Coach Pride begins his eighth season at the helm with the Bison in 2016.
Pride coached two All-North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) second team players in outfielder Chase Magsig and first baseman Justin Strong. The two selections now gives Gallaudet 21 All-NEAC honors since it joined the conference in 2010-11. Nine of the 21 selections have been on the first team and 12 on the second team. The Bison program also has three Player of the Year, two Pitcher of the Year and two Coach of the Year award winners in their history in the NEAC.
In the fall of 2014, Pride served as head coach for Team USA in the World Physically Challenged (WPC) Tournament in Japan. The majority of the United States team was made up of wounded war veterans and college baseball players with physical challenges. Among others, Pride was accompanied by former Bison William Chapman. Pride guided Team USA to its first gold medal with a 5-0 win over Japan, its first loss in three tournaments.
Gallaudet baseball set a new program record with 27 wins in 2014 as the Bison earned the No. 1 seed and hosted the NEAC tournament for a second straight year. GU was regular-season co-champions as it went 12-6 in conference play. The Bison participated in the ECAC Division III South Championship game and earned runner-up status. GU had six All-NEAC honorees along with NEAC Player of the Year Casey Hicks and NEAC Pitcher of the Year Brandon Holsworth. Hicks was named to the D3baseball.com All-America second team and was named ECAC Division III Upstate Player of the Year. Three different Bison earned ABCA All-South Region honors and two players earned ECAC All-Star honors. This was the third season in a row GU won 20 or more games and the second winning record under Pride.
Pride led the Bison to a 20-21 overall record and 11-3 in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play in 2013. Coach Pride was named NEAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year. Four Gallaudet players earned All-NEAC honors under Pride's tutelage. Juniors Casey Hicks and Chris Guinn were named to the second team while senior Tommy Barksdale and sophomore Brandon Holsworth were named to the first team. Barksdale and Holsworth also earned D3baseball.com second and third team honors, respectively. Holsworth was also named NEAC Pitcher of the Year. Barksdale was named to the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Baseball South All-Star second team and American Basketball Coaches Association (ABCA/Rawlings) Division III All-South region second team.
In 2012, Pride guided the Bison to one of their best seasons in program history. Gallaudet won a school record 25 games. The Bison were one game away from winning the NEAC conference championship. Sophomores William Bissell, Casey Hicks and senior William Chapman made first team All-NEAC while junior Tommy Barksdale and sophomore Marcus Smith made second team All-NEAC. Bissell was named Conference Player of the Year for the second year in a row. He also was named to first team All-South Region while Chapman earned third team. Pride was honored as NEAC Coach of the Year.
During 2011 season, the Bison broke the single season record for the most wins with 17. The previous record was 16 wins back in 1899. Freshman William Bissell was voted NEAC Player of the Year as well as making first team All-South Region and third team ABCA All-American. Senior Zane Noschese and sophomore Tommy Barksdale made second team and third team all-conference, respectively.
Coach Pride played for six Major League Baseball teams during his career including the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos and Atlanta Braves. Pride, who has been profoundly deaf from birth, batted .250 and hit 20 home runs and knocked in 82 RBIs in 421 major-league games. His best season was 1996 with Detroit when he hit .300 with 10 home runs and 11 stolen bases. During his career, Coach Pride has also hit home runs in old Yankee Stadium for the New York Yankees and Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox. In fact, he hit a home run in his first at-bat for the Red Sox, becoming the seventh player in Red Sox history to do so. In 1998, he hit .252 in 70 games as the Braves advanced to the National League playoffs. Coach Pride finished his Major League Baseball career playing with the Angels in 2004, '05 and '06.
Coach Pride is a strong believer in the importance of a college education. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1990 with a degree in finance. He was a four-year starter for the W&M basketball team where he played point guard. He earned a basketball scholarship to attend William & Mary.
During his Major League Baseball career, Coach Pride has played for some of the top managers in the major leagues including Mike Scioscia (Los Angeles Angels), Joe Torre (New York Yankees), Bobby Cox (Atlanta Braves) and Felipe Alou (Montreal Expos). Coach Pride says he learned something from each coach during his career and will use those lessons as his coaching model. Manager Bobby Cox had the biggest impression on Pride.
"Bobby was a great communicator," said Pride. "His players always wanted to play hard for him. I want my players to feel the same way about me."
