Rich Donnelly delivers a powerful and inspirational message that resonates with everyone. A passionate story about his life’s journey as a son and a Father, and his successful 30-year career as a Major League Baseball Coach. From his childhood and upbringing to the present, he will take you on a wonderful and sometimes arduous ride that will motivate and strengthen you. His daughter Amy’s miraculous story has gained national attention being featured multiple times on Lifetime and ESPN networks. His message comes not only from the Heart, but from his Soul. You will be moved By him. Come and share this remarkable experience!!!
One of the most respected coaches in all of baseball, who as a young boy entertained dreams of being a Catholic priest, Rich Donnelly fell away from the faith in his 20’s, but had a radical conversion experience after the death of his 17-year-old daughter Amy. He now tells her amazing story and prophetic words, “The Chicken Runs at Midnight”, which became a family motto and came true in 1997 when the Florida Marlins won the World Series at midnight. Rich received the President’s Award from Franciscan University in 2010 and also inducted into the Sports Faith International Hall of Fame with the late Art Rooney in 2011.
Rich spent the last two years as the 3rd base coach for the Seattle Mariners (2013-2015) under manager Lloyd McClendon.
Rich Donnelly was born in Steubenville, Ohio on August 3, 1946. After playing both baseball and basketball at Steubenville (Ohio) Catholic Central High, Rich went on to play baseball at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He was drafted by the by the New York Yankees in the 15th round of the 1966 MLB June Amateur Draft from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH) and the New York Yankees in the9th round of the 1967 MLB June Draft-Secondary Phase from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH). Rich received his bachelor’s degree in education from Xavier in 1969.
A left-handed hitting catcher, Rich Donnelly signed with the Minnesota Twins in 1967. After four minor league seasons as a player, he began a decade long career as a manager in 1972, winning the Western Carolina League crown with Gastonia in 1974. He won Manager of the Year three years straight from 1972-1974. His last managerial stop was with Texas’ AAA affiliate, Denver, in 1982.
Rich Donnelly was a coach with Texas in 1980 and again from 1983-85. He joined Jim Leyland’s Pirate staff in 1986 as the bullpen coach until 1991 and then took over as the third base coach from 1992-1996. After leaving Pittsburgh, Rich Donnelly went to the Florida Marlins with Leyland and was the third base coach when the Marlins won the World Series in 1997. Rich was the third base coach in the 1998 All-Star Game. In 1999 he and Leyland joined the Colorado Rockies, where Rich Donnelly remained until 2003 when he accepted a coaching job with the Milwaukee Brewers.
After the Brewers, Rich Donnelly spent 2006 and 2007 as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ third base coach before returning to the Pirates in 2008 as a consultant and teacher and then evaluated their entire system while a roving coordinator among all the minor league affiliates.
Rich then took a manager’s job with the New York Mets affiliate Brooklyn Cyclones from 2011-2013, where he had 2 playoff appearances. Rich has now managed 1,592 games and won 836 games in the minor leagues.
Rich Donnelly and his wife Bert have eight children, Bubba, Amy, John, Tiffany, Mike, Leigh Anne, Tim and Adam. Rich is an avid racquetball player who has won several top flight tournaments and is considered among the top 60-and-over players in the country. He trains with racquetball World Champions Sudsy Monchik and Frank Taddonio.