|Cory Mee Biography|
Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Cory Mee enters his 11th season as the head baseball coach at the University of Toledo. A veteran of 21 years of collegiate coaching, Mee and his staff have steadily improved the Toledo baseball program to an annual contender for a Mid-American Conference championship.
Development is where Mee has made his mark as a college coach. As an assistant coach at both Notre Dame and Michigan State, Mee built a reputation as an outstanding instructor and teacher of the fundamentals of the game. Under his tutelage, almost 60 players have developed into professionals. It is not surprising then, that his focus at Toledo is on the development of each individual player in his program.
In 2012, Toledo’s player development came to fruition as the Midnight Blue & Gold captured its first MAC West Division title in school history.
The Rockets have qualified for the MAC Tournament a school-record five-consecutive seasons and six times overall under Mee. UT has also finished in the top two in the division on three occasions in the last five seasons.
Individually, 16 Rockets have earned All-MAC honors on 22 occasions. In addition, a quintet of Toledo players have garnered All-Mideast Region accolades.
Off the field, the Rockets have been equally as successful in the classroom under Mee, posting team grade-point averages above 3.0 in 17 of the last 21 semesters. In his tenure, a total of 17 Toledo players have been selected Academic All-MAC on 27 occasions. In addition, six Toledo players have received first-team all-district recognition on nine occasions. Spearheading the academic surge have been Scott Boley and Ben Hammer, who earned spots on the second team of the Academic All-America® Baseball Team in 2007 and 2013, respectively.
Mee has also set new expectations for his program by upgrading the schedule. In his 10 years, the Rockets’ non-conference slate has included schools from the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to name a few.
Mee, 44, was named the Rockets’ head coach on July 10, 2003, becoming the 11th coach in the program’s history.
A four-year starter at Notre Dame from 1989-92, Mee saw time at third base, catcher and second base during his Fighting Irish career. He graduated in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and was named first-team Academic All-America.
After graduation, he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and played minor league baseball for the Yakima Bears in the Northwest League. In 1993, he returned to his alma mater as a volunteer assistant, helping the Fighting Irish reach the NCAA Regionals. He then spent one year at the Rochester Institute of Technology as an assistant coach before accepting a full-time coaching position at Notre Dame.
Mee and his wife Susan have two daughters, Reilly (14) and McKenna (12), and one son, Grady, (10).
Mid-American Conference Excellence
The Rockets are 66-42 (.611) in MAC regular-season games over the last four seasons, third-best win percentage during this stretch. Kent State and Central Michigan hold the top two conference marks over the last three years, compiling 83-24 (.778) and 66-41 (.617) records, respectively.
In his tenure at UT, Mee has advanced the Rockets to the MAC Tournament six times overall, including each of the last five seasons. Toledo has also finished in the top two in the MAC West Division in three of the last five years. The only previous time the Midnight Blue & Gold has placed second or better in the West Division was a runner-up showing in 1999.
The Rockets have been successful in the classroom as well as on the diamond under Mee. UT has posted team grade-point averages above 3.0 in 17 of the 21 semesters. This past fall, Toledo had a program-record 27 student-athletes garner a 3.0 or better, as the team carried a combined 3.435 GPA.
In his tenure, a total of 17 Toledo players have been selected Academic All-MAC on 27 occasions.
On a national scale, Toledo has received a recognition award from the NCAA for finishing among the top 10 percent of Division I schools in its sport for Academic Progress Rate (APR) in four of the last five seasons. APR is a gauge of every team’s academic performance at a given point in time. Points are awarded on a semester-by-semester basis for eligibility, retention and graduation of scholarship student-athletes.
Individually, Scott Boley and Ben Hammer have spearheaded the academic surge, earning spots on the second team of the Academic All-America® Baseball Team in 2007 and 2013, respectively.
Hammer and Boley are the second and third members of the Rocket baseball program to ever garner Academic All-America status, joining 1988 third-team selection RHP David Krol.
