Mark Simeone ’87 G’96 recently completed his 22nd season as the head coach of the Springfield College baseball team following the 2017-18 academic year.
A storied program at Springfield College, Simeone recently picked up his 400th career win at the helm of the Pride, and has produced 437 victories to date. Prior to his arrival on Alden Street, Simeone was the head coach of American International College, a Division II program in Springfield, Mass., from 1993-1996.
The 2018 season proved to be historic for Simeone and the Pride, as Springfield College registered 23 wins, the most the program has seen since its 24 wins during the 2001 season. Simeone also helped sophomore Shawn Babineau become the program's first-ever NEWMAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year, while Babineau and classmate Chad Shade were both selected to ABCA/Rawlings All-Region student-athletes at season's end.
Simeone is no stranger to the Springfield College baseball program, as he was a standout four-year student-athlete as an outfielder for head coach Charles Roys, and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Health Fitness in the spring of 1987. Returning to Springfield College, Simeone also completed his Master’s degree in Physical Education in 1996. A local product of Western Massachusetts, Simeone is a 1982 graduate from Northampton High School, where he was a baseball and football standout.
After navigating in the professional ranks, Simeone assisted in coaching future Major League Baseball draft choices in Hassan Robinson (Houston Astros) and John Raifstanger (Boston Red Sox). Simeone was a pitcher/outfielder for the Riverview Reds and for the Newcastle Cardinals of the Senior Baseball League. In that time span, one of his teammates was former Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Wise. Additionally, Simeone recently completed a two-term commitment as the chairperson of the New England region for the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-America selection committee.
- Coached four NEWMAC All-Conference and two ABCA/Rawlings All-Region student-athletes in 2018, including NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year, Shawn Babineau.
- Two-time NEWMAC Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2014, and named CAC Coach of the Year in 1998.
- Led Springfield College to a NEWMAC West Division title in 2014, a season in which the Pride finished 20-16 and reached the semifinals of the ECAC Division III New England Regional.
- Has led the Pride to the NEWMAC Championship Tournament in 16 of the last 21 years, including seven top three finishes.
- Finished the 2004 season on a 13-game win streak, beating three ranked teams (Trinity, Eastern Connecticut and Williams), and eliminated five-time defending conference champion Wheaton College in the NEWMAC Tournament.
- Guided Springfield College to four 20-win campaigns in his first five seasons as head coach, posting an overall record of 111-74 in that span.
- Has made it to the NEWMAC Championship three times, and won an ECAC Division III New England Championship in 1999 after going 27-16 on the year.
|Simeone's Career Coaching Record|
|Totals||437||472||4||.481 Winning %|