Coach John Mayotte comes to the Pilots organization with a very prestigious background including having coached 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee Jeff Bagwell. Mayotte spent over 20 years coaching in college and his last head coaching gig was with the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. From 2004-2013, Coach Mayotte amassed 263 wins and earned two Coach of the Year Awards while the team was still in the NYCBL before joining the PGCBL.
Mayotte’s career began in St. Petersburg, FL with Division-II Eckerd College. His stint began in 1978 and extended through 1990. In his 13 year tenure, Mayotte helped turn Eckerd into a perennial contender at the D-II level. Mayotte was able to post a record of 436-203 which is a .682 winning percentage.
After his time at Eckerd, Mayotte accepted the role as Head Coach of Troy University. In 12 seasons Mayotte won 386 games as the program at Troy underwent a transition from Division II to the Division I level. In 1993 Mayotte’s Troy Trojans reached the D-II World Series and in two of their first three seasons at the D-I level they were able to reach the NCAA Regionals.
Mayotte has even found success in the Cape Cod League. During his time with the Chatam A’s, Mayotte earned 103 wins and was awarded Coach of the Year in 1985.
Mayotte amassed 821 wins as a collegiate coach and has had over 100 of his players drafted by MLB teams. Two of the most notable players are Albert Belle and 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee Jeff Bagwell. Mayotte has been honored in many ways, most notably his list of Hall of Fame honors. Mayotte has been included in his alma matter Casleton’s Hall of Fame, the Glens Falls Area’s, New York Baseball’s, Eckerd’s, and Troy’s Hall of Fame. Throughout all levels, Coach Mayotte has compiled over 1,200 wins and has had over 40 players play professionally.
Franklin Bush enters his first season with the Pilots after a season working at the D1 level with the University at Buffalo. Bush arrived in Buffalo after one season as assistant coach (hitting/infield) at his alma mater Blackburn College. While coaching the hitters last season, Blackburn ranked second in the conference in hitting while five players earned All-Conference honors and two earned All-Region accolades after strong seasons at the plate.
Bush spent this past summer as assistant coach (hitting/infield) for the Wellsville Nitros of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. As a team, the Nitros led the league in hits, runs, runs batted in, extra base hits, slugging percentage and batting average. Bush helped guide five All-League hitters while earning one national Hitter of the Week.
Prior to Blackburn, Bush spent one season as assistant head coach at Central Springs high school in Iowa. After a strong season, Bush was nominated for 2A Assistant Coach of the Year.
Bush had a great playing career at Blackburn College where he was a three-year starter at shortstop. He held a career .305 batting average while notching a career-best .360 batting average during his junior campaign as he was named team Most Valuable Player and earned All-Conference recognition. He also earned All-Sportsmanship team honors during his playing career at Blackburn.
Bush earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Blackburn College in May of 2014 before earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Auburn University in December of 2015. While working towards his master’s at Auburn, Bush also worked with Olympic Sport Recruiting at the university.
Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach