Bill Currier (baseball)

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Bill Currier
Sport(s) Baseball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Fairfield
Conference MAAC
Record 96–113
Biographical details
Born (1960-01-27) January 27, 1960 (age 57)
Essex Junction, Vermont
Playing career
1979–1981 Vermont
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983–1984 Vermont (assistant)
1985–1986 Western Carolina (assistant)
1987 Mitchell JC
1988–2009 Vermont
2010 Tennessee (assistant)
2011 Fairfield (assistant)
2012–present Fairfield
Head coaching record
Overall 582–583–2
Tournaments NAC/AEC: 14–24
MAAC: 6–4
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
America East (2003, 2006)
MAAC (2016)
Awards
Coach of the Year
America East (2002, 2003, 2006)
MAAC (2012, 2016)

Willard F. Currier is an American college baseball coach, currently serving as head coach of the Fairfield Stags baseball team. He was named to that position prior to the 2012 NCAA Division I baseball season. He was previously the head coach at Vermont (its winningest ever) before the university cut the baseball program after the 2009 season.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Currier played at Vermont under Jack Leggett from 1979 through 1981. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1981 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He played three seasons in the Phillies organization in Class A.

Coaching career[edit]

He returned to Vermont as an assistant coach and completed his degree in 1984. He then assisted Leggett at Western Carolina before earning his first head coaching job at Mitchell College, then a junior college. In 1988, Currier succeeded Mike Stone as head coach at Vermont. Currier would coach the Catamounts for 22 seasons, compiling a 486–470 record prior to the programs end in 2009. He was named America East Coach of the Year three times. He then served the 2010 season at Tennessee before being named head coach in waiting at Fairfield for the 2011 season and being elevated to the top job in 2012.[2][3][4][5]

At Fairfield, Currier was named the MAAC Coach of the Year in 2012, his first season as the Stags' head coach. That year, the team went 14-10 in MAAC play and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2000. Senior shortstop Larry Cornelia and sophomore outfielder Ryan Plourde were both all-conference selections, giving Fairfield multiple all-league honorees for the first time since 2008. In 2014, Fairfield went 32-24 (15-8 MAAC), finishing third in the program's first 30-win season. Plourde, Jake Salpietro, and EJ Ashworth were named to the All-MAAC First Team. The Stags won their first two games in the MAAC Tournament, defeating #6 seed Manhattan and #2 Siena before losses to top-seeded Canisius and Siena knocked them out of the tournament.[6][7]

Head coaching record[edit]

Below is a table of Currier's yearly records as an NCAA head baseball coach.[8][9][10][11]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Vermont Catamounts (Eastern College Athletic Conference) (1988–1989)
1988 Vermont 10–21 5–9 5th
1989 Vermont 11–19 4–11 6th
Vermont Catamounts (North Atlantic/America East[a]) (1990–2009)
1990 Vermont 18–13 5–9 4th
1991 Vermont 18–14 6–8 3rd
1992 Vermont 28–13 13–9 3rd ECAC Tournament
1993 Vermont 25–18 15–13 4th North Atlantic Tournament[b]
1994 Vermont 16–22 10–13 6th North Atlantic Tournament[b]
1995 Vermont 27–18 15–9 3rd North Atlantic Tournament
1996 Vermont 12–21–1 8–12 7th
1997 Vermont 27–19 15–9 3rd America East Tournament
1998 Vermont 26–21 15–12 3rd America East Tournament
1999 Vermont 21–26 10–18 6th
2000 Vermont 28–22 16–10 3rd America East Tournament
2001 Vermont 23–22 10–17 T–6th
2002 Vermont 27–22 14–8 2nd America East Tournament
2003 Vermont 32–14 17–5 1st America East Tournament
2004 Vermont 18–26 10–11 5th
2005 Vermont 29–19 14–7 T–2nd America East Tournament
2006 Vermont 19–34 16–8 1st America East Tournament
2007 Vermont 21–29–1 10–13 5th
2008 Vermont 27–24 12–11 4th America East Tournament
2009 Vermont 23–33 14–10 T–3rd America East Tournament
Vermont: 486–470–2 254–233
Fairfield Stags (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (2012–present)
2012 Fairfield 27–28 14–10 3rd MAAC Tournament
2013 Fairfield 20–29 11–13 T–5th
2014 Fairfield 32–24 15–8 3rd MAAC Tournament
2015 Fairfield 14-28 7-11 8th
2016 Fairfield 32–24 21-7 1st NCAA Regional
Fairfield: 142–165 76–64
Total: 628–636–2

      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

See also[edit]

Notelist[edit]

  1. ^ The America East was known as the North Atlantic Conference from 1990 to 1996.
  2. ^ a b In this season, all of the North Atlantic's members qualified for the postseason.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011-12 Baseball Coaching Staff". Fairfield Stags. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Player Bio: Bill Currier". Tennessee Volunteers. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ Brian Foley (August 31, 2010). "Bill Currier set to be named "Head Coach in Waiting" at Fairfield". College Baseball Daily. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ Shane Bufano (May 10, 2010). "Where Have All The Catamounts Gone?". Vermont Scoreboard. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ Phil Stanton (February 27, 2009). "Vermont Prepares for Final Season". College Baseball Insider. Retrieved December 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "History & Records" (PDF). FairfieldStags.com. Fairfield Athletics Communications. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 23, 2015. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ "College Baseball Roundup: Fairfield Loses MAAC Tournament Opener". CTPost.com. May 25, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Baseball" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 20, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "MAAC Standings". D1Baseball.com. Archived from the original on June 18, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2014 America East Baseball Record Book" (PDF). AmericaEast.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 25, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Vermont Baseball History and Record Book". Vermont Sports Information. Archived from the original on July 25, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 

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