WILMINGTON, MA — This is the eighth in a series of profiles celebrating the former Wilmington Little League’s seniors playing on the Wilmington High School baseball team. Little League’s motto is courage, character, and loyalty. Through playing with and against each other, these student athletes the embodiment of the motto.
Coaches are always looking for a certain type of player to help make their teams successful. They look for players who show strong character, respect, positive attitude and give 100% all the time. Jarred Aucoin fits the criteria coaches are looking for, you could say he is the prototypical coaches player. Always ready to play, he is the type of player a coach can count on. During summer games he would come from working an 8-hour shift and play in the heat. Give me nine Jarred Aucoin’s and I would win a lot of games.
Jarred began his WLL career in Rookie ball playing for the Thunder, coached by Fred Russell and his father Joe. All the way through the Majors, he would play the next five seasons for his Father and Coach Russell. He began to develop as a ball player on the small diamonds of the North and Glen Road fields, learning how to play the game. Playing with friends and having his Dad as a coach, those early years were fun. Jarred’s best memory during those times was the excitement of being able to hit the ball. It was on those teams that he started catching, which would be his position for most of his WLL career. It was also the beginning of many great friendships and the opportunity to play and have fun.
Jarred was drafted by the Indians as an 11 year old and spent two seasons playing for Coach Fred Russell. He made the All Star tournament team for both his 11 and 12 year old seasons. Used primarily as a catcher he was a valuable asset not only for his defense but also his bat. He helped lead the Indians to the playoff semifinals in his final year. Whether during practice, playing games or just hanging out at Rotary watching the other teams play, he remembers having a lot of fun with his teammates. His favorite part of playing for the Indians were the pool parties at Coach Russell’s house. Jarred played on the Indians with future Wildcats Riley Zaya and Jack Boyle.
Jarred not only played for the WLL spring teams, he played Jimmy Fund, Pony and Northeast teams in the summer. He was a member of the first Wilmington Middle School team and helped lead the Wildcats to a 16-5 record and a trip to the semifinals of the playoffs. It was during that Middle School season that he transitioned full time to first base. He was also selected to play in the All Star game. He capped his WLL career as a valuable member of the 2016 Northeast team which was the first Wilmington team to win a Northeast League Division championship. Jarred played nine of the ten WLL seasons he was eligible, only missing his final season due to making the WHS varsity team.
This will be Jarred’s third year playing Varsity Baseball for the Wildcats. He played on the 2017 Middlesex Freedom division championship team last year. During his Freshman year, he played on the JV baseball team. Jarred also played four years of WHS Hockey and 14 years for Wilmington Youth Hockey.
Jarred’s parents, Gail and Joe Aucoin remember watching all the kids grow and seeing the difference each year. His father also enjoyed coaching in the earlier days. Jarred always appreciated his Mom, Dad, brother Joe, and sister Nicole for supporting him over the years, cheering him on, and always attending his games.
Jarred will be attending Wentworth Institute of Technology in the Fall, majoring in Construction Management. He is looking to parlay his past three summers working full time in the construction field into a career.
(NOTE: The above profile was submitted by Wilmington Little League.)
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