Mike Cooperstein | Head Coach
Dr. Michael J. Cooperstein embarks on his 10th season at the helm of the Diplomat softball program in 2017. Cooperstein became the ninth head coach in program history in August of 2007.
In his nine seasons as head coach, Cooperstein has amassed 155 victories, placing him first on the all-time wins list after passing Ray Oswald’s 144 during the 2016 season. The last three years have been some of the most successful in the history of the program as F&M has accumulated a 68-41 record.
In 2016, F&M won 20 or more games for the third consecutive season and fourth time in the previous six years, while remaining n contention for the Centennial Conference (CC) Playoffs into the final week of the season.
Cooperstein was named the CC Coach of the Year in 2014 after the Diplomats captured the single-season record for victories with 25, first set in 1981.
Cooperstein came to Lancaster with nearly two decades of coaching experience. On the collegiate level, Cooperstein spent five seasons (2001-06) as an assistant at Saint Joseph's University. Two of those seasons were spent as the bench coach and hitting instructor, while the other three were spent overseeing the squad's pitchers and infielders.
With his help, the Hawks battled their way into the Atlantic 10 Conference playoffs four times. The 2004 squad finished second in the Atlantic 10, snapping the University of Massachusetts' 73-game, home winning streak in the process. That team was the first Saint Joseph's squad to play for an A10 championship. Three of Cooperstein's players earned Academic All-America honors.
In 2007, Cooperstein left the world of college softball to take an assistant coach position at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor, Pa.
In addition to coaching in academic settings, Cooperstein has extensive experience coaching on the club circuit. From 1988 through 1996, he was the head coach of the Newtown Square Rebels (ASA Girls Fastpitch) and served on the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Newtown Square Softball Hall of Fame.
From 1996 until signing on at Saint Joseph's, he served as both head and assistant coach for the Pegasus ASA Girls Fastpitch squad, taking the team to three National Championship Tournaments and a pair of Colorado Fireworks Tournaments. In that capacity, he assisted his players in being recruited by colleges and universities. All of his players went on to play in the collegiate ranks.
Cooperstein is a dentist by trade, operating in a group practice for more than 30 years.