Mike Glavine, Northeastern Huskies

Northeastern Huskies baseball

Mike Glavine, the 2017 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, begins his fourth season as head coach of the Northeastern Huskies baseball team in 2018.

This school year marks Glavine’s 12th season overall with the program, having previously served as the Huskies’ full-time assistant and recruiting coordinator. He was named Neil McPhee’s successor as head coach in September 2013 and took the reigns of the program upon McPhee’s retirement at the conclusion of the 2014 season, following his 29th year at Northeastern.
A Northeastern Hall of Fame Class of 2006 inductee, Glavine donned the NU red-and-black at first base between 1992 and 1995, hitting .276 and slugging .545 during his career as a student-athlete. Upon graduating from Northeastern in 1996, he enjoyed a 10-year professional baseball career before returning to the Huskies in 2007 as an assistant coach.

Northeastern Huskies baseballSince becoming head coach of the Northeastern Huskies, Glavine has coached four Northeastern players to MLB Draft selections: Michael Foster in 2015 to the Chicago Cubs (16th round), Rob Fonseca in 2015 to the Seattle Mariners (21st round), Aaron Civale in 2016 to the Cleveland Indians (third round), and Dustin Hunt in 2016 to the Houston Astros (10th round). At the 2016 MLB Draft, Glavine became the first head coach in Northeastern history to have two players (Civale and Hunt) taken during the opening 10 rounds, with Civale’s selection at 92nd overall standing as the third highest NU draft pick all-time.

During his second season at the helm in 2016, Glavine led the Northeastern Huskies to their fifth 30-win campaign (31) in program history, improving his first-season win total by six victories. Opening the year on the road against No. 30 Oklahoma, he steered NU to consecutive upset wins versus the ranked Sooners, delivering the program its first two victories against a Big 12 opponent. Returning to the CAA tournament for the fourth-straight season and second in a row under Glavine, the fifth-seeded Huskies outperformed two higher-seeded teams (No. 3 Elon, No. 4 James Madison), finishing as one of the conference’s final four teams left standing.

Under Glavine’s guidance, the Northeastern Huskies observed two student-athletes go on to claim CAA postseason awards in 2016: right-hander Aaron Civale (Pitcher of the Year) and catcher Josh Treff (Defensive Player of the Year). That season, the CAA handed out 11 conference awards to eight of Glavine’s players, including six All-CAA selections. Civale also became the first Northeastern player since 2012 to garner status as a Louisville Slugger All-American, having been selected to the Third Team.

Glavine made a smooth transition into his first head-coaching role during the 2015 campaign, leading NU to 14 CAA victories, the most the program had witnessed since its inaugural run through the conference in 2006 (19). Under his first-year mentorship, Northeastern achieved its first top-three finish in the CAA in nine years and downed No. 15 College of Charleston, earning the program its first victory against an NCBWA ranked opponent since 2008. He also coached six student-athletes to CAA postseason awards, most notably placing starting pitcher Dustin Hunt on the All-CAA Second Team.

A native of Billerica, Massachusetts, Glavine spent four years at Northeastern and left as one of the most prolific hitters in the Huskies’ history. He made a big splash during his freshman season, batting .307 and pounding 19 extra-base hits, including a school record, nine triples. Glavine graduated having hit 28 career home runs and accumulated 110 career RBIs, ranking him third and ninth at the time, respectively, in the school’s record book. The left-handed slugger also walked 120 times during his four seasons at NU, ranking him second all-time upon the exhaustion of his eligibility.

After graduating from Northeastern, Glavine spent 10 seasons in professional baseball after being drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1995, alternating between the Double A and Triple A levels. In September 2003, the New York Mets called Glavine up to the major leagues, where he played with his older brother, Tom. During his final game with the Mets on Sept. 28, 2003, he notched his first major league hit off Florida Marlins closer Braden Looper. Glavine became the third Northeastern alumni to ever play in the major leagues, joining George Yankowski (1942, 1949) and Carlos Pena (2001-14).

About the author, Bill

Bill Ballew has been involved with collegiate and professional baseball since 1983. He has been the Atlanta correspondent for Baseball America since 1991 and has served as the editorial content manager for Baseball The Magazine for more than five years. He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).