Bill Decker is a head coach in one of the only conferences that cancelled its 2021 season due to the pandemic. The current Harvard head coach’s influence on the game has crossed NCAA divisions and spanned decades. Before his 10-year stint at Harvard, Coach Decker helped Trinity College become a Division 3 power. In his 22 seasons with the Bantams, he became the all time winningest coach in program history.
Decker joined New England Baseball Journal podcast host Dan Guttenplan to discuss the Crimson’s lost 2021 season.
“I can only speak for myself,” Decker said. “When the whole thing went down, obviously Harvard made the decision to align with the Ivy League. You can only control what you can control. I felt that at moments I was giving players a false sense of hope. In January, I thought we were going to be back. Things got prolonged a little bit as more science came out. At the end of the day, guys made decisions on whether they wanted to come back, or take a year off, or continue their college careers remotely and graduate. There was certainly a frustration level, but again, everyone has to control what they can control. A place like ours gets second-guessed some of the time. I told my supervisor from Day 1 that I’d support whatever the college wanted to do.”