|Position:||Student Assistant Coach|
After a standout career in College Park, Anthony Papio joined the coaching staff as a student assistant in August of 2016.
Papio finished his career as the winningest player in Maryland history as the Terps captured 174 victories over his five seasons in College Park. He also played the most games in school history (230) and ranks second all-time in triples (9).
In 2016, Papio started 50 times between center and right field and batted .261 with four home runs, a team-high four triples and eight doubles. He was also an invaluable team leader who served as the Terps’ de facto captain.
A versatile outfielder, Papio started all 66 games during Maryland run to a second straight Super Regional appearance. He had his finest offensive season, batting .262 with a .425 slugging percentage. The Olney, Md., native hit six home runs and scored 40 times, along with driving in 26 runs.
Papio starred during Maryland’s postseason run and was named to the Los Angeles Regional All-Tournament team after his clutch hitting and superb defense helped Maryland topple No. 1 overall seed UCLA.
As a sophomore, Papio started 53 games as the Terps advanced to their first NCAA Regional since 1971. He batted .271 with nine doubles and two home runs and once against came up clutch in the postseason, nabbing two hits and two RBI in both the ACC Championship game against Georgia Tech and the Columbia Regional final against South Carolina.
Papio’s redshirt freshman season saw him appear 47 times with 39 starts. He posted a .245 average with five doubles and 21 RBI.
Considered the pound-for-pound strongest player on the team during his career, Papio won Maryland’s internal “Iron Terps” competition three times. He was named a 2015 All-American Athlete award recipient by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Papio was also a contributor off the field during his career, earning Big Ten All-Academic honors twice and being honored by the Big Ten as Maryland’s Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winner in 2016. He was also honored by his peers at the 2016 Terp Awards with the James H. Kehoe Award, given to the student-athlete who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship.