Staff
Head Coach
Brett Boretti

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.

Assistant Coach
Erik Supplee

Erik Supplee joined Brett Boretti's coaching staff in August 2015 and will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

“We are really excited to bring in a quality guy like Erik to our program,” Boretti stated. “First and foremost, he is an excellent teacher who I feel our guys will respect and respond to very well. He brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the coaching staff that I feel will help our team continue to get better.”

Columbia led the Ivy League with eight saves in Supplee’s first year overseeing the pitching staff, anchored by closer Harrisen Egly’s five. Egly, who is the program’s all-time leader in saves with 10, posted a 3-1 record with a 2.60 ERA to earn Ivy League second team honors. Last season, reliever Ian Burns claimed All-Ivy League status.

Supplee spent 2015 at Georgetown, guiding the Hoyas’ pitching staff to a program-best 3.95 ERA to help the squad reach the BIG EAST Championships for the first time since 1986. Under his tutelage, two pitchers earned All-BIG EAST selections, becoming the first Georgetown hurlers to pick up league honors since 2007.

Supplee also had a two-year stint at Wake Forest where the Demon Deacons won a combined 58 games in his two seasons in Winston-Salem. In 2013, he served as the director of operations and was the volunteer assistant coach in 2014. Wake Forest had six players selected in the MLB Draft in the past two seasons, including five pitchers.

Prior to Wake Forest, Supplee spent two seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Lynchburg College where five pitchers were selected to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) All-Conference team and three to the South Region All-Region team. In each of Supplee's seasons, the Lynchburg pitching staff saw significant improvements lowering its team earned run average every year.

Supplee also recruited and oversaw the development of two pitchers named as the 2011 ODAC Rookie of the Year and the 2012 Virginia State Rookie of the Year.

The Hornets had a banner year in 2012, winning the ODAC Tournament for the first time in 22 seasons. The 2012 squad also set a school and ODAC record with 34 wins by posting a record of 34-10.

In the summer of 2012, Supplee was the head coach of the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the prestigious Northwoods League. That summer, the Woodchucks set a franchise record with 43 wins and reached a national ranking of as high as third in the country, according to Perfect Game.

Prior to his time at Lynchburg, Supplee served as the pitching coach at Longwood University during the 2009 season. While at Longwood, he mentored two pitchers that went on to sign professional contracts with the New York Yankees.

Supplee began his coaching career at Millersville University in 2008. During that year, Supplee worked with the outfielders and assisted with the pitching staff. In 2008, the Marauders won the PSAC East regular season title.

As a player, Supplee pitched four seasons at Marist College. For the Red Foxes, Supplee posted a career record of 18-10 with a 3.79 earned run average. He helped Marist win the 2005 MAAC regular season and conference championships and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Supplee graduated from Marist in 2007 with a B.A. in History.

Assistant Coach
Dan Tischler

Dan Tischler reunited with his former college coach Brett Boretti and joined the Columbia baseball staff as an assistant coach in June 2012.

“Dan brings a lot of energy and a tremendous work ethic to our staff and our team,” Boretti said. “He has experience recruiting the type of student-athletes we want at Columbia and he has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to win Ivy League championships.”

The Lions hitting, infield defense and baserunning has excelled under Tischler’s, who coaches third base, guidance. Last season, the Lions were unarguably the top offensive team in Ivy League games, leading the conference in seven categories (batting average, runs, slugging, runs, hits, doubles and RBI and ranked second in home runs.

Will Savage, a 2016 draft pick of the Detroit Tigers and three-time All-Ivy League selection, led the Ancient Eight with 20 stolen bases and as a team, Columbia swiped 50 bags, the second most in the conference. In 2015, the Lions stole 28 bases in conference play were the most of any Ivy League squad and the infield, directed by Tischler, turned a program-record 48 double plays. Both were keys in the Lions record-setting 34 victories and third consecutive Ivy League crown and NCAA Regional appearance.

In 2014, Columbia posted a .975 fielding percentage overall and a .983 mark in conference-only game, breaking the program records established just one year prior. On the base paths, the Lions swiped 64 bags, the sixth-most in program history and led the Ivy League in conference-only games with 38 steals, 15 more than second-place Yale. The excellent defense and base running contributed to the Lions winning a then program-record 29 games, capturing a second Ivy League Championship and NCAA Tournament automatic bid.

Tischler's first season in Morningside Heights proved to be among the most successful in Columbia baseball history. The Lions tied the program record for wins in a season (28), won a program-record 16 Ancient Eight contests, captured the Ivy League Championship and knocked off New Mexico at the Fullerton Regional, marking Columbia's first NCAA Tournament victory.

