Eppinger steps down as St. John’s baseball coach

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Eppinger steps down as St. John’s baseball coach
Charlie Eppinger will step down as baseball coach for St. John’s High School after 18 seasons. (Photo/Courtesy St. John’s High School)

SHREWSBURY – St. John’s High School announced on Aug. 21 that Charlie Eppinger will step down as head varsity baseball coach. 

After 18 seasons, Eppinger ends his tenure as the coach with the most wins in the program’s history with an overall record of 289-121. 

“We want to thank Coach Eppinger for all of his hard work, commitment and service to our program over the past 18 years,” Headmaster Alex Zequeira said in a statement. “I am grateful for Coach Eppinger’s outstanding service to his alma mater, and am thrilled that he will continue to guide and educate our young men in the classroom every day.”

St. John’s baseball program reached new heights under Eppinger’s leadership, earning three D1A super eight appearances, one final four appearance this past season in the new statewide playoff system and 11 CMC championships. 

In 2017, Eppinger led the Pioneers to the D1A Super 8 State Championship against St. John’s Prep.

Eppinger will continue to serve as a member of the math department in the high school.

“It has been an incredible pleasure to coach here at Saint John’s High School,” Eppinger said. “I have enjoyed working with everyone on the field over the past 18 years. I want to thank the student-athletes I have had the opportunity to watch grow and thrive over the years; coaching them has been a privilege. I look forward to continuing to educate them in the classroom.”

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Eleven of Eppinger’s players have been drafted and signed by Major League Baseball teams, including two – Ryan O’Rourke (class of 2006) and John Andreoli Jr. (class of 2008) – who played in the Major Leagues. Currently, there are 12 collegiate players who played for the Pioneers during his tenure. 

St. John’s High School will immediately begin the search for its next head varsity baseball coach. The position is posted on its website and a committee of administrators, faculty, coaches and alumni led by Athletic Director Michael Mead will review and interview applicants.

For more information, visit www.stjohnshigh.org.

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