Staff
Head Coach
Mike Glavine

Mike Glavine begins his third season as head coach of the Northeastern baseball team in 2017 and 11th season overall with the program, having previously served as the Huskies’ fulltime assistant and recruiting coordinator.

A Northeastern Hall of Fame Class of 2006 inductee, Glavine donned the NU red and black between 1992 and 1995, hitting .276 slugging .545 during his playing career. Upon graduating from Northeastern in 1996, he enjoyed a 10-year professional baseball career, returning to the Huskies in 2007 as an assistant coach where he worked primarily with the infielders and hitters.

In September 2013, Glavine was named Neil McPhee’s successor as head coach. McPhee retired at the conclusion of the 2014 season after serving as the Huskies’ head coach for 29 years.

Glavine made a smooth transition into his first head-coaching role during the 2015 campaign, leading NU to 14 CAA victories, the most the program had witnessed since its inaugural campaign through the conference in 2006 (19). Under his first-year mentorship, Northeastern achieved its first top-three finish in the CAA in nine years and downed No. 15 College of Charleston, earning the program its first victory against an NCBWA ranked opponent since 2008. He also coached six student-athletes to CAA postseason awards, most notably placing starting pitcher Dustin Hunt on the All-CAA Second Team.

A native of Billerica, Massachusetts, Glavine spent four years at Northeastern and left as one of the most prolific hitters in Huskies history. He made a big splash during his freshman season, batting .307 with 19 extra-base hits, including a school-record nine triples. During his career, the first baseman hit 28 home runs and knocked in 110 RBI, which placed him third and ninth, respectively, in the school’s all-time record book. The left-handed slugger also accumulated 120 career walks, second most all-time at Northeastern.

After graduating from Northeastern, Glavine spent 10 seasons in professional baseball after being drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1995, with most time coming at the Double A and Triple A levels. In 2003, the New York Mets called Glavine up to the major leagues for the final month of the season, where he played with his older brother, Tom. He notched his first major league hit during his last game with the Mets on Sept. 28, 2003 against the Florida Marlins. He became the third NU alumni to play in the major leagues, joining George Yankowski and Carlos Pena.

Glavine, who retired from baseball in 2004, lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife, Carissa, two daughters, Ava and Sophia, and son, Luke.

THE GLAVINE FILE
As of May 2016
- Coached 10 student-athletes to 12 All-CAA selections, including one First Team, three Second Team, and eight Third Team honorees
- Placed two student-athletes on the CAA All-Academic Team
- Guided three student-athletes to eight CAA Pitcher of the Week selections
- Coached three student-athletes to three CAA Rookie of the Week selections
- Mentored catcher Josh Treff to two Johnny Bench Award Watch List appearances (2015, 2016)
- Coached starting pitcher Aaron Civale to a 2016 Louisville Slugger All-American Third Team selection

Assistant Coach
Kevin Casey

Kevin Casey is entering his third season at Northeastern after joining the baseball staff in December 2014. As an assistant coach, his duties include working with the Huskies’ hitters and outfielders, serving as first base coach, and aiding with team recruiting efforts.

Casey comes to Northeastern after spending the last two and a half years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Tufts University. While at Tufts, Casey served as the program’s recruiting coordinator, and worked primarily with the Jumbos’ hitters and infielders. In 2014, he helped guide Tufts to 34 wins, matching a single-season program record, and a trip to the NCAA Division III Regionals.

Prior to coaching at Tufts, Casey spent three years at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he served as the recruiting coordinator, infield, and hitting coach. He played an instrumental role in the Eagles’ coaching staff that led the program to a 14-win turnaround and its first winning season in school history in 2010. While at Daniel Webster, Casey guided the team to three consecutive 20-win campaigns, two conference championships, and the school’s first NCAA Division III Regional appearance in 2012.

During his summers from 2009 to 2014, Casey served as the head coach of the New England Ruffnecks, one of the region’s top high school prospect programs. As manager of the Ruffnecks, Casey helped many high school baseball players reach the next level, coaching seven MLB Draft picks and several other athletes who went on to join the ranks of collegiate programs nationwide.

