Matt Englander completed his seventh season as head baseball coach at Case Western Reserve in 2013. Under Englander’s tutelage, CWRU has averaged nearly 30 wins over the past three seasons as one of the top programs in the NCAA Mideast Region.
This past spring, the Spartans (29-14) turned in arguably the best season in program history which culminated in a runner-up finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Wisconsin and the No. 21 ranking in the final D3Baseball.com Top 25 of the year – the first national ranking in team history. The 2013 campaign also included the school’s first University Athletic Association Baseball Championship and three victories versus teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation. The 29 victories were the second-most in school history, and the program produced an All-American for the second time in three seasons.
In 2012, the Spartans posted their third of what is now four-straight winning campaigns with a 27-16-1 overall record, while Englander was recognized off the field with CWRU’s J. Bruce Jackson Award for excellence in undergraduate mentoring. All of the on-field and mentoring success came in the same year which Englander underwent surgery (fall 2011) to remove a cancerous brain tumor then returned immediately to his coaching and instructing duties.
“Adversity is one of the greatest opportunities we can be presented with in life,” said Englander. “Adversity is an opportunity to see what you’re made of, to improve yourself, and to lift the spirits of others."
A year earlier, the Spartans shattered the school record for wins and finished at 33-15 overall. CWRU earned the first NCAA Tournament berth in program history and placed third during the Mideast Regional Championship in Marietta. Senior third baseman Chad Mullins was named the D3Baseball.com National Player of the Year and an ABCA/Rawlings All-American – each program firsts.
Prior to being named head coach at Case Western Reserve on July 6, 2006, Englander served as an assistant coach for four seasons at The College of Wooster under the legendary Tim Pettorini. At Wooster, Englander was responsible for coaching pitchers and catchers, recruiting student-athletes, and running the team’s strength & conditioning program.
During his time as an assistant coach, the Fighting Scots won three-straight North Coast Athletic Conference Championships (2004-06) with three NCAA Tournament appearances.
Englander began his collegiate coaching career immediately following an outstanding playing career with the Fighting Scots. The right-handed pitcher (1999-2002) was a two-time All-American that won 32 games on the mound. As a senior in 2002, he was 10-1 with a 2.31 earned run average and six complete games. For his career, he ranked third all-time in Scot history in wins (32) and 10th in ERA (2.79).
Englander earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Wooster in 2002. He resides in Lyndhurst with his wife, Heather, and one-year old son, Quinton.
Matt Englander Coaching Highlights
- 2013 NCAA Midwest Regional (runner-up)
- 2013 UAA Championship (first in program history)
- 2012 J. Bruce Jackson Award for excellence in undergraduate mentoring
- 2011 NCAA Mideast Regional (third place)
- School-record 33 wins in 2011
- 150-145-2 overall record
- 113-63-1 record and .645 winning percentage over past four seasons
- First national ranking in program history (No. 21 in 2013)
- First NCAA Regional berth in school history (2011)