John Schiffner enters his second season as an assistant coach for Maine baseball in 2019. Overall, the 2019 season marks his third season as a coach for the Black Bears, serving as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2015 season.
Schiffner, the winningest manager in the history of the Cape Cod Baseball League, will be inducted into the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame on December 1, 2018. He coached the Chatham A's/Anglers for 25 years, guiding Chatham to two CCBL championships, six East Division titles, 16 playoff appearances, 541 regular season wins, and two Manager of the Year awards.
From 1978-82 and 1990-92 Schiffner served as an assistant for the A’s/Anglers. From 1983-1988, Schiff was a scout for the Montreal Expos and in 1989 he was the manager of the New Jersey A’s in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.
Schiffner has coached or managed 39 first round draft picks and more than 125 of his former players have reached the major leagues, including 2015 National League Rookie of the Year, Kris Bryant. Coach Derba can also count himself amongst Schiffner’s former players.
Schiff also served as head coach of Plainfield High School, Plainfield Conn. from 1979-2011, guiding the Panthers to state tournament appearances in 31 of his 33 years at the helm. In 2001, Schiffner was named American Baseball Coaches Association, District I, Division III National High School Coach of the Year and in 2000, he was honored as the Connecticut High School Baseball Coach of the Year. Schiffner was inducted in the Connecticut High School Coaches Hall of Fame on November 16, 2017.
Schiffner graduated from Providence College in 1977 with a BA in Social Studies- Education before achieving his MS in Human Relations at Eastern Connecticut State University in 1986. While at Providence College, Schiffner captained the baseball team, and was named All-East and All-ECAC during his career. He also played for the Harwich Mariners in the CCBL from 1974-76.