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Krzysztof Dabrowiecki, BA’09

When Northeastern student and ace baseball pitcher Kris Dabrowiecki first met Tim Connelly, MBA'85-the sponsor of his athletic scholarship-he had no idea how well they would hit it off together. In fact, some would say their meeting was a grand slam.

Number 12 on team Husky connected with Connelly at a 2007 reception designed to link donors and their scholarship recipients. In time Connelly would help his protégé secure a co-op and then a full-time position at his employer, Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH), one of the nation's oldest and most distinguished private partnership banks.

During their initial conversation, Dabrowiecki realized it was more than a casual meeting.  "He's like, ‘Great, you have a good head on your shoulders and you know what you want to do.'  At that point, I realized it was basically an interview, and he encouraged me to work at his firm," recalled Dabrowiecki, a dual finance and management major.

So Dabrowiecki sent his résumé to Connelly, a partner at BBH and a University corporator, who forwarded it to the right people. Within a month, BBH hired him for a co-op as a quality analyst at its Milk Street address in Boston's Financial District. There Dabrowiecki worked with BBH's newly established fund accounting platform, working to replicate, document, and fix problems and manage its test region.

After graduation in 2009, the Milwaukee Brewers signed Dabrowiecki, where he played an entire season in the minors before being released.

It was then that he thought of his Northeastern connections and how they could help him begin a new chapter in his life.

"The co-op program was huge in my decision to attend Northeastern, because I like to have a backup plan. I didn't ever want to do anything else but play baseball, but you know, " said Dabrowiecki, who credits his co-op experiences at BBH and John Hancock for preparing him for life after baseball.

It all paid off in 2010, when Connelly once again put in a good word for the recent graduate. BBH hired him full time to be a client account manager for one of the firm's major clients, where today he handles fund accounting for seven separate accounts. 

Although he is now working full time in the business world, the former Husky captain can relish a rewarding baseball career: he played on the Canadian national team versus Cuba, the USA, and other countries; dueled Josh Beckett and battled Big Papi at the annual Northeastern versus Red Sox spring training game in Florida; captured the all-time leading record for innings pitched and batters faced; and won the Herbert Gallagher Award, which recognizes the top senior men's scholar-athlete.

Tim Connelly and his siblings established the John Tinker Connelly Baseball Scholarship in 2002 to honor their father's legendary six-decade Northeastern legacy. Tinker was an outstanding student-athlete, teacher, and assistant athletic director. In 1956, he was appointed baseball coach and is regarded as one of New England's finest tacticians, having led the Huskies to four NCAA tournaments and their only visit to the College World Series.

The Connelly Scholarship has supported players who have gone on to play for the San Francisco Giants, the Boston Red Sox, and the Kansas City Royals organizations.

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