Joining the Tennessee staff as the volunteer assistant coach for the 2010 campaign is Bill Currier, former head coach at the University of Vermont for 22 years. The winningest coach in Catamount history before the program was cut due to budget constraints following the 2009 season, Currier brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Knoxville.
A 1984 graduate from Vermont, Currier amassed a 486-470 record at his alma mater, including a 240-203 mark in America East conference action. He garnered America East Coach of the Year accolades on three occasions, claiming the award in 2002, 2003 and 2006. He guided Vermont to the school's first two America East regular-season championships in both 2003 and 2006 and helped the Catamounts finish second in 2002 and 2005.
In just the last eight seasons, Currier had 12 players named to the America East All-Rookie Team and four that earned Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American honors, including current Tennessee third baseman Matt Duffy who picked up the honors in 2008. The following season, Duffy was tabbed as the America East Player of the Year and a PingBaseball.com Second Team All-American after leading the conference with a .388 batting average, 57 RBIs, 57 runs scored, a .713 slugging percentage and a .495 on-base percentage.
Well regarded in the New England baseball community, Currier has a host of awards and honors to his name. Just last year, he earned the 2009 Ralph Lapointe Award from the Vermont Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association for his service to athletics in the state. In 2002, he was named the recipient of the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association's (NEIBA) Jack Butterfield Award, given annually to an active New England coach who exhibits integrity and dedication to the game of baseball. Currier also was inducted into the Vermont Principals Association Hall of Fame in 2005.
Currier's run of success at Vermont began in 1992 when he was named New England Coach of the Year for the first time after the Cats reached the championship bracket of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Division I Tournament in Worcester and also were the top-ranked Division I baseball school in New England.
Currier earned his bachelor's degree from Vermont in 1984 and his master's in physical education at Western Carolina in 1986, where he assisted current Clemson coach Jack Leggett, who was his coach as an undergrad at UVM. Currier also was the head coach for two seasons at Michell Junior College prior to moving back to Vermont.
As a student-athlete at Vermont, Currier was a key member of a team that advanced to the title game of the 1981 East Coast Athletic Conference New England Regionals. He hit .295 and led the Cats with five home runs, four triples and 65 total bases. That June he was drafted in the sixth round by the Philadelphia Phillies and after signing, he went on to play three seasons in their system.
A native of Essex Junction, Vermont, where he was a three-sport standout at Essex High School, Currier and his wife Vicki, have three sons, Brad, Brian and Bryce.
|THE BILL CURRIER FILE|
|Full Name: Willard Forrest Currier|
|Born: Jan. 27, 1960|
|Hometown: Essex Junction, Vt.|
|Family: He and his wife Vicki, have three sons, Brad, Brian and Bryce.|
|Education: Bachelor of Science - Physical Education (University of Vermont, 1984); Master of Science - Physical Education (Western Carolina University, 1986)|
|Playing Experience: Vermont, 1978-81|
|Coaching Experience: Head coach at Mitchell Junior College (1987-88); Head coach at University of Vermont (1988-2009); Volunteer assistant coach at University of Tennessee (2010-present)|