Baseball coach Mike Stone notched his 700th career victory May 11 as the Minutemen defeated Virginia Commonwealth University 5-4 on Senior Day at Earl Lorden Field.
The 700 wins span Stone’s 27 seasons leading the Minutemen and five seasons at the University of Vermont.
Since his hiring as head coach in 1988, Stone has led the Minutemen to eight Atlantic 10 regular season titles, two Atlantic 10 Tournament crowns and two NCAA tournament appearances. He has also guided the Minutemen to the Beanpot Championship six times, most recently in 2012. Stone became the all-time winningest coach in campus history in 2001.
From 1994-96, Stone was a three-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year selection. He is only the second coach to win the award three consecutive years, following Fred Hill of Rutgers, who claimed the honor in 1991, 1992 and 1993. No other coach has even won the award twice in a row.
Stone has sent 36 players into professional baseball during his 23 years at UMass, starting with Steve Allen in 1988, averaging just under two players signing pro contracts per season.