Vineyard baseball standout Tad Gold is returning to the Island to become assistant general manager of the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks.

Gold, 25, is a 2009 graduate of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and went on to play baseball at Endicott College before being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2014.

He spent three seasons with the Orioles’ minor league organization, playing class A ball for the Aberdeen IronBirds and Frederick Keys. The outfielder also played with the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League.

While at Endicott, he was named the player of the year, and was a first team All American.

The Vineyard Haven native learned he had been drafted by the Orioles in the 35th round on June 7, 2014, Tad Gold Night at the Shark Tank in Oak Bluffs. Gold was being honored for his three years playing for the Sharks and helping the team to their first Futures Collegiate Baseball League title in 2013. He was twice a Futures League All Star.

“We are thrilled to have Tad join our management team,” Sharks president Kyle Fiore said in a press release. “He’s a symbol of success on the Vineyard as a baseball player, and as a person. He’s a hero to many island youth and well-respected throughout the community.”

“It’s an honor to be asked to join the Sharks Organization,” Gold said in a press release. “The team has done so much for the community and I’m confident I can bring new ideas that will benefit both the team and the community. I’m ready to hit the ground running and make 2017 a great year, on and off the field.”