In addition, six players have garnered first-team all-district recognition on nine occasions, including Hammer, who last spring emerged as the first player in school history to be a three-time all-district recipient (2011, ‘12, ‘13).
2013: Rockets Qualify for MAC Tourney for School Record Fifth Straight Season
Toledo compiled a 25-33 overall record in 2013, including a 13-14 mark in the league. The Rockets finished third in the MAC West Division, three games behind frontrunner Northern Illinois in the standings, and qualified for the conference tournament for a school-record fifth-consecutive season.
Individually, senior Ben Hammer and junior Ryan Wilkinson received first-team All-MAC recognition. Hammer and Wilkinson collected all-league accolades for a second time in their respective careers, becoming the 34th and 35th players in school history to garner postseason laurels on more than one occasion.
Offensively, Toledo hit a conference-best .289 (574-for-1,988) with 289 runs (5.0 rpg) scored on 574 hits (9.9 hpg). The Rockets also finished first in the league in hit-by-pitch (single-season school record 86), as well as ranking second in hits (574) and sacrifice hits (67) and third in stolen bases (78).
Individually, junior Tyler Grogg finished second in the MAC with a .357 (74-for-207) batting average, followed by Hammer with a .333 (65-for-195) mark, seventh-highest total in the league. UT was the only squad to have two players rank in the MAC’s Top 10 in hitting. Grogg also led the charge on the bases, swiping a league-best 36 bags, most in school history in a single season. He averaged 0.68 thefts per contest, sixth-best nationally.
On the mound, the Rockets tallied a 4.53 ERA, sixth-best mark in the MAC. The Midnight Blue & Gold finished tied for first in the conference in complete games (9), fourth in fewest walks allowed (3.57), tied for fourth in shutouts (3), tied for fifth in home runs allowed (19).
Individually, Wilkinson and senior Kyle Shaw paced the team with miniscule 2.82 and 3.12 ERAs, fifth- and eighth-best totals in the league.
Toledo was also excellent defensively in 2013, registering a league-best .969 fielding percentage. The Rockets tallied 1,520 putouts, second-highest mark in school history in a single season, against only 69 errors in 58 games. UT also turned a conference-best 49 double plays. Toledo’s .969 fielding percentage stands second-best total in school history, surpassed only by a .976 mark set during the 1976 campaign.
In the classroom, Hammer earned a spot on the second team of the 2013 Academic All-America® Team. Hammer became the third member of the Rocket baseball program to ever garner Academic All-America status, joining 2007 second-team honoree Scott Boley and 1988 third-team selection David Krol.
In addition, senior Matt Delewski, junior James Miglin and Hammer garnered Academic All-District First Team accolades. Hammer became the first player in school history to be a three-time all-district recipient, while Miglin was a two-time selection and Delewski a first-time honoree.
Additionally, a conference-best five Rockets were selected Academic All-MAC. Sophomore Andrew Marra, Delewski, Grogg, Hammer and Miglin were chosen to represent UT on the 18-player list.
2012: Toledo Wins First-Ever MAC West Division Title!!!
Toledo secured its first MAC West Division title in school history in 2012. The Rockets’ 19-8 (.704) MAC record equaled their best mark since the conference went to three-game series prior to the 2004 campaign. The Midnight Blue & Gold also finished 19-8 in the league during the 2010 season.
Overall in 2012, UT sported a 30-27 mark, registering its second 30-win season under coach Mee. The Rockets’ 30 victories tied for sixth most in school history.
Toledo also secured a spot in the MAC Tournament for a school-record fourth-consecutive season and eighth time overall.
Individually, senior Joe Corfman, senior Lincoln Rassi and senior Matt Kuna received first-team All-MAC accolades, while sophomore Ryan Wilkinson and junior Matt Delewski earned second-team all-conference recognition. The Rockets’ total of five selections were the second most in the conference, trailing Kent State’s seven honorees. Corfman, Kuna and Delewski are two-time All-MAC honorees, becoming the 31st, 32nd and 33rd players in school history to garner all-league laurels on more than one occasion.
