Varsity Coaching Staff
Head Coach Sean McBride
Coach Sean McBride enters his 8th year at Brother Rice and his 1st season as the team’s head coach. In his tenure as an assistant, he has helped lead Brother Rice to Chicago Catholic League Blue championships in 2016 and 2017, three consecutive regional championships, as well as the 2018 sectional championship. Coach McBride has helped place over 30 players in college programs in his 7 seasons with the program. He takes over one of the most consistent baseball programs in the state of Illinois, which has totaled 92 wins over a 3 year span.
Coach McBride is a 2001 graduate of Carl Sandburg High School and a 2005 graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind. He was a two-time All-GLVC and an All-Region player under Coach Rick O’Dette and set the school wood bat record in 2004 with a .397 batting average.
Assistant Coach Tim O'Connell
Coach Tim O’Connell enters his 10th year of coaching baseball at Brother Rice. He has served as a varsity assistant coach the last 5 years working primarily with infielders and hitters and has worked with dozens of college players. From 2015-2019 the Crusaders have set many program records and won multiple CCL Blue titles in addition to the 2018 sectional championship. Coach O’Connell previously served as head sophomore coach for 5 years, winning 2 CCL Blue titles.
A 2003 Brother Rice graduate, Coach O’Connell played baseball and football at Brother Rice, serving as captain of the 2003 regional championship team. He also was the valedictorian and Gold Medal Student Athlete for the 2003 class. He is a 2007 graduate of University of Illinois.
Assistant Coach Anthony LoCoco
Coach Anthony LoCoco is entering his 4th season with Brother Rice and his 2nd with the varsity team. He works primarily with the infielders, catchers, and hitters. He also is the teams 1st base coach.
Coach LoCoco signed his letter of intent at the University of Illinois at Chicago and attended a pro scout tryout with the Cincinnati Reds. He has been coaching travel baseball for over 10 years at multiple age levels.
Assistant Coach Billy Copp
Coach Billy Copp enters his 4th season as the Brother Rice pitching coach. He has been involved in coaching for over 25 years and has coached TJ McFarland, Mike Foltynewicz, Tony Zych, and Casey Crosby, all of whom currently pitch in the Major Leagues. He is widely considered one of the best pitching minds in the area.
Coach Copp is a 1982 graduate of Aurora Central Catholic and a 1986 Graduate of Iowa State University. He was drafted in 1986 in the 7th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.