Head Coach: St. John's University
Head coach Ed Blankmeyer is in his 17th season at the helm of the St. John's baseball program. In 16 seasons with the Red Storm, Blankmeyer has posted a 549-327-3 record, won two BIG EAST Tournament crowns, three BIG EAST regular season titles, made seven NCAA Regional appearances and 12 BIG EAST Tournament appearances.
St. John's has flourished in every season under the tutelage of Blankmeyer and his staff. Blankmeyer has guided St. John's to five 40-win seasons, six 30-win seasons and at least 29 wins in 14 of his 16 seasons. He has been named BIG EAST Coach of the Year four times, ABCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year four times, has had 73 All-BIG EAST selections and has seen 52 of his players drafted and/or signed to professional contracts.
St. John's finished 36-22 (18-8) in 2011 and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, its 33rd appearance overall and sixth in the last eight seasons, following second place finishes in both the BIG EAST Tournament and BIG EAST regular season. The Red Storm had four All-BIG EAST selections, including a conference-best three first team selections. All-American, Brooks Wallace Award Finalist, first team All-Region honoree and first team All-BIG EAST selection Joe Panik was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the first round (29th overall) of the 2011 MLB Draft, the Red Storm's highest selection since Craig Hansen was picked 26th overall in 2005. Paul Karmas, who became the program's new all-time hit king during the season, and Matt Wessinger were also drafted, while Joe Witkowski signed a free agent contract.
Assistant Coach: St. John's University
Mike Hampton enters his 11th season at St. John's as the program's recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. A former collegiate All-American and fourth-round draft choice, Hampton's keen eye for talent has given St. John's a presence in every level of competitive baseball.
As recruiting coordinator, Hampton has brought in 31 players that have gone on to play professionally. The quartet of Daniel Burawa (Yankees), Ryan Cole (Astros), Greg Hopkins (Brewers) and Bruce Kern (Rockies) were drafted in 2010, becoming the most recent players to join that list. Brian Kemp (Astros) and Tim Morris (Mariners) were selected in the 2009 draft, while Scott Barnes (Giants), George Brown (Cardinals), Justin Gutsie (Rangers), Colin Lynch (Padres) and Jared Yecker (Marlins) were all selected in the 2008 MLB Draft.
A trio of St. John's players--Sam DeLuca (Mets), Brendan Monaghan (Orioles) and Anthony Smith (Diamondbacks)--signed contracts following the 2007 season. Rob Delaney and Will Vogl each signed contracts after the 2006 season and a record seven Red Storm players were signed in 2005, including first round draft pick Craig Hansen.
St. John's set new school-records in runs (473), hits (750), RBI (457) and doubles (150) in 2010 as a prolific offense helped the squad win a school-record 43 games. Jeremy Baltz earned NCBWA National Freshman Hitter of the Year honors and was named the Louisville Slugger National Freshman Player of the Year after leading the nation's freshman--and setting new single-season school-records--in both home runs (24) and RBI (85). The first consensus All-American in school-history, Baltz and classmate Kyle Hansen each earned Freshman All-America honors to give St. John's at least one freshman All-American in four-straight seasons.
Assistant Coach: St. John's University
Hired in November, Corey Muscara enters his first season as pitching coach at St. John's. A former collegiate pitcher, Muscara has coached at Southern New Hampshire University and Binghamton as well as in the summer league circuit in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL).
Muscara spent the 2012 season as the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at Southern New Hampshire University, his second stint with the program. Bolstered by a pitching staff that led the nation in both ERA (2.41) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.3), the Penmen advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series and amassed a school-record 43 wins. Two members of the pitching staff earned All-America honors, including first team selection Tim Flight. The ABCA and NCBWA National Pitcher of the Year, Flight also earned Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Year honors and led the nation in strikeouts (140). Muscara had a total of four pitchers earn all-conference accolades and had two pitchers sign professional contracts.
Prior to rejoining the Penmen, Muscara served as the pitching coach at Binghamton University in 2011 and led three pitchers to America East All-Conference honors, including a pair of first team selections.
Muscara spent the summer of 2010 serving as an assistant coach for the Danbury Westerners of the NECBL, a squad that included current St. John's pitcher Sean Hagan.
Assistant Coach: St John's University
Brendan Monaghan is in his second season serving as the volunteer assistant coach for his alma mater, following a four-year career in the professional baseball ranks.
Monaghan returns to Queens after spending the 2010 season playing for the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. The catcher was a league all-star and batted .291 with 18 doubles, two home runs and 24 RBI in 72 games.
Monaghan signed with the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent in 2007 and began his professional career with the Bluefield Orioles of the Rookie Appalachian League. The catcher batted .277 with eight doubles, four home runs and a team-high 38 RBI in 49 games for Bluefield. Monaghan spent the next two seasons with the Delmarva Shorebirds in the Class-A South Atlantic League, batting a combined .207 with 11 doubles, two home runs and 30 RBI in 86 games.
A first team All-BIG EAST selection as a senior at St. John's, Monaghan had a .307 career average with 20 doubles and 59 RBI in 125 games, including 88 starts. The catcher was a National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American and the team MVP as a senior and helped the Red Storm to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two BIG EAST regular season titles.