Varney wins 600th game
Brandeis baseball coach Pete Varney picked up his 600th career victory on Monday afternoon, as freshman right-hander Pat Nicholson tossed a gem to lead the Judges to a 6-0 win over Massachusetts-Dartmouth.
Varney becomes the 28th Division III coach to reach 600 career wins and 15th active coach to achieve the milestone. He is the third to reach 600 wins this season, as Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s Tom Lechnir and Montclair State’s Norm Schoenig also won their 600th games this season.
Varney, who was an all-American baseball player and standout football player at Harvard before a four-year Major League career, has been at the helm of the Brandeis program since 1982. He has led the Judges to 12 NCAA tournament appearances, six conference titles and a berth in the 1999 Division III World Series.
During his tenure, Varney has hired many of his former players as assistant coaches, and seven of them are now leading college programs of their own, including Derek Carlson (Roger Williams), Mike Connolly (Bowdoin), Bryan Haley (Endicott), Eric Podbelski (Wheaton (Massachusetts)), George Reidy (Assumption), Bob Rikeman (Newberry) and Cliff Smith (Elizabethtown).
Varney began the road to 700 yesterday, as the Judges defeated UMass-Boston, 20-6. If he picks up any more wins this week, they will be against his former players, as Brandeis plays Roger Williams today and Endicott tomorrow.
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