The 2015 season will be John Stuper’s 23rd season as the head coach of baseball at Yale. With an overall career record of 424-491-3 (213-231 in Ivy League play) in the Bulldogs’ dugout, Stuper surpassed the legendary Ethan Allen in 2009 as the winningest coach in the 150-year history of Yale baseball. Stuper reached the 100-win mark faster than any coach in program history and oversaw the best four-year period (104-68) in program history from 1993-96.
With a 5-2 win in the second game of a doubleheader at Harvard on April 14, 2013, thanks to four Yale pitchers who combined to strike out 13 Harvard batters, Stuper earned the 400th victory of his coaching career on April 14, 2013.
The 13th head coach in Yale baseball history, Stuper has led the Bulldogs to three Red Rolfe Division titles and two Ivy League championships. The 1993 squad, Stuper’s first, was his best, winning a school-record 33 games, earning an NCAA Regional appearance, and setting numerous school records, including 160 stolen bases in 44 games. He earned 1993 New England Division I Coach of the Year and Northeast Region Division I Coach of the Year honors. The Bulldogs won the Ivy League championship in each of his first two seasons.
“I try to tailor my offensive game plan to my talent. I want to run. I like to steal bases because it disrupts things,” Stuper said. Yale base runners have stolen 1,200 bases in his 20 seasons at the helm.
Through 2013 Stuper has seen 34 of his players sign professional contracts during his tenure at Yale. Most recently, Pat Ludwig (Pittsburgh Pirates), Nolan Becker (Cincinnati Reds) and Charlie Neil all signed to play professionally in 2012. Pitcher Rob Cerfolio was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2013 MLB Draft, but returned to Yale for his final season in 2014. Cerfolio’s selection represented the ninth straight year that a Yale player was selected in the draft, which is the longest current consecutive stretch of draft selections by any school in the Ivy League.
Brandon Josselyn, the 2009 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, the sixth player to earn that distinction under Stuper, was drafted in June 2009 by the Seattle Mariners. Left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow, the captain of Yale’s 2002 squad, is in his 11th season on a Major League roster.
Stuper has also coached two All-Americans while at Yale, including Ryan Lavarnway, the 2007 NCAA batting and slugging percentage champion. Lavarnway was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 MLB amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox. Lavarnway and Breslow are currently on the 25-man major league roster of the Boston Red Sox.
“I want my team to be difficult to play against,” said the former major leaguer, who was managed by Whitey Herzog and Pete Rose. Not coincidentally, he lists them as two of his biggest influences. “I watched how they ran a game. Their knowledge of the game, work ethic and preparation were second to none, especially Whitey with his aggressive style. (At Yale) we want to make things happen, not wait for things to happen. Having a versatile team will give us the ability to score runs in a lot of different ways.”
Stuper pitched in the major leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds from 1982-85, appearing in a total of 111 games. He posted a 32-28 overall record with a 3.96 earned run average. His most memorable performance came with the Cardinals in the sixth game of the 1982 World Series. With St. Louis trailing the Milwaukee Brewers, three games to two in the best-of-seven series, the right-hander helped the Cardinals even the series with a 13-1 complete-game, four-hit victory. St. Louis went on to win the Series the following day. Sports Illustrated listed his World Series performance among the 10 best by a rookie pitcher in the history of postseason play.
The only two-time all-conference baseball and basketball player at Butler County Community College (1976-77), Stuper fashioned a 34-3 collegiate record. He also helped Point Park (Pa.) College to the NAIA World Series in 1978, while earning NAIA All-America honors.
Stuper, who received his bachelor’s degree from LaRoche College and his master's degree in English at Slippery Rock University in 1989, continued as head coach at Butler until March 1991, when he returned to the Cardinals as a minor league pitching instructor. He remained with the Cardinals until taking over the Bulldogs’ clubhouse in 1993. His wife, Pam, is the head field hockey coach at Yale. They currently reside in Hamden.
The 2015 season will be the fourth season for Tucker Frawley as John Stuper's associate head coach and eighth season overall on Coach Stuper's staff. His main duties at Yale include coaching the hitting corps, preparing the team defense and guiding the program's recruiting efforts.
