Ernie May is now in his 11th season as an assistant coach for the Minutemen and sixth as a full time assistant. He served as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, after spending the 2000 season as pitching coach. May returned to UMass in 2000 after spending four seasons at Wofford College, where he served as head coach from 1995-1999.
May was responsible for taking the Wofford program from the Division II level to Division I. He led Wofford to a fifth place finish in its first season competing in the Southern Conference, after being picked to finish ninth.
Prior to his stay at Wofford, May served as the pitching coach for the Minutemen in 1995. He directed a pitching staff which set a school single season record for victories with a 38-14 mark. Before coming to UMass, May served as pitching coach at Wofford during the 1994 season and at Springfield College in 1993. May also spent two years coaching at Thayer (N.H.) High School. In 1990, May was the general manager of the Pittsfield Mets, a Class A affiliate of the New York Mets. He has also worked in public relations with the Atlanta Braves and CNN.
May was one of only 19 college coaches chosen nationwide to have articles printed in the 50th Anniversary Issue of Coaches Digest. May's article on the year-round conditioning of pitchers was published in the commemorative issue. In the summer of 1999, May coached the Keene Swamp Bats of the NECBL, a wooden bat collegiate league sponsored by Major League Baseball. The Swamp Bats won the regular season title in just their second year of existence. May has had 15 former players play at the professional level including 10 Minutemen, three from Wofford and two from Springfield.
A native of Amherst, May graduated from Keene State College with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. While at Keene State, he pitched and played first base for the Owls. May received his Master's degree in Physical Education and Sport Management from Springfield College in 1993.