Head Coach: St. John's University
The winningest coach in St. John's baseball history, head coach Ed Blankmeyer is in his 20th season at the helm of the Red Storm baseball program and has posted a 647-405-3 (.615) record. Blankmeyer has guided the Red Storm to three BIG EAST Tournament crowns as well as four BIG EAST regular season titles, and has led the squad to the NCAA Tournament eight times, including one NCAA Super Regional appearance.
Also the winningest coach in the history of BIG EAST play with 287 conference victories, Blankmeyer has earned BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors a conference-record five times and has been named the ABCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year four times. Blankmeyer, who has guided St. John's to six 40-win seasons, has had 88 All-BIG EAST selections and has seen 65 of his players drafted and/or signed to professional contracts.
Blankmeyer reached a pair of milestones during the 2013 season as the skipper recorded his 600th win and also became the winningest coach in St. John's baseball history with win No. 612. With a young pitching staff comprised of 10 freshmen, tied for the third-most in the country, the Red Storm made its 10th-consecutive BIG EAST Tournament appearance and finished 23-35. Three players earned All-BIG EAST honors, including Freshman All-American Ryan Horstman, ABCA All-Region honoree Frank Schwindel and Zach Lauricella. St. John's also had a total of five players selected in the MLB Draft for the second-straight season as Horstman (fourth round) highlighted a draft class that also included James Lomangino (14th round), Frank Schwindel (18th), Sean Hagan (31st) and Danny Bethea (34th).
Assistant Coach: St. John's University
Mike Hampton enters his 15th 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.
Hampton has coached 44 players that have been drafted or signed to professional contracts in his tenure, including four Major Leaguers.
St. John's had five players selected in the 2013 MLB Draft, including a fourth round pick in Ryan Horstman. The five-man 2013 draft class came just one season after St. John's also had five players taken in the 2012 MLB Draft, including four in the top six rounds. Jeremy Baltz, the second two-time All-American in program-history and the first BIG EAST player since 2002-04 to earn three first team All-Conference selections, highlighted the 2012 Draft Class with a second round selection.
Pitching Coach: St. John's University
Hired in November 2012, Corey Muscara is in his fourth 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 his first season with the Red Storm, Muscara inherited a pitching staff that was tied as the third-youngest in the country with 10 freshman arms. Those 10 freshmen combined to toss 60.2 percent (303.1-of-503.2) of the innings for a staff that posted a 4.75 ERA. Redshirt freshman Ryan Horstman was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB Draft after earning both Freshman All-America and All-BIG EAST accolades, while senior Sean Hagan was drafted in the 31st round.
Muscara joined St. John's after spending 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.
Volunteer Assistant Coach: St John's University
Danny Benedetti is in his third season serving as the volunteer assistant coach for his alma mater. A former collegiate catcher, Benedetti has coached at the collegiate, summer league and high school levels.
Benedetti returned to Queens after spending four seasons at Long Beach State, where he served as a graduate assistant coach. After working as a catching instructor from 2010-11, Benedetti spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons working with the infield.
While with Long Beach State, Benedetti also spent two summers as an assistant coach in the Northwoods League. Benedetti was the hitting coach for the Alexandria Beetles when the squad led the league in hitting in 2012 and also served as the pitching coach for the Thunder Bay Border Cats in 2011.