The 11 newcomers consist of 10 freshmen and one graduate student
Collins was Georgetown’s first BIG EAST Player of the Year and third-highest draft pick
Eric Niesen becomes GU’s pitching coach after spending last season at Wake Forest
Mathews becomes the fifth former Hoya currently in professional organized baseball
The Hoyas will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday
Baseball Senior Day vs. Butler - 5/13/17
Baseball vs. NYIT - 4/7/10
Baseball at Navy - 2/28/17
Baseball vs. Villanova - 5/14/16
Baseball vs. Coppin State - 5/4/16
Pete Wilk enters his 18th season as the head coach of the Georgetown baseball program in 2017 after 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 348 wins make him the all-time winningest coach in program history. Off the field, his team has been successful in the classroom and involved in the community, both on-campus and off.
Georgetown reached the 25-win plateau in 2016 for the second-straight season and the third time in four years. The Hoyas defeated two ranked teams on the road, winning at No. 15 Florida Atlantic and No. 23 Creighton. The Blue & Gray tied a program record with four All-BIG EAST selections and had three players sign professional contracts after the season.
In 2015, Wilk led the Hoyas to a 25-28 overall record and qualified for the BIG EAST Championships for the first time in 29 years with an 8-10 conference record. The Hoyas set a program record with a 3.95 ERA in 2015 while Nick Collins was named the BIG EAST Player of the Year, becoming the first ever Player of the Year in Georgetown's history. Additionally, the Hoyas had a program-record four players named to All-BIG EAST teams and three Hoyas selected in the 2015 MLB Draft.
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. Over the 12 years of the First Pitch Dinner, Wilk has secured a long list of celebrities to speak to the Hoyas.
|First Pitch Dinner Speakers|
|2005||Terry Francona||MLB Manager|
|2006||Tim Russert||NBC's "Meet the Press"|
|David Forst||Oakland General Manager|
|Mike Barnicle (emcee)||Former Boston Globe Columnist|
|2007||Johnny Bench||MLB Hall of Fame Catcher|
|Chris Young||MLB Pitcher|
|2008||Bruce Froemming||Former MLB Umpire|
|2009||Tim Kurkjian||MLB Analyst for ESPN|
|2010||Jim Craig||Goalie for 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team|
|2011||Jamie Moyer||Former MLB Pitcher|
|2012||Dave Winfield||MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder|
|2013||Larry Bowa||Former MLB Manager; Current Philadelphia Bench Coach|
|2014||Dan Duquette||Baltimore General Manager|
|2015||Sandy Alderson||New York Mets General Manager|
|2016||Davey Johnson||Former All-Star 2B and Manager|
Wilk has seen several Georgetown players move onto the professional ranks. Two Hoyas were selected in the 2016 MLB draft, as Matt Smith (Milwaukee Brewers, 34th round) and David Ellingson (Seattle Mariners, 34th round) both heard their names called. In 2015, a program-record three Hoyas were taken in the draft, led by Nick Collins who went in the eighth round to the Oakland Athletics. Additionally, Curtiss Pomeroy (Atlanta Braves, 28th round) and AC Carter (Colorado Rockies, 40th round) were selected. Previously, Mike Garza (Milwaukee Brewers, 20th round) and Justin Leeson (Kansas City Royals, 39th) were both drafted in 2012 while Erick Fernandez (Washington Nationals, 25th) and Rand Ravnaas (Pittsburgh Pirates, 39th) were both drafted in 2011 after Fernandez (Washington Nationals, 46th) and Tim Adleman (Baltimore Orioles, 24th) heard their names called in 2010 and Matt Bouchard (New York Mets, 11th) was selected in the 2007 draft. Addtionally, 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 earned his master's degree in sports management in December, 2013 from Georgetown University.
He and his wife, Erin, live in Virginia with their daughters Reese and Casey.