Blake Smith comes to College Hill from Eastern University
Season will commence on Feb. 17 down in San Antonio
By GoLeopards.com featured columnist Mandy Housenick
The event will take place on Nov. 3 from 6-9 p.m. in New York City
Hunter Guard pitched for three years at Moravian College
Head coach Joe Kinney previews opening weekend for the Lafayette baseball squad
Photos by Rick Smith
Game 1 - Lafayette 4, GW 2 Game 2 - GW 1, Lafayette 0 (10 inn.)
Lafayette 3, GW 2 Photos by Kenya Allen
Patriot League Tournament
Photos By Athletic Communications
Office: (610) 330-5476
Career Record (following 2015): 297-443-2
2016 will mark Joe Kinney's 17th season as the head coach at Lafayette. Since taking over prior to the 2000 season, Kinney has continuously raised the talent level to the point where Lafayette is consistently in contention for a Patriot League title.
He has proven to be a top-notch recruiter both athletically and academically, as during each of the past two seasons, the Leopards have featured both a Freshman All-American (Alex Woinski in 2014 and Steven Cohen in 2015) and the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Cory Spera in 2014 and Toby Schwartz in 2015).
Lafayette is coming off of a trip to the 2015 Patriot League Tournament following a season that saw a league-high six selections to the all-conference team and a league-record five selections to the all-academic squad.
The Leopards have advanced to the Patriot League Tournament in six of the past 10 seasons, including an underdog run to the 2009 championship series. As the No. 4 seed, they upended Bucknell in the semifinals to earn a date with Army in the finals.
Perhaps the most notable year under Kinney came in 2007 - a season for the record books - as the Leopards recorded a program-best 33 wins, including 17 Patriot League victories, and advanced to the NCAA Regional. The team's performance that season earned Kinney his first-ever Patriot League Coach of the Year honor.
Under Kinney, Lafayette has boasted 53 All-Patriot League selections and three Patriot League Players of the Year (A.J. Miller '11, Adam Rosenberg '04, Vince D'Angelis '02).
Kinney was also at the helm in 2004 for the Leopards' first trip to Patriot League Championship Series and in 2002 for Lafayette's first 20-win season in a decade.
Kinney has been instrumental in major renovations to Lafayette's baseball facilities. In 2008, the baseball field was renamed Kamine Stadium and in 2004, renovations made to the stadium included the addition of a grandstand with chair-back seats and bleachers, a press box and the expansion and refurbishment of both dugouts. Most recently, Kinney oversaw the construction of Morel Field House, an indoor facility shared by the baseball and softball programs. Other improvements in Kinney's tenure include a new scoreboard, outfield fence and warning track, new infield mix and a shelter in the Lafayette bullpen.
Prior to Lafayette, Kinney was the top assistant at Navy from 1992-99, helping guide the Midshipmen to four Patriot League titles and two NCAA East Regional appearances. His responsibilities included serving as the hitting and defensive coach, facility manager for the baseball complex, equipment manager and director of the Navy Baseball Camp.
Before Navy, Kinney was an assistant coach at Lehigh from 1990-92 where he was the hitting, defense and conditioning coach. While in Bethlehem, he completed his master's degree in Secondary Education. Kinney's time at Lehigh followed a stint at Columbia High School in his hometown of Maplewood, N.J., where he was the junior varsity baseball coach and freshman football coach.
Kinney graduated from Lehigh in 1988 with a degree in Economics. He enjoyed a four-year collegiate playing career with the Mountain Hawks, serving as captain of the 1987 and 1988 squads. Kinney and his wife, the former Susan Pitman, reside on College Hill with their daughters Annelise and Alexis.