On the hill, UT tallied a stellar 3.92 ERA, third-best mark in the MAC and its lowest total since the 1984 campaign (3.53 ERA). As a staff, Toledo hurlers limited its opponents to a .275 average, allowing a league-low 3.4 walks and 6.4 strikeouts per game. The Rockets recorded a school-record 366 punchouts and yielded two runs or less on 13 occasions.
Kuna and Wilkinson paced Toledo with miniscule 2.61 and 2.99 ERA, second- and sixth-best marks in the league, respectively. Kuna also finished fourth in opponent batting average (.225, 67-for-298).
In the summer, Mee watched junior Mike Hamann get selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft for a second time in the last three seasons and Rassi signed as a free agent. Hamann was taken in the 16th round by the Chicago Cubs (494th overall pick), while Rassi was nabbed by the Kansas City Royals.
In the classroom, junior Ben Hammer and sophomore James Miglin were named first-team Academic All-District. Hammer became the first player in school history to be a two-time first-team all-district recipient. In addition, Toledo tied a program best with five players selected to the Academic All-MAC Team, equaling Eastern Michigan for the most academic recipients and were represented by Corfman, Hammer, Delewski, Miglin and Wilkinson.
2011: Toledo Advances to MAC Tourney for Third-Consecutive Season
UT tallied a 26-29 overall mark and a 15-12 ledger in the MAC in 2011. The Rockets finished fourth in the MAC West Division, two games behind frontrunner Central Michigan in the standings and advanced to the league tournament for a third-consecutive season and fourth time in the last five years.
UT’s 15 conference victories are the second most this decade and also equalled the fifth most in school history.
Along the way, Toledo sported an 11-game win streak from March 30-April 13. UT’s unbeaten stretch was the longest in the program’s history over the last 30 years.
On the hill, UT hurlers sported a 4.04 ERA, posting its lowest total since the 1984 campaign. Sophomore RHP Mike Hamann led the squad with a miniscule 1.96 ERA, second best in the conference.
Individually, senior INF Chris Dudics, sophomore OF Ben Hammer and junior DH Mark Lapikas received second-team All-MAC honors. A two-time All-MAC recipient, Dudics became the 30th player in school history to earn all-league recognition on more than one occasion and first since Drew Hoisington received second-team accolades in 2006 and 2007.
In the summer, Mee also saw newcomer Andrew Marra selected in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft.
In the classroom, junior 3B Joe Corfman and Hammer earned academic all-conference accolades.
2010: Rockets Experience Season to Remember
Toledo experienced one of the best seasons in school history in 2010, finishing 34-22 overall and 19-8 in the MAC’s West Division. UT registered its first 30-win season since 1999, and the Midnight Blue & Gold’s 34 wins tied for second most in school history. The Rockets’ MAC ledger was the program’s best conference mark since posting a 23-9 (.719) record in the 1999 campaign, and UT’s league-win total was the second most in school history.
For his efforts, Mee was selected as MAC Coach of the Year.
UT enjoyed a record-breaking year offensively, setting school marks for hits (679), runs (431), doubles (150), RBI (393), total bases (1,043) and at-bats (2,068). In addition, the Rockets’ batting average (.328) and home run (62) total ranked second in the school’s single-season record book.
On the mound, UT sported a 4.63 ERA, second-best mark in the MAC and its lowest total since the 1991 campaign (4.50 ERA). Junior Matt Suschak ranked fourth in the conference with a 3.84 ERA, while sophomore Kyle Shaw and freshman Mike Hamann were fifth and seventh with 3.84 and 4.12 ERAs, respectively. Toledo’s hurlers limited its opponents to a league-low .271 average with 6.2 strikeouts per contest.
Toledo was also excellent defensively in 2010, establishing school records in putouts (1,504), assists (670) and double plays (63), as well as finishing second in strikeouts (347) and fielding percentage (.963).
