Mark Leavitt begins his seventh season as a member of the Stetson coaching staff in 2016, where he serves as associate head coach as well as recruiting coordinator for the program. Leavitt also coaches the hitters and infielders, and handles third base coaching box during games.
In six seasons, he has helped produce four All-Americans, 16 All Atlantic Sun Conference Selections as position players / hitters, including 2013’s Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, and four MLB Draft picks. Out of five recruiting classes, two were nationally ranked, 29th in 2012 and 37th in 2014, according to Collegiate Baseball.
In 2012, Stetson was ranked 9th in nation by the National Alliance for College Summer Baseball as one of the most valuable programs due to placing 15 players and their performance in NACSB leagues.
Leavitt came to Stetson from Salisbury, Connecticut, where he spent three years as the head baseball coach and associate director of admissions and financial aid for the Salisbury School.
In his first year, Leavitt led Salisbury to a perfect 20-0 record and a Western New England Prep School League Championship.
Two of his players were drafted by major league baseball. In 2008 Anthony Hewitt was selected in the first round by the Philadelphia Phillies (24th overall). Chris Dwyer was picked in the 36th round by the New York Yankees, and then again in 2009 when he was selected in the 4th round by the Kansas City Royals. Dwyer was called up by the Royals last September and appeared in two games for Kansas City.
Leavitt graduated from Princeton University in 1988 after four years as a starter on the Tigers’ baseball team. He began his coaching career the following season as the head junior varsity coach and as an assistant with the Princeton varsity.
He went on to work as an assistant coach at George Washington, Princeton, James Madison and George Mason.
As a college coach Leavitt recruited, signed, and coached more than 40 players that went on to sign professional contracts, 17 players who went on to play in the majors.
Shifting gears professionally, Leavitt next took a position as an area scouting supervisor with the Montreal Expos (1997-2001). In 2001 he began a six-year stint with the Seattle Mariners scouting department as territorial supervisor, and then as a regional coordinator.
Some of Leavitt’s additional coaching experience includes time as a Doyle Baseball School instructor, head coach of the Vienna Mavericks (Clark Griffith Collegiate Baseball League), head coach of the New Market Rebels (Valley Baseball League), assistant coach of the Chatham A’s (Cape Cod League), head coach of the Harwich Mariners (Cape Cod League), and in the summer of 2009 as head coach of the Clermont Mavericks (Florida Collegiate Summer League).
Leavitt is married to the former Christina Spada who graduated from UCF in 1988. The couple has two sons, Scott (13) and Ryan (10).