Bears tap Prasauckas as new baseball coach
THOMASTON – Thomaston High got the man it wanted and Craig Prasauckas got the program he wanted. Call it a mutual admiration match.
Prasauckas was recently selected to replace Pat O’Neill as the new head baseball coach for the Golden Bears. O’Neill resigned after a year on the job to become the pitching coach at Wesleyan University.
Prasauckas was an assistant coach for the Bears under Bob McMahon during the 2017 season.
“He was just an outstanding candidate,” said Thomaston co-Athletic Director Alex Sconziano. “He’s been here before, he is super enthusiastic and he just wants to be a high school school coach.’
Prasauckas, 40, is a middle school physical education instructor in Seymour and lives in Oakville with his wife Stacey and six-year old twins, Brady and Whitney.
A three-sport athlete at Watertown High School, he had a star-studded career at Southern Connecticut State University earning All-American honors in 2001.
He currently holds single season records for hits (94), RBI (63), HR (18) and runs scored (64) and also second all-time in hits (230), and third all-time in hitting (.396), RBI (164) and HR (36).
Prasauckas’ previous experience with the team and the town was the major factor in applying for the job.
“Being an athlete I learned a lot being around Bobby. Getting a chance to hang with the team two years ago and seeing the tradition that goes with the sports (in Thomaston) was special,” said Prasauckas. “The team has been really successful. I was joking with Sconz and A.J. (co-AD Bunel) that I got the itch to be part of the tradition with the support of the school and the community
Being from Watertown and working in Seymour I see what happens in small towns. When you advance in the state tournament the whole town gets behind you. We lost to Holy Cross two years ago but it was really cool to see all our fans on the bank.”
Prasauckas takes over a program that was a Class S quarterfinalist in 2017 and was 12-9 a year ago losing in the first round of the state tournament to St. Bernard’s, 5-3, in nine innings.