Staff
Head Coach
Mark Scalf

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

Associate Head Coach
Randy Hood

Randy Hood has made an impact since he first stepped foot on the UNCW campus in 2001 and he continues to keep the Seahawks among the national leaders offensively as he enters his 15th season with the program in 2015-16. The Seahawks captured their fourth conference tournament title and advanced to their seventh NCAA regional appearance.

Hood, who runs the UNCW offense and serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator, fashioned a UNCW offense that ranked in the nation’s top-20 in four categories, including batting average (.303, 13th), scoring (seven runs per game, 16th), runs (412, 20th) and hits (627, 17th). The Seahawk lineup boasted eight players who hit above .280 and three players ranked in the Colonial Athletic Conference’s top-10 in batting average.

UNCW landed six offensive players on the All-CAA squads, including first-team selections Steven Linkous and Zach Shields. The duo powered the potent Seahawk offense, combining to score 106 runs and steal 47 bases.

Corey Dick won the Seahawks’ Triple Crown in 2014, leading the team in batting average (.315), home runs (six) and runs batted in (39). Casey Golden excelled in his first season with the club, hitting .269 with 19 extra base hits and nine stolen bases. Golden participated in workouts with Team USA during the summer of 2014.

All-America infielder Michael Bass thrived as a senior in 2013, ranking among the nation’s leaders in seven offensive categories including batting average (.380, 29th), on base average (.479, 21st) and runs scored (62, 10th).

The Seahawks featured two first-team All-CAA players in Bass and third baseman Ryan LaGrange. LaGrange was a finalist for the Gregg Olsen Award, which goes to the breakout player of the year. LaGrange hit .370 with 14 doubles and five home runs, all career highs. He also scored 41 runs and knocked in 38.

UNCW continued to be an offensive leader in the CAA, and nationally in 2012, Hood’s 11th season with the program. The Seahawks ranked in the nation’s top-30 in eight categories, including batting average (22nd), runs (27th), hits (12th), doubles (23rd), home runs (11th) and stolen bases (12th).

The 2012 Seahawks also proved to be one of the program’s top offensive clubs in the program’s history as they ranked fourth all-time in hits, fifth in batting average and total bases, seventh in home runs and eighth in doubles. With 105 stolen bases, the Seahawks passed the 100-mark for the first time since 2006. UNCW was successful in 78.4% of its attempts, also ranking in UNCW’s top-10 all-time. Andrew Cain, who was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 24th round, and Michael Bass led the way with 23 and 20 stolen bases, respectively, while UNCW had five players steal at least 10 bases in 2012.

In 2010, Hood helped the Seahawks back to the finals of the CAA tournament for the second straight year and saw five more Seahawks go on to play professional baseball. During Hood’s stretch with the Seahawks, over 30 players have gone on to play professionally. Robbie Monday, currently an assistant with the Seahawks, flourished under the direction of Hood as he became the first Seahawk since Bryan Britt in 1996 to outright lead the CAA in homers with 20. Monday also concluded his two-year career with the Seahawks as the program’s all-time leader in slugging percentage.

Also finding success at the plate in 2010 were freshmen Hunter Ridge and Michael Bass. Both were named to the CAA All-Rookie squad with Ridge also earning third-team all-conference honors. Ridge continued to parlay his team-leading .348 batting average into a pair of Freshman All-America honors. He also set a school record for hits by a freshman with 77.

In the summer of 2008, Hood was elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach after wrapping up in his seventh season with the Seahawks. He coordinates the Seahawks’ recruiting, as well as oversees the hitters and outfielders. During his tenure, UNCW has made four NCAA tournament appearances, won four regular season Colonial Athletic Association titles and two CAA tournament titles.

In 2007, the Seahawks were nationally ranked in the top 50 in doubles with 142 and had three players rank nationally in that category.

In 2006, UNCW continued its offensive prowess, leading the nation in scoring for nearly a month. The Seahawks tied or set eight offensive standards, finished fifth in scoring (8.8 runs per game) and in the top 10 in doubles per game and slugging percentage.

Following graduation, Hood played five full seasons of professional baseball. His pro highlights include a Single-A championship with the Helena (Mont.) Brewers in 1990 and a Double-A crown with the 1993 Birmingham (Ala.) Barons in the White Sox chain.

Hood batted .315 with Helena in 1990 and was the July “Player of the Month” for the Barons in 1994. After spending spring training with the California Angels in 1995, Hood turned his attention from playing to coaching.

Assistant Coach
Chris Moore

UNCW Head Coach Mark Scalf has announced the addition of Chris Moore to the Seahawk coaching staff as a volunteer assistant for the 2017-18 season.

"I've known Chris for a long time and am eager to have him join our staff," said UNCW Head Coach Mark Scalf, who will enter his 27th season as Seahawk skipper in 2018. "He's a tireless worker with a tremendous amount of experience. He's a great fit for our program."

Moore, who graduated from New Hanover High School in 1995, comes to the Seahawks after serving on coaching staffs at various levels, including three seasons as head coach at Lander University. He most recently served as an assistant at Georgia Southern from 2013 through 2015. Prior to that, he was the recruiting coordinator at Appalachian State as the Mountaineers moved into the highly competitive Sun Belt Conference.

Following his prep career, Moore attended and graduated from Western Carolina where he was a two-time All-America and four-time All-Southern Conference selection. In 1999, he was named Southern Conference Player-of-the-Year while setting program records for hits, doubles and runs batted in.

Moore was drafted in the 11th round by the Colorado Rockies in 1999 and played four seasons in the Rockies' organization before joining the coaching ranks.

His first stop was Davidson in 2003 and in 2006 he was named an assistant at Lander in Greenwood, S.C. Following one season as an assistant, he was elevated to head coach for the next three, leading the Bearcats to a top-20 national rankings his final season.

Moore coached one season at West Georgia before joining the coaching staff at Appalachian State. At ASU, Moore helped the Mountaineers to a school-record 41 wins in 2011 and their first SoCon Championship since 1987 and their first NCAA Regional appearance since 1986.

Moore and his wife, Aimee, reside in Wilmington with their children, Carter (15) and Lillee (11).

Director of Operations
Josh Stott