Matt Senk is synonymous with success and tradition at Stony Brook. After his 24th season as head coach in 2014, Senk has delivered 19 winning seasons, three regular season championships, four conference tournament titles, four NCAA Tournament appearances, numerous professional athletes and one unforgettable run to the College World Series in 2012. His career record is 683-443-3 (.606).
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 (NCBWA) 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 seven years, winning three America East tournament championships and three of the last four America East regular season titles. In 2014, he led the Seawolves to first place with an 18-5 record in America East, continuing an incredible stretch of dominance over the conference.
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 program 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, made an impact on the Miami Marlins in 2013 and is now a regular in the starting rotation in 2014.
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.