Hoy Field at Cornell University
Hoy Field, located on the central campus, has been the home of Cornell baseball since 1922. Read More
Ted Thoren Head Coach of Baseball
Pepicelli was named the Ted Thoren Head Coach of Baseball on Aug. 10, 2015, after helping lead Clemson to the NCAA tournament in all six years as the program’s pitching coach and stints as head coach at St. John Fisher and Hartwick. He led the Big Red to a 14-24 record in his first season at the helm in 2016, helping Cornell to its first season sweep of Harvard since 1995 and impressive non-league series victories at Wofford and Bucknell.
Clemson’s record was 231-149 (.608) in Pepicelli’s six years with the program, including three seasons as the associate head coach, two more as the assistant head coach, and one as an assistant coach. He became the Tigers’ first pitching coach to lead a staff to the College World Series in his first season with the squad, then led the pitching staff to a season earned-run average below 4.00 for four consecutive seasons from 2011-14. He recruited and developed Matt Crownover, who earned freshman All-America accolades in 2013 and Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year honors in 2015. Pepicelli was instrumental in assembling Baseball America’s ninth-ranked 2015 recruiting class. Ten Clemson pitchers were selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft in Pepicelli’s tenure at Clemson.
By joining the Big Red, Pepicelli came home to upstate New York. He has 11 years of head coaching experience on the Division III level with St. John Fisher and Hartwick. After serving as an assistant coach for three seasons at Hartwick, Pepicelli was promoted to become the Hawks’ head coach for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He then spent nine seasons as the head coach and assistant athletic director at Fisher. Pepicelli was named the Empire 8 Conference Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2007, the latter honor coming during a season that saw the Cardinals advance to the NCAA Division III College World Series for the first time in program history.
Associate Head Coach
Tom Ford has completed his 24 seasons with the Cornell baseball team, including six in his role as associate head coach. Ford spent his first 18 seasons at Cornell as head coach, being named the first Ted Thoren Head Coach of Baseball when that position was endowed in the summer of 1999 by Rich Booth ’82. Ford succeeded the legendary Thoren when he was named the 15th head coach in program history in 1991. Prior to taking over the Cornell program, Ford was the associate head coach at Ithaca College for 10 years.
In his 18 years as head coach at Cornell, Ford compiled a 266-467-2 record. He won his 200th career game in the first game of a doubleheader at St. Joseph’s (Pa.) on March 13, 2004.
In 2007, the Big Red ushered in a new era in Cornell baseball history, playing its first season on a renovated Hoy Field. The new FieldTurf playing surface immediately paid dividends, as that season’s squad set a new school record for fielding percentage, posting a 97.0 percent success rate, good enough to rank 42nd in the nation. The Big Red also was 22nd in the country in triples per game, averaging just over one every three contests.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Frank Hager ’12 completed his first season as the volunteer assistant coach of the Big Red in 2016, helping the squad to a 14-24 record under first-year head coach Dan Pepicelli. Cornell swept the season series against Harvard for the first time since 1995, and also notched a pair of impressive non-league series victories at Wofford and Bucknell.
A 2012 graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Hager returned to the program he helped lead to the Ivy League Championship during his senior season. He started all 47 games at first base for the Big Red in its championship season, leading the team with 15 doubles to push his career total to 40 doubles – which ranks second in program history. Hager went 4-for-12 (.333) with a pair of doubles and three RBIs over the three-game Ivy League Championship Series against Dartmouth. Hager was also named to the College Sports Information Directors Association’s Academic All-District 1 Baseball Team in 2012.