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Savage and Thanopoulos Ink First Professional Contracts
Columbia University baseball products Will Savage and George Thanopoulos have officially signed professional contracts. Savage has been training at the Detroit Tigers training complex this week in Lakeland, Florida, while Thanopoulos reported to the Boise Hawks, a short-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, in the Midwest League. Read More
Three-Time Defending Ivy League Champs Unveil 2016 Schedule
Columbia baseball head coach Brett Boretti has unveiled the 2016 schedule for the three-time defending Ivy League Champion Lions. Columbia opens the slate with a four-game series at Jacksonville from Mar. 4-6 in Florida. Read More
Since his arrival at Columbia in July 2005, Brett Boretti has revitalized the Columbia Baseball program in every aspect, building the Lions into a perennial Ivy League contender.
Under his leadership, Boretti has led the Lions to five Gehrig Division titles, four Ivy League championships, a number of wins over major programs and four NCAA Tournament victories.
Three of Boretti's players in the last eight years have been Ivy League Player of the Year (Henry Perkins - 2008, Dario Pizzano - 2012, Gus Craig - 2014), two have been named Pitcher of the Year (Pat Lowery - 2010 and David Speer - 2014) and four have been named Rookie of the Year (Nick Cox - 2008, Dario Pizzano - 2010, WIll Savage - 2014, Randell Kanemaru - 2015). The last two seasons, Columbia has had 22 players selected to All-Ivy League teams, bringing the total of players to receive conference recognition under Boretti's leadership to 71, including 25 first team selections.
Additionally, designated hitter Joey Falcone became the first Columbia baseball All-American in 31 years after being selected to the second team by the NCBWA and was a third team selection by the ABCA in 2015.
Erik Supplee joined Brett Boretti's coaching staff in August 2015 and will serve as the team's pitching coach.
"We are really excited to bring in a quality guy like Erik to our program," Boretti stated. "First and foremost, he is an excellent teacher who I feel our guys will respect and respond to very well. He brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the coaching staff that I feel will help our team continue to get better."
Supplee spent 2015 at Georgetown, guiding the Hoyas' pitching staff to a program-best 3.95 ERA to help the squad reach the BIG EAST Championships for the first time since 1986. Under his tutelage, two pitchers earned All-BIG EAST selections, becoming the first Georgetown hurlers to pick up league honors since 2007.
Dan Tischler reunited with his former college coach Brett Boretti and joined the Columbia baseball staff as an assistant coach in June 2012.
"Dan brings a lot of energy and a tremendous work ethic to our staff and our team," Boretti said. "He has experience recruiting the type of student-athletes we want at Columbia and he has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to win Ivy League championships."
The Lions defense and base running continued to excel in Tischler's, who coaches first base, third year with Columbia baseball. Columbia stole 28 bases in conference play were the most of any Ivy League squad in 2015 and the infield, directed by Tischler, turned a program-record 48 double plays. Both were keys in the Lions record-setting 34 victories and third consecutive Ivy League crown and NCAA Regional appearance.
Jim Walsh is the longest tenured assistant coach on Brett Boretti's staff, in his 11th season alongside the Columbia skipper.
Walsh joined the Columbia staff as an assistant after serving as the head baseball coach at St. Peter's College for four seasons.
During games, Walsh serves as the Lions' bench coach, spends time working with the outfielders and assists with hitting instruction. Since joining the Columbia coaching staff, 11 Lions' outfielders have accumulated 15 All-Ivy League selections, including the Ancient Eight's most recent three-time first team selection Dario Pizzano (2010-12).