Tom Yankus enters his ninth season as a member of the Wesleyan baseball program, following an amazing 52 years coaching baseball at Choate Rosemary Hall, one of the best private high schools in the country.
An alum of Choate, Yankus attended Williams College, graduating in 1956 as president of his class. He has since been named to the Ephs' All-Time Baseball Team.
After graduation, he played professional baseball in the New York Yankees' system, with league stints in Montana, Washington and North Carolina. He also pitched in the prestigious Cape Cod League, and served as manager of the Orleans Cardinals for nine seasons, coaching, among others, Todd Helton, Nomar Garciaparra and Frank Thomas. The Orleans Cardinals’ annual Thomas Yankus Pitching award is named after him. In November 2017, he was inducted into the Cape Cod League Hall of Fame.
An English teacher at Choate, he was inducted into the Choate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996, and in 2014, the school's baseball field was named after him. He is married to Julie Oxborough, and they have two daughters, Annie and Alex.