Under Mee’s guidance in 2010, sophomore Joe Corfman and redshirt freshman Matt Delewski each earned first-team All-MAC honors, while junior Jared Hoying, junior Chris Dudics, Suschak and Hamann received second-team all-league accolades. The six all-conference players matched the 1984 squad for the most all-league selections in school history. In addition, Dudics sported a MAC-record 39-game hit streak and tied for the league lead with a single-season school-record 99 hits.
In the summer, Mee also saw Suschak and Hoying selected in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft.
Suschak was selected in the seventh round by the Atlanta Braves and Hoying was drafted in the 10th round by the Texas Rangers, respectively. Additionally, senior Aaron Dudley signed with the Gulf Coast League Marlins as a free agent.
Academically, Corfman and Delewski earned academic all-conference accolades.
2009: UT Advances to MAC Tournament Finals
Toledo registered a 24-30 overall mark and a 14-12 ledger in the MAC West Division in 2009. UT finished a close second to Ball State in the division standings, equalling the sixth-most conference wins in school annals.
The Rockets played their best baseball at the end of the season and advanced to the finals of the MAC Tournament for the second time in school history (1982). Toledo’s late-season run came to an end with a setback to eventual tourney champion Kent State at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.
Individually, sophomore Matt Kuna received second-team All-MAC honors, becoming the first UT hurler to be selected all-league since 1999. In addition, sophomore Jared Hoying ranked in the Rockets’ Top 10 single-season categories in RBI (T-6th, 50), total bases (T-6th, 120), home runs (T-8th, 11) and doubles (T-9th, 15).
Mee also saw senior Jeff Cinadr, junior Justin Collop and signee Mike Hamann each get selected in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, tying a single-season school record.
Collop was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the sixth round (193rd pick), Hamann was chosen by the Cleveland Indians in the 24th round (725th pick) and Cinadr was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 36th round (1,099th pick).
In addition, sophomore Chris Dudics earned academic all-conference accolades.
2008: Toledo’s Season Filled with Peaks and Valleys
UT fielded a veteran team in 2008 but was plagued by injuries. The Rockets finished 18-31 overall, 10-13 in the conference, and missed qualifying for the league tournament by a mere one game. The Midnight Blue & Gold were good enough at times to compete against the elite teams in the league, Unfortunately, many of their brightest moments were overshadowed by a disappointing overall mark.
On an individual basis, senior Drew Hoisington wrapped up his collegiate career as one of the most accomplished players in UT’s history. The two-time second-team All-MAC selection finished first in school annals in career runs scored (180), doubles (53), total bases (393) and walks (111).
Academically, junior Jeff Cinadr earned a spot on the first team of the 2009 Academic All-District squad. In addition, junior Josh Colliver and Cinadr earned academic all-league recognition.
2007: Rockets Earn Spot in MAC Tournament
Mee led the Midnight Blue & Gold to a 26-28 overall mark in 2007, including 14-13 in the MAC, and earned a berth in the league tournament for the first time since 1999.
UT finished first in the MAC in home runs (49), sacrifice flies (28) and slugging percentage (.448), second in doubles (116) and total bases (848), third in batting average (.293) and fourth in runs scored (349), triples (15) and on-base percentage (.369). UT also set school records in two-base hits and putouts (1,414). In addition, junior Drew Hoisington established school records for triples (7) in a season en route to earning second-team All-MAC honors.
Academically, junior 3B Scott Boley earned a spot on the second team of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Baseball Team. Boley became only the second member of the Rocket baseball program to earn Academic All-America honors. Along with being named Academic All-America, Boley garnered first-team Academic All-District accolades, while senior OF Joel Visser made second team.
In addition, senior Joe Roberts, senior Todd Thomas, senior Joel Visser, junior Jake Swint and Boley garnered academic all-conference accolades.
