August 11, 2012

2012 Coaching Changes  


GW still in search of head coach


George Washington tabbed Tom Sheridan, who has spent the past 25 years as head coach at Division III Mary Washington (Va.), as associate head coach on Friday. The Colonials, who dismissed Steve Mrowka in May after eight seasons, said Sheridan will lead the program until a permanent head coach is hired this fall.


The delay in naming a head coach is likely because GW’s top choice to lead its program currently is coaching in professional baseball. The hiring of Sheridan provides the Colonials a veteran leader who can manage the program until the end of the professional season and the school’s top choice can take over, with Sheridan a part of the staff. While expects that a deal already is in place for the top choice, it cannot confirm the selection. Sheridan provides a safety net for the Colonials if in fact their top choice does not come to fruition.


Sheridan was also assistant athletic director at Mary Washington as well as head baseball coach. He started the baseball program in 1988, compiling 579 victories in 25 seasons. That win total is No. 40 on the Division III all-time list. Sheridan led the Eagles to 10 conference titles and 11 NCAA Tournament berths. Prior to his time in Fredericksburg, Sheridan was an assistant at James Madison from 1982-87. The Dukes amassed 202 wins and had five postseason appearances, including a trip to the 1983 College World Series.


"I'm very excited about the opportunity to lead the George Washington baseball program in the interim until our new head coach arrives,” Sheridan said. “GW baseball has a storied past and a lot of tradition with a strong and loyal base of fans and alumni, plus a beautifully refurbished home at Barcroft Park, so the chance to work in Washington, D.C., with the dedicated and determined Colonials student-athletes, is one that I'm greatly looking forward to."