Mike Hampton enters his 13th season at St. John's as the program's recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. A former collegiate All-American and fourth round draft choice, Hampton's keen eye for talent has given St. John's a presence in every level of competitive baseball.
Hampton has coached 44 players that have been drafted or signed to professional contracts in his tenure, including four Major Leaguers.
St. John's had five players selected in the 2013 MLB Draft, including a fourth round pick in Ryan Horstman. The five-man 2013 draft class came just one season after St. John's also had five players taken in the 2012 MLB Draft, including four in the top six rounds. Jeremy Baltz, the second two-time All-American in program-history and the first BIG EAST player since 2002-04 to earn three first team All-Conference selections, highlighted the 2012 Draft Class with a second round selection.
All-American Joe Panik, a first round selection of the San Francisco Giants, highlighted a group of four players that went on to play professionally in 2011. St. John's had four players drafted in 2010 as well as two 2009 draft picks after a five-man 2008 Draft Class that featured future Major Leaguer Scott Barnes, who was drafted by the Giants in the eighth round.
Future Major Leaguer Rob Delaney signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and a record seven players were signed to professional contracts in 2005, including a record six selected in the MLB Draft. Among the players selected that season were two future Major Leaguers: first rounder Craig Hansen and 12th round pick Anthony Varvaro.
St. John's set new school-records in runs (473), hits (750), RBI (457) and doubles (150) in 2010 as a prolific offense helped the squad win a school-record 43 games. Jeremy Baltz earned NCBWA National Freshman Hitter of the Year honors and was named the Louisville Slugger National Freshman Player of the Year after leading the nation's freshman--and setting new single-season school-records--in both home runs (24) and RBI (85). The first consensus All-American in school-history, Baltz and classmate Kyle Hansen each earned Freshman All-America honors to give St. John's at least one freshman All-American in four-straight seasons.
A potent offense that ranked sixth in the country in batting average (.349) in 2009 also broke school-records in batting average, runs scored (473), RBI (440) and doubles (149). For a third-straight season, St. John's had a freshman All-American as Joe Panik earned the accolades after a rookie campaign in which the shortstop batted .332 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 47 RBI. Tim Morris also earned third team All-America honors and first team All-BIG EAST accolades after batting .415 with 17 doubles, 12 home runs and 62 RBI.
The 2008 squad featured a balanced offense as the team combined to bat .301 and four starters batted over .340 on the season. The team, which featured a school-record tying eight All-BIG EAST selections, racked up 113 doubles, 40 home runs and 20 triples to post a .439 team slugging percentage. For the second-straight season, the Red Storm had a freshman All-American as Paul Karmas earned the honors after a rookie campaign in which the designated hitter batted .312 and led the team in hits (68), doubles (17) and RBI (45).
Following a 2006 season in which the squad ranked eighth in the country in batting average (.328), St. John's finished seventh in the country in average (.326) and 12th in the country in scoring in 2007. The squad also set new single-season school-records in runs (458), hits (713), RBI (422) and doubles (126). Brian Kemp batted .348, totaled 80 hits, scored a team-best 53 runs and added 25 stolen bases en route to earning freshman All-America honors.
Hampton came to St. John's from BIG EAST Conference rival West Virginia, where he served as the Mountaineers hitting coach from 2000-01. He spent the 1999 season as a volunteer assistant on Jack Leggett's staff at Clemson.
Prior to his stay at Clemson, Hampton played professionally in the Cincinnati Reds organization and advanced to High-A before retiring due to injury.
A fourth-round draft choice by the Reds, Hampton was an All-American third baseman for Leggett at Clemson, helping the Tigers to a 57-18 record and the nation's No. 1 ranking for a portion of the 1994 season.
A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., Hampton spent the summer of 2001 in the Coastal Plain League as the head coach for the Wilmington Sharks and the summer of 1999 as an assistant for the Thomasville Hi-Toms, also of the CPL.
Hampton earned his master's degree in athletic coaching education from West Virginia in 2001, and his bachelor's degree in biological science from Clemson in 1997.
Hampton resides in Seaford, N.Y., with his wife, Lisa, and son, Jack.