Worcester, Mass.— Following a successful three year run with the Clark University Cougars, J.P. Pyne has announced his resignation as the head baseball coach effective Aug. 31st. Pyne will continue his coaching career in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) as the head baseball coach at Amherst College. A national search will begin immediately to fill this position as announced by Director of Athletics and Recreation, Trish Cronin on Wednesday morning.
Coach Pyne spent three seasons at the head of the baseball program and led the Cougars to two New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament appearances. Last season the Cougars earned the NEWMAC West Division title and the 2nd seed in the NEWMAC tournament. Pyne developed seven All-NEWMAC selections and had ten players named to All-New England teams, including the 2017 D3baseball.com New England Player of the Year (Kyle Bonicki). He set program records for wins in a season twice with 26 wins in both 2017 and 2018. In three seasons Pyne collected a .598 winning percentage for the baseball program.
"Clark University is a very special place and I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to be a part of such a vibrant campus community for the past three years," said Pyne. "The baseball program has a very bright future and is made up of an extraordinary group of young men" he continued, "I want to thank Trish Cronin and Joe Brady for giving me the opportunity to lead the Cougar baseball program and I wish the entire athletic department success in the future".
"JP was a tremendous addition to the athletic staff as he elevated our baseball program to new heights in just three seasons. He will be greatly missed amongst the Clark community and we wish him the best of luck at Amherst," said Cronin.