During his eight seasons with the Bulldogs, 22 different positional players and 34 total players have earned All-Ivy recognition, including 2014 selections Cale Hanson (First Team - shortstop), Chris Lanham (Second Team), Cale Hanson (Second Team - pitcher), Richard Slenker (Second Team), Chris Moates (Honorable Mention) and Robert Baldwin (Honorable Mention). In 2013, the selections were Chris Piwinski (First Team), David Hickey (Second Team), Brent Lawson (Second Team) and Cale Hanson (Honorable Mention), as well as Ivy League Player of the Year Trey Rallis in 2011.
In 2010, Frawley helped lead Yale to one of the most productive offensive seasons in the program’s 150 year history. The Bulldogs hit .323 as a team (second all-time) and broke school records for home runs, hits, doubles and total bases. In addition to the team’s offensive achievements, Eli defenders recorded 45 double plays in 44 games -- also a school record.
A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Frawley graduated as the school's all-time leader in career hits in 2006. He was a three-time All-Patriot League selection at second base for the Crusaders, including a junior season in which he hit .409, ranking him 17th nationally. He is a three-time Hop Riopel Award recipient, an award given to the Crusaders' most valuable player, making him one of only two players to earn the distinction on three occasions. Frawley was named All-New England in both 2005 and 2006 and was named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Northeast Region team in 2006.
A New Haven native, Frawley signed professional contracts with the Worcester Tornadoes (CanAm League) in 2006 and the Evansville Otters (Frontier League) in 2007 before returning to the Elm City to begin his coaching career. His younger brother Casey was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 17th round of the 2009 MLB Draft.
Stuper Says: "Tucker is one of the finest young baseball coaches I have ever been around. His energy and enthusiasm is infectious, as is his superior work ethic. I am extremely pleased to be working side by side with him.”
|Previous College:||Southern Connecticut State '00|
|Years at Yale:||6th Season|
Ray Guarino will enter his sixth season on Coach Stuper's staff in 2015. Guarino works primarily with the Bulldogs' infielders and outfielders while assisting with all defensive strategies. In addition to dealing with the defensive aspects of the game, he also serves as Yale's first base coach.
Guarino has over 10 years of college and high school coaching experience. Prior to Yale, he spent two seasons at Foran High School in Milford, Conn., before moving on to West Haven High School in West Haven, Conn., where he played an integral part in helping the Blue Devils to the 2009 Connecticut state championship and the No. 1 overall ranking in Connecticut.
In the summer, Coach Guarino is responsible for running Coach Stuper's World Class Baseball Summer Camp for kids, ages 7-12. The summer of 2014 was Guarino's 17th with World Class Sports.
In addition to coaching baseball, Guarino teaches seventh grade at St. Francis/St. Rose of Lima School in New Haven, Conn., and is also in his 16th season as the assistant boys soccer coach at West Haven High School. During the winter, Guarino also officiates high school basketball for Board 10 New Haven County, and a few area recreational leagues.
He is a 2000 graduate of Southern Connecticut State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He lives in West Haven with his wife, Jackie.
Stuper Says: “I have known Ray for over 15 years now, and I have seen him grow from a student-athlete who worked my summer camp to an accomplished coach in his own right. I am excited about the energy he brings to our program.”
|Previous College:||Bridgeport '00|
|Years at Yale:||5th Season|
Kevin Huber recently completed his fifth season at Yale in
2014. He has nearly a decade’s worth of collegiate, high
school and club coaching experience. Prior to joining the Yale
staff, Huber spent four seasons as the defensive and hitting coach
at Fairfield. He also coached at the University of New Haven,
where he helped guide the Chargers to a 2004 NYCAC
Huber, who has also coached scholastically at Greens Farms (Conn.) Academy, is the founder of the Connecticut Blue Jays Baseball Club and has led the squad to several top-10 finishes in AAU national tournaments.
Huber is a 2000 graduate of the University of Bridgeport, where he played for four years with the Purple Knights. The former All-NECC player also played professionally in 2001 with the Zurich Lions in Switzerland as a catcher and infielder. He resides in Bridgeport, Conn., with his wife, Celina, and children, Timothy and Sara.