Cornell Hires Dan Pepicelli As Head Coach
Cornell University will announce the addition of Dan Pepicelli as its new head baseball coach on Friday, D1Baseball.com has learned.
The Big Red surprisingly had to go on a coaching search earlier this summer when previous head coach, Bill Walkenbach, made the move from the East Coast to Division III Claremont Mudd-Scripps, partly because he’s from Claremont, Calif. Cornell went through an exhaustive search trying to find the perfect fit, and went with Pepicelli.
Pepicelli, a Schenectady, N.Y., native, spent the past six seasons as the associate head coach and pitching coach at Clemson. Before that stint with the Tigers, he served nine seasons as the head man at St. John Fisher College (N.Y.), while also spending four years at Hartwick College (N.Y.), two of those as an assistant, and two as a head coach. Pepicelli has a 221-176-1 overall record as a head coach.
Overall, I like this hire for the Big Red. Pepicelli was a finalist for the James Madison vacancy before Marlin Ikenberry eventually was hired for the post. He was very persistent in the Cornell gig and brings a load of experience to the program. In addition to having experience coaching in New York and the Northeast, he also experienced a big-time program and atmosphere at Clemson.
With Pepicelli going to Cornell, Cal State Bakersfield is now the only program in Division I baseball still looking for a new head coach. The Roadrunners, we’re told, are expected to finalize that process soon.