RADFORD, Va. – Director of Athletics Robert Lineburg announced Thursday that Joe Raccuia, Radford University’s head baseball coach, has notified him of his decision to resign his position effective August 31, 2019.
With Coach Raccuia’s resignation, Lineburg said, “Beginning as an accomplished student-athlete at Radford, Joe has experienced a great deal of success in his professional career, including his long-standing tenure as a coach at his alma mater. Joe is well-known for establishing a winning tradition for Radford’s baseball program. I wish him the best in all future endeavors.”
In his resignation letter, Raccuia, a 1995 Radford University graduate, said, “Radford Baseball has and always will hold a special place in my heart. I want to thank former president Penny Kyle and Robert Lineburg for giving me an opportunity to come back in 2007 and lead the effort to build a highly successful baseball program. A lot of blood, sweat and tears have been poured into this program by many, which enabled us to reach heights never before experienced by the baseball program at Radford. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by many gifted student-athletes, who committed themselves to do what it takes to be successful. We built it from the bottom up. After 12 very full years, I have decided it is time for me to put my focus on my family and the people that need me the most. I want to say thank you to all the players, alumni, donors, fans and friends for their unwavering support.”
During this past season, Raccuia passed 400 career wins as a head coach and became only the third coach to win 150 games in Big South conference play. This past season, he guided the Highlanders to 19-8 record in conference play and secured a second place finish in the Big South regular season standings and a post-season win for a ninth straight year.
Raccuia’s most successful season at Radford came during a historic 2015 season as the Highlanders finished with a 45-16 record and set a new school winning record. The season also saw the program’s first Big South regular season and conference championships, while earning a trip to the NCAA Nashville Regional. In the regional, Radford went 2-2, including wins over No. 3 Indiana and No. 4 Lipscomb.
During his time as head coach, Raccuia developed student-athletes to become the best players possible and experienced great success with 41 of his recruited student-athletes earning all-conference honors, and 13 players have been drafted by Major League Baseball. In the classroom, Raccuia’s players excelled as well, with 11 players being recognized on the Big South All-Academic Team and two on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
During his tenure, two major baseball facilities, Sioros Center and Williams Field at Carter Memorial Stadium, were opened. The stadium, which opened on April 8, 2011, became the cornerstone of Radford’s program in part due to Raccuia’s extensive fundraising and planning efforts. The project went from conception in the Fall of 2010 to completion during the 2011 season. Raccuia also spearheaded work on the playing surface and dugouts in time for the 2010 season. All of the improvements to the facilities marked the first major capital upgrades since Raccuia’s playing days at Radford.