|Front Office biographies
Frank Coonelly, President
Prior to joining the Pirates on September 13, 2007, Frank served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Labor in the Commissioner's Office where he negotiated and administered collective bargaining agreements with the Major League Baseball Players Association and the World Umpires Association. Frank led a staff of attorneys who represented the Commissioner and the 30 Clubs in the litigation and arbitration of labor matters and provided contract and economic advice to the 30 Clubs.
Prior to joining the Commissioner's Office in 1998, Coonelly practiced labor and employment law as a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. A large part of Frank's practice at Morgan Lewis consisted of the representation of Major League Baseball as outside labor counsel. In that role, Frank assisted the Commissioner in collective bargaining and other litigation matters. He also represented several individual Clubs in salary arbitration matters.
PERSONAL: Frank Coonelly ... Born on 3/31/60 in Philadelphia, PA ... Wife's name is Debbie ... Four children: daughters Erin (28), Tara (26) and Kelley (25) and son Kyle (22) ... Attended William Tennent High School in Warminster, PA, where he was captain of the ice hockey team ... Graduated with high distinction from Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in Public Service in1983 ... Earned his JD from Catholic University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he earned the Faculty Award for graduating with the highest grade point average ... In the community, Frank serves on the Board of Pirates Charities, Allegheny Conference, Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce and Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia and is on the Advisory Council of the Hillman Cancer Center ... Frank served as the Revenue Chair for the March of Dimes 2010 March for Babies and Honorary Chair for the 2011 March ... Also served as the honoree for the 2011 Big Brothers/Big Sisters Corporate Roast and will be honored by The Circus Saints and Sinners Club of America, Inc. as their 2016 Man of the Year ... Frank and his wife, Debbie, served as Co-Chairs for the 2015 Hillman Cancer Center Gala and Frank served as Honorary Gala Chair for the 2014 Autism Connection Gala ... Was honored along with the Pittsburgh Pirates by the Chuck Cooper Foundation with the 2014 Career Achievement in Leadership, Diversity and Community Service Award.
close window print window