Sanborn Joins 700-Victory Club

Sanborn Joins 700-Victory Club

STANDISH, Maine – With a 4-3 walk-off win over Rivier University on Sunday, April 8th, Saint Joseph's College Baseball Head Coach Will Sanborn '86 notched the 700th victory of his collegiate career.

Sanborn, now in his 26th season as the Monks' skipper, is the winningest head coach in Saint Joseph's College Athletics history and first to reach the 700-victory mark. Now 702-370-5 (.655) over the course of his career, Sanborn is just the 37th individual to record 700 or more victories in the history of NCAA DIII Baseball.

He is the sixth New England coach to hit the milestone and joins Ed Flaherty (Southern Maine, 987-441) and John Casey (Tufts, 709-404) as one of three active DIII Baseball coaches who have surpassed the 700-victory mark. Sanborn holds the third-highest winning percentage (.655) among the eight New England coaching legends and is the only skipper on the list to have coached fewer than 30 seasons.

NEW ENGLAND COACHES WITH 700 CAREER WINS

Of the eight NCAA DIII New England coaches who have hit the 700-victory mark, only two have reached the plateau faster than Sanborn. Eastern Connecticut's Bill Holowaty and Southern Maine's Ed Flaherty both surpassed the milestone during their 24th seasons.

During his 25 years as the Monks' skipper, Sanborn has won 20 championships, including 15 conference crowns and five NAIA New England titles, with 22 winning seasons. Saint Joseph's has reached the 25-victory plateau in 18 of Sanborn's 25 years and posted 30 or more wins on 12 occasions.

The Monks have been particularly strong since the start of the 2005 season. Over the last 13 years, Saint Joseph's has posted an incredible 420-173 (.708) overall record, including an otherworldly 154-30 (.837) mark versus conference foes.

Over this 13-year span, St. Joe's has made eight NCAA DIII Tournament appearances with an ECAC Tournament berth in 2005. In the New England Regional, the Monks have been seeded as high as #2 on a pair of occasions and have won 11 NCAA tourney games, including 10 over the past four appearances.

In yet another testament to the program's winning ways, Saint Joseph's has notched at least 30 victories in 10 of the past 13 seasons – a feat achieved by just two New England programs. 

 

 

 

NCAA DIII BASEBALL 700 VICTORY CLUB (totals current as of 4/11/18)

RK NAME YRS W L T W% AVG WINS TEAM(S)
1 Gordie Gillespie 59 1893 952 1 .665 32.1 Lewis, St. Francis, Ripon
2 Don Schaly 40 1438 329 13 .814 36.0 Marietta
3 Bill Holowaty 45 1412 528 7 .728 31.4 Eastern Conn.
4 Mike Fox * 35 1407 512 5 .733 40.2 NC Wesleyan, UNC
5 Jim Mallon 34 1196 602 1 .665 35.2 Southwestern (TX)
6 Tim Petteroni # 37 1189 438 6 .731 32.1 College of Wooster
7 George Valesente # 46 1155 528 8 .686 25.1 New Paltz, SUNY-Maritime, Ithaca College
8 Tom Austin # 39 1144 530 10 .683 29.3 Methodist
9 Bob Babb # 39 1125 419 15 .729 28.8 Johns Hopkins
10 Don Brandon 39 1110 588 5 .654 28.5 Anderson (IN)
11 John Ostrowski 43 990 788 16 .557 23.0 Benedictine
12 Ed Flaherty # 33 987 441 4 .691 29.9 Southern Maine
13 Augie Schmidt # 31 906 422 5 .682 29.2 Carthage
14 Jeff Albies 33 860 401 15 .682 26.1 William Paterson
15 Rick Heller * 31 850 664 4 .561 27.4 Upper Iowa, UNI, Indiana St., Iowa
16 Karl Steffen # 34 844 460 3 .647 24.8 Rensselaer
17 Bill Thurston 44 811 471 12 .633 18.4 Amherst
18 Dennis Martel # 31 796 502 3 .613 25.7 Illinois-Wesleyan
19 Dick Naylor 36 791 576 2 .579 22.0 Hanover
20 Rick Ferchen # 35 790 578 18 .577 22.6 Valparaiso, Bobart, Oneonta, Keuka
21 Joel Holst # 28 789 408 4 .659 28.2 Loras, Wartburg
22 Curt Kendall # 33 772 499 10 .607 23.4 Bridgewater (VA)
23 Yogi Lutz # 29 764 347 6 .688 26.3 Alvernia
24 Jeff Jenkins # 32 759 518 2 .594 23.7 Heidleberg, Bethany, Rose-Hulman
25 Jim Page # 30 759 462 3 .622 25.3 Millsaps
26 Bruce Wheeler 33 756 529 4 .588 22.9 UMass.-Dartmouth
27 Jerry Haugen # 41 734 639 5 .535 17.9 Saint John's (MN)
28 Tom Lechnir 25 728 292 1 .714 29.1 Wisc.-Oshkosh
29 Norm Schoenig 26 724 409 13 .639 27.8 Montclair State
30 Bucky Burgau 40 711 619 6 .535 17.8 Concordia (MN)
31 John Casey # 35 709 404 5 .637 20.3 Tufts
32 Tim Neiman 28 708 397 5 .641 25.3 DeSales
33 Rick Dell 26 707 331 10 .681 27.2 TCNJ
34 Pete Varney 34 705 526 6 .573 20.7 Brandeis
35 Marty Slimak # 25 704 337 8 .676 28.2 Cal Lutheran
36 Will Sanborn # 26 702 370 5 .655 27.0 Saint Joseph's
37 Joe Brown # 19 700 179 3 .796 36.8 SUNY-Cortland
38 Bob Fisher 42 700 641 14 .522 16.7 Baldwin Wallace

 

 

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