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    Harvard picks Bill Decker as new baseball coach

    Bill Decker, who guided Trinity College to a record-setting 45-1 record in 2008, culminating with the NCAA Division 3 title, is the new baseball coach at Harvard.

    After an impressive 22-year run in Hartford that included five NESCAC titles and nine trips to the NCAA tourney, Decker takes over for revered 17-year coach Joe Walsh, who died unexpectedly July 31.

    “Obviously, it’s a situation that nobody in baseball wanted to be in with the untimely passing of Joe Walsh,” said Decker, who won 69 percent (529-231) of his games with the Bantams.

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    “Nevertheless, this is a tremendous opportunity at a world-class institution and I greatly look forward to both those opportunities as well as the challenges to come.

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    “I have been fortunate to spend 22 years at a wonderful place in Trinity College that’s been home to me and my family. We went to nine NCAA tournaments, got to the World Series four times, and managed to win one title.”

    His 2008 club won 44 straight games, the longest streak in NCAA Division 3 history. The .978 winning percentage set an NCAA record in any division in any sport. He is a four-time New England Coach of the Year.

    Harvard athletics director Bob Scalise said the university “has a lengthy tradition of excellence in baseball and we trust that our program will thrive under coach Decker.”

    Trinity finished 34-11 last season, advancing to the NCAA tourney. He is a 1985 graduate of Ithaca, where he played baseball and was an All-American defensive back for the football program.

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    Harvard was 12-30 in 2012.