Willard F. Currier
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 200 lb.
- School University of Vermont
First Baseman and Outfielder Bill Currier was drafted in the sixth round of the 1981 amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies (one round before fellow outfielder Jim Olander) and spent three seasons in the organization from 1981-1983. He played at Vermont for current Clemson head coach Jack Leggett (1979-81) and assisted Leggett at Western Carolina University. Currier is one of several Division I head coaches to get his start as a player or assistant coach under Leggett.
In 1981, Currier hit .228/.319/.365 for the Spartanburg Phillies and stole 9 bases in 12 tries. He and Willie Darkis split time as the team's #3/4 outfielder. Bill spent 1982 with Spartanburg (.270/.325/.455 in 62 G) and the Peninsula Pilots (.143/.204/.210 in 34 G). He was 3 for 30 with 5 walks and a double for the 1983 Pilots to conclude his pro career with a batting line of .221/.294/.357 and 15 home runs in 169 games.
After his stint in professional baseball, Currier spent three years as a college assistant coach at University of Vermont (1984) and Western Carolina University (1985-1986). He also was the head coach at Mitchell Junior College in Connecticut (1987-88). He became the head baseball coach at his alma mater, the University of Vermont and spent 22 seasons from 1988 to 2009 at the helm of the Catamounts. He led Vermont to a pair of America East Conference regular season titles (2003, 2006) and finished as UVM's all-time leader in victories.
Currier was an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee in 2010 and was the associate head coach at Fairfield University in 2011. He will become the head coach at Fairfield starting in the 2012 campaign.
Three of Currier's former assistants have become Division I head coaches, Todd Raleigh at Western Carolina University and the University of Tennessee, Steve Trimper at Manhattan College and the University of Maine and Mike Cole at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.