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Matt Mazurek

 
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Matt Mazurek is in his third season as the head coach of the Golden Griffin baseball team and 15th season overall with the program.

Mazurek's second season as the skipper saw the Griffs finish as the 2019 MAAC regular-season co-champions, the program's first regular-season title since 2014. Mazurek also received his first MAAC Coach of the Year award for his efforts in leading his alma mater to the top of the conference standings and had four players selected to the All-MAAC Second Team (Andrew Sipowicz, Conner Morro, Stephen Bennett and Mark McKenna), while freshman Andrew Fron was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team. Mazurek's players also earned multiple preseason and midseason accolades, highlighted by Will Frank being named to the 2019 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List and Billy Krull earning a spot on the 2019 Buster Posey Award Watch List.

In his first season at the helm, Mazurek led Canisius to the 2018 MAAC Championship, seeing the Blue and Gold advance to the NCAA Regional hosted by Minnesota. It was his third conference title as part of the Canisius coaching staff, serving as an assistant coach for the 2013 and 2015 MAAC Championship teams.

Mazurek’s first season as head coach also saw the Golden Griffins rack up numerous awards. Mazurek’s players won two major conference honors, with J.P. Stevenson taking home 2018 MAAC Pitcher of the Year and Tyler Smith earning the 2018 MAAC Relief Pitcher of the Year. In addition, he had four players named to All-MAAC selections, including hitters Liam Wilson (First Team), Ryan Stekl (First Team), and Gage Lanning (Second Team). Stevenson and Wilson were also selected as All-Americans, while Smith was taken in the eighth round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels, the highest picked Griff since Joe Mamott in 1994.

Statistically under Mazurek, Canisius hitters led the MAAC in five individual categories, while Canisius pitchers ranked first in three individual categories. Nationally, Mazurek coached Wilson to the third-most doubles in Division I (27), while Stevenson finished 10th with 10 wins on the mound.

Before being promoted to the role of head coach on Sept. 6, 2017, Mazurek spent 10 years as an assistant on the Canisius baseball coaching staff under former head coach Mike McRae. Mazurek, a former student-athlete at Canisius, became just the fourth head coach for the baseball program in the last 40 years.

Mazurek 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.

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