July 5, 2012
Stricklin share CBI Coach-of-the-Year Honors
Va. – Stony Brook’s Matt Senk and Kent
State’s Scott Stricklin, who guided their programs to their
first College World Series appearances, have been named the 2012
CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Coaches of the Year.
Senk and Stricklin were chosen from a group of
finalists that included Andy Lopez of Arizona, Mike Martin of
Florida State, Doug Schreiber of Purdue, Steve Smith of Baylor
and Ray Tanner of South Carolina.
“Matt Senk culminated his 22nd year at Stony
Brook with the most memorable finish in program history,” said
Phil Stanton, co-founder of CollegeBaseballInsider.com. “The
Seawolves won a Regional as a No. 4 seed and did what most
thought was impossible, capturing a Super Regional title at
Brook posted a school-record 42 wins in 2011, but went 1-2 in
the America East Tournament and did not earn a bid to the NCAA
Tourney. The Seawolves were a determined squad in 2012, rolling
through the regular season. Stony Brook won the conference
regular season crown with a 21-3 mark and swept through the
America East tourney to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA
The Seawolves thumped host Miami in the first
round of the Coral Gables Regional before falling to UCF in the
second round. Stony Brook rebounded to defeat Missouri State and
beat UCF twice to claim its first Regional crown.
next stop was Baton Rouge, where LSU never had lost a Super
Regional series. SBU dropped a heart-breaking 5-4 decision in 12
innings in the opener, and many thought its chance for the upset
was gone. But the Seawolves bounced back to capture the next two
games to advance to Omaha for the first time, the second No. 4
seed to reach the College World Series.
Senk directed the Seawolves to 52 wins, the top
mark in the nation, and was named America East Coach of the Year
for the second consecutive season. Stony Brook had seven players
selected in the 2012 MLB Draft, including Travis Jankowski, who
became the school’s highest pick as the San Diego Padres took
him with the 44th overall selection.
Kent State found similar success under Stricklin.
“Scott Stricklin accomplished what many thought
could not be done,” said Sean Ryan, co-founder of
CollegeBaseballInsider.com. “He took a Northern team on the road
for a Regional and Super Regional, winning both to take his team
to its first College World Series.”
Golden Flashes were the top seed in the Mid-American Conference
Tournament after going 24-3 in league play. KSU went 4-0 to
capture its fourth straight conference title and an automatic
bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Kent State was the No. 3 seed in the Gary
Regional. In the most memorable game of the Regional round, the
Golden Flashes outlasted No. 2 Kentucky 7-6 in 21 innings in the
opener. Kent State showed no signs of fatigue, defeating
top-seeded Purdue and downing UK a second time to win its first
Regional crown and extend its win streak to 20.
next road trip was to West Coast and a Super Regional series at
No. 5 Oregon. The Golden Flashes took the opener 7-6, but
dropped Game 2 by a score of 3-2. In the finale, the Flashes
rallied for a dramatic 3-2 win and a berth in their first
College World Series.
After falling to Arkansas in its Omaha opener,
Kent State rebounded to eliminate Florida, the top overall seed
in the tournament. Its season ended against South Carolina.
Stricklin guided the Golden Flashes to 47
victories, a program record. Stricklin also ensured that his
team was successful in the classroom as well as on the field.
Kent State was recognized for having the highest grade point
average (3.093) among the eight teams at the College World
Series. The program recorded a perfect 1000 Academic Progress
Rate (APR), the third straight year it has been recognized.
Lopez led the Wildcats to their fourth national
championship. Arizona posted a record of 48-17, winning a share
of the Pac-12 crown at 20-10. The Wildcats won their final 11
contests, including 10 straight victories in the NCAA
In his 33rd season leading the Seminoles, Martin
guided Florida State to the College World Series for the 15th
time. The Seminoles reached 50 wins for the 24th time in program
history, all under Martin.
Schreiber led the Boilermakers to their first Big
Ten title in more than 100 years. Purdue captured both the
regular season and tournament crowns in the Big Ten. The
Boilermakers won a program-record 45 victories and hosted their
first NCAA Regional.
After being picked to finish fourth in the Big
12, Smith led the Bears through the conference with a 20-4 mark.
Baylor posted a 49-17 overall mark and was the No. 4 national
seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Bears won the Waco Regional.
After two consecutive national championships,
Tanner led the Gamecocks back to Omaha and a second-place finish
in the 2012 tourney. South Carolina posted a record of 49-20
overall and 18-11 in the SEC.
Honorable mention goes to Elliott Avent of NC
State, Ed Blankmeyer of St. John’s, Matt Fincher of USC Upstate,
Gary Henderson of Kentucky, George Horton of Oregon, Eric Madsen
of Utah Valley, Kevin O’Sullivan of Florida, Chris Pollard of
Appalachian State, John Savage of UCLA, Dave Van Horn of
Arkansas and Tracy Woodson of Valparaiso.
Previous CBI Coaches of the Year
2011 – David Esquer, California
2010 – John Savage, UCLA
2009 – Brian O’Connor, Virginia
2008 – Paul Mainieri, LSU, and Mark Marquess,
2007 – Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt, and Rob Childress,
2006 – John Cohen, Kentucky
2005 – Pat Casey, Oregon State
2004 – David Perno, Georgia
2003 – Elliott Avent, North Carolina State
(photos courtesy of KSU & SBU Media Relations Offices)