Coach Pride begins his sixth season at the helm with the Bison in 2014.
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 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||Bissel 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, Bissel 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.|
Coach Pride News
06/23/10 Gallaudet University baseball coach Curtis Pride appointed to the President's Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
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