Paul Fernandes is in his 31st year at Columbia. He has been an athletics administrator for all 31, and Columbia’s baseball coach for 23, since joining the Columbia staff in 1977 as assistant athletic director and head baseball coach.
As Associate Athletics Director for Intercollegiate Sports Programs, Fernandes oversees several sports, including football, in such areas as travel, scheduling, equipment, and home event management. But he is best known for his 23 years as Columbia’s head baseball coach, during which he built one of the most respected baseball programs in the Ivy League. His 1987 team set two school records when it went 28-14 and posted a 2.12 earned run average, which led the nation. He sent 15 Columbia players into professional baseball, including two major leaguers, Gene Larkin and Frank Seminara. One of only two Columbia baseball coaches to win more than 300 games, he posted 493 career victories. Fernandes served four years as a member of the NCAA Baseball Committee.
Fernandes is a 1967 graduate of SUNY Cortland, where he played baseball and basketball. He holds a master’s from C.W. Post, where he began his coaching career, and a C.A.S. in physical education from NYU.