Mike Stone (baseball)

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Mike Stone
Current position
TitleHead coach
Biographical details
Born (1955-04-29) April 29, 1955 (age 64)
Playing career
Baseball
1974Gulf Coast Cardinals
1974–1976St. Petersburg Cardinals
1976Arkansas Travelers
1977St. Petersburg Cardinals
1978Lodi Dodgers
Clinton Dodgers
Football
1978–1981UMass
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983–1987Vermont
1988–2017UMass
Head coaching record
Overall751–785–5
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
A-10 Tournament: 1995, 1996
Awards
A-10 Coach of the Year: 1994, 1995, 1996

Mike Stone (born April 29, 1955) is an American college baseball coach, and last served as the head coach of the UMass Minutemen baseball team. He was named to that position prior to the 1988 season.[1][2][3][4] Stone retired after the 2017 season.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Stone played high school baseball at Taft School, and was drafted in the third round of the 1974 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played four seasons in the Cardinals organization, primarily as a catcher, and reached Class-AA, and spent one season in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

After ending his baseball career, Stone played football for UMass while pursuing a degree in physical education.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Stone began coaching at Northfield Mount Hermon School, serving as head baseball coach for the 1982 season. He then earned a position as head coach at Vermont, where he remained for five seasons, succeeding Jack Leggett. In his time at Vermont, the Catamounts struggled but finished above .500 in his final season. Stone also earned a master's degree while at Vermont.

During his tenure at UMass, the Minutemen have won eight Atlantic 10 Conference regular season crowns, a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Tournament titles, and seen 36 players sign professional contracts. Stone was named Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year three times in a row from 1994 through 1996.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

This table shows Stone's record as a college head coach.[6][7]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Vermont (ECAC North) (1983–1987)
1983 Vermont 8–13–2 5-8-1 8th
1984 Vermont 14–15 7-7 4th
1985 Vermont 8–29 2-10 5th
1986 Vermont 9–19 6-9 5th
1987 Vermont 15–14 6-8 4th
Vermont: 54–90–2 26-42-1
UMass (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1988–2017)
1988 UMass 36–16 9–7 2nd (East) A-10 Tournament
1989 UMass 17–27 5–11 4th (East)
1990 UMass 26–20 12–4 2nd (East) A-10 Tournament
1991 UMass 26–25–1 10–6 2nd (East) A-10 Tournament
1992 UMass 25–16 11–5 2nd (East) A-10 Tournament
1993 UMass 18–21 9–11 6th
1994 UMass 31–17 19–4 1st A-10 Tournament
1995 UMass 38–14 19–5 1st NCAA Regional
1996 UMass 40–13 15–5 1st (East) NCAA Regional
1997 UMass 35–12 17–4 1st (East) A-10 Tournament
1998 UMass 27–12 15–3 1st (East) A-10 Tournament
1999 UMass 26–23 13–8 1st (East) A-10 Tournament
2000 UMass 26–22–1 11–9–1 2nd (East) A-10 Tournament
2001 UMass 27–19 15–5 1st A-10 Tournament
2002 UMass 21–26 9–15 5th
2003 UMass 26–19 14–7 T-1st (East) A-10 Tournament
2004 UMass 19–26 10–14 T-4th (East)
2005 UMass 16–33 9–15 3rd (East)
2006 UMass 14–30 11–16 11th
2007 UMass 22–25 13–14 8th
2008 UMass 18–27 11–16 T-9th
2009 UMass 27–26 16–11 T-4th A-10 Tournament
2010 UMass 19–27 13–14 T-8th
2011 UMass 17–29–1 8–15–1 12th
2012 UMass 22–22 14–10 T-4th (13) A-10 Tournament[a]
2013 UMass 14–31 7–17 14th (15)
2014 UMass 15–31 12–15 T-8th (12)
2015 UMass 16–27 12–12 T-8th
2016 UMass 18–27 11–13 T-8th
2017 UMass 15–32 8–16 11th
UMass: 697–695–3 358-307-2
Total: 751–785–5

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

  1. ^ The top six finishers of the A-10's thirteen teams qualified for the tournament in 2012

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mike Stone Bio". UMass Minutemen. Archived from the original on March 12, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  2. ^ Chris Corso (March 27, 2013). "Coach Mike Stone a fixture of UMass baseball program". Daily Collegian. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "Baseball smacks of success". Boston Globe. April 20, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  4. ^ Kevin Henken (February 21, 2012). "Stone upholds high standards at UMass". New England Baseball Journal. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  5. ^ "After 30 years leading UMass baseball, Mike Stone is ready to walk away". Daily Hampshire Gazette. May 18, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Baseball" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 20, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  7. ^ UMass Baseball Record Book (PDF). UMass Minutemen. p. 11. Retrieved December 8, 2013.