PRINCESS ANNE, Md.—The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) new baseball head coach John O’Neil has been busy since being appointed to the position in the middle of the current athletic year. While he’s been able to see the team through an impressive start, currently in first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division, he has also found time to identify some critical needs for the program and come up with a potential solution to meet those needs.

O’Neil and current assistant coach Chris Constantine helped shape ‘The Dugout Club,’ a program that encourages donations to the team at various membership levels, not only allowing, friends, fans, alumni and family to make a financial contribution, but in return receiving official UMES baseball newsletters and gear, feeling a true part of the program.

Donation levels start at 50 dollars and continue up through 400 dollars. The fund will also accept any other donations that Hawk supporters want to give.

“Being with the program the past four seasons I have seen a number of changes as well as a number of things that can be improved upon,” said O’Neil. “With the introduction of ‘The Dugout Club’ and the support of our members, we aim to enter a new era of UMES Baseball, one that will make players, fans, coaches, and alumni proud.”

The organization is dedicated to supporting Hawk Baseball with members playing a direct role in facilitating the valuable activities and operations that enhance both the quality of the program and the experience of the players. Currently funds will be used to help replace an aging scoreboard, make locker room upgrades and purchase new game equipment.

Fans can make a contribution online, or mail in the information portion of the form. Questions can be directed to G. Stan Bradley, Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs at 410-651-6499 or at

‘The Dugout Club’ is an activity of the UMES Foundation. Funds received will be managed by the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc. to benefit the UMES Baseball Program.

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