10  Matt Senk
Matt Senk

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
24th Season at SBU

Alma Mater:
Cortland '80


04/19/2014

Honahan pitches well but #Seawolves suffer 3-1 loss at UMass Lowell

Honahan strong for six innings, but Stony Brook bats only get three hits.

04/18/2014

#Seawolves split doubleheader at UMass Lowell

Krause scores three runs in game one; Courtney four hits over two games.

04/17/2014

#Seawolves go up to UMass Lowell for Friday-Saturday series

Stony Brook has won 11 of its last 12 games and 21 of the last 26.

04/16/2014

#Seawolves rally for 5-4 win over Rhode Island

Stony Brook stays red hot, has won 11 of last 12 and 21 of last 26.

04/15/2014

Baseball hosts Rhode Island Wednesday

Red-hot Stony Brook has won 20 of its last 25 games.

06/15/2012

Stony Brook vs. UCLA: CWS Game 1

Stony Brook vs. UCLA: CWS Game 1

  • 2012 NCBWA National Coach of the Year
  • 2012 CollegeBaseballInsider.com Co- National Coach of the Year
  • 2012 ABCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year
  • 2011 & '12 America East Coach of the Year

Matt Senk is synonymous with success and tradition at Stony Brook. Now in his 24th season as head coach in 2014, Senk has delivered 18 winning seasons, four conference championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances, numerous professional athletes and one unforgettable run to the College World Series in 2012. His career record is 648-425-3 (.604).

The 2012 Seawolves squad captured the attention of the nation and will be forever remembered as the team that "Shocked the World." After taking the America East Championship for the fourth time, the #Seawolves defeated Miami (FL) and then won three consecutive elimination games to take the Coral Gables Regional. Then in front of a national television audience, Stony Brook knocked off six-time national champion LSU in the Baton Rouge Super Regional to advance to its first-ever College World Series. SBU was just the second No. 4 seed to ever advance to the College World Series and became the first Northeast school since 1986 to advance to the CWS.

At season's end, Senk's squad had recorded a program record and NCAA-leading 52 wins. Senk was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Coach of the Year and received a contract extension that will keep him at the helm through the 2017 season.

Over the stretch of the 2011-12 seasons, Senk guided the Seawolves to a 94-27 record and their .777 winning percentage over that stretch was the best in the country over that two-year span. In 2012, he also became just the third coach in America East history to eclipse 600 wins.

Stony Brook has proven to be the class of the America East over the last six years, winning three America East tournament championships and two of the last three America East regular season titles.

Over his 23 years, Senk has shown he can get players to the next level. The Seawolves had seven student-athletes, including five in the first 12 rounds, taken in the 2012 MLB Draft headlined by junior All-American Travis Jankowski, who became the first player in progrom history to be taken in the first round when he was selected 44th overall by the San Diego Padres.

The seven players drafted were the third most of the 16 teams that advanced to that year's Super Regionals. Senk has had 21 of his student-athletes taken in the MLB Draft in his tenure.

Two of Senk's former players are currently active in the Major Leagues, headlined by six-time MLB All-Star Joe Nathan '97, who is the league's all-time leader in save percentage and most recently signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers. Tom Koehler '08 made his MLB debut during the 2012 season and made an impact on the Miami Marlins in 2013.

In August 2008, Nathan made a $500,000 lead gift to the Stony Brook Department of Athletics in support of the construction of a new baseball field at Stony Brook University which was opened as Joe Nathan Field in May 2011.

A two-time Academic All-American at SBU, Nathan was also inducted into the Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame in December 2006, when he also became the first former Stony Brook student-athlete to have his jersey number retired.

Senk has had 42 players sign professional contracts in his tenure including 31 in the program's 12 years at the Division I level.

Stony Brook student-athletes have also had tremendous success in the classroom in Senk's tenure as over 90 percent of Senk's players have graduated. In 2012, senior Tyler Johnson was named a second team Academic All-American.

Senk has built Stony Brook baseball from the ground up since taking over the program in 1991. At that point, the program, which had enjoyed only six winning seasons since 1966, was in Division III. Over Senk's 23 years, he has overseen the program's transition to Division I (in 2000), had 18 winning seasons and won 30 or more games nine times.

Prior to accepting the coaching position at Stony Brook, Senk spent three years as head coach at Kellenberg Memorial High School where his teams were successful in capturing league and division championships.

Before coaching at Kellenberg, Senk was the head coach at St. Agnes Cathedral High School, guiding his team to a division championship and being awarded Nassau-Suffolk Catholic High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year.

Senk is a graduate of Cortland State where he earned his Bachelor's degree in psychology in 1980. While at Cortland, Senk was the Red Dragon's starting catcher for three seasons, a two-time All-SUNYAC selection and the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior.

He later earned his master's degree in physical education from Adelphi University and is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association.