Head Coach: UMASS
Mike Stone completed his 28th season as the head baseball coach at the University of Massachusetts in 2015, after returning to his alma mater in 1988 from the University of Vermont. In his 28 seasons, the Minutemen have compiled a 664-636-3 (.511) record.
Since his hiring as head coach in 1988, Stone has led the Minutemen to eight Atlantic 10 regular season titles, two Atlantic 10 Tournament crowns and two NCAA Tournament appearances. He has also guided the Minutemen to the Beanpot Championship six times, most recently in 2012. Respected as one of the nation's elite coaches, Stone became the all-time winningest coach in UMass history when the Minutemen swept a doubleheader from Saint Joseph's on May 8, 2001. In 2004, he won his 500th career game on March 7, when the Minutemen defeated Rider in the first game of a doubleheader, 6-5. In 2007, Stone won his 500th game as UMass skipper on April 7 in a 5-4 victory over Rhode Island and collected his 600th win at the helm for the Minutemen on March 23, 2012, when UMass came from behind to defeat Fordham, 5-4.
On May 11, 2014, Stone won his 700th game as a head coach, a 5-4 victory over VCU at Earl Lorden Field. He also helped Mike Geannelis become the program's first Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in 2014 and saw right hander DJ Jauss become the 37th player of his tenure at UMass to have his name called in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Assistant Coach: UMASS
Nate Cole, who spent the past eight seasons coaching one of the top pitching staffs in Division II at Southern Connecticut joined University of Massachusetts baseball program as an assistant coach in July 2015.
In his time with the Southern Connecticut Owls, Cole mentored 18 all-conference selections and two All-Americans over the course of the last eight seasons (2008-15), along with the 2008 and 2014 Northeast-10 Pitchers of the Year. Four Southern Connecticut hurlers signed professional contracts during that span, as well.
Under his direction, SCSU's pitching staffs consistently ranked among the NCAA statistical leaders. The Owls' 2010 pitching staff led all of Division II with a 2.53 earned run average. That figure was the third best in the NCAA, trailing only St. Thomas of Minnesota (2.41) and the University of Texas (2.45).
Assistant Coach: UMASS
Former UMass outfielder Rich Graef recently completed his second season with the Minutemen coaching staff in 2015 after serving as a volunteer assistant in 2014.
Graef appeared in 143 games, starting 126, in his four-year career with the Minutemen and hit .289 (135-for-467) with 76 runs scored, 45 RBI and 27 stolen bases. As a senior in 2013, he led UMass with 30 runs scored and was one of two players to start all 45 games. The assistant captain recorded a batting average of .261 with 15 RBI and went 13-for-18 on stolen base attempts. He also notched 12 multi-hit games, four multi-RBI games and ended his collegiate career on a five-game hitting streak.
Graef graduated from UMass in 2013 with a degree in Sport Management and was the team's 2013 winner of the Coaches Award. He is a native of Simsbury, Conn.