Mike Sheppard (baseball)

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Mike Sheppard
Biographical details
Born(1936-04-12)April 12, 1936
DiedApril 6, 2019(2019-04-06) (aged 82)
Playing career
? Seton Hall
Position(s) Catcher
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–2000 Seton Hall
2002–2003Seton Hall
Head coaching record
Overall998-540-11 [lower-alpha 1]
TournamentsNCAA D1: 14-20
Big East: 22-26
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NCAA Regional: 1974, 1975
Big East: 1990
Big East South Division: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989
Big East Tournament: 1987
Awards
Big East Coach of the Year: 1985, 1987, 1989

Mike "Shep" Sheppard Sr. (April 12, 1936 – April 6, 2019) was an American college baseball coach, mainly as the head coach at Seton Hall from 1973 to 2000 and 2002 to 2003. In 30 seasons as head coach, he led Seton Hall to 10 NCAA Tournaments and two College World Series. He had an overall record of 998-540-11. [lower-alpha 1] [1]

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Seton Hall Pirates baseball

The Seton Hall Pirates baseball team represents Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey in college baseball. The program is classified in the NCAA Division I, and the team competes in the Big East Conference. The team is coached by Rob Sheppard.

NCAA Division I Baseball Championship United States top collegiate-level baseball tournament

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Coaching career

After playing for Ownie Carroll at Seton Hall, Sheppard coached high school baseball. He became the head coach at Seton Hall after Carroll retired at the end of the 1972 season. [1] [2]

Ownie Carroll Major League Baseball pitcher

Owen Thomas "Ownie" Carroll, was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played nine seasons in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees (1930), Cincinnati Reds (1930–1932), and Brooklyn Dodgers (1933–1934).

In Sheppard's first seven seasons (1973–1979), the Pirates played in six NCAA Tournaments and two College World Series. The team went 22-8 in his first season. It reached the District 2 Regional, where it lost consecutive games to Penn State and Temple. In 1974, Seton Hall went 3-0 in the District 2 Regional to reach the College World Series, where it lost to Southern Illinois, 5-1, and Texas, 12-2. In 1975, the team returned to the College World Series, where it went 1-2 with an elimination-game win over Florida State. The Pirates also qualified for NCAA Tournaments in 1976, 1977, and 1979, reaching the Northeast Regional final against Maine in 1976. [3] [4] Future major leaguers Rick Cerone and Dan Morogiello played for Sheppard during the 1970s. [5]

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Seton Hall appeared in the NCAA Tournament three more times in the 1980s (1982, 1984, and 1987). Their deepest run came in 1984, when they again lost to Maine in the Northeast Regional final. The program began competing the Big East Conference in 1985. In its first six seasons in the conference (1985–1990), it won the South Division five times and played in the Big East Tournament five times. It won the tournament in 1987. Sheppard was named Big East Coach of the Year in 1985, 1987, and 1989. [4] [6] Several notable players played for Sheppard in the 1980s: John Morris, Tony DeFrancesco, Pat Pacillo, Rich Scheid, Craig Biggio, John Valentin, Kevin Morton, and Mo Vaughn. [5]

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The 1987 Big East Baseball Tournament was held at Muzzy Field in Bristol, CT. This was the third Big East baseball tournament, and was won by the Seton Hall Pirates. As a result, Seton Hall earned the Big East Conference's automatic bid to the 1987 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

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In 2000, Seton Hall returned to the NCAA Tournament. The Pirates went 36-14 in the regular season. They lost in the Big East championship game, but received an at-large bid to the 2000 NCAA Tournament. As the third seed in the Columbia Regional, they went 0-2, losing games to second-seeded Wake Forest and fourth-seeded Liberty. [2] [4]

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Sheppard missed the entire 2001 season while recovering from triple-bypass surgery. His son, Rob, served as interim coach during the season. [2] [7]

Sheppard returned for two seasons but resigned following the 2003 season in controversial circumstances. In March 2003, Steve Politi of the Newark Star-Ledger published an article in which former players and their parents accused Sheppard, an ex-Marine, of using harsh punishments and racial slurs. Others, including other former players, fellow coaches, and media members, defended Sheppard and argued there was no proof of such behavior. Seton Hall conducted a confidential investigation of the incident, the results of which were not published. Sheppard resigned in summer 2003; the university's press release about his resignation cited "health reasons and a desire to spend more time with his children and grandchildren." Including games during the 2001, when his son Rob served as interim head coach, Sheppard retired with 998 career victories. Rob served as Seton Hall's interim head coach in 2004 before being named to the position permanently for the 2005 season. [1] [3] [8] [9] [10]

Head coaching record

Below is a table of Sheppard's yearly records as a collegiate head baseball coach. [3] [4] [6]

SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Seton Hall (1973–1984)
1973Seton Hall22-8 NCAA Regional
1974Seton Hall33-10-1 College World Series
1975Seton Hall32-10 College World Series
1976Seton Hall33-17-1 NCAA Regional
1977Seton Hall37-14 NCAA Regional
1978Seton Hall24-13
1979Seton Hall32-11-1 NCAA Regional
1980Seton Hall25-12-1
1981Seton Hall33-11
1982Seton Hall41-13 NCAA Regional
1983Seton Hall34-15
1984Seton Hall41-13 NCAA Regional
Seton Hall(Big East Conference)(1985–2000)
1985Seton Hall44-19-115-31st (South) Big East Tournament
1986Seton Hall32-2613-51st (South) Big East Tournament
1987Seton Hall45-1016-21st (South) NCAA Regional
1988Seton Hall39-1612-62nd (South) Big East Tournament
1989Seton Hall33-19-116-21st (South) Big East Tournament
1990Seton Hall35-1816-41st Big East Tournament
1991Seton Hall26-1910-95th
1992Seton Hall28-2714-72nd Big East Tournament
1993Seton Hall30-1812-82nd Big East Tournament
1994Seton Hall32-2112-83rd Big East Tournament
1995Seton Hall38-1614-7T-2nd Big East Tournament
1996Seton Hall18-27-15-17-15th (National)
1997Seton Hall32-2213-11T-2nd (National) Big East Tournament
1998Seton Hall25-2312-106th Big East Tournament
1999Seton Hall32-19-114-114th Big East Tournament
2000Seton Hall40-1818-7T-2nd NCAA Regional
Seton Hall(Big East Conference)(2002–2003)
2002 Seton Hall25-2811-159th
2003 Seton Hall23-2411-148th
Seton Hall:998-540-11 [lower-alpha 1] 234-146-1
Total:998-540-11 [lower-alpha 1]

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Personal

Three of Sheppard's sons are also baseball coaches. Rob replaced him as Seton Hall's head coach, and Mike Jr. and John are high school baseball coaches. His son-in-law, Ed Blankmeyer, is the head coach at St. John's. [1] [11]

Sheppard is an inductee of the Newark Athletic Hall of Fame (1988) and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame (2011). [12] [13]

Seton Hall's softball venue is named for Sheppard, who died on April 6, 2019, six days before his 83rd birthday. [14] [15] [16]

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 This total includes the 2001 season, in which Sheppard's son coached the team while he recovered from heart surgery. Without the 2001 season, Sheppard's record is 964-517-10.

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