At Duke (2nd Season | 2015-Present): Assistant coach Pete Maki joined the Duke baseball staff in July of 2015 and enters his second season with the Blue Devils in 2016-17, serving as the team's pitching coach.
Maki's influence was felt immediately in 2016 as Duke earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, ending a 55-year drought. Duke's pitching staff ranked fourth in the ACC with a 3.79 ERA, while three Blue Devil pitchers -- Bailey Clark, James Ziemba and Brian McAfee -- were selected in the 2016 MLB Draft.
In 2016, Duke was the only program with two pitchers ranked among the ACC's top five in fewest walks allowed per nine innings in McAfee and Kellen Urbon. In addition, McAfee earned ACC Pitcher of the Week accolades following a 94-pitch shutout versus then-No. 14 Virginia.
In addition to strong starting pitching, the Blue Devils also used a core group of seven relievers who each made 15 or more appearances out of the bullpen. That group posted a combined 2.95 ERA over 146.1 innings, while Mitch Stallings ranked fourth in the ACC with nine saves.
At Columbia (8 Seasons | 2008-15): Maki joined the Blue Devils after eight seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Columbia University. He joined the Lions as an assistant coach in 2008 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2012.
The Lions enjoyed tremendous success during Maki’s tenure, capturing four Ivy League Championships including three-straight from 2013-15. The Columbia pitching staff was consistently among the best in the Ivy League under Maki’s guidance, leading the conference in team ERA, opposing batting average, strikeouts and hits allowed in Ivy League games in three of Maki's final four seasons.
In 2015, Columbia won its third-straight Ivy title and advanced to the final game of the NCAA Coral Gables Regional. The Lions totaled a program-record 17 saves while Adam Cline became Columbia’s all-time saves leader. In addition, Harrisen Egly notched five saves and collected Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors while four pitchers on the 2015 squad garnered All-Ivy citations.
Under Maki’s guidance, staff ace David Speer was named the 2014 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, the second pitcher during Maki’s tenure to collect the honor and the first unanimous choice since 2004. In 2013, the pitching staff set a program record with 357 strikeouts and ranked 29th nationally with a 2.48:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The Lions had a pitcher taken in the Major League Baseball Draft in each of Maki's final four seasons after sending a total of six pitchers to the draft in program history prior to Maki’s tenure. Additionally, Columbia's Tim Giel and Joe Donino signed free agent contracts with the Yankees in 2013 and the Diamondbacks in 2014, respectively.
Maki reunited with former head coach Brett Boretti when he joined the Columbia coaching staff in February 2008. A 2004 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., Maki lettered four seasons as a left-handed pitcher under Boretti’s tutelage at Franklin and Marshall.
Early Years: Prior to his arrival at Columbia, Maki served as an assistant coach at the University of New Haven from 2006-07. He oversaw a pitching staff that led the East Coast Conference in ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio in both 2006 and 2007. Three of his pitchers during that time went on to play professionally as well.
College Career: Maki graduated from Franklin and Marshall in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology. As a senior, he recorded six saves, posted a team-best 3.42 ERA and was named the squad’s Cy Young award winner. Additionally, Maki pitched in the prestigious Cape Cod League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League during his collegiate career.
Personal: Maki and his wife (Lisa) reside in Durham with their sons (Will and Cal).