Tufts University head coach John Casey, now in his 34th season, is one of the most respected leaders in collegiate baseball.
Coach Casey served as President of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) for 2016. A member of the ABCA's leadership team for several years, he ascended to the Presidency after serving as a Vice President for four years. He is a member of the ABCA Board of Directors.
On the field, Coach Casey's Jumbos earned one of their most successful seasons in 2016. Tufts advanced further than any New England team in the NCAA Regionals, reaching the championship round before falling to eventual national runner-up Keystone College. Tufts won the 2016 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship and their 35-8 final record was the most wins for a season in program history.
Since 2010, Tufts has earned four NCAA berths and won three NESCAC titles under Coach Casey. The Jumbos won back-to-back conference crowns and earned #1 seeds at the 2010 and 2011 NCAA New England Regional Tournaments. They returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2014. The program has received six national berths and won four conference titles during Coach Casey’s tenure overall. Tufts captured its eighth NESCAC East Division pennant last spring and hosted the conference championship.
The 2014 Jumbos presented Coach Casey with the 600th victory of his career, a 5-1 win at Bowdoin on April 27 of that season. He was the 43rd coach in NCAA Div. III Baseball history to reach the 600 wins milestone and the seventh among New England Division III mentors. A 1980 Tufts graduate, Casey has directed the Jumbos for 33 seasons at his alma mater and amassed a 669-385-4 record. He is 17th among active coaches and 36th all-time for Division III coaching victories.
Casey's teams have featured five players who signed professionally and several All-Americans. Randy Newsom, a 2004 Tufts graduate, signed with the Boston Red Sox. He was traded to Cleveland as part of a deal for Coco Crisp, and he advanced to the Indians’ Triple A affiliate in Buffalo. Pitcher Jeff Taglienti and outfielder Dan Callahan are also Jumbos coached by Casey who were drafted by Major League organizations. Last spring, pitcher Speros Varinos was honored as an All-American and Northeast Pitcher of the Year by D3baseball.com.
Tufts players have also been recognized for their academic achievement and commitment to community service during Casey’s tenure. Catcher Bryan Egan, a 2015 graduate, and shortstop Scott Staniewicz, a 2013 graduate, were named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Baseball Teams. The team holds an annual 100 inning charity game supporting Homes for Our Troops among its many community service activities.
In November 1999, Coach Casey was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Boston Park League, the oldest amateur baseball league in the country. In 2000, the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) presented him the Jack Butterfield Award, its most prestigious honor. He received the Andy Baylock Distinguished Service Award from the NEIBA in 2005. Casey was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director at Tufts in 2001.
As an undergraduate, he helped pitch the Jumbos to consecutive ECAC Division II-III Tournament appearances. Also a tight end on 1979’s undefeated football team, he returned to Tufts a year later as a baseball and football assistant. He replaced Lee Sargent as head baseball coach in 1984. The program has recorded 25 winning seasons during his tenure.
Several former players and assistant coaches under Casey are now successful coaches at the college or high school level. Paul Svagdis, a 1993 graduate, guided Azusa Pacific University to two straight NAIA College World Series berths recently. Jamie Pinzino, a 1997 Tufts graduate, is the associated head coach at Virginia Tech. Former assistant coach Jason Tower is now the head coach at Roger Williams.
Coach Casey and his wife Diane live in Milford. They have four sons - Brian, Kevin, Brendan and Chris. All have followed in their father's footsteps as Brian is an assistant baseball coach at William & Mary, Kevin is on the baseball staff at Northeastern, Brendan works under his dad at Tufts and Chris assists at Roger Williams.