Feb. 13, 2012
Depew to retire at end of 2012
Depew (left), Bucknell head coach, announced that he will retire
following the 2012 season.
A 1971 graduate of Bucknell, Depew has coached at
his alma mater for more that 40 years, including the past 31 as
head coach. He has earned 570 victories, better than five times
the amount of any other Bison baseball coach. In 2003, the
baseball facility at Bucknell was renamed Eugene B. Depew Field
in his honor.
Over the past 16 seasons, the Bison have won six
regular-season crowns and five Patriot League Tournament titles,
most recently in 2010. Depew has led Bucknell to five NCAA
Tournament appearances, including
a 7-0 win at fourth-ranked
Florida State in 2008. Depew has been named Patriot League Coach
of the Year four times.
Bucknell director of athletics and recreation
John Hardt said a national search will begin immediately and the
new head coach is expected to be named prior to the start of the
2012-13 academic year.
is a very difficult decision to step away from something that
you love doing and have done for a long time, but I have decided
to make this my senior year,” Depew was quoted as saying in a
school release. “It has taken me 45 years to graduate, but it
has been time well spent. I have had the privilege to coach some
of the finest people anywhere, and I have learned from each of
them. So much has changed over the years, but the quality of the
people has remained consistent. What I will miss most is the
daily interaction with players and coaches, but I look forward
to spending time with my family and pursuing hobbies. In the
meantime, we have business to take care of this spring, and I am
looking forward to enjoying every day as we try to win another
league championship and the opportunity to compete in the NCAA
A native of Mifflintown, Pa., Depew earned
bachelor and master of science degrees in education from
Bucknell. Depew was a three-year letterwinner in football for
the Bison, serving as co-captain as a senior. The defensive
lineman was honorable mention all-conference in 1969.
Depew returned as defensive line coach and was an
assistant football coach until 1992. He became a baseball
assistant in baseball in 1974 under Hall-of-Famer Tommy
Thompson. Before the 1982 season, Depew was selected to take
over for Thompson as head baseball coach.
Depew and his wife, Debbie, have two children who
attended Bucknell, as Erin graduated in 2006 and William in
2010. Depew has two brothers who played football at Bucknell,
Terry (’73) and Alvin (’81).
(photos courtesy of Bucknell Media Relations Office)