Bill Decker, the 2008 ABCA National Coach of the Year, begins his 23rd season as head coach of the Trinity College baseball team. Last spring, Decker led the Bantams to a 34-11 record and a fifth NESCAC Championship title. The Bantams hosted the league tournament as the top seed in the NESCAc East Division due to a 10-2 division mark, qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the ninth time in Decker's tenure, and advanced four games into the NCAA Regional Tourney. Trinity has won at least 15 wins for 19 straight seasons.
Decker is the College's all-time winningest coach, leading his team to a 529-231 record since his arrival in the 1991 season, putting together 20 winning seasons. Decker's teams have made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, eight NESCAC Tournament bids, five ECAC Tournament appearances, and captured the NESCAC title in 2000, 2003, 2008, 2009, and 2012.
In 2008, Decker's Bantams finished the season with a 45-1 mark en route to a NESCAC Championship, a New England Regional Championship and the school's first-ever NCAA Division III National Title. After finishing the regular season undefeated, the Bantams ran their record streak to 44 games, which is the longest winning-streak in Division III history. Their .978 winning percentage set a new NCAA record in any division in any sport. In 2009, the Bantams won the NESCAC Championship, and the New England Regional Championship to earn a second consecutive bid to the Div. III College World Series in Wisconsin.
In 2007, Decker's team qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the third time in five years, advancing four games into the New York Regional in upstate New York. In 2005, Decker guided Trinity to a 35-9 record and a NESCAC West Division title, and was rewarded for his efforts as the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Coach of the Year. Trinity also won its second NCAA Division III Regional Championship title in three years and made its second trip to the NCAA Division III World Series in Wisconsin. On top of being selected as the 2008 ABCA National Coach of the Year, Decker was also selected as the New England Coach of the Year in 2009, 2008, 2004 and 1999, Connecticut Coach of the Year in 2007, and the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2009, 2008, 2003 and 2000.
A 1985 graduate of Ithaca College, Decker received a bachelor's degree in physical education with a minor in business. He also holds a master's degree in physical education with a concentration in coaching, which he received from his alma mater in 1992. A two-sport athlete in college, Decker was a team captain and an All-American defensive back for the Ithaca football squad. His baseball playing days ended due to an injury.
During his tenure at Trinity, Decker has been an active member of the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association. He is currently on the NCAA Division III New England Regional Committee and is a regional coordinator for the NEIBA. In addition, he is a member of the Division III All-American and Coach of the Year Committee. In 1997, Decker was a member of the USA Baseball National Trials coaching staff and has made summer trips as part of Major League Baseball International. Eight Trinity players have continued their baseball careers at the professional level in the past seven years, and Bayliss became the first NESCAC player in 10 years to appear in a major league game in 2006. Decker-coached athletes compete annually in the NCAA-sponsored collegiate leagues each summer.
Decker-coached players who went on Majpr League Baseball in the last seven years
* Jonah Bayliss (Kansas City Royals)
* Jeff Natale (Boston Red Sox)
* Kurt Piantek (Detroit Tigers)
* Thomas DiBenedetto (Boston Red Sox)
* Tim Kiely (Los Angeles Angels)
* Jeremiah Bayer (Boston Red Sox)
* Sean Killeen (Boston Red Sox)
* James Wood (Seattle Mariners)