Pete Wilk enters his 16th season as the head coach of the Georgetown baseball program, taking over duties in the fall of 1999 and helping to rebuild the program in that time. On the field, the Hoyas have become a competitive program in the always-tough BIG EAST Conference and his 298 wins make him the all-time winningest coach in Georgetown history. Off the field, his team has been successful in the classroom and involved in the community, both on-campus and off.
In 2012, the Hoyas won 24 games overall, including 10 in the BIG EAST and went into the final day of play in the regular season with a chance to make the BIG EAST Tournament. In 2004 and 2005, Wilk guided the team to its most successful two-season win total (50) since the 1984-85 seasons. Wilk also was named Coach of the Year by The Hoya for his efforts in 2004.
During his tenure on the Hilltop, Wilk has implemented a Career Night for current Hoya baseball players to get career advice and network with GU baseball alumni. Georgetown players have also been involved in community efforts, working with the on-campus Hoya Dreams program and annually taking part in the D.C. Heart Walk, which raises money for the American Heart Association as well as volunteering with several other off-campus projects.
Wilk has also initiated the preseason First Pitch Dinner which is a fundraiser exclusively for the baseball program. The inaugural First Pitch Dinner in 2005 featured Terry Francona, manager of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox, as the guest speaker and television and radio personality Mike Barnicle as the emcee. Since that time, other sports luminaries such as ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian, National Baseball Hall of Fame members Johnny Bench and Dave Winfield, 1980 U.S. hockey goalie Jim Craig, former Major League pitcher Jamie Moyer, former major league umpire Bruce Froemming, Tim Russert from NBC'sMeet the Press and Baltimore Orioles General Manager Dan Duquette have joined the Hoyas at their season-opening event.
Wilk has seen seven Georgetown players move onto the professional ranks. Most recently, the Hoyas had two players selected in the 2012 draft, shortstop Mike Garza and outfielder Justin Leeson. Other Major League draft picks include pitcher Tim Adleman (B'10), Matthew Bouchard ('07), Parker Brooks (C'05), catcher Erick Fernandez (C'11), Rand Ravnaas (B'11). Three other former players, Eddie Pena (B'05), Michael Lombardi (B'04) and Eric Sutton ('02) all signed free agent contracts following their graduation.
Before becoming head coach at Georgetown in 2000, Wilk served as an assistant coach with the Hoyas for the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
Wilk came to the Hilltop in the fall of 1997 after serving as the head baseball coach at Acton-Boxboro High School in Massachusetts, where he helped turn around a program that previously went 3-17 into a 13-10 team that made an appearance in the 1996 state semifinals.
Prior to coaching at Acton-Boxboro, Wilk served as an assistant coach at Harvard University for four years (1992-95). He began his collegiate coaching career at Boston University where he was an assistant coach for two seasons (1990-91).
In addition to his Georgetown coaching duties, Wilk was an assistant coach for the Harwich Mariners of the prestigious Cape Cod summer league, which won the Eastern Division title in 1997 before the Barrington, R.I., native took over the helm of the Mat-Su Miners of the Alaska Baseball League in 1998 and 1999.
Wilk has a wealth of international baseball experience. He has previously worked baseball clinics in the Dominican Republic (2000, '01, '02, '05), as well as in Germany (1996) and Sweden (1994) for Major League Baseball. In January 2001, he worked a clinic in Oslo for the Norwegian Baseball Federation.
Wilk is a 1987 graduate of Rollins College, where he earned a degree in American Studies.
He and his wife, Erin, live in Virginia with their daughters Reese and Casey.
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