In conjunction with homecoming weekend on October 18th- 20th, Queens College Athletics shines its monthly Alumni Spotlight on the brand new baseball coach and QC alumnus, Chris Reardon. Reardon graduated from Queens in 1999 and had come back to take the helm of the QC baseball program.
A Cardozo High School graduate, Reardon grew up in Bayside, N.Y. and played baseball through his school years, dating back to little league. Chris, a southpaw, started his collegiate career New Mexico Junior College in 1996 and came to Queens in 1997 to join then-head coach Ed Tartarian’s squad. It was at Queens where he tasted success under Tartarian’s tutelage.
As a starter on Tartarian’s staff, Reardon helped the Knights to an NYCAC conference championship in 1997 and 1998, and an NCAA Division II Regional appearance in 1998. In 1998, the Knights beat Dowling for the NYCAC Championship and a national rank of 10th. One of Reardon’s highlights included a one-hitter against those same Dowling Golden Lions. When asked how Tartarian was as a leader, Reardon noted that his QC coach commanded respect.
You would think to throw a one-hitter was his all-time favorite moment at Queens, but Reardon pointed to the championship game when his teammate and long-time friend Eddie Morrissey earned the win in relief of Chris. Reardon mentioned that he still keeps in touch with fellow alums, such as Morrissey, and on October 20th the Knights baseball program will host an alumni game to coincide with Homecoming Day.
As a coach at Caldwell College from 2002-2008, he led the Cougars to two conference championships and three regional bids. Reardon attributes his success to the men who mentored him, including Tartarian and legendary St. John’s head coach, Ed Blankmeyer. While the game has changed from his playing days from aluminum bats to now wood bats, Reardon tries to instill in his players to “pay attention to the little things” in the wood bat era of college.
What has helped Reardon become a successful coach is his energy. “I bring energy, I bring enthusiasm, I bring intensity, I bring an attitude, which is more just the way I was brought up, you don’t quit, and you do more than people expect you can do.” Another facet of his energy includes social media. When asked about social media and athletics, Reardon noted, “Social media is a way to reach out to so many people, whether it is recruits, fans, family, or alumni.”
In the classroom, he was a history major at Queens College. What he learned from the college apart from being involved with athletics was “a great education for a really good price.” He uses the fact that QC provides affordable education as a key recruiting tool to bring in players, so Reardon combines that salesmanship with his prior experience at Queens College as he takes the reins of the Queens College Baseball Program.