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BU baseball coach Sinicki hits milestone with 400th career win
Nineteen-year Bearcats skipper reaches plateau with Sunday win over Albany
April 18, 2011Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton baseball coach Tim Sinicki earned his 400th career victory with the Bearcats’ 13-11 win over Albany in game 2 of Sunday’s doubleheader sweep.
In his 19th season, Sinicki is the longest tenured coach at the University. He has ushered the program from its Division III era into the present Division I team that is among the elite in the America East year-in year-out. Sinicki’s Bearcats have captured four consecutive America East regular season titles and have increased their win total in an NCAA-record seven straight seasons.
Sinicki is a four-time America East Coach of the Year, and his teams have dominated America East play over the last seven seasons. Since 2004, BU owns a 65% win percentage against conference opponents - tops in the league. His record-breaking 2009 team captured the America East championship and won a game at the NCAA Regionals and his 2010 edition went a sparkling 21-3 against conference foes and was ranked sixth (out of 68) in the Northeast.
“Tim Sinicki is an outstanding teacher-coach and certainly one of the finest I’ve ever been associated with throughout my career,” said Jim Norris, interim director of athletics. “His teams are always competitive on the field and his student-athletes leave his program well prepared for life as a result of having played for him.”
A former MLB draft pick and standout pitcher, he has produced 19 MLB draft picks and professional signees in his tenure, including 13 in the last four years. One of his many pitching proteges, Scott Diamond, is on the verge of the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins. Diamond went through spring training with the Twins and will start the season with the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Rochester.
Off the field, Sinicki’s program has gained kudos for churning out academically-elite student-athletes. The program has produced the highest grade-point average of America East teams in six of the last nine years and achieved a 3.0 GPA in 17 of the last 21 semesters. Five Bearcats have been selected to the America East All-Academic Team in the last two years alone.
The Bearcats (13-17, 5-2 AE) next play a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Marist before hosting Hartford in a four-game set this weekend at Varsity Field.