BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College assistant baseball coach Conor Kortmann '13 MBA '18 was officially announced as the new head baseball coach at Rutgers University-Newark on Tuesday morning.
A native of Manalapan, New Jersey, Kortmann returns to his home state after more than a decade at Babson. A four-year member of the Beavers as a player from 2010-13, he came back to campus in July 2014 as an assistant coach and has helped the program reach new heights over the last seven years.
"Congratulations to Rutgers-Newark on their hiring of Conor Kortmann," stated Babson head baseball coach Matt Noone. "The Scarlet Raiders are getting one of the best young coaches in the country. I am incredibly happy for Conor as he returns home to New Jersey to begin the next stop in his coaching journey. As a former student-athlete and then coach here at Babson, Conor has been instrumental in helping take our program to great heights. For the better part of 12 years, Conor has been a great example of entrepreneurial thought in action and a tremendous role model for our players and athletics department.
"I, like everyone here at Babson, am thrilled for Conor, but at the same time a little sad as a great friend and teammate are moving on. He has been more than just a player and coach. We have been together for a long time and experienced so many great times together here. I wish Conor nothing but success!"
After helping a young squad advance to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship series in 2016, Kortmann helped guide Babson to three regular season league titles, two conference tournament championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances since 2017. The Beavers fell to UMass Boston in the Harwich Regional final in 2017 and came within a game of reaching the Division III College World Series before being defeated by Misericordia University at the 2018 York (Pa.) Regional.
Babson put together the best season in program history in 2019, winning a school-record 39 games and reaching the College World Series after winning the Hartford (Conn.) Regional and sweeping perennial power SUNY Cortland in the NCAA Super Regionals. The Beavers finished the year ranked third by D3baseball.com and fourth in the Collegiate Baseball/ABCA poll.
The Green and White opened the 2020 campaign by winning two of three games at then-second-ranked Trinity (Texas) to ascend to No. 3 in the D3baseball.com poll before the remainder of the season was canceled.
"I'm really excited for the opportunity to take over the Rutgers-Newark baseball program," commented Kortmann. "I can't thank Coach Noone enough for the opportunity he gave me 12 years ago, first as a player and then again in 2014 to come back as a coach. Coach Noone is as good a coach as you will find anywhere in the country, at any level, and I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have worked under him and to have learned from him for as long as I have.
"I also want to thank coach (Bruce) Ginsberg for his continued mentorship and support, coach (Norm) Govoni for his incredible passion for the program, and all the players in the program who gave their all every day and afforded me this opportunity. Lastly, I thank the entire athletics department at Babson who became like family to me. I look forward to following from afar and rooting for Babson's continued success."
As a player at Babson, Kortmann started 108 of 116 games and batted .314 with 27 extra-base hits, 61 runs scored and 67 RBI from 2010-13. Prior to returning to the program as an assistant coach, he worked as a video operations and player development intern with the Boston Red Sox Eastern League Double-A affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs.