Herkimer College baseball has achieved some major successes in recent years. The team won the Region III Championships in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2015 and Mountain Valley Conference in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

In 2005, Jason Rathbun took over as Head Baseball Coach, succeeding his former coach Hank Testa. Herkimer has climbed to the top of NJCAA baseball with the team's work in the classroom and on the field.

Since 2005 (14 Years) (448-163 Record) Herkimer has had: 

  • 3 players drafted by MLB
  • 1 player drafted by Japanese Professional League
  • 14 regional playoff appearances
  • 11 regional Final Four appearances
  • 8 regional Championship games
  • 6 World Series appearances
  • 4 third place finishes in the World Series
  • 2 NJCAA All-Academic team honors
  • 11 conference championships
  • 61 All-Conference selections
  • 59 All-Region selections
  • 19 All-Americans
  • 5 NJCAA Academic Student Athlete Awards
  • 2 SUNY Chancellor’s Award winner
  • American Red Cross Youth Leadership Award
  • Nationally ranked 13 years in a row

But we consider the great attitudes of our players to be the team’s greatest accomplishment. We’re always striving to play better, learn more, grow stronger as a team, and better serve our community.

If you’re a baseball player considering your college choices, we recommend you get in touch with our coaches to learn more about becoming a part of a truly special program.

Why play baseball for Herkimer College?

Herkimer baseball offers you the opportunity to begin your college education and play baseball in a program that promises maximum exposure to four-year universities and professional scouts, and an immediate chance to play in your freshman year. The program is arranged in three seasons to keep our student athletes competing at the top level in the classroom and on the field. Herkimer baseball begins the day you walk on campus. Fall baseball includes preseason tournaments against outside competition, intra-squad scrimmages, daily practice fundamentals, plyometric conditioning, mental preparation, and our Blood Bowl Series. Fall baseball is an important part of the evaluation for the spring season. Winter is the off season in which the program focuses on weight training. Winter is important for growth and strength conditioning for the spring season, and utilizes our strength and conditioning coach for maximum training.

Our annual spring trip in March to Florida kicks off our spring competition. The spring season has a 40-game schedule versus Mountain Valley Conference teams, NJCAA Region III teams and competition from outside the region against top Division I and II teams. The Region III record determines seeding for tournament play, with the chance to advance to the NJCAA Division III World Series. Please review the website, including the baseball history page, to learn more about our program.


Interested in joining our team?

To find out more about the Herkimer College baseball team, contact Coach Rathbun by calling (315) 866-0300 ext. 2228 or via e-mail at

To learn more about attending Herkimer College, contact Admissions by calling 315-866-0300 ext. 8278 or e-mail and schedule a visit.

Be sure to tell the admissions advisor of any sports teams you may be interested in so they can arrange meetings with coaches or players.

We look forward to meeting you!