CONEY ISLAND — For the last quarter of a century, Ed Blankmeyer has been a fixture in the dugout for the St. John’s University, Jamaica, baseball team.
Not only is he the winningest coach in Red Storm sports history, but he also racked up the most wins in Big East Conference history and has carved out a legacy as one of the most successful and respected coaches in all of college baseball.
Sometimes, though, even long-term fixtures can use a change of scenery, especially when there’s an opportunity to manage professional baseball so close to home.
Right after the new year, Blankmeyer resigned from St. John’s and accepted the position to manage the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Single-A short-season affiliate of the New York Mets. He will also serve as the Mets’ extended spring training coordinator and will head to Port St. Lucie, Fla., as pitchers and catchers report to camp on Feb. 11.
“It’s a change and a new challenge,” said Blankmeyer, who coached St. John’s for 24 seasons. “Personally and…