Terry Rupp enters his ninth season as the head coach of the Terrapin baseball team. Since taking over as skipper eight years ago, Rupp has overseen dramatic improvements in many aspects of the baseball program. His philosophy of discipline and hard work has helped steer Terp baseball in the right direction as the program works to establish a new winning tradition.
During his tenure as head coach, Rupp has shown the ability to teach and develop his players, readying them for the next level. Four of Rupp's former players have reached the major leagues, including current pros Justin Maxwell (Washington Nationals), Kevin Hart (Chicago Cubs) and Florida Marlins catcher Mike Rabelo, who played for Rupp at Tampa. Former Terp Steve Schmoll saw Major League action with the Los Angeles Dodgers and is now in the Washington Nationals' organization.
The 2008 season was one of the best in program history, as the Terps posted a winning record for the second time in Rupp's tenure and won 30 games for only the second time in school history. Both 30-win seasons have come under Rupp's leadership. Included among those 30 wins was a win against No. 3 North Carolina, a series victory over No. 21 Georgia Tech and a win against No. 17 NC State. The 30th victory came in memorable fashion, as Scott Swinson threw the sixth no-hitter in school history in the season finale at Delaware.
Maryland started 17-6 in 2007, including a series victory over No. 6 Clemson at Shipley Field. The Terps also won two of three at No. 27 NC State and took one at No. 23 Miami. Additionally, three Maryland players had their name called in the MLB draft, highlighted by relief pitcher Brett Cecil being selected in the first round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Ryan Moorer went in the 12th round by the Seattle Mariners and Casey Baron went in the 34th round to the Milwaukee Brewers.
In 2006, the Terps defeated ranked conference foes three times, including taking two out of three from the No. 3 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Terps were an impressive 18-10 at Shipley Field. Ben Pfinsgraff and Seth Overbey were selected in the MLB draft.
In 2005, the Terps achieved many impressive team and individual feats. Twice in 2005 Rupp and the Terps upset a top-five opponent. On April 2, Maryland beat top-ranked Georgia Tech, 2-1, in Atlanta. A month later the Terps were at it again, upsetting No. 4 Miami, 11-9, on the road. For the second straight season, the Terps earned a victory in the ACC Tournament, beating Virgina Tech on the first day of action.
Several Terps also reached various individual milestones in 2005. Outfielder Will Frazier finished his prolific career as the school's all-time leader in doubles, extra base hits and total bases. Righthanded pitcher Chris Clem also capped off an impressive run under Rupp, becoming Maryland's all-time leader with 298 innings pitched.
In 2004, Rupp guided his Terrapins to several record-breaking performances. His team tied an NCAA record by hitting 13 doubles against UMBC on March 10. Four of Rupp's players (Anthony Buffone, Justin Hulse, Brian Jarosinski and Matt Maropis) moved into the top-10 of categories in Maryland's single-season records book with Buffone breaking the all-time at-bats record. The Terrapins also earned their first ACC tournament victory since 1999.
During the 2003 season, Rupp took a very young group of players and guided them to team and individual success. Despite having five freshmen and sophomores in the starting lineup, the Terps won three consecutive ACC series for the first time since they began playing three-game sets in 1990. The 2003 campaign saw the Terps facing some very tough competition, as they came away with four victories over teams in the top 15.
After adjusting to ACC play in his first season in 2001, Rupp brought home a school record 34 wins in 2002. It marked the first time that a Terrapin baseball team reached the 30-win plateau in a season. That year, Rupp also saw numerous team single-season records shattered, including runs, hits, doubles, RBI, strikeouts and saves.
In the summer of 2002, Rupp took advantage of a unique experience and represented Maryland as an assistant coach with Team USA Baseball. Rupp helped guide the team on its summer Red, White and Blue Tour, before helping the Stars & Stripes capture the Honkbal Classic Championship in The Netherlands. Rupp and Team USA then went on to earn the silver medal at the FISU World University Baseball Championship in Messina, Italy.
It is clear that Rupp has the Terrapins pointed in the right direction to be a contender in the ultra-competitive ACC. Rupp and his staff continue to attract talented recruits, as they work toward the program's ultimate goals of being a regular participant in the NCAA tournament.
Before accepting the head job at Maryland, Rupp led his alma mater University of Tampa to a 215-80 (.729) record in five years, including four 40-win seasons. Rupp guided the 1998 Spartans to the program's third national championship with an impressive 46-14 record and was named National Coach of the Year. In 2000, his team was ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division II poll heading into postseason play. His Tampa teams posted a remarkable 15-5 cumulative record against Division I opposition, including wins over Miami, Oral Roberts, Southwestern Louisiana and Army.
Rupp is a 1988 graduate of Tampa, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing. There, he was a two-time All-South Regional selection and played on teams that made a pair of national championship appearances. He was a teammate of New York Yankees first baseman and four-time world champion, Tino Martinez. He also was a two-time all-conference selection in basketball and a two-time conference All-Academic selection. In fall of 2002 he was inducted into the university's Sports Hall of Fame.
Before college, Rupp was a Parade and McDonald's All-American in basketball after helping lead Jesuit High of Tampa to the 1984 Class 3A state championship. In 1989, he was voted into the Jesuit High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Rupp was a 16th-round draft choice of the San Diego Padres in 1989 and played two seasons in the Padres' minor-league organization. From 1993-1995 he was a minor league coach for the short season Class A Oneonta Yankees of the New York-Penn League.
Rupp married his wife Jill in 1999, and they reside in University Park with their 5-year-old son, Jacob, and 1-year-old son, Shane.
The Rupp File Date of Birth: April 12, 1966 Alma Mater: Tampa, `88