Mike Glavine – the two-time CAA Coach of the Year (2017, 2018), 2018 NEIBA (New England) Coach of the Year and 2018 ABCA/Diamond Northeast Region Coach of the Year – is in his fifth season as head coach of the Northeastern baseball team during 2019 and 13th season overall with the program, having previously served as the Huskies’ fulltime assistant and recruiting coordinator. He was named Neil McPhee’s successor as head coach during September 2013 and took the reigns of the program upon McPhee’s retirement at the conclusion of the 2014 season, following McPhee’s 29th year at Northeastern.
Glavine has guided Northeastern to consecutive CAA regular-season titles during 2017 and 2018 – the Huskies’ first within any conference since 2005 (America East). He has also led the Huskies back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003, earning an at-large bid during 2018 after winning a program record, 36 games, including the program’s first three victories against the SEC, and attaining a top-40 RPI.
Glavine led Northeastern to its first-ever CAA regular-season title during 2017 – its first within any conference since 2005 (America East). During the preseason, the Huskies had been predicted to finish seventh in the league’s final standings and in turn miss the conference tournament. However, Glavine steered Northeastern to the best fielding percentage in the CAA (.975), one that led the conference in double plays turned (58) and housed the 2017 CAA Defensive Player of the Year, shortstop Max Burt. Coupled with a pitching staff that combined to post a 3.88 ERA during league games, the Huskies went 16-7 during the conference calendar, winning the pennant by a half game ahead of UNCW. Glavine’s success merited him CAA Coach of the Year honors, following in the footsteps of Neil McPhee’s 1994 America East Coach of the Year mention, awarded to McPhee while Glavine was a student-athlete on his NU roster. Northeastern’s postseason would end prematurely as the Huskies finished in third place – one game removed from the CAA championship round.Since becoming head coach, Glavine has coached four Northeastern players to MLB Draft selections: Michael Foster during 2015 to the Chicago Cubs (16th round), Rob Fonseca during 2015 to the Seattle Mariners (21st round), Aaron Civale during 2016 to the Cleveland Indians (third round), and Dustin Hunt during 2016 to the Houston Astros (10th round). During the 2016 MLB Draft, Glavine became the first head coach in Northeastern history to witness two players (Civale and Hunt) be selected during the draft’s opening 10 rounds with Civale’s selection at 92nd overall standing as the third highest NU draft pick all-time.
At the helm of the Huskies for his second season during 2016, Glavine led Northeastern to its fifth 30-win campaign (31) in program history, improving his first-season win total by six victories. Opening the year on the road against No. 30 Oklahoma, he navigated NU to consecutive upset wins versus the ranked Sooners, delivering the program its first-ever victories against a Big 12 opponent. Returning to the CAA tournament for the fourth straight season and second in a row under Glavine, the fifth-seeded Huskies outperformed two higher-seeded teams (No. 3 Elon, No. 4 James Madison), finishing as one of the conference’s final four teams left standing. Under Glavine’s guidance, Northeastern observed two student-athletes go on to claim CAA postseason awards during 2016: right-hander Aaron Civale (Pitcher of the Year) and catcher Josh Treff (Defensive Player of the Year). That season, the CAA handed out 11 conference awards to eight of Glavine’s players, including six All-CAA selections. Civale also became the first Northeastern player since 2012 to garner status as a Louisville Slugger All-American, having been selected to the Third Team.
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 run through the conference during 2006 (19). Under his first-year mentorship, Northeastern achieved its first top-three, regular-season 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.