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Kevin Leighton

Kevin Leighton

College baseball coach
Kevin Leighton
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro College baseball coach
Is Athlete Baseball player
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 28 August 1979, Brewster, Putnam County, New York, USA
Age: 40 years
Star sign VirgoVirgo
Manhattan College
The details


Kevin Leighton (born August 28, 1979) is an American college baseball coach, currently serving as head coach of the Fordham Rams baseball program. He was named to that position prior to the 2012 season. His brother, Brian Leighton, is also a baseball coach

Playing career

After a successful high school career in Brewster, New York, Leighton was drafted in the 1997 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He instead chose to attend college, and played four seasons with Seton Hall, helping the Pirates to the 2001 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament title, and a pair of NCAA Division I Baseball Championship appearances. Leighton earned his degree from Seton Hall in 2001, and would later add a master's degree from Manhattan College.

Coaching career

After graduating, Leighton accepted an assistant coach position at Manhattan, serving under then-head coach Steve Trimper. With Trimper's departure for Maine, Leighton was elevated to head coach, after just four years as an assistant. He led the Jaspers to a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament titles and NCAA Division I Baseball Championship appearances. In his first season, the Jaspers won the MAAC Tournament and advanced to regional final the NCAA Tournament, resulting in Leighton being named the American Baseball Coaches Association Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2006. Manhattan would repeat the performance in 2011, but fell in both NCAA Tournament games. In his time at Manhattan, Leighton coached 51 All-Conference players and produced eleven professional players. On July 18, 2012, Leighton was named head coach at Fordham.

Head coaching record

This table shows Leighton's record as a head coach at the Division I level.

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Manhattan (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
2006 Manhattan 34–23 17–9 2nd NCAA Regional
2007 Manhattan 35–19 21–5 2nd MAAC Tournament
2008 Manhattan 31–20–1 19–5 1st MAAC Tournament
2009 Manhattan 35–18 18–6 1st MAAC Tournament
2010 Manhattan 31–20 15–9 4th MAAC Tournament
2011 Manhattan 34–19 20–2 1st NCAA Regional
Manhattan: 200–119–1
Fordham (Atlantic 10 Conference)
2012 Fordham 22–34 12–12 8th (13)
2013 Fordham 22–33 8–16 12th (15)
2014 Fordham 24–30 13–14 7th (12) Atlantic 10 Tournament
2015 Fordham 22–32 13–11 7th (13) Atlantic 10 Tournament
2016 Fordham 29–29 14–10 5th Atlantic 10 Tournament
2017 Fordham 27–24 11–12 9th
2018 Fordham 35–19–1 16–8 2nd Atlantic 10 Tournament
2019 Fordham 38–22 15–9 4th NCAA Regional
2020 Fordham 8–6 0–0 Season canceled due to COVID-19
Fordham: 227–229–1 102–92
Total: 427–348–2


The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 04 Jul 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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