2018 will mark Joe Kinney's 19th season as the head coach at Lafayette. Since taking over prior to the 2000 season, Kinney has continuously raised the talent level to the point where Lafayette is consistently in contention for a Patriot League title.
He has proven to be a top-notch recruiter both athletically and academically, as during each of the past two seasons, the Leopards have featured both a Freshman All-American (Alex Woinski in 2014 and Steven Cohen in 2015) and the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Cory Spera in 2014 and Toby Schwartz in 2015). Lafayette is coming off of a season in which the team came one game shy of making the conference tournament.
The Leopards have advanced to the Patriot League Tournament in five of the past 10 seasons, including an underdog run to the 2009 championship series. As the No. 4 seed, they upended Bucknell in the semifinals to earn a date with Army in the finals. Perhaps the most notable year under Kinney came in 2007 - a season for the record books - as the Leopards recorded a program-best 33 wins, including 17 Patriot League victories, and advanced to the NCAA Regional.
The team's performance that season earned Kinney his first-ever Patriot League Coach of the Year honor. Under Kinney, Lafayette has boasted 53 All-Patriot League selections and three Patriot League Players of the Year (A.J. Miller '11, Adam Rosenberg '04, Vince D'Angelis '02). Kinney was also at the helm in 2004 for the Leopards' first trip to Patriot League Championship Series and in 2002 for Lafayette's first 20-win season in a decade. Kinney has been instrumental in major renovations to Lafayette's baseball facilities.
In 2008, the baseball field was renamed Kamine Stadium and in 2004, renovations made to the stadium included the addition of a grandstand with chair-back seats and bleachers, a press box and the expansion and refurbishment of both dugouts. Most recently, Kinney oversaw the construction of Morel Field House, an indoor facility shared by the baseball and softball programs.
Other improvements in Kinney's tenure include a new scoreboard, outfield fence and warning track, new infield mix and a shelter in the Lafayette bullpen. Prior to Lafayette, Kinney was the top assistant at Navy from 1992-99, helping guide the Midshipmen to four Patriot League titles and two NCAA East Regional appearances. His responsibilities included serving as the hitting and defensive coach, facility manager for the baseball complex, equipment manager and director of the Navy Baseball Camp.
Before Navy, Kinney was an assistant coach at Lehigh from 1990-92 where he was the hitting, defense and conditioning coach. While in Bethlehem, he completed his master's degree in Secondary Education. Kinney's time at Lehigh followed a stint at Columbia High School in his hometown of Maplewood, N.J., where he was the junior varsity baseball coach and freshman football coach.
Kinney graduated from Lehigh in 1988 with a degree in Economics. He enjoyed a four-year collegiate playing career with the Mountain Hawks, serving as captain of the 1987 and 1988 squads. Kinney and his wife, the former Susan Pitman, reside on College Hill with their daughters Annelise and Alexis.
Tim Reilly begins his first season with the Leopards coaching staff.
Reilly spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Rutgers. While there, he acted as an assistant coach working closely with catchers and helping develop the squad’s offensive approach. The native of Egg Harbor City, N.J., also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
During his time at Rutgers, he also founded his own company, Catching College LLC, running development camps for high school players.
Prior to Rutgers, Reilly started out at Rider as an assistant coach working with the catchers and scouting potential student athletes. He also had a quick stop with the Monmouth Monarchs, an amateur organization based in Middletown, New Jersey in 2012 where he acted as the head coach, overseeing all aspects of the team for their summer league.
During his playing career, Reilly spent four-seasons behind the plate at Rutgers. During the 2007 season he backstopped the team to a program-record-tying 42 wins and a Big East Regular Season and Tournament Championship.
Lyons-Harrison comes to College Hill from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he was the Director of Baseball Operations and Player Development. While with the Terriers, he was responsible for assisting in all parts of daily practice, contributing to in-season team operations, assisting with field maintenance throughout the season and coordinating tournament operations over the summer.
Prior to working at Wofford, Lyons-Harrison worked with the San Diego Padres as a minor league video intern and as the Director of Baseball Operations at the University of Richmond.
He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University from the department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences with a concentration in Exercise Science in 2016.
Ben Flanary joins the staff as a volunteer assistant coach after spending the previous six seasons as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at Stockton University.
Flanary enjoyed a playing career at Temple University where he appeared in 159 games and tallied 95 hits and 50 RBIs with the Owls before graduation in 2011.
His coaching is not just limited to the collegiate level, as Flanary has assisted at numerous baseball academies, as well as coaching travel programs along the Mid-Atlantic region.