Brockton: Massasoit Baseball Complex Dedicated to Tom Frizzell

Tom Frizzell is hoping this complex will inspire future generations of baseball players. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Tom Frizzell is hoping this complex will inspire future generations of baseball players. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

The Massasoit Community College in Brockton has dedicated its baseball complex to a legendary coach and longtime professor at the college.

For 28 seasons, Tom Frizzell was at the helm for the baseball team at Massasoit, before retiring in 2018. He led the Warriors to 724 wins, a national title in 1993, and the NJCAA World Series five times.

Those gathered at the complex said the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Famer cared about them on and off the field. He was someone they could always go to for help.

“Usually when fields and complexes are named, they’re after famous people,” said Frizzell. “I don’t consider myself to be famous, but I do know that I gave all that I had to Massasoit Community College in the classroom, on the field, and in particular to the students and the athletes. If they want to recognize that, I’m very proud to be on the receiving end.”

Frizzell says it’s the athletes and the students who got him to where he is. Each one of them has a special place in his heart.

Paul Newcomb played for Frizzell in 1991 and 1992, and served as an assistant coach. He says Frizzell was a mentor to him.

“He always cared about his players, he always put them first. He was always humble. He would never tell you about things he did for certain people, but he was always there for you,” said Newcomb. “You could call him in the middle of the night and he would answer his phone. He’d be there for his players if they needed him. It was a great time being with him.”

Luke Nagle of Pembroke played baseball at Massasoit with Frizzell as coach from 2012 to 2014.

“Coach was different from me because he expected so much from you off the field. He really cared about you as a person, almost more than as a ball player,” said Nagle. “He really pushed me in the classroom and made me get better grades, and I am so thankful for that. Without that, I probably wouldn’t have been able to move on. He is definitely unique in that sense. He cared more about you as man than as a player.”

Frizzell is hoping the next generation of players will be inspired at the very place where he was.

“It’s everything. For 45 years I’ve been a student, teacher, or coach,” said Frizzell. “It’s been my home away from home. Everyone should have a Massasoit in their life.”

Tom Frizzell and his family in front of the new sign at the Massasoit Frizzell Baseball Complex. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Tom Frizzell and his family in front of the new sign at the Massasoit Frizzell Baseball Complex. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. Lenny has won two Edward R. Murrow awards for breaking news coverage, and a Mass. Broadcasters Award in the sports feature category. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny now lives in Rockland. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com.