26 Tripp Keister
26 Tripp Keister
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 302-736-2369
Email: Tripp.Keister@wesley.edu
Year: Seventh
Previous College: Delaware '92

Tripp Keister, a former standout outfielder at the University of Delaware and a respected professional scout and NCAA Division I head coach, continues to build Wesley into one of the top baseball programs in the Capital Athletic Conference and the NCAA South Region after leading the Wolverines to the ECAC South title in 2010.

      

By the Numbers

1

Win over No. 1 Ranked Team in Division III

1

ECAC South Championship
1 Conference Rookie of the Year
1 Conference Coach of the Year Award
1 ECAC All-Star
2 Conference Title Game Appearances
2 ECAC South Title Game Appearances
4 All-Region Selections
4 ECAC South Appearances
5 Conference Postseason Appearances
6 Of Wesley's Nine Winningest Seasons
6 Consecutive Winning Seasons, 2nd time in Division III era
13 First Team All-Conference Selections
28 All-Conference Selections
30 Wins in 2007, school record

Keister, who also serves as the Wolverines' Associate Athletic Director, wasted no time turning around a program that had not had a winning record or advanced to the conference postseason since 2001.  Each of his teams have made the conference playoffs, with the 2010 team advancing to the CAC Championship game.  His tenure marks the winningest six year run in school history. 

Keister guided the Wolverines to another 20-plus win season in 2011, advancing to the CAC postseason and producing a pair of all-region selections for the second straight year.

In 2010, the Wolverines won 29 games, just one short of the record of 30 set by his 2007 squad.  The 2010 Wesley team was also the CAC runner up and the ECAC South Champions.

The 2009 squad knocked a Salisbury team ranked No. 1 in the regular season before finishing the year in the ECAC South title game.  

Wesley moved into the competitive Capital Athletic Conference in 2008, but still managed to post 27 wins, including a 10-8 mark in the conference.  Four Wolverines were named to the All-CAC team after the year.  His team finished eighth in Division 

III in stolen bases with 120, while the pitching staff was 15th, allowing only 8.68 hits per nine innings.  Both Stu Madden and Kevin Ellis finished in the top 10 in stolen bases, combining for 69 swipes.  Pitcher Colin Warner was third in Division III with 12.7 strikeouts per nine.

In Keister's first year with Wesley, the former professional scout led the Wolverines to a 23-19 overall mark and a 12-9 record in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC). His efforts earned him PAC Coach of the Year honors after the season. The rebuilding process continued in 2007, as the team notched a 30-14 record and went 17-9 in the PAC, earning a bid to the ECAC Postseason.

Keister is just the third Wesley diamond coach in the past 36 years. A graduate of McKean High School, Keister earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education at the University of Delaware in 1992, where he also lettered as a star outfield on the school's baseball team. Ironically, he played at UD under legendary Coach Bob Hannah, a Wesley College graduate. The New York Mets subsequently drafted him in the 32nd round of the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft.

After playing four years of minor league baseball, he became an assistant baseball coach at the University of South Carolina from 1996-98. Delaware State University hired him as its head baseball coach in July 1998, and over the 1999 and 2000 seasons, Keister turned around a losing program and led the team to a 45-38 overall record that included two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Division titles, including a 14-1 mark in 2000. Keister left DSU after the 2000 season to assume a scouting post with the San Diego Padres. With the Padres, he served as an amateur scout, and also scouted the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Baltimore Orioles. He continued in the scouting post until he was named associate athletic director of development at DSU.

Coaching Career:

1996-1998- Assistant Coach- University of South Carolina
1999-2000- Head Coach- Delaware State University (45-38, two-time MEAC Northern Division Champions)
2006-Present- Head Coach- Wesley College (135-78-1, four ECAC Tournaments, one ECAC Championship, PAC Coach of the Year)

Playing Career:
1989-1992- University of Delaware
1992- Drafted in 32nd round by New York Mets
1992- Pittsfield Mets
1993- Capital City Bombers (A)
1994- St. Lucie Mets (A)
1995- Binghamton Mets (AA)

 

Year

Overall

Pct.

Conf.

Pct.

Notes

2006 23-19 .548 12-9 .571
PAC Playoffs, PAC Coach of the Year
2007 30-14 .682 17-9 .654
PAC Playoffs, ECAC Playoffs
2008 27-15 .643 10-8* .556 CAC Playoffs, ECAC Playoffs
2009 26-17-1 .602 11-7 .611 CAC Playoffs, ECAC South Runner Up
2010 29-13 .690 12-6 .667 ECAC South Champions, CAC Runner Up 
2011 22-14 .611 8-10 .444 CAC Playoffs
at Wesley 157-92-1 .630 70-49 .588  
at Delaware State 45-38 .542 27-6 .818  
Career 202-130-1 .608 97-55  .638  

*Joined Capital Athletic Conference