Bethea comes to RU after five years on the coaching staff at St. John’s – including the last four as the Red Storm’s hitting coach.
“Danny has a great resume both as a player and coach. We are so excited to have him join our program and start working with our players,” head coach Steve Owens said. “His knowledge and enthusiasm combined with a great personality will be a huge asset. We welcome Dan, Jen, Owen and Hailey to our baseball family for a long and successful run!”
In 2023, Bethea mentored a pair of All-Big East selections in Aaron Mann and David Glancy, as the Johnnies posted a 28-25 record. Mann led the Big East with a .371 average, adding a 1.010 OPS and 102 total bases. Glancy led St. John’s with 13 home runs and 105 total bases, while boasting an OPS of 1.008. As a team, the Red Storm ranked second in the Big East with a .296 batting average and 112 doubles.
He mentored another pair of All-Big East selections in 2022, with Kevin Michaels (First Team) and Tate Ballestero (Second Team) both earning all-conference honors. Michaels paced the Johnnies with a .932 OPS and 46 RBIs, while Ballestero led the team with a .333 average, 69 hits and a .427 OBP.
In 2021, his first full season as a full-time assistant, Bethea saw two position players earn spots on the All-BIG EAST First Team: Marty Higgins and Carson Bartels. Higgins, a redshirt freshman, hit .333 on the year, including a .360 mark in BIG EAST play.
In Bethea’s first season on staff as a volunteer assistant coach in 2019, he helped St. John’s turn in the league’s second highest batting average and finish in the top half of the conference in nearly every single offensive category. At the time, the Red Storm turned in a winning record for the 29th time in the past 30 seasons and secured a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament for a league-record 16th consecutive year. Individually, Mike Antico and Wyatt Mascarella were unanimously selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team, with Antico finishing in the top 25 nationally in both batting average (.386) and on-base percentage (.500).
Bethea starred as a catcher for St. John’s in 2012 and 2013, starting 105 of the 107 games during that…