandwich High School JV baseball team. He spent a number of years as a coach and board member with Falmouth Youth Baseball. In the winter, Chris helps organize and run the Steve Cishek Wiffle Ball Classic, which raises money for local youth baseball organizations. Chris is a local real estate agent with offices both in both Boston and Cape Cod. He currently resides in Cotuit, MA with his girlfriend Natalie and their new dog.
Jeff Trundy — Manager
Coach Trundy starts his 24th year with the Cape League and his 20th 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 seventh 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 2nd season coaching the Commodores. He has spent the past off-season as an assistant at Seaman High School in Topeka, Kansas. Prior to this year, Brett was a coach at Colby Community College where he was in the role of 3rd base coach as well as running the offense that had a huge hand in the recruiting process at Colby. Over the course of two seasons, Brett oversaw the Colby program transforming from a last place team to a first place team in a single season, then winning the first conference championship in the program’s history in 2016. Brett and Tiernan Heydt recently welcomed a new baby girl, Reece, and is excited to share his baseball experiences with her as he returns to Falmouth!
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.
Hayley O’Connell, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Hayley O’Connell is originally from Suffield, CT and just finished her junior year in the Athletic Training program at UConn. She is an Athletic Training major, working toward graduate school with the hopes of working in collegiate or professional athletics. This past year she worked with the UConn women’s ice hockey team. She has been involved with the Korey Stringer Institute working towards preventing sudden death in sport, and various other programs involved in injury prevention.