Ron Plourde '91 coaches the baseball team at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a position he's held for 10 years.
This year his team won the 2007 Liberty League championship and played in the NCAA Division III championships. He also led the team to a league championship in 2005. During this past summer,
he and the team toured Italy (15 cities in 10 days!) to play club teams there.
Originally from Lewiston, Maine, Plourde came to Saint Joseph's as a communications major and played second base on the baseball team for four years. He's been coaching ever since, including three years as assistant coach under Will Sanborn '86 here at Saint Joseph's College from 1995 to 1998. During that same time, he also coached women's soccer on campus.
Plourde earned his master's degree in human performance from Frostburg State University in Maryland. In addition to coaching, he teaches exercise science at Skidmore.
His greatest reward? Seeing his players mature. "When I see them listen and learn and improve, it gives me a lot of satisfaction," he says.
He recalls the warm, friendly environment at Saint Joseph's, both on and off the field. He still talks to Will Sanborn on a regular basis. "I learned so much from him. A lot of my success, I can contribute to him," he notes. "I can't say enough good things about him."
The most important trait for a coach? Patience. "And you have to care about the kids. If you give them your all, they'll give their all to you."
B.A. Saint Joseph's College, 1991
M.S. Frostburg State University, 1995
Head Baseball Coach, Skidmore College