Connor Szczerba enters his second year with the Tars after coaching for two years at Florida Southern. Szczerba was in charge of outfielders, catchers, baserunners and hitters for the Mocs in 2015-2016. Florida Southern's offense was explosive over the past two seasons hitting .326 in 2015 and .318 in 2016. Szczerba coached All-American outfielders Jhalan Jackson (7th Round to the NY Yankees) and Sam Machonis (10th Round to the Detroit Tigers). At Rollins, Szczerba will serve as the teams hitting coach, along with coaching the outfielders and catchers.
During his first season with the Tars Conor helped in developing catcher Christopher Corbett, who earned First Team All-SSC Honors and was selected in the 18th round of the MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants.
Szczerba completed his two-year playing career for Florida Southern as the starting second baseman in the spring of 2014. In his two-year career, Szczerba hit .288 as he recorded 109 base hits, scored 78 runs, hit 12 doubles, one triple, five home runs and had 41 RBIs. Additionally, he was 27-for-31 on stolen bases and was hit by 32 pitches.
As a junior in 2013, he was named as the Rawlings/ABCA NCAA National Division II Gold Glove winner at second base and was named to the Rawlings/ABCA South Region Gold Glove Team and was named to the SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2014.
Prior to attending FSC, Szczerba lettered for two years at Polk State College. In his time at Polk State, Szczerba was named the Suncoast Conference Player of the Year in 2012 and earned FCSAA/NJCAA Gulf District All-Tournament Team honors in 2012. He holds the school's single-season hit by pitch record as he was hit 22 times in 2012 and also holds the single season marks for runs scored (72 in 2012) and stolen bases (40 in 2012). Earned Second-Team All-Conference honors in 2011 and was named to the Suncoast Conference All-Star Team in 2011. He began his college career at Mercer, where he redshirted during the 2010 season.
A graduate of Titusville High School, Szczerba was a two-sport athlete as he lettered in both football and baseball. He earned All-State honors in both sports and as a senior in 2009, hit .480 in baseball and threw for 1,900 yards and had 18 touchdowns. He also scored 10 rushing touchdowns and earned All-Conference honors.
He received his bachelor's degree from Florida Southern College in 2014, majoring in Business Administration.