BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor named Mike Stawski on Saturday as the university’s new head baseball coach.
Stawski comes to UMHB after turning Concordia-Chicago into a national championship contender. He guided the Cougars to a 150-51 record in four seasons at the helm and led them to their first NCAA Division III World Series appearances in 2017 and 2018. Concordia was 42-10 this season — including a stretch of 24 consecutive victories — spent eight weeks ranked No. 1 in the country and advanced to the super regionals of the NCAA Tournament before being eliminated.
He also spent three seasons as the head coach at Spalding, where the Golden Eagles were 32-11 in his final year and 82-44 overall.
“When my wife and I got to UMHB, we saw a beautiful campus and outstanding facilities and were just floored by everything the university has to offer,” Stawski said. “I think the best baseball days are ahead for UMHB, and my family and I are so excited to have this opportunity and can’t wait to get there.”
Stawski replaces Ben Shipp, who announced his retirement after a 34-year career with the UMHB athletic department. Stawski inherits a Crusaders program that was 73-123 over the last five seasons.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to hire a coach with the experience and success that Mike Stawski brings to our program,” UMHB athletic director Randy Mann said. “He has quickly turned around and developed two other programs into national powers. We are looking forward to what he can do for UMHB baseball and expect big things to come for this program.”