Yale coach John Stuper originally planned to spend this spring living the retired life in Florida.
Instead, he's back on the New Haven, Conn., campus for one final season -- his 30th at Yale. The winningest coach in Yale baseball history announced yesterday that he will retire at the conclusion of the 2022 season.
"I was actually going to retire after the 2021 season, regardless of what happened," Stuper said. "COVID clearly impacted that plan (with the cancellation of the Ivy League season). My players -- God bless them -- asked if I'd consider staying for another year. I was shocked. It brought me to tears. I couldn't say no to them. They're the best; I love those guys. They're awesome kids, and they have a chance to be good. (Yale athletic director Vicky Chun) was gracious enough to give me an extra year when my contract was up after 2021."
Stuper has led the Bulldogs to four Ivy League championships and a pair of NCAA Regional appearances. He has established Yale as one of the top programs in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs have a league record of 53-27 over the last four seasons.