Paul Stevens continues his assistant coach duties on the UChicago baseball coaching staff for his fifth season in 2019-20.
The 2019 Maroons won the Midwest Conference North Division and reached the MWC Tournament, finishing the year with a 24-12 record. UChicago's pitching staff was dominant with a 3.58 ERA while ranking second in the nation with 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings. Starting pitcher Kyle Petri ranked second in NCAA Division III in strikeouts per nine innings (14.4), fourth in hits allowed per nine innings (4.7) and fifth in ERA (1.12). Outfielder Payton Jancsy was an ABCA All-Region selection.
In 2018, UChicago tied the school record for wins in a season with a 26-13 mark. The offense scored eight runs per game while the pitching staff struck out 309 batters in 310.1 innings. The staff ERA of 4.03 was the best mark since 2012. Outfielder Maximiliano Larsen was a D3baseball.com All-Region pick, ranking second in the nation with 23 doubles while also breaking the school record for career doubles (60). Pitcher Jacob Petersen was also an ABCA All-Region selection.
The 2017 Maroons boasted one of the best offenses in NCAA Division III. UChicago's offense hit for a .334 batting average (11th nationally) with a .412 on-base percentage (22nd). Three players were named All-Region. Outfielder Connor Hickey ranked eighth nationally with 1.43 runs per game, and outfielder Maximiliano Larsen was seventh in the nation with 0.50 doubles per game.
Stevens previously served as Head Baseball Coach at Northwestern University from 1988 until his retirement after the 2015 season. A three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, he amassed more victories than any other skipper in program history with 674.
Since taking over the program, Stevens had 67 players drafted by a Major League Baseball club or signed to a professional contract, including his oldest son, Trevor, who joined the professional ranks in 2013. Overall, Stevens coached 94 All-Big Ten selections including New York Yankees manager and four-time World Series champion Joe Girardi, two-time Major League Baseball All-Star Mark Loretta and recent major leaguers J.A. Happ of the Toronto Blue Jays, George Kontos of the San Francisco Giants, Jake Goebbert of the Tampa Bay Rays, Bo Schultz of the Toronto Blue Jays and Eric Jokisch of the Miami Marlins.
Under Stevens' guidance, the Wildcats excelled in the classroom. Since 1985, 215 student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, while eight were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. He mentored five Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients, including Girardi, Loretta, Ron Rojas, Francis Brooke and Luke Farrell. The Medal of Honor is the conference's oldest and most exclusive award, bestowed to one male and one female student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.