The George Washington University: Baseball

Steve Mrowka
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Steve Mrowka

Last College:
North Carolina '87

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
8th year at GW

Email:
smrowka@gwu.edu



05/19/2012

GW BASEBALL COACH STEVE MROWKA WILL NOT RETURN NEXT SEASON

Athletics and Recreation to Immediately Commence Search for New Head Coach

04/23/2012

GW Baseball's Stephen Oswald Honored with 2012 Jackie Robinson Award

04/05/2012

Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview

Four Gymnasts Head to NCAA Regionals while Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, Women's Water Polo and Men's and Women's Tennis All Hit the Road

04/03/2012

GW Baseball Blasts Towson, 9-1, For Mrowka's 600th Career Win

Colonials Use Eight-Run Seventh to Sweep Tigers in Season Series

03/23/2012

Baseball Faces La Salle in Season's First Home Series

The Colonials will host their A-10 rivals this weekend at Barcroft Park

Steve Mrowka enters his eighth season as head coach at George Washington University. At the conclusion of the 2011 season Mrowka had one player selected in the MLB First Year Player Draft, as the Washington Nationals selected Bobby Lucas Jr. This is the 12th consecutive year that a GW baseball player was selected in the MLB draft.

The 2011 season once again saw players earn individual accolades led by senior Brendon Kelliher, who was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and the ABCA All-East Region First Team. Kelliher concluded the season as the A-10 leader with 15 home runs and second in total bases (136). Lucas finished the regular season as the league leader in strikeouts with 95 and finished fourth in Division I with 11.92 strikeouts per nine innings.

Three of Mrowka's players, Kelliher, Lucas and senior pitcher Tommy Gately, signed professional contracts at the end of the season. Mrowka has had a total of 11 players move on to play professional baseball during his time at GW.

The 2010 season marked a four win improvement from 2009 as the Colonials finished with a 26-28 overall record and 11-15 in the Atlantic 10. Mrowka saw numerous players receive individual accolades including the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year (Zebroski), two 1st Team All-Conference selections (Zebroski, Cantrell), a 2nd Team All-Conference selection (Brendon Kelliher) and two Academic All-Conference selections (Zebrowski, Curtis Eward). Additionally, Tom Zebroski was named a Louisville Slugger All-American.


2009 was an up-and-down season that saw the Colonials finish 22-33 and 11-15 in conference. The Colonials saw themselves go through a 17-9 stretch during the season, and saw two players named to the A-10 First Team. Mrowka also oversaw Pat Lehman, who was named A-10 Pitcher of the Year and was drafted in the 13th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Right-hander Justin Dignelli was also selected in the 34th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. It marked the 10th consecutive year that a Colonial was selected in the MLB draft.

In 2008, Mrowka earned victory No. 100 at GW (3/25/08 at Towson) and career victory No. 500 (3/1/08 vs. Yale). The Colonials finished 26-29, and 11-16 in A-10 conference play. The season marked a 2.5 game improvement from 2007 and also produced an All-Conference player in Charlie Kruer. This was Kruer's second All-Conference nomination. Junior Pat Lehman was also selected in the 41st round (1,236th overall selection) of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft, but elected to return to GW for his senior season.

In 2007, the Colonials finished with a 23-31-1 overall record, and 14-13 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, missing the playoffs by just one half game. They ended the year with a season-best six-game win streak and produced two All-Conference players in Charlie Kruer and Michael Parker, the latter of which was also named to the Louisville Slugger All-American Third-Team and eventually was drafted and signed by the New York Mets.

In 2006, the Colonials struggled to a 25-34 overall record, and just 13-12 in the A-10. However, they managed to win four of their final six league games and qualified as the sixth seed in the post-season tournament, and it was there that they excelled. They became the first No. 6 seed in A-10 Championship history to win three games, all of which were elimination games for GW, and fell just one game short of reaching the final. Their third victory was a 6-5, 17-inning thriller over No. 1 seed Rhode Island, the longest game ever played in the 27-year history of the tournament.


Under Mrowka's tutelage, GW produced an All-Conference First Team pitcher in RHP Derrik Lutz, who was also voted the MVP of the team. The Cincinnati Reds later drafted Lutz in the 19th round.

In his first season as GW's skipper and a Division I head coach, Mrowka led the Colonials to the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Game, the A-10 West Division Title and a conference best 41-win season. Overall, GW posted a 41-19 mark and went 17-7 in the A-10. His team led the conference in home runs (73) and slugging percentage (.473), and stood second in runs (375), hits (594) and ERA (4.01). Under Mrowka's direction in 2005, GW's program produced its first A-10 Player of the Year (Brad Rosenblat), saw three players earn first-team all-conference honors and all seven seniors graduate and sign contracts with professional teams. Mrowka came to GW in August 2004 after 11 years as head coach at Georgia College & State University, an NCAA Division II program located in Milledgeville, GA. At GC&SU, Mrowka posted a 407-231-2 career record (.638 winning percentage). He guided the Bobcats to the NCAA Division II tournament five times (1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002).

