Bison Entered Sunday Needing to Sweep, Finish Season 21-28
Bison Need to Sweep Sunday's Doubleheader to Qualify for Fifth Consecutive PL Tournament
Bison Mentor Recognized with Series of Events Last Weekend
Scott, Bumgardner and Vanderbeck Each Post at Least Three Hits in Game Two
Gene Depew Celebration, Senior Day, Final Home Patriot League Series on Tap for Weekend
Guided by four-time Patriot League Coach of the Year, Gene Depew, the Bucknell baseball team annually ranks near the top of the Patriot League. The Bison have been especially successful over the last 16 years, finishing in the top two in the Patriot League eight times, winning five Patriot League Tournament titles and claiming the regular-season crown six times. Additionally, Depew has guided Bucknell to five NCAA Tournament appearances over that span.
Since 1996, Bucknell has broken the 20-win plateau 12 times, including three 30-win campaigns, and Depew's career winning percentage of .464 (570-660-7) is the best at Bucknell since William Lane's career ended in 1957.
Depew, who is entering his 31st season in the dugout as the Bison head coach, shows no signs of slowing down as he recently guided Bucknell to a Patriot League title in three consecutive seasons. In 2008 and 2010 the Bison won PL Tournament crowns, while in 2009 they claimed the regular-season championship.
The 2010 title was Bucknell's fifth tournament crown and NCAA berth under Depew's watch. The fourth-seeded Bison won best-of-three series at top-seeded Army and second-seeded Holy Cross on back-to-back weekends to claim their second Patriot League crown in three years.
In 2009, Depew helped the Bison earn their sixth regular-season Patriot League title as he oversaw a 13-7 conference campaign.
In 2008, Depew guided Bucknell to perhaps the biggest win in program history when it defeated No. 4 nationally ranked Florida State 7-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It was just the fourth time a Patriot League team won an NCAA postseason game.
On an individual level, Depew has won the Patriot League Coach of the Year award four times (1993, 1996, 2003, 2009), has had four Patriot League Pitchers of the Year (Mike Tomko, 1996; Mike Anders, 1998; Kevin Miller, 2003; Ryan Ebner, 2011), four Players of the Year (Kevin Silverman, 1996; Frank Fresconi, 2000; Jason Buursma, 2008; Andrew Brouse, 2010) and two Rookies of the Year (Phil Futrick, 2003; Ben Yoder, 2007). Depew has also led 65 student-athletes to 101 Patriot League first- and second-team accolades. In the classroom, Bucknell baseball has had 11 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans since 1992, including Jason Buursma, who was named to the first team in 2008.
A 1971 Bucknell graduate, Depew has the longest tenure of any coach in Bucknell baseball history. At 31 years, he has headed the program more than twice as long as second-place Tommy Thompson, who served as head coach for 15 years. He has directed his teams to 570 victories, more than five times the amount of any other coach in school history. To honor that, Bucknell's baseball field was renamed Depew Field during the 2003 season.
A native of Mifflintown, Pa., Depew was the recipient of both bachelor and master of science degrees in education from Bucknell. Football was the first sport for which Depew was a coach, as he oversaw the Bison gridders' defensive line from 1972-1992. It was in 1974 that Depew began his current occupation, first as an assistant coach for the baseball team until 1981, after which he assumed the lead role.
As an undergraduate, Depew was a standout football player for the Bison. He was a three-year letterwinner and co-captained the squad in 1970. He played every position on the defensive line, and was described by his head coach as "being as hard-nosed as they come. He has excellent speed and size for a defensive lineman." In 1969, he was named All-Middle Atlantic Conference honorable mention. Depew has two brothers who also played football for Bucknell, Terry ('73) and Alvin ('81).
Depew and his wife, Debbie, reside in Mifflinburg and are the parents of a daughter, Erin, a 2006 graduate of Bucknell, and a son, William, a 2010 Bucknell graduate.