Lyndonville, VT - Head coach Tom White has resigned after five years of improvements leading the Hornet baseball program.
"I would like to thank Northern Vermont University at Lyndon for giving me the opportunity to lead the baseball program the last five seasons," Coach White remarked. "I would also like to thank my assistant coaches, players, parents of my players, alumni, maintenance staff, athletic training staff, and friends of the program for their support and contributions in making Lyndon baseball a successful program. My positions at Lyndon have allowed me to meet many great people and coach some incredible young men. I will be moving out of the area, which will not allow me to continue coaching baseball at Lyndon. I would like to wish my current players and the baseball program much success in the future. My future plans are to pursue career opportunities in coaching and athletic administration."
Lyndon baseball finished 20-20 in 2018 and had a 3 game run in the North Atlantic (NAC) conference tournament after finishing the regular season in second place. Lyndon players ranked in the top 5 in the conference standings in batting average and runs batted in, and the team led the league with 51 triples. Defensively, Lyndon pitchers are among the top 5 in wins, strikeouts and saves; and the unit snuffed out a league leading 24 stolen base attempts.
In 2017 White led the Hornets to a program record setting 22 wins and a 22-20 overall record. Lyndon finished 13-11 in North Atlantic Conference play, which was good for 3rd place in the final standings. The Hornets made the fewest errors (54) and recorded the highest in conference fielding percentage (.969) in the NAC. The Hornets were also second in batting average, stolen bases, and overall fielding percentage (.960), and fourth in ERA (4.48), hits, and runs scored. Coach White was recognized by his peers as the 2017 NAC Coach of the Year.
"Coach White created a program and student-athlete experience at Lyndon that is unmatched in the NAC when you consider how quickly it has become a top three program, the sheer number of student-athletes working hard to be a part of it, and the pride it has brought to our small community," said Dean of Students Jonathan Davis.
White made an immediate impact on the Lyndon program upon his arrival in 2014 as the Hornets recorded 10 wins and qualified for the North Atlantic Conference playoffs in his first season. In 2015, the program showed steady improvement winning 10 games in the NAC conference tying for 4th place in the final standings. 2016, the program again won double digit games. Since taking over the program White has produced 15 all conference selections and the 2016 NAC Baseball Scholar Athlete of the Year (Reece Tanguay).
"Tom has made an indelible mark on the Lyndon baseball program. He worked tirelessly and with devotion to expand the roster and guide players to graduation," said Interim Director of Athletics Kate Roy. "The baseball team has impressed on the field and in the classroom and community under Tom's leadership. His legacy will be long lasting"
White was inducted to the Colby-Sawyer College Athletic Hall of Fame in the Fall of 2014 for his accomplishments on both the Charger men's soccer and baseball teams. He was a four-time All-Commonwealth Coast Conference Team selection in Baseball and was named the 2006 Commonwealth Coast Conference Rookie of the Year. In 2009, he was named a First-Team All-New England Baseball Team.
A search for a new head baseball coach will begin immediately.