Monday, July 9, 2012

Senk named CBI National Coach of the Year

Stony Brook baseball head coach Matt Senk was named Co-National Coach of the Year, his second national honor of the season after earning National Coach of the Year accolades from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on June 15.

Senk shares the award with Kent State's Scott Stricklin. Both coaches led their respective teams to the College World Series for the first time ever. The pair were chosen from a group of finalists that included Arizona's Andy Lopez, Florida State's Mike Martin, Purdue's Doug Schreiber, Baylor's Steve Smith and South Carolina's Ray Tanner.

Senk and the Seawolves shocked the world in 2012, winning a program-record 52 games, which led the nation this year, and winning the America East Championship, NCAA Coral Gables Regional and NCAA Baton Rouge Super Regional to advance to the College World Series. Defeating six-time national champion LSU on its home field in the best-two-out-of-three Super Regional captured the attention of the entire nation, leading the Seawolves to be embraced by the fans and the media as the team to follow.

Senk also coached and mentored seven Major League Draft picks this year, including the program's first-ever first-round choice in outfielder Travis Jankowski, who was selected 44th overall by the San Diego Padres.

Stony Brook finished 2012 in the top 10 of all four national ranking polls, including a program-best seventh in the Baseball America rankings. is a comprehensive