Randy Hood was named head coach on Apr. 29, 2019, becoming just the fourth head coach in the history of the Seahawk Baseball program.
While entering this first season as head coach, the Goldsboro, N.C., native enters his 19th season overall with the program since joining as an assistant in 2001. During his tenure, the Seahawks have won six Colonial Athletic Association tournament championships, nine CAA regular season title and made 10 appearances in the NCAA Regionals.
Last season, the Seahawks won the CAA championship with a 6-5 win in 10 innings over Elon and played in the Chapel Hill Regional alongside North Carolina, Tennessee and Liberty.
Greg Jones became the program's highest draft pick when he went in the frst round, 22nd overall, to the Tampa Bay Rays. Jones, a two-time All-America honoree and CAA Player of the Year, was one of four Seahawk picked in the 2019 draft. Joining Jones, a shortstop, were infielder Cole Weiss, lefthanded pitcher Zarion Sharpe and rigthhanded pitcher Justin Crump.
in 2018, despite having to replace seven position starters, UNCW continued to be one of the top offenses in the CAA. Ryan Jeffers, a second round pick of the Minnesota Twins in the MLB Draft, hit .315 and led the Seahawks with 22 doubles, 16 home runs and 59 runs batted in. He also led the conference in on base average and slugging percentage. Also producing a career-year was Mason Berne, who led the Seahawks with a .343 batting average and ranked among the conference leaders in home runs, RBI's and slugging percentage. Berne also set a program record when he reached safely in 48 consecutive games.
In 2017, Casey Golden became the second Seahawk in as many seasons to be named CAA Player-of-the-Year after tying a school-record with 21 home runs. Golden was one of six Seahawks, including five position players, to be selected in the MLB Draft. Ryan Jeffers, Nick Feight and Golden were named first-team All-CAA while Brian Mims was named to the second-team.
In 2016, the Seahawks boasted one of the top offenses in the nation as UNCW ranked in the top-10 nationally in several categories, including batting average (eighth/.320), hits (sixth/694), home runs (third/87), runs (third/505), scoring (third/8.4) and slugging percentage (second/.517).
Leading the Seahawk offensively was Nick Feight, who led the nation in runs batted in with a school-record 91. He also tied program records with 24 doubles and 21 home runs, which ranked him second in the nation. Steven Linkous paced the nation with 78 runs scored while Brian Mims was third with 71. Mims also ranked seventh nationally with a team-high 96 hits.
Feight and Mims combined for 10 All-America honors with Feight totaling a program-record six. Both were first-team All-Conference selections and Feight was the league’s Player-of-the-Year. Joining them on the CAA’s All-League first team were Linkous, third baseman Daniel Stack and Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year, Ryan Foster. UNCW totaled 10 All-CAA selections.