Head Coach: St. John's University
The winningest coach in St. John's baseball history, head coach Ed Blankmeyer enters his 22nd season at the helm of the Red Storm baseball program in 2017 with an all-time record of 716-447-4, good enough for a .615 winning percentage. Blankmeyer has guided the Red Storm to four BIG EAST Tournament crowns as well as five BIG EAST regular season titles, and has led the squad to the NCAA Tournament nine times, including one NCAA Super Regional appearance.
Also the winningest coach in the history of BIG EAST play with 310 conference victories, Blankmeyer has earned BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors a conference-record six times and has been named the ABCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year four times. Blankmeyer, who has guided St. John's to seven 40-win seasons, has had 103 All-BIG EAST selections and has seen 75 of his players drafted and/or signed to professional contracts.
Blankmeyer saw two of his players earn major awards at the conclusion of the 2016 season, as Thomas Hackimer was named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year and Josh Shaw earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Year accolades. Michael Donadio was also named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while Troy Dixon earned Second Team All-BIG EAST honors. Hackimer (Fourth Round- Minnesota Twins) and Blankmeyer's son, Ty, (36th Round- Cincinnati Reds) were selected in the 2016 MLB Draft, while Joey Graziano signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Rays and Joe Napolitano was signed by the Mets.
Assistant Coach: St. John's University
Mike Hampton enters his 16th season at St. John's as the program's recruiting coordinator and hitting coach in 2017. 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.
Hampton has recruited six Major Leaguers, including first round draft pick and World Series champion Joe Panik, and has seen 55 players drafted or signed to professional contracts in his tenure.
Two Johnnies were drafted in the summer of 2016, as Thomas Hackimer was taken in the fourth round by the Minnesota Twins before Ty Blankmeyer was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 36th round. Hampton also helped mentor BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Josh Shaw, the fifth player in program history to earn the honor.
Pitching Coach: St. John's University
Hired in November 2012, Corey Muscara is in his fifth season serving as pitching coach at St. John's. A former collegiate pitcher, Muscara previously coached at Southern New Hampshire University and Binghamton as well as in the summer league circuit in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL).
In 2016, one of Muscara's hurlers earned BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year honors for the second-straight season, as Thomas Hackimer became the first reliever since Craig Hansen in 2005 to take home the honor. After compiling a sub-one ERA during the regular season, Hackimer finished year with a record of 7-3 and a 1.17 ERA to go along with eight saves before being selected in the fourth round of the MLB Draft (123rd overall) by the Minnesota Twins. Two more of Muscara's pitchers, Joey Graziano and Joe Napolitano, would go on to sign free agent minor league contracts in the summer of 2016.
Led by All-American, unanimous BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year and unanimous first team All-BIG EAST selection Ryan McCormick, the 2015 pitching staff led the league in strikeouts and ranked second with a 3.77 ERA. McCormick went 11-1 to match a 47 year-old program-record for wins in a single season and ranked second in the league with a 2.66 ERA. Reliever Thomas Hackimer also earned All-America honors and was a unanimous first team All-BIG EAST choice after finishing 4-1 with a 1.92 ERA to go with a league-leading and program-record 15 saves. Starter Cody Stashak also earned first team All-BIG EAST honors. A total of five pitchers were taken in the 2015 MLB Draft, including Stashak (13th round), Matt Clancy (13th), Hackimer (15th), McCormick (16th) and Alex Katz (27th).
Assistant Coach: St John's University
One of the top players to ever wear a St. John's uniform, Matt Wessinger returns to his alma mater as an assistant coach for the 2017 season.
The Red Storm's all-time leader in games played (229), at bats (874), runs scored (194) and hits (278), Wessinger comes home to Queens following a five-year career in the professional ranks. A two-time draft selection, Wessinger was first selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 37th round (1,116th overall) of the 2011 MLB Draft. Wessinger chose to return to St. John's for his senior year and his decision paid off, as the Liverpool, N.Y., native had an outstanding senior season in 2012 before being taken in the fifth round (168th overall) by the Colorado Rockies.
Wessinger impressed in 63 games with the rookie ball Grand Junction Rockies in 2012, hitting .274 with four home runs, eight doubles, three triples and 27 RBIs in just 63 appearances. Wessinger split 2013 between Class A and Class A-Advanced, hitting .275 with six homers, 28 doubles and 42 RBIs in 106 games with the Asheville Tourists before being promoted to the Modesto Nuts for the remainder of the season and the entirety of the 2014 campaign.