About the NCBWA Coach of the Year Award
The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Coach of the Year Award,
introduced in 2008, is voted on by the NCBWA Board of Directors, and chosen
from a list that includes all Division I conference coaches of the year
and the coaches of the eight NCAA College World Series teams.
|Cal's David Esquer
2012 Winner: Matt
Senk, Stony Brook
Matt Senk has guided the Seawolves to the most victories in school
history (after 42 in 2011) for the second year in a row with a 52-13
mark to lead Division I in 2012 triumphs prior to the CWS. SBU is the
second No. 4 regional seed to advance to the World Series under its
current format, joining Fresno State's 2008 national championship team.
The Seawolves also are the first school from the Northeast to reach
Omaha since Maine in 1986. Stony Brook has become the first team from
the state of New York to advance to the College World Series since St.
John's in 1980.
2011 Winner: David
The Golden Bears program has avoided the chopping block through
fund-raising efforts on the way to their sixth appearance in the
CWS. Esquer led Cal out of the loser's bracket in the Houston Regional
and beat Dallas Baptist in the Super Regional to advance to Omaha.
Cal's 37 wins this season is
the most victories since the 1991 squad went 37-27 and advanced
to the final of the 1991 NCAA Wichita State Regional.
2010 Winner: Jim Schlossnagle,
Schlossnagle led the Horned Frogs (51-12) to their fourth straight 40-win
campaign and fifth consecutive Mountain West regular-season title in 2010
on the journey to Omaha. TCU won the MWC Tournament title, taking just three
games to earn the league's automatic bid for the fourth time in just five
seasons in the league. TCU hosted the NCAA Fort Worth Regional for the second
year in a row, beating Lamar, Arizona and Baylor to advance to the Austin
Super Regional, also for the second consecutive year. But in 2010, the result
reversed in the Horned Frogs favor as they took the series from Texas and
punched their ticket for Omaha's Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium.
2009 Winner: Brian O'Connor,
After an impressive regular season, the Cavaliers (47-13-1) rattled off
wins against Clemson, North Carolina, Duke and Florida State to win the
ACC Tournament championship as the No. 6 seed. O'Connor then led the Cavaliers
across the country to compete as the No. 2 seed at the NCAA Irvine Regional.
There, they defeated San Diego State and host and No. 6 national seed UC
Irvine twice to advance to the first NCAA Super Regional in school history.
Following a 4-3 loss in 12 innings during the first game of the NCAA Oxford
Super Regional against Mississippi, the Cavaliers scored two runs in the
bottom of the eighth inning to take a 4-3 win in Game Two and broke open
a close game with three runs in the fifth inning on the way to a 5-1 victory
in the championship game. Entering the 2009 NCAA College World series, O'Connor
has posted a 264-102-1 career record. In six seasons as the Cavaliers' skipper,
he has led Virginia to NCAA Regional berths each year with five 40-win seasons
during that time.
2008 Winner: Mike Batesole,
Batesole led the Bulldogs (42-29) to their first College World Series appearance
since 1991 and guided Fresno State to Omaha as the first No. 4 seed to advance
to the CWS since the 64-team format was introduced in 1999. He earned Western
Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors for the first time after Fresno
State won its third consecutive regular-season WAC title. The Bulldogs followed
that up with a third WAC Tournament championship in a row and won the Long
Beach Regional with a victory over Long Beach State and two wins over top-10
ranked San Diego. After losing the opening game of the Tempe Super Regional,
Fresno State posted back-to-back wins over then-No. 4 Arizona State to earn
the trip to the CWS. Batesole is finishing his sixth season at the helm
of the Bulldogs. He has a record of 214-163 at FSU and ranks third on the
school's all-time victory list. Batesole also served eight seasons as head
coach at Cal State Northridge and owns a career record of 470-321-1 over