Skelley named assistant coach for Colby baseball team

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Tad Skelley, who has worked with the Toronto Blue Jays, Northwestern University, and the University of Notre Dame, is the new assistant baseball coach for Colby College.

Jesse Woods, the new head coach for the Colby baseball program, worked with Skelley at Notre Dame. Both Woods and Skelley are Wheaton College graduates.

“We are so fortunate that Tad Skelley has joined our baseball program. His work experience with the Blue Jays, Northwestern, and Notre Dame baseball programs will impact the student experience for our current and future players," Woods said. "He excelled as a player and played on numerous championship teams. I am thrilled to add a person of such high caliber to our team culture.” 

Skelley was an amateur scout and Southeast video coordinator for the Blue Jays. He assisted the director of scouting and Toronto's front office with preparation for the Major League Baseball draft and wrote scouting reports on amateur, professional, and international players.

Prior to his stint with the Blue Jays, Skelley was an assistant coach and camp coordinator for Northwestern University for three years. He oversaw and implemented all aspects of infield and outfield defense. 

In the summer of 2017, Skelley was the head coach for the Brockton Rox, overseeing all aspects of managing a competitive summer collegiate baseball organization. Skelley was responsible for selecting and signing all players to the active roster.

Before his time at Northwestern, Skelley was the director of baseball operations at Notre Dame from July 2013 to August 2015. He coordinated all team travel, assisted with on-campus recruiting, and oversaw and directed all team video operations.

Skelley, a team captain as a senior, helped Wheaton to a 130-44 record in his four years. The team won three conference and tournament championships.

Skelley graduated from Wheaton in 2011. He also earned a Wildcat Initiative for Leadership Development certificate from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.