HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac baseball head coach Dan Gooley has announced that John Delaney has been elevated to associate head coach. Delaney, who graduated from Quinnipiac in 2008, completed his first year with the Bobcats in 2013. Delaney helped guide the Bobcats to an eight-game improvement from the previous year. 2014 will be Quinnipiac's first season competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
Delaney finished his playing career in 2008, collecting four-straight All Northeast Conference honors, including a First Team selection in each of his last three years with the Bobcats. He was later drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, playing three seasons before retiring. Delaney was rated as one of the top third-base prospects in the organization, and was honored with the "Hardest Worker Award" at the Brewers' 2009 Spring Training.
"John Delaney is a true Bobcat and brings excellent experience after playing for Quinnipiac's 2005 conference championship team, which participated in the NCAA Tournament," Director of Athletics Jack McDonald said. "His professional career and five years of Division I coaching experience will benefit Quinnipiac baseball immensely."
Delaney returned to his alma mater after stops at Sacred Heart University in 2010 and with the University of Hartford in 2011. Delaney completed his Quinnipiac career with 206 hits, good for fourth place all-time at Quinnipiac, while also totaling 34 doubles, tying him with former teammate Wilson Matos '06 for third place all-time. As a senior in 2008, Delaney led the Bobcats in most offensive categories including home runs (9), runs batted in (40), hits (66), runs scored (49), at-bats (196), batting average (.337), doubles (15), slugging percentage (.571) and triples (2). In addition, his .357 (20-56) batting average with runners in scoring position and 13, two-out RBI's also led the team. Delaney posted a team-best 20 multiple-hit games, including seven games with three or more. His 12 multiple-RBI games also led the Bobcats while his 15 doubles ranked sixth all-time with his 66 hits ranking as the fifth most in Quinnipiac history in a single season.