He took over the Georgia College baseball program in October 1993 after serving the previous three years as an assistant under head coach John Kurtz. After only one season as head coach, he moved into second place, behind Kurtz, in career coaching victories at GC&SU.

As the interim head baseball coach in 1994, Mrowka's team finished with a 40-18-1 (.686) record and ended the season 14th in the Division II baseball poll. That season marked the first time in eight years that GC&SU had reached the 40-win plateau. Also, it was the first time the program had been ranked in the NCAA Division II Top 20 at season's end. Mrowka was unanimously selected as the 1994 Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year.

Mrowka's Bobcats won the 1995 NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional tournament and advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series in Montgomery, AL, where the team posted a record of 3-1. The loss came in the NCAA II national championship game where the team lost to Florida Southern. His 1995 team finished the season ranked second in NCAA II baseball with an overall record of 49-19-1 (.717). As a result, Mrowka was selected as the 1995 South Atlantic "Region Coach of the Year," and the Atlanta Dugout Club "Coach of the Year."

In 1996, GC&SU fought through some injuries and battled to a 35-23 record and finished the season ranked 30th in the nation. In 1997, Mrowka brought his team back to national recognition and the NCAA Division II Regional tournament before falling to Kennesaw State in the championship round. The team finished with a 41-24 record and No. 7 national ranking. After a 1-8 start, Mrowka's team rallied to win 40 of its last 56 games.

Mrowka brought another first to GC&SU when the Bobcats earned a No. 1 national ranking for the first time in school history early in the 1998 season. The Bobcats finished the year with a 31-26 record. The Bobcats also were nationally ranked most of the 1999 season and ended the year ranked No. 30 with a 34-21 overall record. In 2000, the Bobcats returned to the NCAA Regional tournament and fell to North Florida in the championship game. GC&SU was 39-20 and was ranked every week during the season, finishing with a No. 6 final ranking. In 2001, the Bobcats made another trip to the NCAA Regional and finished with a No. 10 national ranking after posting a 41-18 record.

The 2002 Bobcats advanced to the NCAA tournament for the third straight year and finished with a 36-18 overall record and No. 14 ranking. GC&SU started the season 15-0 and was ranked No. 1 for two straight weeks. In 2003, GC&SU went 29-22 and was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation. The 2004 Bobcats were 32-22 and were ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation.

Mrowka attended Bates College in Lewiston, ME, where he was a varsity letterman in football, ice hockey, and baseball. He transferred a year later to Polk Community College in Winter Haven, FL, where he earned an associates degree and was an all-state shortstop. Following junior college, Mrowka enrolled at the University of North Carolina where he was a two-year starter in the Tar Heel's infield and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education. After playing in the prestigious Cape Cod and Alaska Baseball Leagues, he was a ninth-round draft choice of the Boston Red Sox in 1985. Mrowka was in spring training with the Houston Astros when an elbow injury ended his baseball career.

Mrowka spent two years at the University of Georgia where he earned a M.Ed. in sport management. In the summer of 1992, he managed the Waynesboro (VA) Generals of the Valley Baseball League into the league playoffs and finished the season in third place. Over the next six summers, he managed the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod Baseball League (where he was an all-star outfielder in 1985). In the summer of 1993, his team finished the season with a 25-19 record, the most victories in the league. During his summer coaching stints, he has recruited and coached eight first-round and two second-round Major League draft selections. Two of his players, Pat Burrell (Miami) and Kris Benson (Clemson), were the overall number one draft choices in their respective drafts.

Mrowka married the former Jennifer Bracewell from Dublin, GA, in September of 1998. They are the parents of daughters Maggie, Caleigh, and Lauren.

Steve Mrowka at George Washington (2005-present)
(as a Head Coach)

YearOverallPct.ConferencePct.
201119-36.345 9-15.375
201026-28.481 14-13.458
200922-33.400 11-15.423
200826-29.473 11-16.407
200723-31-1.427 14-13.519
200625-34.424 13-12.520
200541-19.683 17-7 (A-10 West Champions).708
TOTALS 182-210-1 .463 88-91 .492

Steve Mrowka at Georgia College & State University (1994-2004)
(as a Head Coach)

YearOverallPct.ConferencePct.
200432-22.593 13-14.481
200329-22.569 15-15.500
200236-18.667 20-10.667
200141-18.695 20-10.667
200039-20.661 19-11.633
199934-21.618 18-12.600
199831-26.544 16-12.571
199741-24.631 18-6.750
199635-23.603 12-11.522
199549-19-1 .717 17-6.739
199440-18-1.686 14-7.667
TOTALS 407-231-2 .638 182-114 .615

Steve Mrowka Career Record
(as a Head Coach)
YearOverallPct.ConferencePct.
GW 182-210-1 .463 88-91 .492
GC&SU407-231-2 .638182-114 .615
TOTALS 589-441-3 .582 270-205 .568
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