ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – Navy Baseball Head Coach Paul Kostacopoulos today announced the addition of former Hawai’i Head Coach Mike Trapasso as the team’s pitching coach. Trapasso replaces Bobby Applegate, who was named Colorado State Pueblo head coach in June.
“I want to thank Chet Gladchuk and Paul Kostacopoulos for this opportunity, âsaid Trapasso. âIt is truly an honor to have the opportunity to work with these student-athletes. I can’t wait to do all I can to support Coach Kostacopoulos and the contenders. “
In his 20 years as Rainbow Warriors head coach, Trapasso recorded 536 wins, including eight seasons of 30 or more wins. He guided Hawai’i to several regional NCAA appearances.
In addition, Trapasso has coached 13 All-Americans, 27 All-Big West selections, 52 All-WAC winners and 80 academic all-conference selections. In addition to the college honors obtained under Trapasso’s tutelage, 43 of his student-athletes were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.
“I’m not sure we could have found a better coach to accompany us,” commented Kostacopoulos. “He’s one of the most respected pitching coaches in all of college baseball. Mike is a genuine person who loves baseball, I feel lucky to have him.”
Prior to becoming a head coach in Hawai’i, Tapasso was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech, USF and Missouri.
For his efforts, Trapasso was inducted into the Greater St. Louis Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 and was named the 2006 National Baseball Coach of the Year by the National Baseball Foundation. In addition to his national accolades, Trapasso has been named WAC Coach of the Year three times.
Trapasso was also an outstanding player at Jefferson College in Missouri (1982-83), which was one of the first junior colleges, and at Oklahoma State (1983-84).
At Jefferson College, he was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which is awarded annually to the best amateur baseball player, while at Oklahoma State, he led the Big Eight Conference and finished fifth in the country in the ERA. with just 1.42 earned points per game. .