NECC Knights 2013 Region 21 Champions
For many student athletes, Northern Essex Community College is a stepping stone to four-year colleges and universities. In 2012 ten members of the Northern Essex Community College’s championship baseball team—which was third in the nation—continued their studies at four-year institutions the fall. Each planned on playing his respective sport as well.
Jeff Mejia of North Reading, became the new head coach of the Northern Essex Community College Knights baseball team in October of 2012. He was handed a Championship team that was third in the nation last year, and he brought them back to the World Series.
Mejia says he was attracted to the NECC position because he understands and appreciates how the community college system works. He is especially impressed with Northern Essex.
“The tradition of baseball here is excellent,” he says. “Northern Essex has an excellent name throughout New England baseball and the students who transfer from here to four-year schools have really good reputations.”
Mejia says his coaching style is a mix of being a “players’ coach and a disciplinarian”. The players can expect dedication and hard work from him and he expects dedication and hard work from them.
“I expect dedication, hard work, and commitment from them on and off the field,” he says. “That’s what it is really about. First and foremost the students are here to advance their academics.”
The Knights mentoring a little league team at the Texas World Series