DOVER, Del. - Wesley College Athletic Director Mike Drass announced that Head Baseball Coach Tripp Keister has accepted the managerial position of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Nationals. Keister has served as the head coach of the Wolverines baseball program since 2006.
"I am excited about this opportunity with the Nationals and I am anxious to get started," said Keister, who also served as an Associate Athletic Director at Wesley. "I will always be grateful for the six seasons I spent at Wesley College. During that time, I had the honor of coaching and working with a fantastic and talented group of people."
In his six seasons at the helm of Wesley's baseball team, Keister has led the Wolverines to an 157-92-1 record. Each of his teams has made the conference playoffs, with the 2010 team advancing to the Capital Athletic Conference Championship game. His tenure marks the winningest six-year run in school history, including an ECAC South title in 2010 and his .630 winning percentage is tops at Wesley.
"We are excited for Coach Keister and this outstanding opportunity," said Drass. "He has brought Wesley College baseball to new heights where they have been constant winners and a regional power over the last six seasons."
After a standout playing career at the University of Delaware, Keister was drafted in the 32nd round of the 1992 MLB Draft by the New York Mets. After playing in the minors for four years, he became an assistant baseball coach at the University of South Carolina from 1996-98.
Delaware State University hired him as its head baseball coach in July 1998, and over the 1999 and 2000 seasons, Keister led the team to a 45-38 overall record that included two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Division titles, including a 14-1 mark in 2000.
Keister left DSU after the 2000 season to assume a scouting post with the San Diego Padres. With the Padres, he served as an amateur scout, and also scouted the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Baltimore Orioles. He continued in the scouting post until he was named associate athletic director of development at DSU.