BROOKLINE, Mass. - Newbury College Department of Athletics announced today that Nighthawks Head Baseball Coach and Associate Athletic Director Kraig Kupiec is stepping down from his positions to pursue other professional opportunities.
Kupiec, the longest tenured member in the athletic department, joined the Nighthawks staff in Fall of 2010, leading the 2011 baseball team to an 18-17 record, the first double-digit win season in the program's history. The 2011 season led to Kupiec being named the 2011 New England Collegiate Conference Baseball Coach of the Year.
In the following season, Kupiec coached the Nighthawks to a program record 23 wins, including 11 wins in the NECC, also a program-best mark. The 2012 season culminated in finishing as the conference runner-up in the NECC Tournament.
In the summer of 2013, Kupiec was promoted to the Associate Athletic Director position, citing his impacts with the Student-Athlete Academic Program, recruiting coordination, and leadership in the department for the promotion.
"The opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of Newbury student-athletes both on and off the field has made my eight years at Newbury the greatest and most rewarding experience of my professional life," stated Kupiec. "It has been an honor and privilege to work alongside my colleagues and staff at Newbury to support outstanding student-athlete success."
In eight years of coaching, Kupiec and the Nighthawks baseball program produced two NECC Players of the Year (Alex Chetelat and Ryan Zahornasky), one NECC Pitcher of the Year (Ethan Forrest), two NECC Rookies of the Year (Ethan Forrest and Javi Martinez) and 21 All-Conference Team members.
Kupiec leaves the Nighthawks having collected a record of 132-169 with double-digit wins in all of his eight seasons.
"I would like to thank Coach Kupiec for his leadership of the baseball program and his guidance in the development and execution of departmental policies. His desire to run the baseball program the "right way" was his guiding principle that produced the success his teams enjoyed. Kraig will always be a member of the Nighthawk Family. I wish him the best of luck in his new ventures."
The search for Kupiec's replacement as Head Baseball Coach will begin immediately.