Mike Francese is entering his 8th year as the head coach Fairfield Ludlowe Baseball, and has enthusiastically coached students of all ages for over 25 years. During his coaching career, Coach Francese has worked with students from little league to NCAA Division 1. Prior to embarking upon his diverse coaching career, he played 4 years of NCAA D1 Collegiate Baseball at C.W. Post/Long Island University. Coach Francese brings a wealth of baseball coaching experience to the program. He served as the hitting coach at Manhattan College from 1997-1998. After relocating to Connecticut, he began a thirteen year stretch in which he served as an assistant coach for former Falcons head coach, Keith O’Rourke at both Joel Barlow High School and Fairfield Ludlowe High School. As an Assistant Coach, he helped guide the Falcons to a 2008 Division Championship and a State Championship Final appearance. In 2010, the Falcons won the FCIAC Championship for the first time in school history. During his first season as head coach, the 2014 Falcons won the FCIAC Central Division Championship. In 2017 the Falcons made some noise in the State Tournament with 2 upset wins over 2 top 10 teams before a season ending loss in the Quarterfinals. In 2018 the Falcons made a run to the FCIAC Semi-Finals after upsetting the top seed. In 2019 The Falcons had one of their best seasons ever finishing the season 20-6, FCIAC East Division Champs, FCIAC Tournament Finalist, and a quarterfinal run in the State Tournament. The Falcons were Ranked 7th in the State at seasons end. As an original member of the Falcons coaching staff, Coach Francese has been instrumental in creating a positive culture and sense of pride within the baseball program. With a team record of 194-150 over its 15 year history, Coach Francese works hard with all of his players and coaches to have a successful season. Off the field, Coach Francese teaches Physical Education at Fairfield Woods Middle School. He lives in Woodbridge with his lovely wife Lauren, sons Tommy (12) and Nick (9), daughter Erin (3) and their black labs Lilly and Norbert.