Bob Babb
Bob Babb
Organization: Johns Hopkins University (MD)
Year: 2016 Inductee

Bob Babb has established Johns Hopkins baseball as one of the best programs in NCAA Div. III over his 36 years as head coach. Babb's entire head coaching career has been with Johns Hopkins, which he has led to a 1042-383-13 record since 1980, good for a .729 winning percentage.

Babb's Johns Hopkins teams have made 19 NCAA Tournament appearances and went to the College World Series three times, including a runner-up finish in 2008. During Babb's tenure, the Blue Jays have captured 10 Middle Atlantic Conference Southeast League titles, 13 Centennial Conference championships and seven University Athletic Association titles.

Babb ranks in the top five among active NCAA Div. III coaches in both winning percentage and total wins. He also ranks in the top 10 all-time in NCAA Div. III in both categories. Babb earned his milestone 1,000th victory in 2014, becoming just the ninth NCAA Div. III coach to accomplish the feat. His teams have never had a losing record.

Johns Hopkins has crested the 40-win mark three times under Babb's leadership – getting 40 wins in 2004, 42 in 2008 and a school-record 44 in 2010. Both the 2008 and 2010 teams reached the College World Series. The 2004 team opened the season with a then-NCAA record 33-game winning streak.

In 1989, the Blue Jays finished third at the NCAA Division III World Series, the program's first trip to the final eight.

Babb has coached 21 All-Americans, 12 Centennial Conference Players of the Year, nine Centennial Conference Pitchers of the Year and 75 first-team All-Conference selections.

Additionally, Babb's teams have performed well in the classroom. The Blue Jays have produced 22 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans during Babb's tenure, which ranks near the top among all NCAA collegiate baseball programs during that span.

Babb was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. He played baseball for the Blue Jays from 1974-76 and participated in the inaugural NCAA Div. III Tournament in 1976.

In 2014, following the Blue Jays' field renovation, the school's baseball field was renamed Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium.

A 1977 graduate of Johns Hopkins, Babb served as an assistant baseball and football coach at Hopkins for two years before becoming head baseball coach. Babb continued to serve as assistant football coach until 1998.

Babb is an active member within the ABCA, serving on several committees. He is currently Chair of the Editorial Committee and serves on the Playing Rules Committee.