Navy Names New Baseball Coach

New coach Paul Kostacopoulos has a career record of 504-329 (.605) in 16 seasons as a head coach, including a 284-195 (.593) mark in his nine seasons at Maine.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced Saturday that Paul Kostacopoulos will be the 12th head baseball coach at the Naval Academy.  Kostacopoulos comes to the Naval Academy from Maine, wherehe had been the head coach for the past nine years.

"Paul brings to Navy a wealth of experience as a Division I head coach," said Gladchuk.  "Sixteen years of success speaks for itself.  His personality, work ethic, organizational skills, leadership, vision and family values make him a perfect fit for the Academy.  I am certain he will reenergize our baseball program, midshipmen and fans as he leads us to new levels of excitement for Navy Baseball.  To meet him is to immediately like him, and we welcome "Coach Kosty" and his beautiful family to Annapolis."

"It's a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to coach at the Naval Academy and work with the nation's finest young men.  It's a dream come true for me and my family," said Kostacopoulos.  "We are going to work very hard to be successful on the baseball field, in Bancroft Hall and in the classroom.  The Naval Academy has a rich baseball tradition and I'm excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this great program."

He led Maine to a 35-19 (.648) record this past season as the Black Bears won the America East Championship and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in his tenure.  At the NCAA Regional in Oxford, Miss., Maine defeated Southern Miss, 12-2, giving the school its first NCAA Tournament baseball win since 1991.

Kostacopoulos, 40, came to Maine after seven years at Providence College where he led his squads to a record of 220-137 (.616). In 1995, his Friars were 44-15 and won a school-record 16 Big East games. After winning the regular-season Big East championship, the Friars finished as the tournament runner-up and received an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Providence was 29-23 in 1992 and won the Big East Tournament to advance to the NCAA South I Regional. Kostacopoulos served as an assistant at Providence for two seasons before 1990, when at age 25, he became the youngest Division I head coach in the country.

While at Providence, he was named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Northeast Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1995, and received both Big East and New England Coach-of-the-Year honors in 1995.

In 1997, Kostacopoulos took over a struggling Maine program and brought instant success. In his first season in Orono, the Black Bears finished with a 24-27 overall mark, a five-win improvement over the previous season.  Maine's 16-8 league record earned Kostacopoulos America East Coach-of-the-Year honors.

The Black Bears finished the 2000 season with a 25-24 record - the first above-.500 record since 1993 - and the program had its second All-American in as many seasons.

The 2001 team turned in a 36-15 record, the fifth-highest win total in program history at the time, and finished second in the America East with a 20-8 league record. He was named America East Coach of the Year - the third time he has earned a league coach-of-the-year award.

Kostacopoulos' 2002 squad finished with the first 40-win season at Maine since 1991, and only the third in school history. The Black Bears also won the school's 12th conference title and made an appearance in the NCAA Regional.

Kostacopoulos received his bachelor's degree from Providence College in 1987, capping a four-year career as a member of the Friar baseball team. He played 139 games and batted .260. As a senior, he was both captain and defensive player of the year.  He comes from a family steeped in New England baseball; his father, Peter Kostacopoulos, recorded over 400 wins in 27 seasons as head baseball coach at Wesleyan University, and his brother, Pete, head coach at the Worcester Academy, has held coaching positions at Colby College, Dartmouth College, and Wesleyan.

He is married to former Providence College basketball standout Joanie Powers, and has a daughter, Annie (4) and a son, Matthew (2.).

The Kostacopoulos Capsule

  • America East Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2001
  • New England Coach of the Year in 1995 and 2001
  • ABCA Northeast Coach of the Year, 1992 and 1995
  • Big East Coach of the Year in 1995
  • Led Maine to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002  and 2005
  • Led Providence to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1992 and 1995
  • ABCA District I Representative
  • Former member of the NCAA Change of Season Committee

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