Former Pirates' standout, Mark Pappas, is entering his sixth season on Rob Sheppard's coaching staff. In October of 2011, he was promoted to assistant coach after serving one year as a volunteer assistant coach.
Assisting the student-athletes primarily with hitting and fielding, which were strengths of Pappas' game as a player, he earned a ring as Seton Hall won the 2011 BIG EAST Championship.
Last season, thanks largely to Pappas' influence, Seton Hall led the BIG EAST in team batting with a .297 average. The Pirates also led the newly-reconstituted conference in slugging percentage, runs scored, triples, RBIs and stolen bases. In the field, Seton Hall's .975 fielding percentage was second-best in the league. The Pirates committed only 52 errors in 54 games.
In 2013, Pappas' coaching was evident as the Pirates finished the season as the second-best hitting team in the BIG EAST and the top fielding program in the conference. Seton Hall's .301 team batting average in 2013 was the highest since collectively batting .313 in 2000. The Pirates' .978 fielding percentage led the BIG EAST and their 48 errors was 18 less than the second-fewest (Villanova - 66) total in the league.
In 2011, Pappas managed the Monmouth Monarchs of the Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League to its first-ever league championship.
It's his 10th season overall as a member of the Pirates family. A graduate from Seton Hall University, Mark played for the Sheppard from 2005-08. He graduated from the team a career .290 hitter with 101 runs scored, 92 RBI, 34 doubles, three triples, and 13 home runs.
In his senior campaign, Mark led the team with 41 runs scored, nine doubles, and eight sacrifice flies. In the field, he broke the single-season record with 177 assists and currently ranks second in the category. In addition, Mark also ranks sixth with 656 at-bats and 10th with 286 assists.
Following his senior year, Mark signed his first professional contract with the Sussex Skyhawks of the Can-Am League where he played two seasons including their 2008 league championship year.