Stark returns for the 2016 season as a full-time assistant coach. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Bill Decker, The Joseph J. O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, has announced the appointment of Bryan Stark as assistant coach for the 2016 season. Stark served as a volunteer assistant coach in 2015, one of the more successful runs for the Crimson in recent years.
"Bryan was a volunteer with our program this year, and I am excited to extend this offer to him for all of us with Harvard Baseball," Decker said. "His professional approach, work ethic and positive outlook on what it takes to succeed at Harvard will be an asset to all of us."
In his first season in Cambridge, Stark helped coach the Crimson to an 18-24 record, the most wins since 2007. After picking up the most wins before Ivy play started since 1992 (10), Harvard went on to enjoy continued success through the Ancient Eight season. The Crimson swept the series with Princeton, the first Ivy League sweep for the club since 2010, and nearly toppled League champ Columbia on two occasions.
Stark joined the Harvard baseball team in the fall of 2014 after two seasons at Navy as an assistant coach. While in Annapolis, Stark served as the first base coach, while working with hitters and infielders. Stark guided a handful of Midshipmen to first team all-conference honors during his tenure as well.
After graduating from SUNY Oswego in 2010, Stark was an assistant coach at his alma mater for a season. He played four seasons at SUNY Oswego where he earned all-conference honors and captained the team in his final two years. He has also served as an assistant coach with the University of Rocherster and as a general manager of the Youses Orioles, the Baltimore Orioles' collegiate summer league affiliate. With the Brockton Rox (Future Collegiate Baseball League), Stark was named the 2014 Manager of the Year.
Filling the role of volunteer assistant coach moving forward will be a fresh face in Ernie May. May comes to Cambridge after a two-year stint as the head baseball coach at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. May was the 2014 UMAC Coach of the Year as the bench boss of the LumberJacks, taking the squad to a 22-17 finish with a roster size of just 14 players.
Prior to his time in Wisconsin, May worked with Decker as an assistant coach at Trinity College, after serving as in the same role at UMass for 12 seasons (six as a full-time assistant). Before his time in Amherst, May was the head coach at Wofford from 1995-99. A native of Amherst, Mass., May graduated from Keene State College with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. While at Keene State, he pitched and played first base for the Owls. May received his Master's degree in physical education and sport management from Springfield College in 1994.