Steve Duncan begins his fourth season as the head baseball coach at Washington University. In his first three seasons, Duncan has compiled an 82-46 record and a .641 winning percentage. He led the Bears to their eighth NCAA Regional appearance in school history in 2012 and a share of the University Athletic Association (UAA) championship in 2013.
Duncan's teams have set or tied nine Washington University single-season individual and team records. As a team, the 2011 Bears set school records for stolen bases (120) and double plays (43), while the 2013 squad tied the mark for best team fielding percentage (.958). Individually, Brandon Rogalski set single-season records for at bats (178, 2012), hits (77, 2012) and RBIs (60, 2011), while also setting the Washington University career hits record (216). Senior Kyle Billig also set two single-season records for the Bears in 2012 - runs (59) and stolen bases (35), and became Washington University's career stolen bases leader during the 2013 season. Junior Max Zhang set the single-season record for best ERA (0.69) in 2012. In 2011, the 46 games played also represented a new Washington University single-season record.
In three seasons, Duncan has also mentored six student-athletes to 10 ABCA/Rawlings and D3Baseball.com All-Region honors, while Rogalski became just the second student-athlete in program history to garner back-to-back All-America accolades (2011 first team, 2012 second/third team). Duncan's teams have also excelled in the classroom, with six individuals earning seven Academic All-District honors, including Academic All-Americans in Rogalski (2012 second team) and junior Dom Quaranta (2013 third team).
Duncan arrived on the Danforth Campus after serving as an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins University for three seasons (2008-10). The Blue Jays posted an overall record of 114-31 (.786) during Duncan’s stint, including three Centennial Conference championships, two regional titles and two trips to the NCAA Division III College World Series.
Johns Hopkins posted a 44-7 record in 2010, and placed fifth at the World Series. Duncan helped develop three All-Americans, including 2010 D3baseball.com National Player of the Year Dave Kahn. The Blue Jays posted a 42-8 record and a second-place finish at the World Series in his first season, and a 28-16 mark with a South Region runner-up finish in 2009.
Prior to his stint with Johns Hopkins, Duncan served as an assistant baseball coach at Biola University in 2004, working under head coach and former major leaguer John Verhoeven. The Eagles posted a 34-13 overall record, and won the Golden State Athletic Conference regular season championship, and earned a regional playoff berth.
Duncan was a four-year starter as a first baseman and pitcher for Wheaton College (Ill.), and earned first-team all-conference honors in 2002. He was also an academic all-district selection in 2002. Duncan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Wheaton in 2002, and went on to earn a master’s degree in philosophy of religion and ethics from Biola in 2004.
Following graduate school, Duncan worked for Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor in Baltimore, Md., from 2005-07, and in sales at Drive Financial from 2007-08.