While coaching at Gallaudet, Coach Pride looks forward to building a successful baseball program that produces outstanding student-athletes.
"I want to establish a winning tradition for the Gallaudet baseball program that will attract quality scholar-athletes who not only want to be a part of that tradition but also will represent the highest ideals and principles of Gallaudet at all-time," said Pride.
Pride resides in Wellington, Fla., with his wife Lisa and their two children; daughter Noelle and son Colten.
COACH PRIDE'S RECORD AT GALLAUDET
|2010||4-34||1-17 CAC||One player named to All-CAC second team|
|2011||17-25||8-6 NEAC||Bissell named NEAC Player of the Year, first team All-South Region and third team ABCA All-American, two additional players earn all-conference honors.|
|2012||25-17||10-4 NEAC||Team set school record for wins in a season with 25, three Bison earned All-NEAC first team honors and two earned All-NEAC second team honors, Bissell named NEAC Player of Year for second consecutive year, Coach Pride named NEAC Coach of the Year.|
|2013||20-21||11-3 NEAC||Coach Pride named NEAC Coach of the Year for second consecutive year, two players earned All-NEAC first team honors and two earned All-NEAC second team honors, Holsworth named NEAC Pitcher of the Year, Barksdale was named to the 2013 ECAC Division III Baseball South All-Star second team and ABCA/Rawlings Division III All-South region second team.|
|2014||27-18||12-6 NEAC||Set new school record for wins in a season with 27, NEAC regular-season co-champions, No. 1 seed of NEAC tournament, ECAC Division III South Championship runners-up, 6 All-NEAC honors, Casey Hicks named NEAC Player of the Year, Brandon Holsworth named NEAC Pitcher of the Year, Hicks named D3baseball.com All-America 2nd team, 3 D3baseball.com and ABCA All-South All-Region picks, Hicks named ECAC D3 Upstate Player of the Year, two ECAC All-Stars.|
|2015||8-29||3-11 NEAC||Two All-NEAC second team selections|
PRIDE IN THE NEWS
- 08/07/15 Gallaudet's Curtis Pride helps to distribute medals at Special Olympics World Games
- 12/16/14 Gallaudet's Curtis Pride leads Team USA to first WPC title in Japan
- 10/28/14 Gallaudet's Curtis Pride to lead Team USA in WPC Baseball Tournament in Japan
- 05/02/13 Pride named NEAC Coach of the Year, Bison earn four All-NEAC honors
- 04/03/13 Gallaudet coach Curtis Pride and the Bison baseball program to be featured on CBS
- 08/31/12 Gallaudet coach Curtis Pride set to be inducted into the Binghamton Baseball Shrine
- 08/10/12 Gallaudet's Curtis Pride selected to President Obama's Delegation for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games Closing Ceremony in London
- 04/25/12 GU's Pride named NEAC Coach of the Year, five Bison on all-conference teams
- 04/03/12 Gallaudet's Curtis Pride participates in Wounded Warrior Amputee Celebrity Softball game at Nationals Park
- 07/06/11 Gallaudet University baseball coach Curtis Pride featured in My Generation show on PBS
- 05/20/11 This Week In Baseball to feature Gallaudet University baseball coach Curtis Pride
- 04/20/11 Gallaudet's Curtis Pride to serve as a coach in the Cape Cod Baseball League
- 11/12/10 Curtis Pride, Gallaudet baseball team featured in ESPN the Magazine "LOUD" issue
- 06/23/10 Gallaudet University baseball coach Curtis Pride appointed to the President's Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
- 04/27/10 USA Today features Gallaudet University's baseball program as Tuesday's Sports Cover Story
- 04/26/10 Gallaudet University baseball team invited to the White House, witness New York Yankees ceremony with President Obama
- 03/04/10 Coach Curtis Pride and Bison featured in Baseball America magazine
- 02/26/10 Ten Questions with Gallaudet baseball coach Curtis Pride
- 10/22/09 Coach Pride featured in Washingtonian magazine
- 02/19/09 Bison win season opener 10-8 in Coach Pride's debut
- 02/17/09 Curtis Pride serves as guest Bison on Pink Zone night
- 01/13/09 Coach Pride to be honored by NSCAA in St. Louis
- 11/03/08 Curtis Pride hired as Gallaudet University baseball coach