2006: Rockets Show Improvement in All Areas
UT registered a 26-27 overall mark and an 11-15 MAC ledger in 2006, showing an 11-game improvement over the previous season. The Rockets’ 11 league victories were the most since the 1999 campaign.
Toledo ended the season with six wins in its final nine contests, including a three-game sweep against Northern Illinois. The league sweep was UT’s first since the MAC went to a three-game series in 2004 and marked the first time it swept a weekend league series since May 1999.
The club recorded a 4.80 team earned-run average, the lowest mark posted at Toledo since 1991 and two full runs lower than 2005. Junior Joe Roberts also set a school record for saves with 12.
Individually, the Rockets were led by senior Jason Watson, who set a UT record for assists (1,384), and sophomore Drew Hoisington, who each received second-team All-MAC honors.
The team also showed progress at the plate, finishing fifth in the conference with a .288 batting average.
Academically, junior Joe Roberts, sophomore Scott Boley and Watson earned academic all-league honors.
2005: Rockets Finish as One of Nation’s Elite Squads in Turning Double Plays
Toledo finished with a 15-39 overall mark in 2005, including a 5-17 ledger in the conference.
UT excelled defensively during the 2005 campaign and ranked 12th in the nation, averaging 1.15 double plays per game. The Rockets turned a school-record 62 double plays, besting the previous mark of 58 set in 2002.
In addition, Mee saw seniors Ben Lovell and Nick Szczur move into the professional ranks.
2004: New Era in Toledo Baseball
Toledo posted a 20-34 overall record in Mee’s first season in 2004. UT posted a .301 team batting average, fifth-best in the league. The Rockets, who had five players bat over .300, set single-season school records in doubles (114), at-bats, (1,930), assists (607) and putouts (1,398). UT was also third in the conference with a .454 slugging percentage and tied for sixth in on-base percentage (.374).
Toledo had several games go down to the wire as 20 of its 54 contests were decided by three runs or less, including 15 one-run games.
Individually, senior Sean Dobson was named first-team All-MAC, while junior Dan Ruth received second-team all-league honors.
Dobson ended his UT career sporting a .371 average, the second-highest mark in school history. The 2004 third-team collegebaseballinsider.com All-America selection also sat first in the Toledo record book in career hits (249), runs scored (159), and doubles (46). Later that summer, Dobson was drafted in the 40th round (1,200th overall pick) of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
In the classroom, senior Shawn Hurst was named to the Academic All-District first team.
Mee’s Coaching Origins
A native of Hilton, NY, Mee came to Toledo after serving as an assistant coach at Michigan State from 2000-03. Prior to his stay in East Lansing, MI, he served as an assistant coach for six seasons at Notre Dame (1993, ‘95-99).
In 2002, Mee helped the Spartans post 38 wins and make its mark in the school’s record books. The team set school records in hits (685), runs (500), RBI (456), doubles (126) and home runs (95). The Spartans also finished fourth in the country in both batting average (.344) and slugging percentage (.563), fifth in home runs and 11th in scoring (8.8 runs per game).
In Mee’s five seasons at Notre Dame, the Irish hitters posted impressive numbers. All five Irish squads posted team averages of .300 or higher, while averaging 65 home runs per season. In 1997, the Irish set school records for home runs (66), doubles (127) and slugging percentage (.529), while tying the all-time mark for team batting average (.334). The following year, the Irish again broke the home run record with 73. In his five seasons, Mee tutored 14 players who signed professionally, including four catchers. During his 10 years at ND as a player and coach, the Fighting Irish reached the 40-win plateau every year and participated in five NCAA regionals.
Cory Mee Fast Facts
• Almost 60 players under Mee’s guidance have gone on to play professional baseball.
• Mee has had nine Toledo players drafted on 11 occasions.
• Sixteen Toledo players have garnered All-MAC recognition on 22 occasions.
• Toledo’s team GPA has been above 3.0 in 17 of the last 21 semesters.
• Seventeen Rockets have earned Academic All-MAC accolades a total of 27 times.
• Six Rockets have garnered first-team all-district recognition on nine occasions.
