Head Coach Mark scalf The Seahawks open their 22nd season under the direction of the school’s all-time winningest coach, Mark Scalf, in 2013. In his 21st season with the Seahawks, Scalf directed the program back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. UNCW captured its first CAA Tournament crown since 2006 and was the top-seed in the tournament after cruising through the league with a 24-6 record. The Seahawks extended their streak of conference tournament appearances to 27 as he was honored by the league’s coaches as the Coach-of-the-Year. UNCW posted a 39-23 record, marking its most wins since the 2008 club’s school-record 44 wins. The 39 wins were sixth most in the program’s history. A pair of Seahawks was selected in the 2012 MLB draft with outfielder Andrew Cain going to San Francisco in the 24th round and pitcher Tyler DeLoach in the 26th round to Anaheim. In 2011, UNCW continued its streak of reaching the CAA Tournament with an 18-12 record and a third-place finish. The Seahawks are the only school in the conference to participate in each postseason championship tournament since the inaugural event in 1986. The Seahawks made their fourth appearance and second straight in the CAA Championship game in 2010 after staving off elimination three times before falling to VCU in extra innings in the final game of the tournament. It was the second straight year UNCW fought off elimination three times and reached the finals. Scalf, already UNCW’s all-time winningest coach, reached another milestone in his career that season when the Seahawks topped Towson, 12-6, for his 600th career victory. UNCW was also highly regarded by professional baseball as five Seahawks were selected in the 2010 draft, including Cody Stanley what was picked in the fourth round by the St. Louis Cardinals. With just one senior on the 2009 squad, the Seahawks bolted to a 17-3 start and reached the CAA championship game for the third time. UNCW also returned to the national rankings, reaching as high as 26th. In the CAA Tournament, the Seahawks faced elimination three times and fired back with a pair of wins, including a 5-3 win over nationally-ranked and top-seeded George Mason. In 2008, the Seahawks set school and conference records for wins on their way to their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance. UNCW posted 42 wins entering the NCAA Cary Regional and ran off 25 wins in the Colonial Athletic Association. For his efforts, Scalf earned his fourth CAA Coach-of-the-Year honor. In 2007, the Seahawks rallied to win eight of their last nine Colonial Athletic Association games to earn a share of the regular season title with an 18-11 mark.
Scalf, who concluded his 16th season with the Seahawks in 2007, earned his 500th career win, all at UNCW, with an 8-7 win over Elon on April 17. The Seahawks also fashioned wins over nationally-ranked Texas Christian and NC State as the program played a total of nine games against ranked opponents. In 2006, the Seahawks became the first team in the CAA to post four-straight seasons of 40 or more wins, while winning a then school record 42 games. Scalf was recognized by his peers as the CAA’s Coach-of-the-Year in 2005 after the Seahawks blazed through the conference schedule with a 21-3 mark, winning the regular
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Published on Jan 25, 2013