HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac head baseball coach Dan "Skip" Gooley has announced the addition of former Bobcat John Delaney as the team's new assistant coach. Delaney was a four-time All-Northeast Conference selection, including First Team honors in each of his final three seasons, before being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.
"I'm very excited to come back to Quinnipiac and working alongside Coach Gooley," Delaney said. "Quinnipiac has given me opportunities I never would have had elsewhere and I am privileged to help give back those experiences to any current and future Bobcats."
Delaney completed his Quinnipiac career with 206 hits, good for fourth place all-time at Quinnipiac, while also totaling 34 doubles, tying him with former teammate Wilson Matos '06 for third place all-time. As a senior in 2008, Delaney led the Bobcats in most offensive categories including home runs (9), runs batted in (40), hits (66), runs scored (49), at-bats (196), batting average (.337), doubles (15), slugging percentage (.571) and triples (2). In addition, his .357 (20-56) batting average with runners in scoring position and 13, two-out RBI's also led the team. Delaney posted a team-best 20 multiple-hit games, including seven games with three or more. His 12 multiple-RBI games also led the Bobcats while his 15 doubles ranked sixth all-time with his 66 hits ranking as the fifth most in Quinnipiac history in a single season.
"We are extremely fortunate to have John Delaney as part of our Quinnipiac Baseball coaching family," Gooley said. "John is a very young, articulate and knowledgeable baseball man. He will be a great asset to our baseball program and the entire Quinnipiac University community."
After his selection in the 2008 MLB Draft, Delaney was rated by Baseball America as the top third base prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers' organization while also earning the "Hardest Worker Award" at the Brewers' 2009 Spring Training. In 2010, Delaney was recognized with a Gold Glove Award nomination as a member of the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League.
In 2010, Delaney was hired as a volunteer assistant coach with Northeast Conference rival Sacred Heart University. While with the Pioneers, Delaney served as the team's assistant hitting coach and infield coach, helping Sacred Heart to the 2011 Northeast Conference Championship. In 2011, he joined the coaching staff at America East Conference institution University of Hartford. With the Hawks, Delaney served once-again as the team's assistant hitting coach and infield coach, while also working as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in Hartford's athletic department.
Delaney graduated from Quinnipiac in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in entrepreneurship. A native of Hanson, Mass., Delaney currently resides in Cheshire, Conn. with his wife, Melissa.
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