The dean of coaches in the Colonial Athletic Association, Mark Scalf, returns for his 27th season at the helm of the baseball program in 2018.
Last season, Scalf navigated the Seahawks to their third straight Colonial Athletic Association final. It was the second time and the first since Old Dominion (1994-96) that a team has played in three CAA consecutive championship finals.
Seven Seahawks were selected in the 2017 MLB draft and and eighth player signed as a free agent following the draft.
Thanks in part to a prolific offense, Scalf guided UNCW to another 40-win season and the NCAA tournament in 2016. The Seahawks won their ninth CAA regular season crown and advanced to the regional finals for an eighth time.
UNCW landed 10 players on the CAA All-Conference squads, including five first-teamers. Nick Feight and Ryan Foster were honored as the league’s Player and Pitcher-of-the-Year, respectively, and were joined by Steven Linkous, Daniel Stack and Brian Mims on the first team.
Feight was named All-America by six media outlets while Mims and Foster were tabbed by four apiece. Feight set a school-record with a nation-leading 91 runs batted in.
The Seahawks reached the NCAA regionals for a seventh time in 2015 after winning their fourth Colonial Athletic Association title under the direction of Mark Scalf, who concluded his 24th season at the lead. UNCW posted a 41-18 record overall and 16-8 in the CAA last season, bringing Scalf’s number of 40-win seasons to six. The Seahawks continued to be the only program in the CAA to play in all 30 editions of the conference tournament.
Major League Baseball reached to the program five times in the 2015 draft, selecting Jordan Ramsey, Zach Shields, Evan Phillips, Nick Monroe and Will Shepley. All five signed bringing UNCW’s total to 63 players who have gone on to play professional baseball during Scalf’s tenure.
In 2014, Mark Scalf’s 23rd season at the lead of the program, UNCW posted its 16th consecutive season with a winning record (30-27, 10-8 CAA) and competed in the Colonial Athletic Association championship tournament for a 29th time. The Seahawks are the only program to play in all 29 CAA tournaments. Scalf also became the first coach in the CAA to surpass the 300-win mark in conference action.
UNCW had four players drafted in the Major League Baseball draft with Kelly Secrest (NY Mets, 10th round), Mat Batts (Minn., 17th round), Christian MacDonald (Miami, 25th round) and Jordan Ramsey (NY Yankees, 32nd round) being tabbed.
Season number 22 for Scalf was a special one for the long-time Seahawk. His club won its eighth regular season title, earned an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament and helped him pass the 700-career wins mark. Scalf was honored by the league’s coaches as Co-Coach-of-the-Year honors for the sixth time, tying the conference record.
Scalf has led his program to the NCAA tournament on eight occasions, including at-large selections in 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2016. In 2003 the Seahawks reached the NCAA tournament for the first time and in 2008, UNCW fashioned a school-record 21-game winning streak and set a program record with 44 victories.
Under his direction, 75 Seahawks have gone on to play professionally, including first-round selection Brad Holt in 2008 after being drafted by the New York Mets. In 2006, both Chris Hatcher and John Raynor were taken in the first ten rounds, fifth and ninth rounds, respectively, by the Marlins. Both reached the Major League level. In 2010, Cody Stanley was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth round of the draft and he made his MLB debut in 2015. Former Seahawk hurler Seth Frankoff, a 28th round selection in the 2010 MLB draft, became the ninth Seahawk to reach the majors when he pitched for the defending World Series Champions Chicago Cubs on June 9, 2017.
One hundred twenty-three players have earned All-CAA honors during Scalf’s 26 seasons. Mat Batts was named CAA Pitcher-of-the-Year twice (2013, 2014) as was Ryan Foster in 2016. Battle Holley (1994), Bryan Britt (1996), Mark Carver (2008) and Nick Feight (2016) have been named Player-of-the-Year. In 2017, Alex Royalty was named CAA Pitcher-of-the-Year while Casey Golden was tabbed the league’s Player-of-the-Year.
Scalf served twice as an assistant on Team USA’s collegiate national team, first under Ray Tanner in 2003 and again in 2007 on Mike Weather’s staff. In 2007, Seth Frankoff became the first Seahawk to play for Team USA.
Scalf by the numbers:
870 – career wins
356 – career regular season wins in CAA play
123– Seahawks have earned All-CAA honors
74– Seahawks who have gone on to player professionally
9 – CAA regular season titles won
8 – times UNCW has reached the NCAA regionals
4 – CAA tournament championships won by the Seahawks
5 – Seahawks have been named CAA Player-of-the-Year