Saint Peter's University Director of Athletics Joe Quinlan has announced that T.J. Baxter was promoted to baseball head coach on July 21, 2014 after serving as an assistant coach/acting head coach last season.
"I'm ecstatic to be named head coach at a prestigious Jesuit University like Saint Peter's," said Baxter. "I cannot thank the University and the community of Jersey City enough for welcoming me with open arms. With the returning players and the outstanding prospects we have arriving for the 2015 season, we continue to be a program that has been constantly improving since I have stepped on campus."
Baxter joined the Peacocks staff as an assistant coach in the fall of 2013 and served as acting head coach during the 2014 campaign. Saint Peter's won 11 games last season, including a three-game sweep of the defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season champion Rider and a 9-8 win against Seton Hall on Mar. 19. Saint Peter's placed four players on the All-MAAC second team in 2014. Baxter replaces Sean Cashman, who left the program on June 30.
"T.J. did a remarkable job with a challenging situation last year as the acting head coach and was able to help our team be competitive for the 2014 season," said Quinlan. "He comes from a great coaching background in his family and experienced success as a player in both collegiate and minor league baseball. With his background and experience, T.J. will give Saint Peter's a great chance to be successful in the MAAC's new six-team playoff format."
Matt Owens is in his first season at Saint Peter's in 2013-14.
Owens comes to Jersey City after serving as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Neumann University for the last two seasons. Owens helped the Knights to a 62-30 overall record and a 25-11 mark in the CSAC and the team's first two trips to the NCAA Tournament in program history. His pitching staff finished 14th in the country in ERA (2.86) in 2012 and ninth (2.79) in the country in 2013. Six pitchers earned all-conference recognition and two players were named All-Americans under his guidance.
Owens got his start in coaching as a student assistant coach at LIU Brooklyn in 2011. He played for the Blackbirds for three seasons, appearing in 30 games and posting a 3-4 record and 37 strikeouts in 69 innings pitched. Owens was on the St. John's baseball team for one season prior to transferring to LIU Brooklyn.
Ed Moskal is in his eighth year with the Saint Peter's University baseball team in 2014. Along with serving as an assistant coach, he is also the team's academic moderator, advising and counseling student/athletes helping maintain the squad's GPA. During the 2012-13 Academic Year the Team achieved its highest ever Cumulative GPA, which was 3.2 and 13 players were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.
Prior to Saint Peter's, Moskal was an assistant coach for two years and head coach for four years at County College of Morris in Randolph, N.J. Coaching in one of the most competitive Junior College regions in the country, his teams posted a 105-80 record. He sent five players into professional ball. Twelve players were named to the National Junior College All-Region team and many players were sent to top four year colleges and summer baseball leagues (Cape Cod, Southern Collegiate, and Texas League). During the 2005 season, Moskal's team led the nation in hitting with a .387 average and was ranked 12th in the country. In 2004, his team was ranked 2nd nationally in hitting. While also coaching at County College of Morris, during the summer Moskal coached for Coast to Coast Baseball where he led USA amateur baseball players from around the country in games played in Puerto Rico. Currently, he is on the Coast to Coast Baseball Advisory Board with other College coaches and MLB scouts. Moskal also coached the Jersey Cyclones AAU Baseball Team that won the Cooperstown Baseball World Championship.
Moskal is a graduate of Saint Peter's University, and has Master's Degrees from the University of Notre Dame, and Stevens Institute of Technology. He played college baseball at Saint Peter's where he was team captain and nominated for All-American honors in 1979 during his senior year. He ranks in the Saint Peter's University top 20 for career home runs and fielding percentage and is tied for fourth place for most home runs in a season. After graduating from Saint Peter's, Moskal was invited to the Newark Co-Pilots training camp of the Class A New York-Penn League.