Mansfield’s Hillson retires after 33 seasons

Harry Hillson, the program’s all-time wins leader, has announced his retirement as head coach of the Mansfield University baseball team after 33 seasons at the helm.

Hillson amassed 892 wins since being named head coach of the program prior to the start of the 1987 season. He ranked 12th amongst active NCAA Division II head coaches in wins during the 2019 season and retires as 31st on the all-time wins list for Division II head coaches.

His teams posted 15 seasons with 30 or more wins including a program-record 44 wins in 1994. The Mounties won 41 games in both 1995 and 2002.

Hillson guided the Mountaineers to nine PSAC East titles (1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2004), five PSAC Tournament Championships (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997), four NCAA Regional crowns (1988, 1992, 1993, 1994) and three NCAA Division II World Series appearances (1992, 1993, 1994). The 1992 team finished runner-up in the nation after falling to Tampa 11-8 in the National Championship game and the 1993 and 1994 teams finished fifth in the country.

Hillson guided 120 student-athletes to All-PSAC East recognition including four Athletes of the Year, three Pitchers of the Year, and two Rookies of the Year. 21 of his players were named to All-American honors including nine first-team selections.