NU Baseball Names Glavine Successor For McPhee
Boston, Mass. - Northeastern alumnus and current assistant coach Mike Glavine will succeed Neil McPhee as Northeastern baseball head coach following the 2014 season, Director of Athletics and Recreation Peter Roby announced today (Sept. 23). McPhee will retire following the 2014 season—his 29th—bringing to a close the longest head-coaching tenure in Northeastern Athletics history.
“This is an exciting moment in the history of Northeastern baseball,” Roby said. “Mike Glavine has been an important member of our baseball family from the day he first arrived on campus as a student-athlete. He was a tremendous player who reached the highest level of professional baseball. Over the last seven years as an assistant coach, he has helped to energize our program and spur our growing momentum. Mike has proven his abilities to recruit, teach, and mentor talented student-athletes who achieve both on and off the playing field.”
“I want to thank Peter Roby and the search committee for giving me this incredible opportunity and for having the confidence in me to be the next head coach of the Northeastern baseball program,” Glavine said. “There is no doubt this program is heading in the right direction. With the current group of players we have, the future recruiting classes, and the commitment the university has shown in our program, our expectations are to compete at the top of the CAA and college baseball.”
Glavine joined the Northeastern coaching staff before the 2007 season and has spent more than a decade with the Huskies program as both a player and coach. A native of Billerica, Mass., he brings to the position nearly a decade of college coaching experience and 10 years of playing experience at the professional level. Recognized for his ability to evaluate and develop talented players, Glavine has been instrumental in the Huskies continued reemergence. With his guidance, NU has increased its win total by at least five in each of the last four seasons, culminating in a 31-win campaign and a dramatic march to the semifinals of the CAA Championship last season.
“I truly am honored to follow in the footsteps of the coaching legends here at Northeastern,” Glavine noted. “As a proud alumnus, I look forward to representing Northeastern University and our alumni for many years to come. I am very excited for this challenge and can't see myself coaching anywhere else.”
Glavine will become just the fourth baseball head coach at the university in the last 59 years and the 11th since the program’s founding in 1921. The stability at the top of the program includes a 26-year tenure by the late John “Tinker” Connelly (1956-81) and McPhee’s 29-year run (1986-2014).
“A change in leadership within our baseball program has been rare,” Roby continued. “We are fortunate to have an opportunity where one alumnus—Neil McPhee, who has done so much for our program over 29 years as head coach—can hand the reins to a fellow Husky and one of his former players. This truly is an exciting day for the Northeastern family.”
“I am thrilled the successor as head coach of Northeastern baseball is one of our own—a former player, alumnus and NU Hall of Fame member,” said McPhee. “I, as well as Mike, believe the program is primed for success on the national level. His experiences over the past number of years make him a perfect fit for that to happen.”
“I can’t thank Coach McPhee enough for all that he has done for me both as a former player and coach,” Glavine said. “He gave me a great opportunity coming out of high school to play for Northeastern and then again in 2007 to join the Northeastern coaching staff to start my coaching career. I have learned a tremendous amount from him over the past seven years that has prepared me for this opportunity.”
In seven seasons as an assistant coach on Huntington Avenue, Glavine has played a key role in the progression of Northeastern players to the professional ranks. Since his arrival, 10 former Huskies have been drafted by Major League teams, including Dan Milano (Boston Red Sox, 2007), Mike Lyon (New York Yankees, 2008), Ryan Quigley (Oakland Athletics, 2009), Les Williams (Toronto Blue Jays, 2011), Joe Maher (New York Yankees, 2011), Brandon McNelis (Los Angeles Angels, 2011), Andrew Leenhouts (Florida Marlins, 2011; San Francisco Giants, 2012), Jon Leroux (New York Mets, 2012), Aaron Barbosa (Seattle Mariners, 2013), and Kevin Ferguson (Houston Astros, 2013).
As a player, Glavine spent four years at Northeastern, starring from 1992 to 1995, and left as one of the most prolific hitters in Huskies history. He made a big splash in his freshman season, as he batted .307 with 19 extra-base hits, including a school-record nine triples. In his career, the first baseman hit 28 home runs and knocked in 110 RBI, which placed him third and ninth, respectively, in the school’s all-time record books. The left-handed slugger also accumulated 120 career walks, good for second all-time at Northeastern, as well as a .552 slugging percentage.
Following graduation from Northeastern, Glavine spent 10 seasons in professional baseball after being drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1995. In 2003, Glavine reached the pinnacle of baseball when he was called up to the major leagues by the New York Mets for the final month of the season. There, he played alongside his older brother, Tom, and became just the third Husky to reach the majors, joining George Yankowski and Carlos Pena. Adam Ottavino has since joined the ranks of former Northeastern players who have played at baseball’s highest level.
Glavine, who retired from professional baseball in 2004, was inducted into the Northeastern Hall of Fame in 2006. He lives in Lexington, Mass., with his wife, Carissa, two daughters, Ava and Sophia, and son, Luke.