Dan Pepicelli

Head Baseball Coach
Cornell University

Pepicelli has completed two seasons as the Ted Thoren Head Coach of Baseball, where led the Big Red to a 21-17 record in 2017 to give the program just its fourth winning since since 1991. Cornell also improved by two victories in Ivy League play to finish third in the Lou Gehrig Division, and Pepicelli helped develop a hitting approach that saw his team's bats explode for a season average of .295.

Pepicelli was named the Ted Thoren Head Coach of Baseball on Aug. 10, 2015, after helping lead Clemson to the NCAA tournament in all six years as the program’s pitching coach and stints as head coach at St. John Fisher and Hartwick.

Clemson’s record was 231-149 (.608) in Pepicelli’s six years with the program, including three seasons as the associate head coach, two more as the assistant head coach, and one as an assistant coach. He became the Tigers’ first pitching coach to lead a staff to the College World Series in his first season with the squad, then led the pitching staff to a season earned-run average below 4.00 for four consecutive seasons from 2011-14. He recruited and developed Matt Crownover, who earned freshman All-America accolades in 2013 and Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year honors in 2015. Pepicelli was instrumental in assembling Baseball America’s ninth-ranked 2015 recruiting class. Ten Clemson pitchers were selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft in Pepicelli’s tenure at Clemson.

By joining the Big Red, Pepicelli came home to upstate New York. He has 11 years of head coaching experience on the Division III level with St. John Fisher and Hartwick. After serving as an assistant coach for three seasons at Hartwick, Pepicelli was promoted to become the Hawks’ head coach for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He then spent nine seasons as the head coach and assistant athletic director at Fisher. Pepicelli was named the Empire 8 Conference Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2007, the latter honor coming during a season that saw the Cardinals advance to the NCAA Division III College World Series for the first time in program history.

His teams at St. John Fisher had winning records in each of Pepicelli’s final seven seasons at the helm, and he is the program’s all-time winningest coach. His team also garnered national recognition for sportsmanship in 2008. In the ninth inning of the ECAC Championship, a line-drive foul ball struck the opposing third-base coach in the head. Despite the fact that the Cardinals were trailing, Pepicelli and the team elected to concede the game and end any hope of an NCAA tournament berth. The Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct presented Pepicelli’s team with the NCAA's All-Divisions Sportsmanship Award for its decision.

Pepicelli also served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Fisher, where he spent three years on the NCAA Competitive Safeguards Committee. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and is a member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

Pepicelli is a native of Schenectady, a graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School and played for three colleges in the region. He was an all-region selection in his two seasons with Mohawk Valley Community College, then he earned his bachelor of sciences degree in Economics and Management from SUNY Cortland after playing one season with the Red Dragons. He was an all-conference pick in one season with Oneonta State.

 
 
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