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Matt Mazurek
Position: Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Alma Mater: Canisius '06
Phone: (716) 888-8479
Email: mazurekm@canisius.edu

Mazurek is in his eighth season with the Golden Griffins coaching staff and his fifth year as an assistant coach after spending three seasons as a volunteer assistant coach. He is the longest-tenured assistant coach in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

During the 2013 season, Canisius made the first appearance in program history in the NCAA Tournament, after winning the MAAC Championship in Trenton, N.J. The Golden Griffins appeared in the Chapel Hill Regional, falling 6-3 to No. 1 overall seed North Carolina in a first-round game. Canisius set the program and conference records with 42 wins in 2013.

Mazurek has served as the program’s hitting instructor during the past five years, as Canisius has posted a team batting average of .301 during that timeframe. The Griffs ranked 19th in the country during the 2013 season with a .306 batting average and hit .330 as a team in 2010. Canisius has led the conference in home runs three times in those five years, including a total of 90 home runs from 2009 when Canisius was 19th in the country. The Griffs have had at least 80 stolen bases in each of the last four seasons, ranking 19th in the country during the 2013 season. Canisius has ranked in the top 35 nationally in hit by pitch in four of the last five years, leading the country with 125 HBP in 2013. Canisius also has averaged 7.1 runs per game since 2009, ranking in the top two of the conference each season.

 Mazurek has been a member of the coaching staff that has seen nine players drafted in the last six years, including four hitters (Sean Jamieson, Steve McQuail, Kevin Mailloux and Kevin Mahoney). Jamieson, the 2011 MAAC Male Athlete of the Year who hit .350 with 13 home runs and 51 RBI as a shortstop, was selected in the 17th round of the 2011 MLB Draft, the highest selection by a Golden Griffin since 1994. McQuail, an ABCA All-America selection who hit .397 with 20 home runs and 81 RBI in 2010, was chosen in the 30th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays and was the first Canisius junior selected in the MLB Draft since 1994.

 During the past six seasons, the Golden Griffins have won 217 games, placing Canisius second in wins in the Northeast region. Canisius  trails only the University of Connecticut (222) and ranks ahead of St. John’s (214) and Stony Brook (212). Accolades for the Griffs since the start of the 2008 season:

  •  Second in the Northeast in wins the last six seasons
  • 11th among schools from non-power conferences in wins the last six seasons
  • The only school in the Northeast, and one of 38 schools nationally, with 33-plus wins in at least five of the last six seasons
  • 31st in the country in winning percentage (.622) since 2008, ahead of Mississippi, Kansas State, Virginia Tech and every school in the Big Ten
  • 37th in the country in wins the last six seasons, ahead of Stanford, Fresno State, Oklahoma State and Alabama

Mazurek played professional baseball for three seasons — spending the 2007 season with Joilet Jackhammers of the Northern League and the 2008 and 2009 seasons with the Rockford Riverhawks of the Frontier League. Mazurek played in 75 games each the two seasons with Rockford.

Mazurek played for coach Mike McRae during his first two seasons in leading the Blue and Gold. The 2006 Canisius College Male Athlete of the Year hit a team-leading .358 as a senior with 44 RBIs, 18 steals and set a school-record with 68 hits. As a junior, Mazurek led Canisius with a .351 batting average with seven home runs, 41 RBIs and 54 hits.

Mazurek graduated from Canisius with a degree in physical education and also received his Master’s Degree in Sport Administration in May 2012.

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