Frank Coonelly is president of the Pittsburgh Pirates and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization. In this role, Mr. Coonelly leads the Pirates’ senior management group and is accountable for the organization’s success both on and off the field.
Prior to joining the Pirates, Mr. Coonelly served as senior vice president and general counsel of labor in the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, where he negotiated and administered collective bargaining agreements with the Major League Baseball Players Association and the World Umpires Association. Mr. Coonelly led a staff of attorneys who represented the commissioner and the 30 clubs in the litigation and arbitration of labor disputes, and provided contract and economic advice and counsel to the 30 clubs.
Mr. Coonelly practiced labor and employment law as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius before joining the commissioner’s office. A large part of his practice consisted of the representation of Major League Baseball as outside labor counsel. In that role, Mr. Coonelly assisted the Commissioner of Baseball in collective bargaining and litigation matters. He also represented several individual clubs, including the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos and Atlanta Braves, in salary arbitration matters.
He is a graduate of Penn State University and earned his law degree from Catholic University Law School. He serves on the boards of Pirates Charities, Allegheny Conference, Riverlife Task Force, Visit Pittsburgh, and serves on the advisory board for the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion–West and as the revenue chair for the March of Dimes 2010 March for Babies. He and his wife Debbie have four children.