Michael Quinlan, Sr.
Class of 2015
In every sense of the word Mike Quinlan, Sr. spent his entire career epitomizing the role of teacher. Whether it be in the classroom where he toiled for more than 30 years as a well-respected science instructor or at the center of a baseball diamond or basketball court where he directed and motivated student-athletes for over a quarter-century. Though Mike’s path to this moment of distinction did not run through only one school as was the case with many of his predecessors, rather coach Quinlan’s journey took him through coaching positions at four different schools. A common denominator at each of his stops was the fact that Mike was able to build a winning program no matter what uniform he was wearing. In all, Coach Quinlan enjoyed stints at Hopkins Academy, Pioneer Valley Regional, and Hampshire Regional High School. His greatest coaching success, however, came at Northampton High. Over the course of 15 years Mike led the Blue Devils, to 12 post-season tournaments, winning nine Suburban League championships, two Western Massachusetts titles, and in 1993 an appearance in the state finals. His total of 189 victories and winning rate of 60% is still the best of any varsity baseball coach at Northampton High. Former assistant and current varsity Blue Devil Coach Mark Baldwin states that “Mike had an uncanny ability to make complicated things seem simple. His teams were well-drilled and always prepared.” Players comment that Mike was firm but always in a supportive way and that he taught them how to win. Though Mike’s high school teaching and coaching career ended a decade ago he is still very much a presence on the Western Massachusetts baseball scene. For both his success and years of dedicated service Mike is truly deserving of this honor.