Worcester, MA --- WPI Director of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Dana L. Harmon announced today that Michael Callahan has been appointed the full-time head coach of baseball/assistant sports information director at WPI effective August of this year. Callahan, who will be entering his seventh year at the helm of the program in a part-time capacity, will have added responsibilities next fall including teaching physical education classes and serving as an assistant sports information director.
"I am pleased that Mike will be our head coach full-time in the fall as he has done an outstanding job with our program already in a part-time capacity," commented Harmon. "Mike will continue to do the great work he has with our student-athletes on and off the field and now will be able to contribute more to the department and university."
Named interim head coach just a month prior to the start of the 2006 campaign, Callahan saw the interim tag removed during the middle of a 14 victory season, nearly doubling the win total from 2005. The Crimson and Gray played their best ball at the end of the season when they reached the winner's bracket championship game of the NEWMAC Tournament, which was eventually won by NCAA Division III national championship finalist Wheaton. 2007 saw a new school record for wins with 24 and its first ECAC New England Division III title won with a dramatic walk-off victory over Suffolk.
Under his tutelage, the Engineers won a school record 30 games three years ago, captured their first NEWMAC regular season crown and qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in program history. At the regionals, WPI won its first two games and placed third in the eight-team event. In addition, the WPI nine won their second ECAC title in three seasons when they defeated cross-town rival Worcester State for the 2009 crown. The 2010 season saw the Crimson and Gray rattle off 11 straight wins to the start the season and receive a national ranking for the second straight campaign. Callahan has amassed a 119-100-1 mark over his first six seasons.
"I am extremely thankful for the opportunity and the continuing support that WPI has shown to the baseball program as an important part of the WPI varsity athletics program," stated Callahan. "I am looking forward to taking on an expanded role within the department and being around the student-athletes and the campus community on a daily basis.
Callahan came to WPI after a two-year stint as head coach at Leicester High School. He compiled a 29-16 record over the two years and helped guide the Wolverines to the Central Mass Division III semifinals in 2004. As a player, Callahan was a four-year starter on the Franklin Pierce baseball team. During his senior season in 2003, he was the captain on a team that reached the Division II College World Series.