Since his arrival at Columbia in July 2005, Brett Boretti has revitalized the Columbia Baseball program in every aspect, building the Lions into a perennial Ivy League contender.
Under his leadership, Boretti has led the Lions to three Gehrig Division titles, two Ivy League championships, a number of wins over major programs and the first NCAA tournament victory in program history.
The 2013 season proved to be the best for the Lions' program under Boretti's tutelage, and arguably in program history. Columbia tied its single-season win mark, capturing 28 victories, while setting a new standard for Ivy League wins. The Lions were the gold standard in the Ivy League, winning 16 coference games and then swept Dartmouth in the Ivy League Championship Series for the second Ancient Eight title under Boretti's direction. Statistically, the Lions paced the Ivy League in both batting average (.286) and ERA (1.94) in conference-only games.
Winning the Ivy League Championship ensured Columbia a spot in the NCAA Baseball Championship for the third time in program history. The Lions went on to win their first game ever in NCAA play, toppling New Mexico, 6-5, in 13 innings. On an individual basis, nine players garnered All-Ivy League recognition, including three first team selections, the most since 2010.
Associate Head Coach
Pete Maki is in his seventh season as the Lions' top assistant coach and was promoted to associate head coach during the summer of 2012. Maki serves as Columbia's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
The Columbia pitching staff has been a model of success under Maki's leadership. In both the 2012 and 2013 seasons, during Ivy League conference play, the Lions have held the lowest team ERA (3.34-2012, 1.89-2013), held opposing batters to the lowest batting average (.250, .213), racked up the highest number of strikeouts (140, 153), and given up the fewest hits (151, 123).
The 2013 pitching staff set the program standard for strikeouts in a season, sitting down 357 opposing batters. As a staff, the Lions ranked 29th nationally with a 2.48:1 strikeout to walk ratio.
Columbia also set a new program record with 12 saves in 2013. The final save of the season came at the NCAA Fullerton Regional Tournament when Alex Black capped a 6-5 win in the 13th inning over New Mexico. Columbia held the Lobos, the nation's highest ranked offense, scoreless over the final seven innings to earn its first NCAA victory in school history.
Jim Walsh is the longest tenured assistant coach on Brett Boretti's staff, in his eighth season alongside the Columbia skipper.
Walsh joined the Columbia staff as an assistant after serving as the head baseball coach at St. Peter's College for four seasons.
During games, Walsh serves as the Lions' bench coach and spends time working with the outfielders. SInce joining the Columbia coaching staff, seven Lions' outfielders have accumulated 12 All-Ivy League selections, including the Ancient Eight's most recent three-time first team selection Dario Pizzano (2010-12).
In 2013, Columbia's defense shined, posting a .971 overall fielding percentage and Ivy League-best .981 mark in conference-only games, both program records.Walsh also assists with hitting instruction. Under Walsh's guidance, the Lions hit at a .286 clip in conference-only games, the best team batting average in the Ivy League.
Dan Tischler reunited with his former college coach Brett Boretti and joined the Columbia baseball staff as an assistant coach in June 2012.
Tischler's first season in Morningside Heights proved to be among the most successful in Columbia baseball history. The Lions tied the program record for wins in a season (28), won a program-record 16 Ancient Eight contests, captured the Ivy League Championship and knocked off New Mexico at the Fullerton Regional, marking Columbia's first NCAA Tournament victory.
Working primarily with the Lions' infielders, Tischler oversaw a Columbia defense that posted a .971 overall fielding percentage and Ivy League-best .981 mark in conference-only games, both program records. Manning the base paths from first base, Tischler saw Columbia baserunners swipe 79 bags, the third-highest total in program history. In total, nine Lions were selected All-Ivy League during Tischler's first season.