NEWMAC Coach of the Year 2016, 2017
The 2019 season marks the 14th for Mike Callahan as the head baseball coach at WPI. He enters the campaign with a 259-219-1 record.
Ryan Tropeano and Tyrone Patterson were named All-NEWMAC second team members while Tropeano went on to garner ABCA/NEIBA All-New England accolades in 2018. Academically, 12 Engineers were recognized by the NEWMAC for attaining a 3.5 GPA or better.
From 2015 to 2017, the Engineers won 20-plus games and claimed the NEWMAC West Division title, as well as a share of the overall NEWMAC regular season crown and top seed in 2017. Three Engineers garnered NEWMAC major awards, Steven Gallagher and Alex Venditti were the 2016 NEWMAC Rookie and Player of the Year, respectively while Taylor Landry took home NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year hardware in 2015. Gallagher and Venditti were also recognized regionally as the latter was named an All-American by the ABCA and D3baseball.com and the New England Baseball Journal Player of the Year. Venditti was the 2013 conference rookie of the year as well. For his efforts, Callahan was selected as the 2016 and 2017 NEWMAC Coach of the Year.
His 2009 club won 30 games, which was the then-school record in any WPI sport. Along the way, the Engineers secured the NEWMAC regular season title and earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship field for the first time in program history. Prior to the selections, WPI defeated Worcester State for the program's second ECAC Division III New England Championship in three years. At the conclusion of the regular season, WPI Poly Club Hall of Fame pitcher Connor Fahey was named NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year and a total of four Engineers were named All-NEWMAC. Fahey, the 2009 DIII strikeout champion, went on to garner regional and national awards including ABCA and D3baseball.com First Team All-America honors.
In 2007, the Crimson and Gray defeated Suffolk in a dramatic walk-off victory to claim the program's first ECAC title.
During Callahan's era, the program has collected 76 Academic All-NEWMAC honors, including an average of 10 over the past five years with the 2014 and 2017 teams setting the bar with 12.
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. Scott McNee boasted NEWMAC Baseball Player of the Year honors for his work during the campaign.
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.
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. Callahan had a tremendous postseason for the Ravens as he was named to the Northeast Regional and College World Series All-Tournament teams and led the CWS in batting average (.591). He earned All-Northeast 10 honors as a junior in 2002 under head coach Jayson King.
Callahan, a native of Worcester, played high school baseball at St. Peter Marian and also had been the associate head coach for manager Mark Peters with East Side American Legion Post 201 of Worcester. Recently, Callahan has become a respected umpire working AAU, American Legion, and High School baseball.