The former Connecticut pitcher will enter his first season with the Minutemen in 2013.
Joe Popielarczyk, Dennis Torres and Rob McLam were all honored for their contributions to the squad this past spring.
The event has been moved to Sept. 21 in order to coincide with the program's annual Alumni Game.
The junior right-handed pitcher was taken in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball Draft.
The Minutemen open up championship play vs. Richmond at noon on Wednesday.
BB vs. FORDHAM SENIOR DAY Photos by Thom Kendall '93
BB vs. FORDHAM (1) Photos by Thom Kendall '93
BB vs. NU (BEANPOT) Photos by Thom Kendall '93
BB vs. NJIT (2) Photos by Thom Kendall '93
Mike Stone is entering his 26th season as the head baseball coach at the University of Massachusetts, after returning to his alma mater in 1988 from the University of Vermont. In his first 25 seasons, the Minutemen have compiled a 619-547-3 (.531) record.
Since his hiring as head coach in 1988, Stone has led the Minutemen to eight Atlantic 10 regular season titles, two Atlantic 10 Tournament crowns and two NCAA Tournament appearances. He has also guided the Minutemen to the Beanpot Championship six times, most recently in 2012. Respected as one of the nation's elite coaches, Stone became the all-time winningest coach in UMass history when the Minutemen swept a doubleheader from Saint Joseph's on May 8, 2001. In 2004, he won his 500th career game on March 7, when the Minutemen defeated Rider in the first game of a doubleheader, 6-5. In 2007, Stone won his 500th game as UMass skipper on April 7 in a 5-4 victory over Rhode Island and collected his 600th win at the helm for the Minutemen on March 23, 2012, when UMass came from behind to defeat Fordham, 5-4.
Under Stone's direction the Minutemen earned their 16th Atlantic 10 Tournament berth in 2012 and saw Joe Popielarczyk become the second UMass player in history to earn Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year honors. Junior right-hander Dennis Torres was selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Baltimore Orioles in the 28th round, becoming the 36th player of Stone's tenure to have his name called.
Stone coached the program's first ever NCBWA District I Player of the Year in 2011, Atlantic 10 batting champion Matt Gedman. Gedman, who was drafted in the 45th round by the Boston Red Sox, along with Peter Copa who signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
During the 2009 campaign, Stone picked up his 600th career victory in a 3-0 win over Saint Joseph's on April 17. In 2009, Stone led the Minutemen to their most wins (27) since 2001 and most conference victories since 1997 (16). UMass reached the Atlantic 10 Tournament for the first time since 2003, where the Minutemen went 2-2 before being eliminated by eventual champion Xavier. During the 2009 campaign, Massachusetts had a seven game winning streak from May 5-20, its longest since 2003.
The 1996 season marked the most successful year in school history, as Stone guided UMass to its third straight Atlantic 10 Conference regular season championship and a second straight Atlantic 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 best 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 Atlantic 10 Tournament crown since 1980.
In winning the 1995 Atlantic 10 regular season title, UMass tied a then-Atlantic 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 1994-1996, Stone was a three-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year selection. 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 sent 36 players into professional baseball during his 23 years at UMass, starting with Steve Allen in 1988, averaging just under two players signing pro contracts per season.
In addition to his teams winning Atlantic 10 Tournament titles in 1995 and 1996, Stone's squads finished as runner-up in the Atlantic 10 in 1988, 1991, 1997, 2000 and 2003. He has also led the Minutemen to 14 appearances at the Atlantic 10 Championship in 23 seasons.
After his graduation from the 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 1979-1981. During his senior year, he served as head baseball coach and junior varsity hockey coach at the Northfield Mount Hermon School. He graduated cum laude from UMass in 1982 and earned his master's degree from Vermont in 1986.
Stone and his wife, Cindi, reside in Sunderland, Mass. They have three children: twin daughters Kylie and Jamie and son Hunter.
Stone's Career Coaching Record
Stone's UMass Highlights
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