Ed Blankmeyer Releases 2018 St. John's Baseball Schedule
Following a 42-win season that saw the Red Storm makes its 36th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017, Head Coach Ed Blankmeyer has released the schedule for his team's upcoming 2018 campaign, a slate that includes 25 home games at Jack Kaiser Stadium. Read More
Blankmeyer Inducted into ABCA Hall of Fame
The winningest coach in St. John’s history and the most successful skipper in the 30-plus year history of the BIG EAST conference, Ed Blankmeyer was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Friday night at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis. Read More
Joe Panik to Headline Bullpen Winter Banquet on Feb. 6th
This year's Bullpen Winter Banquet will welcome home a legendary name in the proud history of the St. John's Baseball, as former Red Storm standout and World Series Champion Joe Panik will headline the program's annual fundraiser at Edison Ballroom on Feb. 6. Read More
Head Coach: St. John’s University
The winningest coach in St. John’s baseball history, head coach Ed Blankmeyer enters his 23rd season at the helm of the Red Storm baseball program in 2018 with an all-time record of 758-460-4, good enough for a .622 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 10 times, including one NCAA Super Regional appearance.
Also the winningest coach in the history of BIG EAST play with 323 conference victories, Blankmeyer has earned BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors a conference-record seven times and has been named the ABCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year four times. Blankmeyer, who has guided St. John’s to eight 40-win seasons, has had 111 All-BIG EAST selections and has seen 80 of his players drafted and/or signed to professional contracts.
With a talented veteran core and a promising crew of newcomers, Blankmeyer led the Red Storm to one of its best seasons in program history in 2017. The Johnnies tallied a record of 42-13, just one win shy of the program high-water mark for victories in a single campaign. With a 40-9 mark entering postseason play, the Johnnies also became just the second St. John’s team to ever eclipse the 40-win mark before the end of the regular season. In addition to earning BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors for a league-record seventh time, Blankmeyer also saw eight of his players earn All-BIG EAST distinction, including seven First Team selections. Headlining that class was Sean Mooney, who became just the second player in the history of the conference to be named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year simultaneously. For their efforts, the Johnnies were rewarded with a selection to the Clemson Regional, the program’s 36th NCAA appearance.
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
Less than a decade removed from claiming BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year honors as the ace of the Red Storm staff, George Brown enters his first year as the Red Storm’s pitching coach in 2018.
“I’m excited to have George Brown back as our new pitching coach,” said Blankmeyer. “George had an outstanding career here at St. John’s and has professional experience as well as an outstanding coaching resume. He will no doubt do an exceptional job with our pitching staff.”
In his four years as a student-athlete at St. John’s, Brown put together a record of 22-3 and is one of just three pitchers in program history alongside Frank Viola and Michael O’Connor to record at least 20 wins and fewer than five losses. In addition, Brown, whose 22 wins rank fourth in school history, was part of the only four-year class in St. John’s history to win 40 or more games in each of its four campaigns.
Assistant Coach: St John’s University
Josh Ake, a former student-athlete at the University of Oklahoma, signed onto Ed Blankmeyer’s staff as a volunteer assistant for the 2018 campaign.
A two-year member of the Sooners, Ake made 83 appearances and 59 starts, primarily at second base. Ake saw a significant rise in production between his junior and senior seasons in Norman, bumping his batting average by nearly 30 points and more than doubling his output in hits, runs scored, RBIs, doubles and home runs. In addition to his accolades on the field, Ake was also named to the Big 12 All-Academic First Team in 2015.
Following the conclusion of his playing career, Ake stayed on with the Sooners as an undergraduate assistant for the 2016 campaign.