HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Baseball Head Coach Dan Gooley was honored as an Elm City Legend presented by the March of Dimes. Gooley is the second member of the Quinnipiac athletic department to be honored at the prestigious event after men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold was honored in 2008 as part of the inaugural class. The Elm City Legends reception is an evening dedicated to recognizing the New Haven Region's best in sports and community dedication.
"I am humbled and honored to be included in the most prestigious group I have ever been associated with," Gooley said. "I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the other recipients, of whom I have tremendous respect. I want to thank the committee for this honor, from the bottom of my heart."
In addition to Gooley, this year's Elm City Legends include Ed Aston (Head Coach, Cheshire High School Boys' and Girls' Swimming), Bob Dikranian (Assistant Coach, Yale University Women's Soccer; former Head Coach at Southern Connecticut State University Men's Soccer), Dick Gagliardi (former Athletic Director, Sacred Heart Academy of Hamden; former Head Coach, Hamden High School Boys' Hockey and Yale University Men's Hockey), Jack Siedlecki (Assistant Athletic Director and former Head Football Coach, Yale University), Frank "Porky" Vieira (former Head Coach, University of New Haven Baseball), and Anne Worcestor (Tournament Director, Pilot Pen Tennis; Chief Marketing Officer, Market New Haven). This year's honorary Elm City Legends are Tommy John (former MLB pitcher; former manager, Bridgeport Bluefish) and Karl Ravech (ESPN SportsCenter Anchor/Baseball Tonight Host/Golf Commentator).
Gooley completed his 24th year as a head coach at the collegiate level, and his 19th at Quinnipiac, in 2009. He was first hired as Quinnipiac's head coach in 1977 following a six-year stint as an assistant coach. Gooley also had a stellar playing career with the Braves that saw the right-handed pitcher strike-out 316 batters, a Quinnipiac record that has stood for the past 33 years. His 20 victories and 2.47 earned-run average also stand second all-time at the University.
In his 24 years as a head coach, Gooley has compiled a 467-423-8 (.535) overall record. His record at Quinnipiac, in 19 years as the team's head coach, stands at 366-333-7 (.537). Gooley guided the Bobcats from 1977 through 1987 before leaving Quinnipiac to coach the University of Hartford from 1988 to 1992. For three years before his return to coach the Bobcats, Gooley served as Quinnipiac's director of athletic development, spearheading corporate and alumni support for the University's three-year Division I athletic program. Prior to his arrival at Quinnipiac, Gooley spent six years as the director of team services/major league baseball for the Starter Corporation in New Haven.
Gooley has been the driving force behind Quinnipiac's rise to a Division I powerhouse in the Northeast Conference. Gooley was honored as the 2004 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year as well as the Connecticut Baseball College Coach of the Year. He led the Bobcats to their first NEC Regular-Season and Tournament Championships in 2005 as Quinnipiac made their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. In 2007, Quinnipiac won the NEC Regular-Season Championship while breaking the school's Division I wins record on their way to be named the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Team of the Year.
Individually, Gooley has coached former Major League Baseball players Jeff Bagwell (Hartford) and Turk Wendell (Quinnipiac). In the last three years, Gooley has had several players drafted while others have signed minor league free agent contracts. Those former players still active in professional baseball include Pat Egan, John Delaney, Chris Gloor and Randy Gress.