|Organization:||St. John's University (NY)|
The winningest coach in St. John’s University baseball history, head coach Ed Blankmeyer completed his 22nd season at the helm of the Red Storm baseball program with a career record of 758-460-4 (.620) in 2017. Blankmeyer has guided the Red Storm to four Big East Tournament crowns as well as five Big East regular season titles. He has led the squad to the NCAA Tournament 10 times, including the program’s only NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2012, and most recently in 2017.
Blankmeyer has earned Big East Coach of the Year honors a conference-record seven times and has been named the ABCA/Diamond Northeast Region Coach of the Year four times. Blankmeyer, who has guided St. John’s to eight 40-win seasons, has had over 100 All-Big East selections.
Blankmeyer has had three coaching stints with USA Baseball, including head coach of the Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2016. That squad claimed series wins against both Chinese Taipei and Cuba and tossed the first-ever no-hitter against the Cuban National Team in international play. Later in 2016, Blankmeyer was part of a Premier12 coaching staff led by manager Willie Randolph, which won a silver medal at the inaugural WBSC Premier12, a global championship made up of the top 12 countries in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings. Blankmeyer spent the summer of 2010 as an assistant coach of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team that went 16-3 and won the silver medal at the V FISU World University Baseball Championships in Tokyo, Japan.
Blankmeyer has coached more than 80 players who have gone on to play professional baseball, including Major Leaguers Craig Biggio (MLB Hall of Fame), Mo Vaughn (1995 American League MVP), Matt Morris, John Valentin, Rob Delaney, Craig Hansen and Joe Panik.
The 26-year ABCA member served as President of the ABCA in 2015, and is a current member of the ABCA’s Board of Directors. He is also the chair of the ABCA’s NCAA Div. I Legislative Proposals committee and a member of the Editorial Committee. He has also served on the NCAA Baseball Selection Committee and as President of the Big East Baseball Coaches Committee.
An outstanding second baseman in his own right, Blankmeyer played four seasons at Seton Hall, where he co-captained the 1976 Pirate team that went on to play in the NCAA Northeast Regional and was the starting second baseman for both the 1974 and 1975 Seton Hall squads that played in the College World Series. Blankmeyer earned Academic All-America honors during his tour at Seton Hall and graduated in 1976. Following his graduation, he was a 21st-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles and spent one season in the Orioles system.
Blankmeyer has been inducted into both the Seton Hall and North Shore High School Halls of Fame.