Mike Stone is entering his 12th season as the head baseball coach at the University of Massachusetts, after coming to UMass in 1988 from the University of Vermont. In his previous 11 seasons, the Minutemen have compiled a 319-193-1 (.623) record.
Last year, Stone became only the second coach in UMass baseball history to reach the 300 win plateau, while guiding the Minutemen to their fifth straight Atlantic 10 Eastern Division crown. At the Atlantic 10 tournament, UMass fell just short of making the championship game, dropping a 7-6 decision to Virginia Tech.
In 1997, the Minutemen won the Atlantic 10 Eastern Division crown for the fourth season in a row. Stone's team ranked sixth nationally with a .351 batting average and boasted the 11th best winning percentage in the nation (.745). At the Atlantic 10 tournament, UMass made it to the championship before falling to Virginia Tech.
1996 marked one of the best seasons in school history as Stone guided UMass to its third straight Atlantic 10 Conference regular season championship, in addition to a second straight A-10 Tournament crown. The Minutemen advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year, reaching the East Regional Finals and winning the school's first NCAA Tournament game since 1969. UMass finished the season on a 25-4 run, including a school record 18-game winning streak, which was tops in the nation, and posted 40 wins for the first time in school history.
In 1995, Stone led the Minutemen to their first NCAA Championship berth since 1978, while the team won 38 games, second-most in school history. In addition to claiming the Atlantic 10 regular season title, UMass won its first A-10 Tournament crown since 1980.
In winning the Atlantic 10 regular season title, UMass tied its own A-10 record with 19 victories in conference play. The Minutemen had set that record only a year earlier, when they had a 19-4 mark in conference play, in addition to a 31-17 record overall. The 1994 squad also set what was then a school record with a streak of 16 consecutive victories.
From 1994-96, Stone was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year. He is only the second coach to win the award three consecutive years, following Fred Hill of Rutgers, who claimed the honor in 1991, 1992 and 1993. No other coach has even won the award twice in a row.
Stone has also sent 28 players into professional baseball during his 11 years at UMass, averaging almost three players signing pro contracts per season. Included among those players are current major leaguers Gary DiSarcina, Dave Telgheder and Ron Villone.
Stone's 1988 and 1991 squads both finished as runner-up in the Atlantic 10, and he has also led the Minutemen to nine appearances at the Atlantic 10 Championship in his 11 seasons.
After his graduation from Taft School in Connecticut in 1974, Stone signed a professional contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a catcher in the Cardinals' system for three years and played in the Los Angeles Dodgers' minor league organization for two seasons.
At the completion of his professional career, Stone enrolled as a physical education major at UMass, where he played football for three seasons, from 1979-81. During his senior year, he served as head baseball coach and junior varsity hockey coach at Northfield Mount Hermon School. He graduated cum laude from UMass in 1982 and earned his masters degree from Vermont in 1986.
Stone and his wife, Cindi, reside in South Deerfield, Mass., with their three children, twin daughters Kylie and Jamie, age 11, and son Hunter, age nine. Stone's Career Coaching Record
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