Coach Keith O’Rourke joins Shelton Travel Baseball for the upcoming 2018 season. A resident of Shelton, “KO” was Head Baseball Coach at Fairfield Ludlowe High School from 2005-2013. While at Ludlowe, Coach O’Rourke’s teams earned a state tournament appearance every season, played in the state title game, claimed multiple division titles, and won the FCIAC Championship. During O’Rourke’s final season with Ludlowe in 2013, he was named FCIAC Coach of the Year. Prior to his time at Ludlowe, Coach O’Rourke was also the Head Baseball Coach at Joel Barlow High School in Redding for four years, where he coached current Houston Astros pitcher Charlie Morton (2017 ALCS Game 7 and 2017 World Series Game 7 winner). Other coaching experiences for Coach O’Rourke have included a stop at Division 1 Fairfield University, an appearance as a guest instructor for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and coaching within the Fairfield Rage travel baseball program for multiple years. As a player, Coach O’Rourke played Division 1 baseball at the collegiate level, and was a college teammate of 2007 Boston Red Sox World Series MVP Mike Lowell. Off the field, Coach O’Rourke is a professional educator who has been a teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Principal over the course of a twenty plus year career.
Josh spent fall 2017 getting familiar with both Shelton Travel teams bringing his “look good, feel good, play good” philosophy to our kids. Josh is excited to be a part of the Shelton travel baseball program after spending the last 7 years coaching with the Fairfield Rage baseball program coaching many teams from 13U to 18U as a head coach and pitching coordinator. Josh graduated from Fairfield Ludlowe High School in 2009 playing 2 years of Varsity baseball under Keith O'Rourke. After a successful baseball career in high school, he went on to pitch at Roger Williams University for 4 years. After accumulating 13 wins over 4 years and being rewarded with an All-conference selection in 2011, Josh graduated in 2013 with a 2 bachelor's degrees in History and secondary education. Josh went on to become a paraprofessional in North Branford Intermediate School for 3 years until receiving a full time job teaching 8th grade U.S. history at Litchfield Middle School. Josh has plenty of baseball experience to help the program grow and flourish in the years to come!
Shelton Resident 30 years
Shelton National 1989-1994
Shelton Babe Ruth 1995-1998
Trumbull American Legion- 1998-2001
Emmett Obrien High School- 1997-2000- Baseball Hall of Fame,-- Best season record, --Strikeout record, --Best season average
University of New Haven 2001-2003- Under Franky “Porky” Viera and Mark Lambert
Showcased for: Pittsburg Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds
Trained and Lessoned by:
Bob Sorrentino- Baltimore Orioles
Kurt Kempshire- St. Louis Cardinals
Joe Benanato- Yale baseball coach, Owner B+B batting cages
Played in National Amateur Baseball Federation:
Shelton National Little League- 2012-2018
All stars 2015-2018
Shelton Travel Baseball- Assistant 2018
Bellows 2001-2012- 4 time pitcher of the year
Pitching coach- Bellows 2014-2015
Coach: Hector “Lalo” Gonzalez
From: Milford, Connecticut
2011-2013– Played 2 years under Head Coach Chad Porter at Texas A&M International University (NCAA D2, Heartland Conference).
2012- Played in the HVCBL during the summer for the Connecticut Titans based of Danbury, Connecticut.
2013– First youth baseball coaching experience serving an assistant coach for South Texas Whiptails 12U travel team.
2013-2015– Played 2 years under Head Coach Pat Horvath at Philadelphia University (D2, CACC).
2013 & 2014– Head infield instructor for the Sandy Hook Youth Baseball Clinic sponsored by USA Baseball and Connecticut natives Matt Barnes & George Springer.
2015– Student Assistant at Texas A&M International University under Head Coach Ryan Flynn.
2015-2017– Signed Semi-Pro contract to play with the Nuevo Laredo Tecolotes in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
2016-2018– Assistant Coach/Summer Clinic Director at Texas A&M International University under Head Coach Ryan Flynn.
2017-2018– Ran off-season group lessons for 8th– 10thgrade, specializing in helping JV ball players improve their game to take the step into Varsity baseball.