|Title:||Head Coach, Baseball|
Cather joined the Lynx staff as the head baseball coach in September of 2013. A former four-year standout at the University of Maine, Cather served as an Assistant Coach for the Black Bears for the past four years.
In his final year on staff, Cather helped lead the University of Maine to an America East regular season title while leading the conference in nearly every offensive category as the team hit .305, slugged 117 doubles and 25 home runs, stole 95 bases, and averaged over six runs per game. Following the season, Black Bears short stop Mike Fransoso (Pirates) and catcher Mike Connolly (Giants) were both drafted in the 27th round of Major League Baseball’s First Year Player Draft.
During the 2010-2011 campaign, Cather and the Black Bears won the America East Championship and proceeded to upset #20 Florida International University in the NCAA Tournament in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Also in 2011, he mentored Taylor Lewis, who was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 America East Tournament and was drafted in the 10th round of the MLB Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Throughout his four years as a coach, Maine had seven players drafted in the MLB Entry Draft, averaged 33 wins per season, and earned a spot in the conference tournament each year, while making three appearances in the championship series.
In addition to his time with the Black Bears, Cather has also served as a speaker at the Mohegan Sun World Baseball Coaches’ Convention in 2012 and served as Director of the Northeast Select College Prospect Tournament which consistent of 75 teams from across the Northeast.
Cather also has an impressive playing resume as he played for Maine for four years before being drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 33rd round of the MLB Entry Draft.
Cather saw action in 193 career games for Maine, starting 179, mostly in centerfield. He served as a captain for the Black Bears during the 2009 season and was a two-time America East Second Team honoree. In 2007, he also earned a spot on the America East All-Tournament Team. He finished his career with a .323 batting average. He scored 146 career runs with 31 doubles, 13 home runs to go along with a pair of triples. He drove in 100 career runs and stole 60 bases over four years.
During the summer of 2010, Cather played for the Worcester Tornadoes and former Red Sox great and current minor league coach, Rich Gedman. He saw action in 62 games where he hit .302 with 31 runs scored and 22 RBI. He had 14 doubles to go along with three home runs. He also won back-to-back New England Collegiate Baseball League Championships with the Vermont Mountaineers in the summers of 2007 and 2008.
Cather graduated in December 2009 with a degree in marketing and a minor in child development. He was named a Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and also named to the America East Academic Honor Roll.
Mike Kenneally joined the Lesley University baseball staff in August 2010 in its inaugural season.
A Georgetown native, Kenneally was an assistant coach and helped select the Northeast Bay State team from 2009-2012. He was also a coach for the Milton HS winter camp in 2011 and served as assistant coach for the 11U Boston Junior Rams AAU team in 2010.
Kenneally currently lives in Dorchester and works for Arbella Insurance in Quincy.
Gaffney joined the Lynx staff in the fall of 2013. After a strong four year career at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, Mass. that included three All-Conference selections, Ryan signed a Division I scholarship with Umass-Amherst among other Division I offers. After spending one year at Umass, he transferred to the University of Southern Maine where he was a three year starter, Little East All-Conference selection and All-Region selection. Ryan was the first baseman on the Southern Maine team that compiled a 35-7 record and ranked #1 in the country in 2009 while hitting .361.
He has served as a clinic instructor at Pace University, Umass-Amherst and also University of Southern Maine. Additionally, he coached at Watertown High School in 2013. For the last several years, Ryan has served as the head baseball instructor and manager at Extra Innings Watertown.