Staff
Head Coach
Matt Mazurek

After spending 12 years as an assistant on the Canisius baseball coaching staff, Matt Mazurek was officially promoted to the role of head coach on Sept. 6, 2017, replacing former head coach Mike McRae. Mazurek, a former student-athlete at Canisius, is just the fourth head coach for the baseball program in the last 40 years.

“Matt Mazurek has spent the past 12 years preparing to be a head coach, and I am excited for our program that he will have that chance with us,” Director of Athletics Bill Maher said at the time of his promotion. “I know Matt is ready for this challenge. He has played a key role in building Canisius baseball into a high-caliber program. I believe he is the right person to continue our championship success.”

Mazurek has served as the program’s hitting instructor for eight seasons, where a total of 11 different Griffs ranked among the MAAC’s top-five in batting average. Additionally, Canisius has led the conference in home runs four times in those eight seasons, highlighted by a school record 90 homers in 2009, which ranked the Griffs 19th in the nation as a team.

The Silver Creek, N.Y., native was a member of the coaching staff that has helped produce 13 Major League Baseball draft picks since 2009, including seven hitters (Jake Lumley, Conor Panas, Brett Siddall, Sean Jamieson, Steve McQuail, Kevin Mailloux and Kevin Mahoney). Most recently, Lumley was named the 2017 MAAC Player of the Year and finished his career on Main Street as the program’s all-time hits leader.

The 2006 Canisius College Male Athlete of the Year, Mazurek played two seasons for the Griffs under McRae. A career .355 hitter as a Griff, he led the squad with a team best .358 batting average in his senior campaign to go along with 68 hits, 44 RBI and 18 stolen bases. As a junior, Mazurek led Canisius with a .351 batting average with 54 hits, seven home runs and 41 runs batted in.

After closing out his collegiate career, Mazurek played professional baseball for three seasons. In 2007, he was a member of the Joilet Jackhammers of the Northern League, and then spent two years (2008 and 2009) with the Rockford Riverhawks of the Frontier League.

Mazurek graduated from Canisius with his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2006 and he earned his master’s degree in sport administration from the College in 2012.

He lives in Tonawanda, N.Y., with his wife Sara and their daughter, Makenna.

Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach
Brandon Bielecki

Brandon Bielecki has joined his coaching staff for the 2018 season and will serve as an assistant coach and also handle pitching coach responsibilities.

Bielecki joins Mazurek's staff after a brief stint with Tyler Junior College, an NJCAA school located in Tyler, Texas.

Prior to working on the baseball staff at Tyler, Bielecki served as associate head baseball coach at Niagara County Community College, where he worked with former Griff hurler Matt Clingersmith.

Bielecki helped lead the Thunderwolves' pitching staff to two consecutive NJCAA World Series appearances, which included two seasons with 45-plus wins, breaking the school record for victories in each year (45 and 47, respectively). The former college pitcher worked with four All–Americans at NCCC, including pitcher Christian Lindsay–Young, who was selected in the 21st round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.

In his two years at NCCC, Bielecki led one of the best pitching staffs in the country. His 2017 staff ranked second nationally in team ERA (3.01), and No. 1 in the nation in total strikeouts. In 2016, the Thunderwolves' staff led the country in team ERA at 2.66. Under Bielecki's tutelage, 12 NCCC pitchers received scholarships to play at NCAA Division I or II institutions.

Bielecki started his collegiate playing career at NCCC, where he captained the Thunderwolves to a pair of NJCAA Div. III World Series appearances in 2012 and 2013.

Following NCCC, Bielecki pitched for two seasons at Canisius, and he served as the team's closer in 2014. In his first year with the program, Bielecki threw 4.2 scoreless innings against then-No. 5 North Carolina State on the road. In his final year with the Blue and Gold, Bielecki was a part of the 2015 squad that captured the MAAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

Bielecki earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Canisius in 2015 and he is currently pursuing a master's degree in sport administration at the College.