Eric Pelletier begins his first season as an assistant coach in August of 2019. Pelletier will serve as the co-recruiting coordinator and the hitting coach.
Pelletier comes to Smithfield after spending four seasons at Marist College, most recently serving as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped the Red Foxes post three-straight winning seasons and helped guide Marist to the 2017 MAAC Championship and the NCAA Gainesville (Fla.) Regional. The Red Foxes improved offensively in each of Pelletier's four seasons and enjoyed the best offensive season in the MAAC this past spring. Marist was first or second in the league in average (1st, .288), home runs (2nd, 43), OBP (1st, .379), scoring (1st, 6.5), slugging (2nd, .418) and stolen bases (2nd, 97). The Red Foxes featured four First Team All-MAAC selections this past spring.
"I am extremely excited to come back to the Northeast and join the Bulldog family," Pelletier said. "Having competed against Bryant throughout my career, as both a coach and player, I have always been impressed with the program's commitment to winning and development. I am very grateful to coach Klosterman for giving me this opportunity and can't wait to get to work with this talented group of young men."
In addition to his time at Marist, Pelletier has also made coaching stops at UMass Lowell, Southern New Hampshire and Keystone. Under Pelletier's guidance, Danny Mendick was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft at UMass Lowell. Pelletier helped lead Southern New Hampshire to the DII College World Series and Keystone to the DIII College World Series. He also spent a summer in the Cape Cod League, coaching for the YD Red Sox in 2012.
Pelletier played four years at Southern New Hampshire, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Sport Management. He served as the team captain and was named the team's MVP as a senior in 2010.