Baseball Head Coach Steve Mrowka Earns 100th Win at GW
March 26, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington University baseball head coach Steve Mrowka earned his 100th victory at the school when the Colonials defeated Towson, 11-5, late Tuesday afternoon. Mrowka, in his fourth year, improved his mark to 100-93-1 at GW.
Mrowka becomes the sixth coach in GW baseball history to earn 100 wins at the school, joining Bill Reinhart (1950-66), Mike Toomey (1976-80), John Castleberry (1985-91), Jay Murphy (1992-96) and Tom Walter (1997-2004).
Earlier this season, on Mar. 1, Mrowka also tallied his 500th career victory, with a 9-8 win against Yale. The North Carolina ('87) graduate is now 507-324-3 in his career, this being his 15th year overall.
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) and guided the Bobcats to the NCAA Division II tournament five times (1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002). In 1994, he was selected as the Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year. The following year, Mrowka was named the South Atlantic "Region Coach of the Year," and the Atlanta Dugout Club "Coach of the Year."
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.
George Washington travels to #21 Virginia Wednesday, Mar. 26, at 5:00 p.m.