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Pappas Joins Staff at Prep Baseball New Jersey

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With the spring season bearing down on us, we are excited to announce the addition of Mark Pappas to the Prep Baseball New Jersey staff for 2024. Read more about Pappas' bio below:

Mark Pappas, a Jersey Shore native, was a 2004 Ocean Township high school graduate.  His teams won 2 Monmouth County Tournament Championships in 2002 and 2003. In 2004 Pappas earned First Team All-Shore Honors and New Jersey AP first team All-State as a UTIL. Pappas played his collegiate career at Seton Hall University in the Big East Conference from 2005-2008.  In 2008 he set a single season record for defensive assists and earned 2008 NJCBA All-State First Team Honors.  After college Pappas played professionally for 2 seasons (2008-2009) with the Sussex Skyhawks (NJ) under 1986 NL Manager of the Year Hal Lanier, winning the Can-Am League Championship in 2008.  He also had a short stint playing for the Quebec Capitals in 2010.  As a coach while still playing, he worked for 2 years as an assistant at Union College in Schenectady, New York (2009-2010). 

After his playing career, he joined the coaching staff at his alma mater, Seton Hall University, from 2011-2022 earning the role of Recruiting Coordinator from 2018-2022.  Seton Hall won the Big East Championship in 2011 and qualified for 10 straight Big East Tournaments while earning a championship game appearance in 2018.  Pappas managed the ABCCL Monmouth Monarch’s (a Jersey Shore Collegiate summer league team) to their first League Championship in 2011.  Additionally, Pappas has experience on the international level as he was an assistant for the Greek Senior National Team in 2018 that earned a silver medal to qualify for the European B Pool Championship.  

On the travel circuit, Pappas has been an assistant for Complete Performance Baseball Academy and Long Island Body Armor Titans.  In 2023 Pappas was the hitting coach for the Sussex County Miners (NJ) of the Frontier League under Manager Chris Widger (2021 MiLB Manager of the Year) where the Miners qualified for the Frontier League Playoffs as the 3 seed in the Eastern Division.

Pappas currently resides in Rockaway, N.J.

"I am very excited to have Mark on staff with Prep Baseball New Jersey" said Prep Baseball NJ Director TJ Hunt. "He brings a tireless work ethic and valuable player evaluation experience that cannot be duplicated. He's an excellent communicator and knows the talent in the state as good as anyone from his experience as a Division I recruiting coordinator. I am looking forward to working with him this spring to continue to bring the best coverage of New Jersey high school baseball."