BROOKLINE, Mass. - Newbury College Director of Athletics Jonathan Harper announced today the hiring of Cody Kauffman as Head Coach of Newbury Baseball. Kauffman will begin his role on September 4.
Kauffman comes to the Nighthawks following two seasons as the Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Division II Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H. In those two seasons, the Ravens finished 66-30-1, including an appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season.
The Ravens, members of the Northeast-10 Conference, frequently found themselves in the top-25 National Rankings at the Division II level and have solidified a spot in the top-10 regional rankings in each of the past two seasons.
"I want to thank President Chillo and Athletic Director Jonathan Harper for giving me the opportunity to become the head coach of the baseball program at Newbury College," said Kauffman. "I am inspired by their commitment to recruiting future student-athletes and am honored to lead this team both on and off the field."
While at Franklin Pierce, Kauffman was responsible for new player recruitment and coordinating budgets for the baseball program while also assisting with coaching hitters and catchers during practice.
He also has experience at the national level of United States Baseball, most recently working as an Assistant Coach for the USA Baseball Women's National Team in the summer of 2017 and 2018.
Kauffman has also served as a General Manager for the 12-and-under USA Baseball program in 2015, a team that won the World Cup in Taiwan. He also worked with the USA Collegiate National Team in 2014.
Additionally, Kauffman has worked in the Chicago Cubs Minor League System as a Video Coordinator of Baseball Operations.
"We are fortunate to have Coach Kauffman join our Newbury family after playing and coaching for a Division II powerhouse," said Harper. "His pedigree is impressive after playing and coaching for Jayson King and, most recently, coaching with Mike Chambers."
Kauffman is a two-time Rawlings Gold Glove recipient in his four seasons of playing, two seasons for UMass Amherst and two seasons for Franklin Pierce.
In nine seasons of collegiate playing and coaching, programs associated with Kauffman have made four NCAA National Tournaments, including a pair of appearances in the National Final Rounds in 2010 and 2013. Teams associated with Kauffman are also two-time winners of the NCAA East Regional Championship and two-time hosts of the East Regional Tournament.
"Cody is a tireless recruiter including bringing the Conference Rookie of the Year and an All-East Region Team student-athlete to Franklin Pierce," said Harper. "I am confident that Coach Kauffman will continue the successful start to his career by elevating the Newbury baseball program."
Kauffman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management and a Master's in Business Administration in Leadership, both degrees coming from Franklin Pierce.
"I couldn't be more excited to coach players with a commitment to hard work and a passion for winning," said Kauffman.
Kauffman takes over a Nighthawks program that finished 12-23 last season and is looking to return to the Postseason for the first time since 2012. With New England College and Eastern Nazarene College joining the conference, the New England Collegiate Conference Baseball Playoffs will expand to six teams in 2019.