2009 NECC Coach of the Year
2010 NECC Coach of the Year
2013 NECC Coach of the Year
2010 NECC Regular Season Champion / Tournament Champion / ECAC
2012 NECC Regular Season Champion / Tournament Champion / NCAA
2013 NECC Regular Season Champion / Tournament Champion / NCAA
J. P. Pyne enters his sixth season as the head coach of the
Daniel Webster baseball program in 2013.
Since his arrival prior to the 2008 campaign, Pyne and his staff have orchestrated a complete turnaround of the Eagles program. In his first five years at the helm Pyne has guided to the program to a pair of NECC Conference regular season and postseason tournament championships as well as a school record 75 wins, included a single season program record 23 victories in 2012. During that span the baseball program has been decorated with 18 all-conference selection including 14 first team choices, four NEIBA All-New England selections, two conference Rookie of the Year recipients and back-to-back conference Coach of the Year awards (2009-10).
2012 was a banner year for the Eagles, as they set a new program mark for wins with 23 and advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament for the first time in program history. After winning the NECC regular season crown, the Eagles hosted and promptly swept the postseason tournament. Five players were named to the All-NECC team, which also set a program record. Kory Kiro became the first DWC hurler to be recognized as NECC Pitcher of the Year and Kyle Brigham became the second Eagle in three years to take home the NECC Rookie of the year Award, joining Darrik Marstaller who received the award in 2010.
In 2011, the Eagles posted their second consecutive 20 win season, finishing 20-15 overall. They advanced to the NECC Tournament for the second time in as many years, advancing to the semi-final round. During the season, the fast paced Eagles offense racked up 3.49 stolen bases per game, good for 5th in NCAA Division III.
The 2010 Eagles burst onto the map, highlighted by the program first ever NECC Regular Season championship. The Eagles 21 victories shattered the previous school record (9) and set numerous single season marks. They would play host to the 2010 NECC Conference Championship, earning a share of the rain-shortened tournament. The Eagles assaulted the base paths in 2010, with five players swiping at least 15 bases. The team total of 146 was good for 2nd in NCAA Division III.
In the summer of 2010 Pyne accepted a position with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the (AA) Eastern League affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Pyne served as the bullpen coach under manager and former Red Sox infielder Luis Rivera. In this capacity Pyne worked on a daily basis with current Major Leaguers such as Kyle Drabek, Zach Stewart and Eric Thames. Pyne’s relationship with the Blue Jays organization continued in 2011, splitting his time between the Eastern League champion Fisher Cats and the Gulf Coast League (R) Blue Jays. While with the GCL Blue Jays, Pyne served as the interim pitching coach and aided with the rehabilitation process at the clubs spring training complex in Dunedin, FL.
Pyne’s work with the Blue Jays was not his first experience in professional baseball, he had previously served as the pitching coach of the American Defenders of New Hampshire in 2009. There he worked under former Red Sox slugger Brian Daubach and current Orioles general manager Dan Duquette. In 2008, Pyne was a member of the Nashua Pride coaching staff. Both Nashua franchises were a part of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball (Independent).
Prior to his arrival in Nashua, Pyne most recently served as the pitching coach at his alma mater St. Joseph’s College of Maine. While there he helped guide the Monks to the 2007 NCAA Division III Noew England Regional Tournament, capturing a North Atlantic Conference championship along the way and posting a record of 30-12.
From 2001 through 2006 Pyne was a member of the coaching staff at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. There he served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for three years before being promoted to head coach in 2005. In each of his two years as the head coach of the Hawks, Pyne’s teams reached the Northeast 10 Conference Tournament.
Pyne’s coaching career began in his hometown of Milford, MA where he was the pitching coach for the Milford Legion Baseball Club, Inc. He helped guide the 2001 edition to the American Legion World Series in Yakima, WA.
Pyne’s playing career concluded at St. Joseph’s College in 2001 where he still stands as the program’s all-time (24) and single season (10) leader in saves. He also holds the program record for appearances in a season (22) and career (76).
Over the course of his career, Pyne has worked extensively in collegiate summer baseball. He served as the pitching coach for the Keene Swamp Bats of the NECBL in 2002 and 2003, capturing a championship in his final season. In 2012, Pyne became the pitching coach for the Nashua Silver Knights of the FCBL and helped them to a championship. In the summer of 2013, Pyne will serve as the manager of the Silver Knights.
Currently, Pyne resides in Nashua with his wife Sarah and their dog Sherman.