|Organization:||Tufts University (MA)|
The 2019 season marked John Casey’s 36th as head coach and his 38th season overall as a member of the baseball coaching staff with the Tufts University. As a head coach, Casey’s teams have combined for 30 winning seasons and his career record stands at 750-333-5 (.689).
Casey's Jumbos have been one of the best teams in New England throughout his tenure. In 2019, he guided the program to its sixth New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship and its third conference title in four years. The 2019 season also marked the program’s fourth straight appearance in the NESCAC championship game and its 12th appearance overall.
After taking home the program’s fourth NESCAC Tournament title, his 2016 Jumbos team set a program record for wins, finishing the season with a 35-8 record.
Under Casey’s leadership, Tufts has qualified for the NCAA Div. III tournament eight times (1995, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019), including four of the last six seasons.
In 2018, Casey became the 17th active NCAA Div. III coach and 35th all-time to reach the 700-win milestone. He is one of only two active NCAA Div. III New England coaches to reach the 700-win mark and just the sixth all-time.
A three-time NESCAC Coach of the Year (2010, 2016, 2017), Casey's teams have featured five players who signed professionally and several ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans.
In May 2019, Casey was inducted into the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Hall of Fame, an organization in which he served as a member of the Executive Committee, is a Past President, and is currently a member of the All-Star Game Committee. Casey was also presented with the NEIBA’s most prestigious honor, the Jack Butterfield Award, in 2000, and with the NEIBA Andy Baylock Distinguished Service Award in 2005.
In addition to his ABCA and NEIBA Hall of Fame nods, Casey was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Boston Park League, the oldest amateur baseball league in the country, in 1999.
A 1980 Tufts graduate, Casey helped pitch the Jumbos to consecutive ECAC Division II-III Tournament appearances. Also a tight end on Tufts’ 1979 undefeated football team, he returned to Tufts a year later as a baseball and football assistant. He replaced Lee Sargent as head baseball coach in 1984.
Casey was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director at Tufts in 2001 and currently holds the title of Associate Director of Athletics in addition to his head coaching duties.
Casey, a 38-year Lifetime ABCA Member, served as President of the ABCA in 2016 and currently serves on the ABCA Board of Directors, Standing Committee and as chair of the Coach-Umpire Relations Committee.