Ernie May
Ernie May
Title: Head Baseball Coach
Phone: (508) 541-1819
Year: 2nd season

Coach May is entering his second season after joining Dean in August of 2016 as the Head Baseball Coach, Director of the Longley Field Athletic Complex and an Adjunct Professor in the Sports Fitness & Leisure Studies program.  May holds a B.S. Degree in Physical Education with a minor in Sport Management from Keene State College (NH) and an M. ED Degree from Springfield College (MA) in Education and a minor in Sport Management.  While at Springfield, Coach May’s thesis looked at the Performance of Major League Baseball Players following mid-season trades, a statistical analysis.  Coach May is currently in the final phase of his Doctorate at Drexel University (PA) in Educational Leadership and Management with a concentration in Athletic Administration.  His Dissertation research is looking at concussion protocols for athletes from youth leagues to the professional ranks in the United States and how they relate to Return to Play (RTP) protocols and guidelines for key stakeholders.

Coach May started his coaching career as a volunteer in his native Amherst, Massachusetts in the local Little League and Babe Ruth Leagues while in high school.  After a collegiate baseball career at (then Division II) Keene State, he took his first coaching position at Thayer High School in Winchester, New Hampshire.  While at Thayer, May coached both baseball and basketball over a 2-year period.  After Thayer, May entered an operations internship with the Class A New York Mets affiliate in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  Following the internship, May was offered and accepted the position of General Manager of the club and at the time was the youngest GM in minor league baseball.  After one year in that position, he accepted a fulltime graduate assistantship at Springfield College with legendary baseball Coach Charlie Roys and the perennial regional Division II powerhouse competing in the Northeast 10 Conference.  That team competed in the NCAA Northeast Regional Tournament placing second in the region and had 4 players drafted by Major League clubs.  While at Springfield, May received an offer to intern with the 1993 Atlanta Braves in the scouting and player development department which he accepted and credits this experience in developing his current national and international approach to recruiting and developing players at the collegiate level.

Following his time in Atlanta, May continued his collegiate coaching at Division II Wofford College (SC) serving as an assistant coach under Head Coach Mark Line.  Over the next 15 years he would make coaching stops twice at Division I Umass-Amherst and return to Wofford as the Head Coach and Instructor in Physical Education for four season spearheading the school’s athletic transition from NCAA Division II to Division I.  After the 2010 season at UMass, May accepted a move to Division III National Champion Trinity College (CT) Bantams joining the 2008 and 2009 College World Series Champions and Runners up respectively.  The 2012 Bantams competed in the NCAA New England Regional Tournament under the leadership of Head Coach Bill Decker. In 2013 May accepted the Head Coaching Position at Division III Northland College in Wisconsin.  He took a Lumberjack team of only 14 players to the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference tournament that had previously finished a best sixth place to a school history best 2nd place.  May was honored with the UMAC Coach of the Year in 2014 as voted on by his fellow league coaches.  The following year with a squad of 41 players from 13 different states and 2 foreign countries the Lumberjacks again repeated as the #2 seed in the tournament.  While at Northland May served as the Director of Intramurals, Contest Manager for Men’s and Women’s Soccer and Basketball, Men’s Ice Hockey and Women’s Volleyball as well as serving on several hiring committees and the campus diversity committee.

In the summer of 2015, Coach May reunited with Coach Decker joining him on the staff at Division I Harvard University.  His responsibilities included overseeing team travel and accommodations for the team as well as coaching the team’s catchers and hitters.  His recruiting responsibilities included New England as well as showcase events in California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.  Coach May has been fortunate to be associated with over 30 collegiate players who were drafted by Major League Clubs ranging from the 42nd round to a 1st rounder, non-drafted free agent signees, and several collegiate summer league players from teams in Keene, New Hampshire, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and Tyler, Texas.  During the 2009 Major League Baseball season three of May’s former players, Jeff Fulchino, Jeff Keppinger, and Chad Paronto were all members of the National Leagues Houston Astros. 

As Dean transitions to NCAA Division III and joins the New England Collegiate Conference, the coaching staff, the incoming class and returners are poised for the challenge and look to continue the college's rich history of success on the field of play.

Coach May’s Accomplishments:

•UMAC Coach of the Year, Northland College, 2014

•UMAC Conference Tournament #2 Seed, Northland College Division III, 2014 & 2015

•NESCAC East Division Champions, NESCAC Tournament, Trinity College, Division III, 2013

•NESCAC Conference Champions, Trinity College, Division III, 2012

•NCAA New England Regional, Trinity College, Division III, 2012

•UMASS Amherst Division I Atlantic 10 Tournament, 2009

•UMASS Amherst Division I Atlantic 10 Tournament, 2001

•Wofford College Southern Conference Tournament Team, 1998

•UMASS Amherst Division I Atlantic 10 Conference Champion; Top 25 Team in Final National Pole, 1995

•NE-10 Conference Champion NCAA Regional, 1992

•NCAA Regional Springfield College Division II, 1992

•Spearheaded the Wofford College baseball program's transition from Division II to Division I

•Coached 30 players that were drafted or signed by Major League Baseball Clubs