By making a generous contribution towards the development of Joe Coppo Field, you will have a vital impact on Jasper baseball, the local community and the legacy of Joe Coppo ‘75.
Manhattan College is leading a $1.8 million fund-raising campaign towards to develop Joe Coppo Field at Van Cortlandt Park. This new facility will be named in honor of Jasper baseball player Joe Coppo ’75; and will serve as the nearby home field for the Manhattan College baseball team, one of the oldest collegiate baseball teams in the nation. Tentative plans include a September 2021 Joe Coppo Field dedication to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy.
In addition, in keeping with Joe Coppo’s passionate advocacy on behalf of youth baseball, Joe Coppo Field at Van Cortlandt Park will be made available to youth and community baseball organizations.
“Joe loved to coach youth baseball and he would take so much pride in Manhattan College launching a first-class, baseball facility in Van Cortlandt Park that would be used by baseball teams in the Bronx community in addition to Jasper baseball,” said Joe’s wife, Pat Coppo.
Coppo Field will include newly-installed turf surface, team dugouts, bleacher seating, bullpens, and a new scoreboard. While Manhattan College often used Van Cortlandt Park for home games, the current field has been deemed unplayable forcing the Jaspers to play its “home” games 65 miles away from campus in Dutchess County.
“Bringing Manhattan College baseball back to the Bronx will not only strengthen the college’s presence in the Riverdale and Bronx communities, but will also elevate the strong ties between Manhattan College, historic Van Cortlandt Park and youth baseball in New York City,” said Brennan O’Donnell, President, Manhattan College.
“The Bronx is synonymous with baseball, so it makes perfect sense that an exciting new baseball facility will be constructed in Van Cortlandt Park to serve as our new homefield as well as local youth and high school teams. And it’s fitting that this new field will be named in honor of our Manhattan College Hall of Fame slugger and pitcher, Joe Coppo ’75,” said Mike Cole, Head Baseball Coach, Manhattan College.