On April 5, 2017, the W&J baseball team defeated Westminster by a 23-3 score in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference game. What was special about the day, aside from the surplus of runs scored, was that the offensive output placed an exclamation point in the 400th career victory for 15-year head coach Jeff Mountain.
Against the Titans that day, W&J, which boasted one of the top offenses in Division III this season, recorded 21 hits (10 for extra bases) by 12 different Presidents. The 23 runs were the most in a game since 2009 and the fifth time the team has scored 20-plus runs under Mountain’s leadership.
“We have one of the best Division III college baseball coaches in the country at W&J,” said Scott McGuinness, director of athletics. “He has built a program that each year is a contender in the Mideast Region. All of his former players and assistant coaches have played a role in this program’s success, but Jeff has been the architect. He’s a tremendous coach.”
It took the six-time PAC Coach of the Year just 622 games to reach the 400-win plateau, giving him an overall winning percentage of .644. Of Mountain’s first 400 victories, half came in PAC games; his teams accumulated a 200-80 record and .714 winning percentage in PAC play. The Presidents have a record of 203-77 (.725) at home since Ross Memorial Park opened in 2004 through the beginning of April 2017.
While at W&J, Mountain has led six players to All-America honors and several more to All-Region recognition. He has had Academic All-Americans and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner. Two of his players are in or entering the W&J Athletics Hall of Fame, with Shaun Pfeil ’07 joining teammate Sam Mann ’07, a 2016 inductee, in the Hall of Fame this fall.