NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Senk remembers looking out at his players during his first practice as Stony Brook's baseball coach 22 years ago and thinking he had made a huge mistake.
He had left Kellenberg Memorial High School to become a full-time coach at a Division III school that lacked talent and tradition.
Stony Brook's third coach in less than a year, Senk guided the program through successful transitions from Division III to Division II in 1995, and up to Division I in 2000.
Now the Seawolves (52-13) are in the College World Series for the first time in school history, and it's no sudden rags-to-riches story. Senk has gradually transformed Stony Brook into one of college baseball's top programs with 124 wins and two America East titles in the last three years.