Jeff Mejia came to Northern Essex as the Knights head coach in the 2013 season. Since his arrival the team has been crowned New England Regional Champions and earned a bid to the NJCAA World Series for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth overall time for the program. For these accomplishments Coach Mejia has been named the New England Regional Coach of the Year from 2013 through 2017. Before his arrival at NECC, Jeff was a long-time assistant coach at Suffolk University.
In 2017 the Knights successfully defended their New England regional championship for the 6th straight year with a 25-12-1 overall record. The team led the NJCAA in team batting average (.374) and on-base percentage (.459). The Knights were second in stolen bases with 146 and third in slugging percentage at .545. Individual accolades went to Nolan Steevens, NJCAA All-Academic team, Traverse Briana and Ryan Collins NJCAA All-Americans, as well as seven first team All-New England players.
2016 was a historic season for the Knights. For the first time in program history the Knights reached the NJCAA National Championship Game. The National Runner-up is the highest finish in program history. In addition, the Knights had three NJCAA All-Americans in Colby Maiola, Traverse Briana and Evan Glew. Colby also won the National Player of the Year Award and received an athletic scholarship to play baseball at NCAA Division One, UMass Lowell. Along with Colby, Jordan Roper and Keith Linnane have also earned spots on NCAA Division One teams.
Since 2013 our players have gone on to play at St. John’s University, UMass Lowell, UMass Amherst, Marist College, Ave Marie University, West Virginia Tech, Franklin Pierce University, UMass Boston, Salem State University, Framingham State University, UMass Dartmouth, Western New England University, Rivier University, and Daniel Webster College.
Since Coach Mejia’s arrival, the Knights have produced 8 NJCAA All-Americans and 29 First Team All-New England players. During the past five seasons, the Knights finished 116-62 (.652%), with a 78-28 (.736%) record in New England, and a 14-2 (.875%) record in the New England Regional Tournament.
The longtime baseball coach is also a co-founder of the Team Boston baseball program, which has produced over 40 NCAA Division 1 players, and the owner of the Rams Athletic Complex, an indoor baseball training facility in North Reading, MA.
Mejia holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Salem State College in Sports Fitness and Leisure Studies, with a concentration in Coaching. He also served in the United States Army and served in Operation Desert Storm. He and his wife Colleen currently reside in North Reading with their two children, Jeff Jr. and Isabella.