Former Queens College Knights pitcher, Chris Reardon has returned to lead the baseball team. As head coach, Reardon hopes to restore the team to top-player status.
“The team hasn’t had a winning season since 1998,” he said. “I want to change the culture and get it back to when my partners and I were here.”
In 1998, when Reardon was a member, the Knights were one of the highest ranked teams in the region, according to QC’s athletics website. That same year, Reardon was selected to the All-Conference team.
When asked about his goals for the upcoming season, Reardon had two main objectives: to have a winning season and make it to the playoffs.
“I want to have a successful program that motivates the players to work harder and do better. Getting to the playoffs would be a good start,” he said.
While he graduated QC with a degree in History, coaching baseball was always his desired career. Before college, Reardon coached at Middle School 74 in Bayside. He also held several coaching positions in New Jersey, which included Caldwell College, NJIT and Boonton High School.
As Caldwell’s head coach, Reardon led the Cougars through five winning seasons, two CACC championships and three NCAA Championship appearances, as mentioned on QC’s athletic website. His leadership also produced 37 All-Conference honorees and a team that ranked fifth nationally in the ERA. “Coaching or bust” is Reardon’s motto.
When asked to return to QC as head coach, Reardon felt he was the right person for the job.
“I’m truly, truly excited to be here,” he said. “I went to school here. It’s a bonus that I get to coach here. I can’t wait to get started.”
In addition to being a top-rated player as a QC student, Reardon covered baseball as a reporter for The Knight News.