John Szefc leaves Maryland to take head coach job at Virginia Tech

Head Coach John Szefc has left the program to take the head coach position at Virginia Tech, Maryland Baseball announced Friday. Szefc served as the Terps’ head coach for five seasons, from 2013 to 2017.

“The General,” as he is known, compiled a 180-122 record over his five years with the Terps. With a 68-63 mark between the ACC and Big Ten, he is the only head coach in program history with a winning conference record.

Maryland won 30 games in each of Szefc’s five seasons as head coach, the longest such streak in program history, including back-to-back 40-win seasons in 2014 and 2015. He led the Terps to the NCAA Tournament three times in four years (2014, 2015, 2017), as well as the first two Super Regional berths in Maryland history (2014, 2015). Prior to Szefc’s tenure, the Terps had tallied just three total 30 win seasons, in 2002, 2008, and 2012.

Szefc posted a pedestrian 30-25 record in his first season with the Terps in 2013, but amassed a then-program-record 40 wins and 15 conference victories in 2014. This earned Maryland its first NCAA Tournament bid since 1971. The Terps stormed into the Columbia, S.C., Regional and defeated Old Dominion and South Carolina to clinch their first Super Regional appearance in history. After winning game one of the Super Regional, Szefc and the Terps were one win away from their first trip to the College World Series, but fell to Virginia.

A year later, Szefc broke his own record with 42 wins, leading the Terps to a second straight Regional title and another Super Regional appearance against Virginia.

After a down year in 2016 in which Maryland failed to make the big dance, Szefc brought the Terps back to the NCAA Tournament this season, tying his own program record with 15 conference wins.

Maryland’s player development grew immensely under Szefc, as 16 Terps were selected in the MLB Draft between 2013-2016, including a program record eight in 2015. These include names such as Jake Stinnett (2014, 2nd Round, 45th Overall), Brandon Lowe (2015, 3rd Round, 87th Overall) and Mike Shawaryn (2016, 5th Round, 148th Overall).

Szefc’s coaching and recruiting earned the Terps national accolades, as in 2015, Shawaryn was named a first-team All-American, Maryland’s first honoree since 2002. Lowe (2014), Kevin Smith (2015), Nick Dunn and Marty Costes (2016), and Tyler Blohm (2017) all earned Freshman All-American honors under Szefc.

Szefc was hired in 2013 after the previous head coach, Eric Bakich, left to take the same position at Michigan.

Prior to his time in College Park, Szefc spent time as an assistant coach at Kansas State, Kansas and Louisiana Lafayette. He also had a seven-year stint as the head coach at Marist, during which he led the Red Foxes to three regional appearances.

Maryland has not yet announced a replacement for Szefc.