When Bill Currier first signed on to be the next head coach at Fairfield, he made it his goal that his team will not only compete for the MAAC title but to win it. Now, entering his seventh year as the Stags' head coach, Currier has seen that goal accomplished as he continues to bring the baseball program to the next level. During his reign, the Stags have won two regular season titles and the tournament Championship in 2016.
Currier guided the 2016 Stags, a team pre-ranked eighth in the MAAC Preseason Poll, to their first MAAC Tournament Championship in program history and an appearance in the program's first NCAA Regional. The two-time MAAC Coach of the Year (2012 and 2016) has also led Fairfield two a pair of 32-win seasons, setting new program records.
That 2016 campaign will always be known as the best in Fairfield history, and arguably the best in the 30-year coaching career of Currier. The Stags tied a program record with 32 wins, en-route to their first overall MAAC title since 1993 and the first-ever tournament title. For his efforts, Currier was named the MAAC Coach of the Year, for the second time in his career. Currier also oversaw five All-MAAC selections and helped coach slugger Jake Salpietro who would end up breaking the program's single season hits record with 77 and was named the program's first Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week after winning the MAAC Tournament MVP.
Currier made his impact at Fairfield right from the start. During his first season at Fairfield, the Stags finished third in the conference, their highest finish in the MAAC in a decade. Fairfield also finished third in 2014, and won two games in the MAAC tournament, their most in a season since 1995.
The Stags have now become a constant in the MAAC Championships, reaching the tournament in three of the last four years. The past two years, they were the tournament’s number one seed after winning back-to-back regular season titles. The 2017 group also had one of the best pitching seasons in Stags history, breaking the single season record for strikeouts with 372.
In total, Currier has been a head coach for 30 seasons and has accumulated 642 victories over that span. Before coming to Connecticut, Currier earned the most coaching victories in the history of his alma mater Vermont. In his 22 seasons with the Catamounts, Currier was a part of 486 wins, earned three America East Coach of the Year honors, and helped the squad to two conference Regular Season Championships.
In addition to his five total conference Coach of the Year awards, Currier was presented with the 2009 Ralph Lapointe Award for his services to Vermont athletics, and was the recipient of the 2002 Jack Butterfield Award by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association’s (NEIBA). He was also inducted to the Vermont Principals Association Hall of Fame in 2005.
Currier graduated from Vermont in 1984 and helped the Catamounts to the title game in the 1981 East Coast Athletic Conference New England Regionals. In that season, Currier hit .295 and led the squad with five home runs, four triples, and 65 total bases. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth round and would play three seasons in their system.
Players who Currier has coached to make it into the MLB include Matt Duffy, a former Vermont infielder who was called up to the Houston Astros in 2015 and made his debut on September 16.
He earned a master’s in physical education from Western Carolina in 1986, while also serving as an assistant coach.
Currier resides in Shelton, Conn., with his wife Vicki. The couple has three sons: Brad, Bryan, and Bryce.