Montclair, NJ – Montclair State University has announced the hiring of Jared Holowaty as its new head baseball coach Holowaty becoming the 11th coach in program history. He takes over for longtime mentor Norm Schoenig, who retired in May after 26 years.
Holowaty served as acting head coach of the Red Hawks this past
season after Schoenig underwent hip replacement surgery in
February. He led MSU to a 22-18 record and was named the New Jersey
Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year after guiding Montclair
State to a 13-5 record and third-place finish in the league
standings. The Red Hawks were picked to finish eighth in the 2014
NJAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Montclair also reached the championship round of the NJAC Tournament for the first time in eight years capping off a late-season surge that saw the Red Hawks capture 14 of its last 19 games, including 10 of its final 11 conference contests. MSU also boasted one of the best pitching staffs in the league registering a team ERA of 2.55 during that run and put three of its hurlers on the All-NJAC Team in lefties Michael Macchia, Dylan Papa and John Silvestri, the latter being named the Fireman of the Year by both the NJAC and New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association. In addition, freshman outfielders Phil Scott and Ryan Long were named to the NJCBA All-Rookie Team.
"It is truly an honor to be named the Head Baseball coach at Montclair State University," said Holowaty. "The storied baseball tradition here at MSU was built by many outstanding coaches and student-athletes throughout the years and I look forward to continuing on their passionate efforts."
Holowaty came to Montclair State following three seasons as the head coach at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington producing 10 Northwest Conference All-Conference players during that span for a program that had just three the 10 previous seasons. He also spent four years at the University of Maine where he served as the Black Bears' recruiting coordinator in addition to working with the hitters and infielders. As recruiting coordinator, his first two classes ranked in the top three in the northeast and top 70 in the nation respectively. In his first season in Orono, while working with the hitters, Maine's offense ranked in the top-25 nationally in batting average (15th), scoring (18th), triples per game (14th) and slugging percentage (24th).
Holowaty is also no stranger to the New Jersey Athletic Conference having served as a graduate assistant at The College of New Jersey under head coach Rick Dell during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He was the Lions' recruiting coordinator, outfield coach and sub-varsity head coach.
Holowaty played at Eastern Connecticut State University and helped the Warriors capture the 2002 Division III National Championship. He was an All-New England selection in 2000, named to the Little East All-Conference First Team in 2000 and 2001 and an All-Tournament selection in 1999.
The following year, Holowaty became an assistant coach at ESCU for his father, Bill, the all-time winningest coach in the history or New England intercollegiate athletics. The team finished 43-9 and placed third in the 2003 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.
Holowaty is a 2002 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in economics and a minor in sports management.
"I am excited to announce the appointment of Jared Holowaty as the next Head Baseball Coach at Montclair State University. He did a great job as acting head coach last season and we expect good things to come," said Director of Athletics Holly Gera. "Jared recognizes and respects the great baseball tradition here at MSU. I look forward to the team's continued success with his leadership."