Our latest guest on the New England Baseball Journal Podcast is one of the most accomplished coaches in the history of Ivy League Baseball – legendary Yale skipper John Stuper. The Yale athletic department recently announced that the 2022 season – Stuper’s 30th at Yale – will be the coach’s last before retirement.
Over his career, Stuper has led the Bulldogs to four Ivy League championships and a pair of NCAA Regional appearances. From 2016 to 2019, his teams posted a record of 53-27 in the Ivy League.
He originally planned to retire after the 2021 season, but the cancellation of the Ivy League season and some pressure from his players helped persuade him to return for one final season.
“I got a call from one of my players, one of my pitchers, and we were talking about his mechanics and his throwing program,” Stuper said. “We did that for about 10 or 15 minutes, and then — out of the blue — he said, ‘Coach, we’ve been talking and we’re wondering if you’d consider coming back for another year.’ And to be honest with you, I didn’t think 18- to 22-year-olds really gave a crap. I was very, very touched by that. As I said, this is a great group. I couldn’t say no to them.”