Brad Babcock is confirmed dead at the age of 81.
Brad was best known as a American college baseball coach (James Madison).
Brad Babcock
Playing career
1960–1963Lynchburg
Position(s)Shortstop
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1989James Madison
Head coaching record
Overall555-251-4
TournamentsNCAA D1: 10-13
CAA: 6-8
Brad Babcock is an American former college baseball coach, the head coach of James Madison (JMU) from 1971 to 1989. Under him, the Dukes appeared in five NCAA Tournaments (four in Division I) and the 1983 College World Series. His overall record in 19 seasons was 555-251-4, including a home record of 339-71-1.
Contents
1 Coaching career
1.1 Head coaching record
2 Administrative career
3 Personal
4 Notes
5 References
Coaching career
After graduating from Lynchburg College in 1963, Babcock worked as a high school baseball coach in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
James Madison started its baseball program in 1970, shortly after it became co-educational. Babcock took over in 1971, its second season. It started out as a NCAA Division II program but joined Division I for the 1977 season.
In addition to being JMU's baseball coach, Babcock held several other positions in the early 1970s. At the university, he was an assistant football coach, junior varsity basketball coach, physical education instructor, and intramural director. He also served as the head coach of the Valley League's Harrisonburg Turks for several summers.
In 1983, the Dukes became the first Virginia school to make the College World Series (CWS). The Dukes opened the season with an exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals. After losing in the ECAC Tournament, many players returned home, thinking the season was over, but the team was given an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. JMU went 4-0 in the East Regional to reach the CWS, where it lost games to Texas and Stanford in Omaha.
Head coaching record
Below is a table of Babcock's yearly records as a collegiate head baseball coach.
Statistics overview
Season
Team
Overall
Conference
Standing
Postseason
Madison Dukes (Independent) (1971–1976)
1971
Madison
12-5
1972
Madison
11-14
1973
Madison
12-9
1974
Madison
23-11
1975
Madison
23-7
1976
Madison
32-10
NCAA Regional
James Madison (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference – Division I) (1977–1985)
1977
Madison
32-9
1978
James Madison
30-13
ECAC Tournament
1979
James Madison
31-13
ECAC Tournament
1980
James Madison
32-13
NCAA Regional
1981
James Madison
40-18-1
NCAA Regional
1982
James Madison
40-15-1
ECAC Tournament
1983
James Madison
37-13
College World Series
1984
James Madison
38-13
ECAC Tournament
1985
James Madison
24-21
James Madison (Colonial Athletic Association) (1986–1989)
1986
James Madison
35-14
13-5
2nd
CAA Tournament
1987
James Madison
28-21
6-9
5th
CAA Tournament
1988
James Madison
43-11-2
13-1
1st
NCAA Regional
1989
James Madison
32-21
7-6
3rd
CAA Tournament
James Madison:
555-251-4
39-21
Total:
555-251-4
      National champion  
      Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion  
      Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion
      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion
Administrative career
After stepping down from the baseball coach position following the 1989 season, Babcock worked in JMU's athletic department. He was added to the department's Hall of Fame in 1998. He retired as executive association athletic director in 2003.
Personal
Babcock's son Whit is the athletic director at Virginia Tech; he previously held the same position at Cincinnati. Whit was the batboy on the 1983 College World Series team and played for Babcock in 1989, his final season as JMU's head coach.
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