Former Catholic University baseball assistant coach Connor McGuiness will appear in his first World Series Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Tampa Bay Rays in game one of the 2020 World Series.
McGuiness, who is in his first season as the assistant pitching coach with the Dodgers, received his master's degree in business management with a concentration in leadership from Catholic in 2017. He is the second Catholic University alum to appear in the Fall Classic, joining Wally Pipp '13 who appeared in three-straight World Series' from 1921-23 as a member of the New York Yankees.
McGuiness served as the Cardinals' pitching coach in 2016 and part of 2017 before joining the Dodgers' organization as the pitching coach for the Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League. He then spent two seasons as the pitching coach for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League in 2018 and 2019, winning a league title his first season.
"We are so proud and happy for Connor on winning the National League championship," said head coach Ross Natoli. "Connor was a stellar assistant coach and pitching guru for us in 2016 and 2017. His tireless work ethic, firm grasp of pitching fundamentals and genuine passion for teaching the game formed a special bond that helped each of our pitchers reach their full potential."