GW Baseball Names New Pitching Coach
Oct. 1, 2004
Mason is the first coach added to Mrowka's staff since he was appointed head coach in August, 2004. Mason will serve as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Colonials.
"I am very happy to have Jim on our staff," Mrowka said. "He is a very experienced and knowledgeable baseball coach. I expect Coach Mason to do a great job for the GW athletic department."
Mason served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Rhode Island during the last five seasons. While at URI, Mason helped guide the Rams to their five highest win totals in program history, including last season when they set a school record with 35.
Mason recruited and coached three All-Americans at URI, including last season's Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year. Mason was also responsible for a nationally ranked recruiting class, had a pitching staff ERA finish in the Top 30 nationally, and was part of two A-10 East Division Championships. He also saw two recruits drafted by Major League teams.
Prior to URI, Mason was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at St. Mary's College (MD) from 1995-1999. During that time, the Seahawks pitching staff became one of the best in Division III.
The SMC program had experienced just one winning season in its 28 years of existence before Mason arrived and helped lead the school to a regular season Capital Athletic Conference Championship, two second-place conference finishes, and a 26-7 overall record in his final season - 11th best of 393 Division III schools in the country.
Mason also spent two years at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC where he worked with pitchers and outfielders. His 1993 squad posted the most wins for a Gallaudet team in the previous 17 years and set six school records, including lowest ERA.
The Maplewood, NJ native has authored numerous articles for baseball publications such as Scholastic Coach, From the Dugout, Coaching Digest, Championship Performance and Athletic Director. In December 2002, Mason was a featured speaker at the National High School Baseball Coaches Association annual clinic in St. Louis where he spoke to nearly 600 coaches on the training program used by the Rhode Island pitching staff.
Mason, 38, earned a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. He resides in Washington, D.C.