Casey graduated from Tufts in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in history. As a player, he was an All-New England third baseman during his sophomore season, and served as the team captain in both 2008 and 2009. A four-year utility starter, Casey helped lead the Jumbos to four straight postseason berths, including three appearances in the NESCAC finals.

Recruiting Coordinator/Pitching Coach
Kevin Cobb

Kevin Cobb is entering his sixth year as the pitching coach of the Northeastern baseball team in 2017 and his third year as the recruiting coordinator. In his current role, Cobb oversees day-to-day baseball operations and recruiting tasks for NU.

Since becoming the Huskies’ pitching coach prior to the 2012 season, Cobb has helped Northeastern possess one of the more dominating pitching staffs in the CAA. Under his direction, NU has led the conference in ERA two times (2013, 2016) and ranked among the top 100 Division I programs in the same category on three different occasions (2013, 2014, 2016). The Huskies have also been the only team in the CAA to successfully achieve the latter with team ERAs below 4.00 during each of those seasons.

In 2016, Cobb guided Northeastern’s pitchers to the conference lead in eight different statistical categories, including ERA (3.71), opposing batting average (.241), strikeouts (460), and fewest hits allowed (247). He played a key role in easing Aaron Civale’s transition from reliever to starter, helping the junior break the NU single-season strikeout record (121) en route to winning CAA Pitcher of the Year and being named to the Louisville Slugger All-American Third Team.

During his time at Northeastern, Cobb has coached five professional pitchers and observed seven Huskies go on to be selected in the MLB Draft, including three pitchers. Among the drafted pitchers, Cobb helped tutor Andrew Leenhouts to a 23rd-round selection by the San Francisco Giants in 2012, Aaron Civale to a third-round selection by the Cleveland Indians in 2016, and Dustin Hunt to a 10th-round selection by the Houston Astros in 2016. Civale’s 92nd-overall selection in 2016 stands as the highest Cobb has helped a Northeastern player attain and the third highest in the program’s history.

In addition, Cobb aided in Kevin Ferguson signing as a free agent with the Houston Astros in 2013, as well as Chris Carmain signing with the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League.

Since 2013, Cobb has annually placed at least one Northeastern pitcher on an all-conference team, aiding eight different NU hurlers to nine All-CAA honors and three CAA All-Rookie Team selections.

Prior to his time at Northeastern, Cobb spent two years coaching at his alma mater, Bryant University. During his two years there, the Bulldogs compiled 64 wins and won the NEC regular-season title in 2010.

During the summer of 2010, Cobb was the pitching coach for the Lowell All-Americans of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. At Lowell, he helped mentor five pitchers that went on to become MLB draft picks.

Cobb ended his collegiate pitching career with a 19-3 record on the mound while helping the Bulldogs make two NCAA regional appearances. He captained the Bulldogs to a 32-22 record during the program's inaugural Division I season, remaining perfect with a 7-0 record and earning All-New England honors. Cobb and his teammates won 128 games during the four years in which he was a player, including 11 during postseason play.

A native of Acton, Massachusetts, Cobb graduated from Bryant University in 2009 with a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration with a concentration in finance.

Assistant Coach
James Howard

James Howard starts his first season as the Northeastern baseball team's volunteer assistant coach in 2017 after joining the staff in August 2016. His coaching duties primarily include working with the Huskies’ hitters and outfielders, serving as first base coach, and aiding in the team's recruiting efforts.

Prior to coaching at the collegiate level, Howard spent time working for both the New York Mets and MLB.

Howard played four seasons as an outfielder and first baseman at Tufts, where he graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in history. During his junior and senior seasons, he worked closely with the Jumbos’ former hitting coach and now current NU assistant coach, Kevin Casey.

A junior during Tufts’ 34-win campaign in 2014, Howard played a key role in the team’s success that year, helping the Jumbos reach the NESCAC finals as well as earn the program’s first at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. The following year, he capped off his career by winning the All-New England Gold Glove award at first base, helping guide Tufts back to the postseason.