Working primarily with the Lions' infielders, Tischler oversaw a Columbia defense that posted a .971 overall fielding percentage and Ivy League-best .981 mark in conference-only games, both previous program records. Tischler saw Columbia base runners swipe 79 bags, the third-highest total in program history. In total, nine Lions were selected All-Ivy League during Tischler's first season.

A native New Yorker, Tischler comes home to Columbia after spending the previous two years as an assistant coach at Cornell. In 2012, he helped guide the Big Red to a program record for wins (31), Ivy League wins (14) and the program’s first Ivy League championship since 1976.

At Cornell, Tischler was the team’s first base coach and a key recruiter at a number of Ivy League camps and other showcases. He assisted with daily practices, helped work with the hitters and was primarily responsible for base running instruction.

Prior to his stint at Cornell, Tischler was the pitching coach at Swarthmore (Pa.) for two seasons. In 2010, the Garnet had its first 20-win season in 25 years and made the Centennial Conference tournament for the first time in program history.

A certified personal trainer, Tischler also worked as a strength and conditioning coach for Swarthmore’s baseball, softball and men’s basketball during his tenure.

Tischler played four years at Franklin & Marshall and was a team captain in 2008. A first team all-conference pitcher, Tischler holds the F&M career record for saves with 10. He converted five saves during the 2007 season, one shy of fellow Columbia assistant coach Pete Maki’s season-record six saves in 2004.

After that 2007 season, Tischler was named first team all-conference and was a second team all-region selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Tischler graduated cum laude from Franklin & Marshall in 2008 and received his Master’s degree in education from Columbia’s Teachers College in 2012.Tischler graduated cum laude from Franklin & Marshall in 2008 and received his Master’s degree in education from Columbia’s Teachers College in 2012.

Assistant Coach
Jim Walsh

Jim Walsh is the longest tenured assistant coach on Brett Boretti’s staff, in his 11th season alongside the Columbia skipper.

Walsh joined the Columbia staff as an assistant after serving as the head baseball coach at St. Peter’s College for four seasons.

During games, Walsh serves as the Lions' bench coach, spends time working with the outfielders and assists with hitting instruction. Since joining the Columbia coaching staff, 11 Lions' outfielders have accumulated 15 All-Ivy League selections, including the Ancient Eight's most recent three-time first team selection Dario Pizzano (2010-12).

The 2015 season was the most successful in program history with the Lions winning 34 games, picking up their third straight Ivy League title and reaching the final game of the NCAA Coral Gables Regional.

Two of Columbia’s outfielders earned a spot on the All-Ivy League squad in 2015, including Co-Player Gus Craig and second team selection Jordan Serena. Both were selected in the MLB Draft that spring. Craig posted eight outfield assists, the most in the Ivy League and ranked among the national leaders.

In 2014, Columbia recorded a .975 overall fielding mark and a .983 conference-only mark, both surpassed program records set in 2013. The Lions also hit at a .279 clip in conference-only games, tops in the Ancient Eight.

Columbia's defense shined in 2013, posting a .971 overall fielding percentage and Ivy League-best .981 mark in conference-only games, both program records. Walsh also assists with hitting instruction. Under Walsh's guidance, the Lions hit at a .286 clip in conference-only games, the best team batting average in the Ivy League.

Playing at Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey, under coach Ed Lyons, who spent over 50 years in the game, Walsh was the 1989 New Jersey College Division Player of the Year as a pitcher and All-Middle Atlantic Conference as a designated hitter. He graduated in 1989 with a degree in business administration.

In 2001, Walsh’s Union Hill High School squad was 14-9 and earned berths in the state tournament and in the Hudson County playoffs. In his first season (2000), the Hillers also made the state and county playoffs, going 13-12 overall for Union Hill’s best record since the mid-1990s. During his time at Union, Walsh also served as the head freshman football coach and the assistant boys basketball coach.

Prior to his time at Union Hill, Walsh led River Dell High in Oradell, N.J. to exactly 100 wins, earning berths in the Bergen County and the state tournaments in each of his six seasons. His teams captured three straight Bergen County Scholastic League American Division titles during his tenure.

Walsh, a special education teacher for the Union City Board of Education, earned a master’s degree in education from New Jersey City University after graduating from Upsala.

In 2006, Walsh was elected to the Weehawken High School Hall of Fame as a three-sport athlete in baseball, football and basketball.

Walsh, his wife Susan, and two children, Kate and Jack, live in Westwood, New Jersey.