The Belmont Hill baseball program has long been established as a perennial power in the ISL, capturing 17 league titles—the most in league history. The team won three consecutive titles in 2012, 2013, and 2014, the first time that feat has been accomplished in the ISL since 1980, and won its most recent title in the spring of 2023. The team has finished first or second in the ISL in each of the past 13 seasons. In the spring of 2013, Belmont Hill became the only team to win both the ISL league title and the league Sportsmanship Award in the same year. Finally, the team was featured in 2018 in the New England Baseball Journal as one of the 5 most influential programs in New England. The team has amassed a 127-24 league record and 161-43 overall record since 2011. In the past 10 years, over 50 players have gone on to compete at the college level—an average of 5 college baseball players from each graduating class. In the spring of 2013, the baseball field was rededicated as Gallagher Field in honor of long-time coach Edward Gallagher '66. Gallagher Field is widely regarded as one of the finest high school fields in New England.
Belmont Hill Players at Collegiate and Professional Levels
Belmont Hill graduates compete at the highest levels of collegiate and professional baseball, playing in the Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, and Boston Red Sox minor league systems, and a number of competitive collegiate programs. In the last nine seasons former players have gone on to play at the following notable Division 1 and Division 3 schools:
Division 1: Boston College, Brown, Bucknell, Columbia, Dartmouth, George Washington University, Holy Cross, Miami, Northeastern, Princeton, University of Southern California, University of Virginia, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Lafayette and Yale.
Division 3: Amherst, Babson, Bates, Bowdoin, Brandeis, Claremont-McKenna, Colby, Hamilton, Middlebury, MIT, Occidental, Rhodes College, Skidmore, Trinity, Tufts, Union, and Williams.
In addition, former players Keelan Smithers ‘13 and Ben Wanger ‘15 have competed internationally for Team Ireland and Team Israel, respectively. In 2021, Wanger pitched for Team Israel in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Meet Coach Cunningham '12
The program is led by Coach David Cunningham ’12, who also teaches English and is an Assistant Varsity Hockey Coach. Prior to the role of Head Coach, Cunningham served as the program’s Varsity Hitting and Catcher’s Coach for three seasons. In his first season, he coached the team to its 17th ISL title, leading the squad to a 14-1 record in conference play. Before returning to Belmont Hill, he worked under the same title for the Amherst College and Williston-Northampton School coaching staffs. He has also had stops in the AAU world, most recently with the U18 Route 2 Blue Sox, and previously with Red Sox Hitting Coach Pete Fatse’s college showcase squad, AP Academy in Palmer, MA.
As a player, Dave was a two-sport standout at Belmont Hill, earning the ISL MVP award in baseball and hockey, and co-captaining the 2012 baseball team to an ISL Championship. In addition, he still holds the school’s single season batting average record of .560. On the academic side of campus, Coach Cunningham was a Woodbury Public Speaking champion, as well as the 2012 Milton Dodge Prize recipient, awarded to a member of the graduating class who best embodies the perseverance and work ethic of our community. After graduation, Coach Cunningham continued his academic and athletic career at Amherst College, earning All-NESCAC selections in both baseball and ice hockey.
The Belmont Hill Baseball program’s success hinges on the pillars of competition, character-building, and technique instruction. Our Varsity coaching staff has over 100 years of playing and coaching experience at the professional, Collegiate Division I and Division III, High School, and AAU levels. With proper instruction and a commitment to consistent improvement, Coach Cunningham believes that Belmont Hill baseball will continue to find success and his players will reach their full potential as ballplayers and, most importantly, as young men of character primed to impact the world.