Michael Festa returned to his alma mater as an assistant baseball coach in spring 2018. He was a two-year varsity player for the Washington College baseball team in 2012 and 2013, playing in 45 games as a Shoreman. He earned a spot on the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2013. During his freshman campaign, the 2012 team made the Centennial Conference championship game and set the program record for wins in a season, which still stands.
Festa's coaching experience spans all levels of both baseball and softball from tee-ball through collegiate. That includes a stint in 2014 as a student assistant coach for the Washington College softball team, aiding head coach Lacey Lister with all aspects of the program. Since leaving Washington College, he has stayed involved as a coach and instructor at various baseball academies, most recently with All-Star Baseball Academy in Warminster, Pa., and Bucks County Baseball Academy in Newtown, Pa.
Festa has been a Financial Advisor for Merrill Edge, a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch corporation, since 2014. He has provided investment advice and financial guidance to clients in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands since obtaining his Series 7 and Series 66 licenses that year. He currently works in Hunt Valley, Md., and resides in Baltimore.
Festa graduated from Washington College in 2014 with a BA in Economics and minors in Political Science and Accounting/Finance. He was also the recipient of the 2014 Senior Economics Department Award. During his time at the school, he was an integral part of the Brown Advisory Student-Managed Investment Fund, the Washington to Wall Street program, and the Peer Mentor program.