Long time SUNY Erie Community College baseball coach Joe Bauth is one of four coaches that will be enshrined into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Friday, May 24. The induction will take place at the NJCAA Division 1 Baseball World Series banquet in Grand Junction, CO.
For 28 seasons, Bauth’s team are consistently one of the top teams in Region 3 and NJCAA Division 3 baseball. Since 1991, the Kats have qualified for the postseason 26 times, winning the Region 3 tournament in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2011. The longest tenured baseball coach in the program’s history, Bauth’s overall record stands at 984-594-4.
An astounding 76 players have earned All-Region recognition under Coach Bauth’s tutelage, which includes 12 student-athletes that have been named NJCAA Division 3 All-Americans. Ten of Bauth's players have gone on to play professional baseball.
Bauth has been awarded the NJCAA District Coach of the Year on four occasions and the Region 3 Coach of the Year three times.
Aside from his duties as a head coach, Bauth currently serves as the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association President and represented the NJCAA National Baseball team at the 84th annual National Baseball Congress World Series in 2018. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the American Baseball Coaches Association.
A professor in the college’s Health, Physical Education, Sports and Leisure Studies Department, Bauth received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Canisius College.