Since his arrival at Columbia in July 2005, Brett Boretti has revitalized the Columbia Baseball program in every aspect, building the Lions into a perennial Ivy League contender.
Under his leadership, Boretti has led the Lions to five Gehrig Division titles, four Ivy League championships, a number of wins over major programs and four NCAA Tournament victories.
Four of Boretti's players have been Ivy League Player of the Year (Henry Perkins - 2008, Dario Pizzano – 2012, Gus Craig – 2014, Randell Kanemaru - 2017), two have been named Pitcher of the Year (Pat Lowery - 2010 and David Speer - 2014) and five have been named Rookie of the Year (Nick Cox - 2008, Dario Pizzano – 2010, Will Savage – 2014, Randell Kanemaru - 2015, Julian Bury - 2017). In the last four seasons, Columbia has had 34 players selected to All-Ivy League teams, bringing the total of players to receive conference recognition under Boretti's leadership to 83, including 30 first team selections.
Over the course of the last six years, seven of Boretti's players have been drafted by Major League clubs and two have signed as free agents. Pizzano and Lowery were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. The Seattle Mariners selected Pizzano in the 15th round of the MLB Draft and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim chose Lowery in the 21st round. In the 2013 MLB amateur draft, Alex Black was taken in the 29th round by the Kansas City Royals. Following the draft, Tim Giel signed a free agent contract with the New York Yankees. In 2014, Speer was selected in the 27th round by the Cleveland Indians. Joey Donino signed as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization in the fall of 2014 before a trio of players were selected in the 2015 draft. Craig was a 30th round pick of the Seattle Mariners, while the New York Mets took George Thanopoulos and the Angels picked up Jordan Serena, both in the 35th round respectively. Falcone earned a free agent deal with the Yankees as well during the summer of 2015. Savage was selected in the 16th round by the Detroit Tigers and Thanopoulos, who returned for his senior season, was taken in the 27th round by the Colorado Rockies in 2016.
In 2017, the Lions were back in Ivy League title contention once again after winning 10 of their final 11 Ancient Eight contests, rallying from two-games back on the final regular season weekend, to force a Gehrig Division Playoff game. Columbia put a league-high seven players on the All-Ivy League squad, highlighted by Player of the Year (Kanemaru) and Rookie of the Year (Bury) selections. Kanemaru and Kyle Bartelman also went on to earn ABCA All-Region Second Team honors.
The 2015 season was one for the ages, capped off by tallying an Ivy League-record three wins at the NCAA Coral Gables Regional with victories over East Carolina, FIU and the University of Miami. Prior to their history-making run in the NCAA Tournament, the Lions earned their third consecutive Ivy League Championship and broke the school record for wins in a season for the third year in a row at 34-17.
Offensively, Columbia was one of the top teams in the league, leading the Ancient Eight in on-base percentage (.404), runs (147), RBI (140), triples (6), walks (83) and stolen bases in conference-only games. The Lions’ 502 was the most in program history and on the hill, Columbia recorded 17 saves another new record.
For all the team’s accomplishments, Boretti was selected as the inaugural Ivy League Coach of Year and ECAC Co-Coach of the Year.
In his ninth year at the helm, Boretti led Columbia to its most successful season in program history in 2014. A program-record 15-game win streak helped the Lions amass 29 wins, the most ever. Columbia once again captured the Gehrig Division, shutting out Penn in a one-game playoff, 4-0, and then swept Dartmouth for the second straight season in the Ivy League Championship Series to claim the program's 12 conference title and third with Boretti as head coach. The conference title punched Columbia's ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, traveling to Coral Gables, Florida, to compete on the national stage.
Winning the Ivy League Championship ensured Columbia a spot in the NCAA Baseball Championship. The Lions went on to win their first game ever in NCAA play, toppling New Mexico, 6-5, in 13 innings.
Prior to coming to Morningside Heights in July 2005 as just the third Lion head coach in 25 years, Boretti was the head coach at Franklin & Marshall College, posting a 116-82 record over five seasons.
Boretti served two years, 1998-2000, as an assistant coach at Brown. During his tenure with the Bears, he coordinated recruiting efforts, coached hitting and the outfield, and was responsible for all daily operations of the program.
Boretti and his wife, Melissa, have three children.