Bill Decker was introduced as the Joseph J. O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball on September 26, 2012. He will begin his third season at the helm of the Crimson in 2015.
Decker's Crimson saw improvement in 2014, earning an 11-28 record, including a Baseball Beanpot Championship, Harvard's first since 2005. Three Crimson, Mike Martin, Kyle Larrow and Carlton Bailey, earned All-Ivy League honors under his guidance last season as well.
After taking over in September of 2012, Decker led the Crimson to a 10-31 record in 2013, including a third-place finish in the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division. The Crimson had three All-Ivy choices in Tanner Anderson, Mike Martin and Brandon Kregel.
Decker, the 2008 ABCA National Coach of the Year, spent 22 season as head coach of the Trinity College (Conn.) baseball team before coming to Harvard. Trinity's all-time winningest coach, he owned a 529-231 (.696) record while winning five conference championships and advancing to nine NCAA Tournament appearances and winning one national title.
Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator
Mike Zandler joined the Harvard baseball coaching staff in July 2013 as an assistant coach. Zandler previously served as the head coach at the University of Illinois Springfield, an NCAA Division II institution, for two seasons after assisting at Davidson for five years.
Zandler took over at UIS in December 2011, two months prior to the team's second season in existence. Over the next 1 1/2 years, Zandler helped improve the team's ERA by more than two runs per game and led the Prairie Stars to a school record in conference wins. In addition to on-field improvement, Zandler's squads were honored with 18 academic all-conference awards and recorded the highest two semester grade-point averages in program history. The team had 46 players named to the UIS honor roll in his three semesters of coaching and amassed more than 1,000 hours of community service in 2012-13.
Prior to UIS, Zandler worked primarily with the pitching staff and served as the recruiting coordinator at Davidson. His staff produced an impressive run of improvement over his tenure, as the Wildcats lowered their team ERA and opponent's batting average in each of Zandler's five seasons. His recruiting efforts also yielded two Louisville Slugger D-I Freshman All-Americans and three players were named to the All-Southern Conference Freshman Team during his time at Davidson.
Bryan Stark joined the Harvard baseball team as an assistant coach in the fall of 2014 after two seasons at Navy in the same capacity.
While in Annapolis, Stark served as the first base coach, while working with hitters and infielders. Stark guided a handful of Midshipmen to first team all-conference honors during his tenure as well.
Before arriving at Navy, he spent one season as an assistant coach at the University of Rochester in his home town. While at Rochester, Stark maintained various responsibilities for the Yellow Jackets, including working with the team's hitters and outfielders.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Filling the role of volunteer assistant coach is Ernie May, hired in June 2015. May comes to Cambridge after a two-year stint as the head baseball coach at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. May was the 2014 UMAC Coach of the Year as the bench boss of the LumberJacks, taking the squad to a 22-17 finish with a roster size of just 14 players.
Prior to his time in Wisconsin, May worked with Decker as an assistant coach at Trinity College, after serving as in the same role at UMass for 12 seasons (six as a full-time assistant). Before his time in Amherst, May was the head coach at Wofford from 1995-99. A native of Amherst, Mass., May graduated from Keene State College with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. While at Keene State, he pitched and played first base for the Owls. May received his Master's degree in physical education and sport management from Springfield College in 1994.
Director of Baseball Operations
Morgan Brown '06 made a move to Director of Baseball Operations for Harvard in the summer of 2014. One of the Ivy League's top shortstops during his tenure with the Crimson, Brown initially returned to the team in the fall of 2010 as an assistant coach, a position he held for four seasons.
As a player at Harvard, Brown was the 147th Captain of Harvard Baseball (2005-06). He received All-Ivy League recognition as a shortstop twice and won Ivy League and Beanpot titles in 2005, along with Rolfe Division titles in 2003, 2005, and 2006. Additionally, he was named the Harvard Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year in 2006 and to the All-Ivy Academic Team and ESPN the Magazine All-Region teams. He was awarded the Francis Burr '09 Scholarship as a senior, the oldest continually awarded prize in Harvard Athletics. Brown was also a national finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.
Following his collegiate career, Brown signed with the Can-Am League's North Shore Spirit, putting in 20 games with that team in 2006. In 2008, he returned to professional baseball and played overseas in Belgium and spent the 2008-09 winter season playing in Australia.