July 19, 2012

2012 Coaching Changes  


Szefc named head coach at Maryland


John Szefc, former associate head coach at Kansas State, has been selected to be head coach at Maryland.


A native of Middleton, N.Y., Szefc helped the Wildcats reach the NCAA Tournament in 2011. Kansas State led the Big 12 in steals that season with 123.


Before arriving in Manhattan, Szefc spent two years as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at Kansas. The Jayhawks earned a NCAA Regional bid in his first season in 2009.


Szefc was head assistant coach at Louisiana-Lafayette from 2003-08. Three of those squads rank in the top five in program history in batting average. The 2005 team set a school record for hits and placed second in program history in runs and RBI.


From 1996-2002, Szefc posted a record of 212-137-1 at head coach at Marist. The Red Foxes won their first Northeast Conference baseball title in 1997 and reached the NCAA tourney in 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2002.


Szefc was an assistant for one season at Sacred Heart and spent four years as an assistant at his alma mater, Drexel, from 1990-94.


After playing for two years at Connecticut, Szefc transferred to Drexel in 1987. He was an All-East Coast Conference outfielder as a senior for the Dragons.


Szefc earned a degree in corporate communications from Drexel in 1989. He received a master’s degree in sports administration from Temple in 1992.


Szefc and his wife, Barbara, have a daughter, Anna, and two sons, John Michael and Sam.