• UT’s 66 MAC wins over the last four seasons (19 in 2010, 15 in 2011, 19 in 2012, 13 in 2013) are the most in school history over a four-year period.
• The Midnight Blue & Gold has finished in the top two in the MAC West Division in three of the last five seasons.
• Toledo had a program-record 27 student-athletes garner a 3.0 GPA or better, as the team carried a combined 3.435 GPA. (Fall 2013)
• Toledo qualified for the MAC Tournament for a school record fifth-consecutive season and ninth time overall. (2013)
• UT hit a conference-best .289. (2013)
• Toledo was the only team to have two players rank in the MAC’s Top 10 in hitting. (2013)
• The Rockets also finished first in the league in hit-by-pitch (single-season school record 86), as well as ranking second in hits (574) and sacrifice hits (67) and third in stolen bases (78). (2013)
• The Midnight Blue & Gold tied for first in the conference in complete games (9). (2013)
• Conference-best five players were selected Academic All-MAC. (2013)
• Toledo registered a league-best .969 fielding percentage and turned a conference-high 49 double plays. (2013)
• Toledo captured its first MAC West Division title in school history. (2012)
• The Rockets posted a 19-8 MAC record, equaling their best mark since the league went to three-game series prior to 2004. (2012)
• UT’s five All-MAC selections were the second most in the conference, trailing Kent State’s seven honorees. (2012)
• Toledo registered its ninth 30-win season in school history and its second under coach Mee. (2012)
• The Rockets tallied a 3.92 ERA, third-best mark in the MAC and their lowest total since the 1984 campaign (3.53 ERA). (2012)
• UT’s two Academic All-District selections tied for the most in a single season in program history. (2012)
• Toledo featured the school’s all-time hit and doubles leader (Joe Corfman, 261 & 54). (2012)
• The Midnight Blue & Gold tallied a school-record 1,535 putouts. (2012)
• The Midnight Blue & Gold turned a MAC-best 54 double plays. (2011)
• The Rockets sported an 11-game win, marking their longest unbeaten stretch over the last 30 years. (2011)
• Toledo equalled the single-season school record with 15 saves (1981). (2011)
• During the 2009-10 school year, Toledo received Public Recognition Award from NCAA for finishing among top 10 percent of Division I schools in its sport for Academic Progress Rate (APR) for a fourth time in the last five seasons.
• UT showcased the school’s all-time home run king (Dan Sherwood, 35). (2011)
• Toledo won 34 contests and registered its eighth 30-win season in school history. (2010)
• The Rockets also finished 19-8 in the MAC, posting their best conference mark since 1999. (2010)
• UT enjoyed a record-breaking year offensively, setting school records for hits (679), runs (431), doubles (150), RBI (393), total bases (1,043) and at-bats (2,068). (2010)
• Toledo led the MAC with a .328 batting average and a .504 slugging percentage. (2010)
• UT ranked 10th nationally in doubles per game (2.68). (2010)
• The Rockets advanced to the finals of the MAC Tournament for a second time in school annals. (2009)
• Toledo blasted 58 home runs, second-most in school history, with 108 doubles. (2008)
• UT registered a 26-28 overall record, 14-13 in the MAC, and earned a berth in the league tournament for the first time since 1999. (2007)
• The Rockets set school record for assists (662). (2006)
• Toledo turned 62 double plays (1.15 per game), which ranked 12th in the nation. (2005)
• Michigan State set school records for hits (685), runs (500), RBI (456), doubles (126) and home runs (95). (2002)
• Notre Dame bested the previous year’s home run record with 73 round trippers. (1998)
• The Irish set school records for home runs (66), doubles (127) and slugging percentage (.529). (1997)
• Mee played one season with the Yakima (WA) Bears (a Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate) of the Northwest League.
• Mee earned GTE Academic All-America honors as a player at Notre Dame (1992).
• Mee was a four-year starter at Notre Dame (1989-92).
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