About Us

Michigan College Connect was began with the simple idea of connecting talented local athletes with the best college softball programs across the nation. We do this by helping players market themselves to coaches by creating recruiting videos, digital player profile pages, and hosting exposure camps.

 

Founder Bios

Mark Sackett

Mark Sackett’s introduction to coaching was unique!

  • 1988 Birmingham Seaholm’s veteran Coach Don Sackett was getting tired and brought on his son Mark Sackett as a volunteer assistant.
  • Dad was sick and couldn’t coach one game and Mark won his 1st game
  • Big Don was ejected at another game and let Mark take over again.
  • That year Seaholm went to the district finals and beat Brother Rice to win their first District Championship and their first District, Regional, and only State Championship in 1988!

This experience for Mark Sackett, co-founder of Michigan College Connect, propelled him into his coaching career. Coach Sackett played under Tom Smith at Michigan State for two years in 1985 and 1986.
 

  • 1999 Coach Sackett left high school coaching and began involvement with Doyle Baseball out of Lakeland, Florida and started the Michigan Red Sox summer program with six and eight year-olds.
  • Today the Michigan Red Sox has teams from 8u to 22u and has made a very strong presence in the travel baseball arena.

 
In 2005, he began the Michigan Motor City Pride Fall High School Showcase and Scout team program. This team was developed to expose high school aged baseball players to college coaches and scouts in a “game format” during the fall.  Players were evaluated in various areas to determine their strengths and weaknesses, selected for the team, and then showcased to the college coaches and pro scouts.
 
2016 Mark Sackett

  • Is an instructor with Doyle Baseball operating and also offering private instruction.
  • Continues to develop the Michigan Red Sox & Motor City Pride programs.
  • Is a full time elementary school teacher in the Troy School District
  • Has added a new team … the Irish Hills Leprechauns.
  • Is married to Linda and has two boys, Jay and James.  Jay is a graduate of Alma College where he played four years.   James is a PHD student at the University at Buffalo and played four years as a catcher at Adrian Colle

 
Jay Bobel 

  • Colorado Rockies scout,
  • Private equity fund manager, and serial entrepreneur
  • Is the co-founder of Michigan College Connect Baseball.
  • Has over 35 years of high level playing experience, Bobel remains active today as a pitcher for AABC Regional champion Troy Jet Box.

 

A native of West Bloomfield, MI, Bobel played on 2 high school State Championship teams as well as 3 National Championship teams (AABC 2005, MSBL 35 2005, and NABF 2009). A four year letter winner at MSU from 1984-87, Bobel was drafted by the California Angels in the 18th round of the 1987 MLB Draft.  His 4 year professional career included 2 major surgeries.  Bobel returned to the amateur ranks and has continued to play for local elite teams.

 

Since 2009, Bobel has assisted Rockies Midwest area scout Ed Santa in Michigan.  At the prestigious East Coast Pro Showcase in Dayton, OH, Bobel, for the second year in a row, coordinated the pitchers showcase with special emphasis on pitching velocity improvement and injury prevention.

 

He is the local representative for 3P Sports’ Peak Performance Pitching Program

 

Tim Simpson

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