August 31, 2015
SOMERS, CT- The Dream Bat Bombers premiere travel program has announced the hiring of Matthew LaBranche as the 18U summer team’s 2nd head coach in program history for the 2016 season. This will mark LaBranche’s first coaching stint in the Bombers program. LaBranche is entering his third year as the head baseball coach at Division III regional powerhouse, Eastern Connecticut State University. In his first year at Eastern Connecticut State, he saw his squad win 32 games, including a Little East Conference Championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA New England Regional. This past year, in his second year, LaBranche led his team to the Little East Conference Championship game.
Prior to being named head baseball coach at Eastern Connecticut State, LaBranche held the same title at Western New England University for 14 years. During those 14 years, LaBranche compiled an overall record of 429-187 (.696) and holds the record for most wins as a coach in the program’s history. During his time at Western New England, LaBranche won four Greater Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) titles and five Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) titles. From the 2006 season until the 2012 season, LaBranche led Western New England to conference titles in each of those years. Overall, at Western New England, he earned a total of 10 NCAA regional appearances including one championship, advancing to the Division III College World Series.
LaBranche has earned many coaching accolades while at Western New England and Eastern Connecticut State. In his first year at Eastern Connecticut State, he was named Coach of the Year in New England by both the American Baseball Coaches’ Association (ABCA) and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA). He was also named Coach of the Year for the Little East Conference. LaBranche was also named GNAC Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2004 and CCC Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012 during his tenure at Western New England.
LaBranche is now one of three current or former Bombers coaches that are head coaches at a college or university. He joins former coaches Dan Gomez (Western New England University) and Bryan Adamski (Trinity College) as the exclusive group of collegiate head coaches to coach in the Bombers program.