HAMDEN, Conn. – John Delaney has been named as the 10th baseball head coach in Quinnipiac University history, effective at the end of the 2014 season, as announced by Director of Athletics & Recreation Jack McDonald. Delaney will assume head coaching duties effective on July 1, 2014. He is currently the Bobcats' associate head coach under long-time head coach Dan Gooley's in the latter's final season.
"John Delaney brings many years as an outstanding player and coach to our program at Quinnipiac," McDonald said. "Having a QU alumnus lead our baseball program is something the entire Quinnipiac community is very happy about. John has done a wonderful job the past two years learning from and assisting QU's Hall of Fame Coach Dan Gooley.
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.
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.
Since its start as a intercollegiate sport in 1954, Quinnipiac's baseball program has had nine head coaches all-time. Harry Godi was the first coach in program history, compiling a 70-30-2 record from 1954 through 1960. Burt Kahn coached the team for the 1961 and 1962 seasons before Jim Kroll took the reins from 1964 through 1966, compiling a 32-28-1 record. Kahn and Rudy Raffone held co-head coach duties for the 1967 season before Alan Basney ran the club for the 1968 season. After a two-year stint by Harry Brown that produced a 29-20 record for 1969 and 1970, Gooley assumed the role from 1977 through1987, posting a 203-122-5 record in his first stint as Quinnipiac's skipper. Earl Matthewson then led the team for nine years – from 1977 through 1996, compiling a 164-134-1 record. In 1997, Joe Mattei was named the program's head coach, and in 1998 became Quinnipiac's first Division I coach. Mattei held the position until the 2002 season when Gooley returned to his alma mater, and has been the Bobcats' head coach since. Gooley has amassed 528 wins for his 28-year career, with 427 coming at Quinnipiac including 222 at the Division I level.