Matt Reynolds, a former infielder and captain for the Minutemen, was named the 15th head coach in the history of the University of Massachusetts baseball program on May 26, 2017.
Reynolds returned to his alma mater after a three-year stint as head coach at Washington College (2014-17) in Chestertown, Maryland, and seven seasons as an assistant coach at Navy (2007-14). In his first season as head coach, he guided the Shoremen to their first winning record in three years (19-15). He followed that performance up with a 26-win effort in 2016, the team's second-highest win total ever.
Reynolds spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he focused on the squad's hitters, infield and outfield defense and coached third base. He coached a Patriot League Rookie of the Year and a Patriot League Player of the Year and a number of All-Patriot League players and Major League Baseball draft picks during his time at Navy.
Nate Cole, who spent the past eight seasons coaching one of the top pitching staffs in Division II at Southern Connecticut joined University of Massachusetts baseball program as an assistant coach in July 2015.
In his time with the Southern Connecticut Owls, Cole mentored 18 all-conference selections and two All-Americans over the course of the last eight seasons (2008-15), along with the 2008 and 2014 Northeast-10 Pitchers of the Year. Four Southern Connecticut hurlers signed professional contracts during that span, as well.
Under his direction, SCSU's pitching staffs consistently ranked among the NCAA statistical leaders. The Owls' 2010 pitching staff led all of Division II with a 2.53 earned run average. That figure was the third best in the NCAA, trailing only St. Thomas of Minnesota (2.41) and the University of Texas (2.45).