SULLIVAN – The Sullivan Public Schools Board of Education has announced that Mike Carmi Jr. has been selected to become the new head baseball coach of the Sullivan Eagles. Carmi replaces former head coach Jeff Thornsberry, who resigned at the end of the 2011 season to accept a position outside the field of education.
Carmi, 26, will be teaching physical education at Sullivan Elementary. He is a 2003 graduate of Elsberry High School, a 2007 graduate of Hannibal LaGrange College with a degree in Recreation Management and holds an additional Bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
During Carmi’s four-year collegiate career at HLC he was captain of the baseball team and the American Midwest Conference Gold Glove award winner in 2007.
Prior to accepting the position at Sullivan, Carmi was the head junior varsity coach at Parkway North. During his spare time he has given private instruction through Balls-n-Strikes since 2006.
Carmi’s high school coaching career started in 2008 when he served as the head freshman coach at Troy Buchanan. In the off-season he has served as the assistant coach for the Rawlings Prospects and has spent the 2011 summer as the head coach of an AAU high school age traveling team called the Rawlings Titans.
“I’m really excited to have this opportunity at Sullivan.” said Carmi. “The Eagles have a strong tradition and we want to do everything possible to not only maintain but to build upon it.”
When asked about his coaching style and philosophy, Carmi said, “I have a lot of plans for the program. We’ll definitely be a team that works hard, plays hard and does things the right way. I want our players to be good student-athletes and to be respected in the community. I want our teams to work so hard that our opponents always know that a game against Sullivan is going to be a tough game. Every position on our team is wide open. We want to play as many people as possible but players will earn their playing time. If a player is struggling, I’ll give someone else an opportunity. If a player is hot, he’ll get his playing time.”
Asked about the facilities at Sullivan, he responded, “From what I’ve seen, it looks like we have a great facility. We need to take care of it and to see what improvements we can make. Obviously, I’d love to see it have lights at some point. I want to see us create an atmosphere where people in the community want to come out to watch high school baseball. We want it to be fun for them too.”
Carmi currently resides in St. Peters. His wife Holly is employed in the Fort Zumwalt school district.