Mark Woodworth - Head Baseball Coach
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Mark Woodworth, a 1994 graduate of Wesleyan University, enters his 14th season as Wesleyan’s head baseball coach and member of the faculty. He is part of a unique tradition as he is only the third coach at the school in the last 75 years. An adjunct assistant professor of physical education, he has led Wesleyan baseball to the NESCAC final four tournament six times, including four of the last six seasons.
In 2014, he was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season as Wesleyan won the NESCAC championship, reached the NCAA regional final, and won their second-straight Little Three title. The Cardinals set a school record for victories with 31, recorded the second-best ERA in school history, and had the all-time best fielding percentage.
Woodworth brings a wealth of experience accrued over 30 years of baseball coaching, including 21 at the college level. Before his stint as head coach at Wesleyan, he served as an assistant coach at Amherst College, as well as the head baseball coach at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. From 1996-97, he was an assistant coach at Wesleyan, while earning his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree.
In 1995, he coached four future major leaguers as an assistant for the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod League, and he also was a player in the league for the Wareham Gatemen in 1993. He has helped run the annual tryout for the Cape League for the last 19 years, and has placed eight Wesleyan players in the Cape.
At Wesleyan, Woodworth also teaches and serves as the director of intramurals, as well as assists the soccer and football teams in various capacities. He also is the New England coordinator for the Div. III national coaches poll.
As a player at Wesleyan, Woodworth was a four-year starter at shortstop, graduating as the all-time Wesleyan leader in games played, and sixth in career hits. He was captain of the 1994 Wesleyan team which broke school records en route to winning the NCAA New England title, before playing in the NCAA Division III World Series. The Cardinals finished their run with a berth in the national championship game, finishing runner-up, while posting a previously best-ever 30-8 record. In November 2009, the 1994 team was inducted into the Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame.
Woodworth is a native of Norwell, Mass. and a 1990 graduate of Norwell High School. He was a three-sport captain, earning All-South Shore League honors in baseball, soccer and basketball, and was named the South Shore League Small Athlete of the Year in 1990 by WATD-FM. He also participated in numerous summer baseball leagues including American Legion, the Cranberry League, and the Boston Park League.
Woodworth’s purpose as a coach is to teach the lifetime skills of focus and being in the moment through the medium of baseball. This is why baseball is of great value. An emphasis is placed on enjoying the game, learning to improve technique, creating and implementing a plan, and working hard with inspiring teammates. The result for players who love the game is playing relaxed, confident and aggressive baseball while competing under pressure.
As a supplement to his baseball teachings, Woodworth has written a book, The Rhythm of Baseball, about the technique and mental approach of baseball, as well as The Code of the Game, about learning baseball by feel.
He is married to the former Robin McLellan, a 1997 graduate of Wesleyan University. They have an eight-year-old daughter, Lily Grace Woodworth, and a six-year-old son, Dylan Samuel Stiles Woodworth.
Bob Wojick enters his third season as an instrumental member of the Wesleyan coaching staff. Prior to joining the Cardinals, he served 36 years as an assistant coach at Eastern Connecticut State University. His experience at all facets of the game was a prime reason his teams won the Div. III National Championship four times, appeared in the College World Series 12 times, and played in a regional over 30 times.
In 2005, he was named the National Assistant Coach-of-the-Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Baseball America magazine. He is the only non-Division I coach to receive the award. In 2009, he was also named the New England Assistant Coach-of-the-Year by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association.
A three-year letterwinner as an outfielder at Eastern Conn., he joined the coaching staff in 1972. He took five years off to spend more time with his family, before returning in 1995. He was inducted into the Eastern Hall-of-Fame in 1992.
A 1971 graduate of Eastern Conn. St. with a B.A. in Applied Social Relations, he also received his M.A. in Industrial Education from Central Connecticut State University. He retired after 35 years teaching in the Hartford Public Schools system.
He and his wife Sandy have two grown children, Kimberlee and Brian.
Tom Yankus - Assistant Coach
Tom Yankus returns for his fifth year on the Wesleyan baseball coaching staff in 2013 after an amazing 52 years coaching baseball at Choate Rosemary Hall, one of the very best private high schools in the country.
An alum of Choate, Tom then attended Williams College, graduating in 1956 as President of his class. He has since been named to the Williams College All-Time Baseball Team. After graduation, he played professional baseball in the New York Yankees system in leagues from Montana to Washington to North Carolina. He also pitched in the prestigious Cape Cod League, as well served as manager of the Orleans Cardinals for nine seasons, coaching Todd Helton, Nomar Garciappara and Frank Thomas among others. The Orleans Cardinals' annual Thomas Yankus Pitching Award is named after him.
An English teacher at Choate, he was inducted into the Choate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996. He is married to Julie Oxborough and they have two daughters, Annie and Alex.