Brian Claypool enters his sixth season as the head softball coach at Holy Cross in 2013.
Last season, Claypool earned his 100th career coaching victory on March 6 against Yale. Junior tri-captain Sam Fregenti helped Claypool reach the milestone by hitting her 17th career home run in the game to set a new all-time Holy Cross home run record. The team also handed eventual Patriot League champion Lehigh its first conference loss of the season in the final home league game of the season for the Crusaders.
In 2011, Claypool led the Crusaders to their first Patriot League Tournament appearance since 2003, and was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year. Holy Cross’ 18 wins were the most since 1999, and the 10 Patriot League wins were its most since 2003. Two Crusaders were named to the Patriot League All-Tournament team, while five earned All-Patriot League Honors.
In the 2010 season, Claypool led Holy Cross to 14 overall wins and eight Patriot League wins. The Crusaders posted a .294 team batting average, 40 points higher than the year before. Holy Cross finished the season with 184 runs scored (up from 139 in 2009), 364 hits (60 more than the previous year) and 24 home runs (15 more than in 2009). Claypool had five student-athletes named to the All-Patriot League teams, while eight were selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and two were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District second team.
In 2009, Claypool’s team had an overall record of 13-34, surpassing his 2008 mark of 10 wins. Claypool had two student-athletes named All-Patriot League, with eight being selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and one earning CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
Prior to being named head coach, Claypool served as a volunteer assistant coach for Holy Cross during the 2007 campaign. He was previously the head coach at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Claypool led the Hawks to an overall record of 12-20 in 2006, including a fifth place finish in the Empire 8 Conference.
Prior to his time at Hartwick, Claypool spent two years as the head coach at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Mass. He had an overall record of 27-38 with the Trailblazers, including a second place finish in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference in 2003. Following the 2003 season, Claypool was honored as the MASCAC Coach of the Year.
Before his arrival at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Claypool spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Springfield (Mass.) College. He helped the Pride to a 38-10 record in 2001, with the team winning the Eastern College Athletic Conference championship. In addition to his coaching duties at Springfield, Claypool worked as an athletic counseling lecturer and as a physical education instructor.
Claypool started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at the College of Wooster (Ohio) in 1999 and 2000, where he helped elevate the program from club status to a varsity program in 2000.
Claypool earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in 1999, and went on to receive a master’s degree from Springfield College. During his time as a student, he was a four-year member of the Wooster baseball team from 1996-1999, as a first baseman and designated hitter. He was a part of the Fighting Scots’ 1997 squad which finished in second place at the NCAA Division III Championship.
Claypool and his wife, Courtney, reside in Worcester with their son, Hunter.
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