Johns Hopkins Baseball Coach Bob Babb To Retire at the End of 2025 Season

Bob Babb, who has guided the Johns Hopkins baseball team to more than 1,300 victories and six trips to the Division III World Series, announced today that he will retire at the conclusion at the 2025 season.  The 2025 season will be the 46th for Babb as the Blue Jay head coach.  He was named head coach in May 1979 by then Director of Athletics Bob Scott.

“It has been my absolute pleasure to have coached and mentored so many outstanding young men over these past forty-five years,” Babb noted.  “My wife, Gilly, and I agree that our lives have been greatly enriched by the relationships formed with both the players and their parents. I am also so thankful for the support that the Johns Hopkins community has provided and look forward to my final “at bat” this coming season.”

During a career that has seen him inducted into the Johns Hopkins and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Halls of Fame, Babb has amassed a record of 1,302-478-16 (.729); he accounts for more than 80 percent of the program’s 1,619 all-time victories to easily rank as Johns Hopkins winningest coach.  He is also the all-time victories leader among Centennial Conference coaches and is one of just five Division III coaches in history to win 1,300 career games.

Three of Johns Hopkins six trips to the Division III World Series under Babb have come since 2019 (2019, 2021, 2023) with additional appearances in 1989, 2008 and 2010.  The Blue Jays finished second at the World Series in 2008 and 2023 and third in 1989 and 2019.

“I want to thank Coach Babb for his decades of leadership, and for all that he has given to Hopkins – as a student, an alum, a parent, a football coach, and of course, a baseball coach,” said Jennifer S. Baker, Associate Vice Provost, Director of Athletics & Recreation.  “The care he has for his players and their families is remarkable, and the relationships he maintains with his alumni have created a strong and loyal community.  I am so proud of all that he has achieved, and the wonderful example of commitment, loyalty, and passion he has set for us.”

Success for the Blue Jay baseball program under Babb’s guidance began immediately, as he guided his first team in 1980 to a 21-6-3 record; the 21 wins at the time were a program record and the first 20-win season ever at Johns Hopkins.  That first team won the MAC Southeast title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament – championships and trips to the NCAAs have since been a regular occurrence for the Blue Jays.

Including the successes of that first season in 1980, Johns Hopkins has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 24 times, won 10 Middle Atlantic Conference Southeast League titles, 18 Centennial Conference championships and seven University Athletic Association titles under Babb’s direction.

In addition to the victories and championships, Blue Jay players have earned numerous individual honors since Babb became the head coach.  Of note, he has coached 26 of Johns Hopkins’ 31 all-time baseball Academic All-Americans.  The 31 overall Academic All-Americans are the most by any baseball program – at any level – since the first Academic All-America Baseball Team was selected in 1970; the 26 Academic All-Americans Babb has coached are the most by any baseball coach in history.

Twenty of Babb’s players have been elected to the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame, more than 25 have earned All-America honors from the ABCA or and 16 have signed contracts to play professional baseball.

In addition to his tenure as the head baseball coach, Babb also spent more than two decades as an assistant coach with the Blue Jay football program from 1977-98.

Johns Hopkins posted a 35-11 record, won the Centennial Conference and NCAA Baltimore Regional and advanced to the NCAA Super Regional for the third time since 2019 during the recently-completed 2024 season.  In 2025, the Blue Jays are expected to return their entire starting infield, the starting catcher, two starting outfielders and pitchers who combined for all 35 of the team’s victories this season.