|Previous College:||LaRoche '80|
|Position:||Mazzuto Family Head Coach|
|Years at Yale:||17th Season|
Entering his 17th season as the Mazzuto Family Head Coach ofBaseball, John Stuper has compiled a 322-348-1 record in the Elidugout. He is second on Yale’s all-time wins list, trailingonly the legendary Ethan Allen (333). Stuper reached the 100-winmark faster than any coach in program history and oversaw the bestfour-year period (104-68) in Yale baseball history from1993-96.
The 13th head coach in Yale baseball history, Stuper has led theBulldogs to three Red Rolfe Division titles and two Ivy Leaguechampionships. The 1993 squad, Stuper’s first, was his best,winning a school-record 33 games, earning an NCAA Regionalappearance, and setting numerous school records, including 160stolen bases in 44 games. He earned 1993 New England Division ICoach of the Year and Northeast Region Division I Coach of the Yearhonors. The Bulldogs won the Ivy League championship in each of hisfirst two seasons.
“I try to tailor my offensive game plan to my talent. I wantto run. I like to steal bases because it disrupts things,”Stuper said. Yale baserunners have stolen 1,019 bases in his 16seasons at the helm.
He has seen 25 of his players sign professional contracts in histenure at Yale. Most recently, three Bulldogs were drafted in the2008 MLB amateur draft. Left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow, thecaptain of Stuper’s 2002 squad, appeared in 13 games with theBoston Red Sox in 2006.
Stuper has also coached two All-Americans while at Yale, includingRyan Lavarnway, the 2007 NCAA batting and slugging percentagechampion. Lavarnway was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 MLBamateur draft by the Boston Red Sox.
“I want my team to be difficult to play against,” saidthe former major leaguer, who was managed by Whitey Herzog and PeteRose. Not coincidentally, he lists them as two of his biggestinfluences. “I watched how they ran a game. Their knowledgeof the game, work ethic and preparation were second to none,especially Whitey with his aggressive style. (At Yale) we want tomake things happen, not wait for things to happen. Having aversatile team will give us the ability to score runs in a lot ofdifferent ways.”
Stuper pitched in the major leagues for the St. Louis Cardinalsand Cincinnati Reds from 1982-85, appearing in a total of 111games. He posted a 32-28 overall record with a 3.96 earned runaverage. His most memorable performance came with the Cardinals inthe sixth game of the 1982 World Series. With St. Louis trailingthe Milwaukee Brewers, three games to two in the best-of-sevenseries, the right-hander helped the Cardinals even the series witha 13-1 complete-game, four-hit victory. St. Louis went on to winthe Series the following day. Sports Illustrated listed his WorldSeries performance among the 10 best by a rookie pitcher in thehistory of postseason play.
The only two-time all-conference baseball and basketball player atButler County Community College (1976-77), Stuper fashioned a 34-3collegiate record. He also helped Point Park (Pa.) College to theNAIA World Series in 1978, while earning NAIA All-Americahonors.
Stuper, who received his bachelor's degree from LaRoche Collegeand his master's degree in English at Slippery Rock University in1989, continued as head coach at Butler until March 1991, when hereturned to the Cardinals as a minor league pitching instructor. Heremained with the Cardinals until taking the Yale job in 1993. Hiswife, Pam, is the head field hockey coach at Yale. They currentlyreside in Hamden.