John Northrop
John Northrop
Title: Assistant Athletic Director/Head Baseball Coach
Organization: Jefferson Community College
City: Watertown
State: NY
ZIP Code: 13601
Country: United States
Phone: (315) 786-2497
Phone: 315-486-3598

Coach Northrop was born and raised in Watertown, NY and graduated from Immaculate Heart Central in June of 2003. He attended Jefferson Community College from 2004-2005 and played for former Head Coach Paul Alteri. At Jefferson, Northrop was an All Mid-State Conference player and a team captain in his sophomore year. From Jefferson, Coach Northrop went on to play at NCAA Division II Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. John also played for the Watertown Wizards of the New York Collegiate Baseball League in the summers of 2005 and 2006, in which both years they made the NYCBL playoffs.

After Coach Northrop’s playing career he was an assistant coach at Oswego State University in 2007. At Oswego State, he worked with the hitters and controlled assisted with their strength and conditioning program. In the summer of 2007, Coach Northrop was an assistant for the Watertown Wizards in the NYCBL and remained in that position until the summer of 2009. In the summer of 2010 for the Watertown Wizards, Coach Northrop was promoted to Associate Head Coach and remained in that position for one season before walking away from coaching summer collegiate baseball.

In February 2009 he took over the Jefferson Baseball program. Since then he has placed several players at the NCAA and NAIA levels and has recruited all over New York State, Canada and Australia. 2019 will mark the eleventh season under Coach Northrop and is sitting on 156 wins, which in 2013 his team recorded the most victories since his take over with an overall record of 26-19 & a 2016 team that went to the NJCAA Region III Final Four.

John is also the Assistant Athletic Director in the Athletic Department at Jefferson and he teaches Health and Physical Education classes as an adjunct professor.

Northrop holds an Associate’s Degree from Jefferson Community College, Bachelors’ in American History from SUNY Oswego, and a Dual Master’s Degree in Health/Fitness & Coaching from the United States Sports Academy.

In 2013 he received the 2013 Mid-State Conference Coach of the Year award, and the NJCAA Region III Baseball Coach of the Year award.

In 2014 John was selected into the Watertown Rams (previous name Watertown Wizards) Hall of Fame for his two seasons as a player and four seasons coaching the summer collegiate team.

In the summer of 2016 Coach Northrop began working for Prep Baseball Report – New York. He is heavily involved with their baseball operations working tournaments, showcases, player scouting reports and marketing. He also serves as the Scouting Supervisor for the State.

Coach Northrop resides in Watertown, New York and has a son, Mason David Northrop, born April 28th 2013.

Coaching Experience:

1 season as assistant coach at SUNY Oswego
4 seasons as assistant coach for Watertown Wizards (NYCBL)
11 seasons as Head Baseball Coach at Jefferson CC

Playing Experience:

Jefferson Community College 2004-2005)
Adelphi University (2006)
SUNY Oswego (2007)
Watertown Wizards (NYCBL – Summers of 2005 and 2006)

The Cannoneers look to build on the 2018 season from a year ago that finished fifth in their division with an 9-11 Eastern record. For Jefferson to be successful this season they will have to capitalize on missed opportunities in close games with key sophomore leadership. The 2019 roster carries 22 players with 11 freshmen and 11 sophomores. 


Jefferson returns 2018 starters Fraser Boyd and William Magovney, who both had successful freshmen seasons. In addition, the Cannoneers have six sophomore pitchers returning, all vying for larger roles. Dakota Deasy will be looked to make the move from the bullpen to the starting rotation while Matthew McLean and Tyler Hike will take larger roles in pitching in relief. Freshmen Joseph Wargo looks to make an immediate impact in the Cannoneer rotation right away while Ethan Straub and Anthony Martinez will compete for the final rotation spots.


The Cannoneers All-Conference Shortstop, Hunter Holliday, will be a key piece as he looks to put up better numbers his sophomore year. In addition, catcher Kevin Kapfer will look to take on a bigger role hitting in the middle of the order and controlling the pitching staff from behind the plate. First basemen Zach Scannell will also contribute in the middle of the order for the Cannoneers after putting up good freshmen numbers a year ago. Outfielders Jason Kavanaugh and Andrew Schaffstall are all back looking to build off solid freshmen years competing with some talented freshmen for everyday roles in the outfield.


The Cannoneers bring in a talented recruiting class for this season. Freshmen outfielder Anthony Martinez will compete for a full time role in the outfield. Juaryln Abreu will also compete for an infield spot, in addition to a role in the pitching rotation. In the infield we have a handful of talented infielders to include Ryan Gallo, Javier Pagan and James Uhlinger that will make an immediate impact after losing three starting sophomores from 2018.


The Cannoneers lost a key starter from 2018 but look to replenish with three talented athletes. Kevin Kapfer is the only returning sophomore however with two talented freshmen, Derek Culyer and Joaquin Santana will compete for time behind the plate.

2019 Season Outlook:

The 2019 season will start with the Cannoneers traveling to Myrtle Beach, SC with 7 games in 4 days at the Ripken Experience. They will then complete a 10 game non-divisional Mid-State Conference Schedule before starting up their Eastern Divisional schedule. The Cannoneers are a member of the 9 team Eastern Division and will play 32 games versus the division with the top four making the sub-regional in Mid-May.