Mark Woodworth, a 1994 graduate of Wesleyan University, enters his 16th 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 professor of physical education, he led Wesleyan baseball to NESCAC titles in 2014 and 2015.
In 2015, he was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season for Wesleyan winning back-to-back NESCAC championships and reaching the NCAA regional tournament. The Cardinals recorded 30 wins for the second-straight year, had the best ERA and fielding percentages in school history, and led the nation in WHIP. In 2016, the Cardinals won their fourth-straight Little Three title and finished tops in the NESCAC West for the fourth-straight time.
Wesleyan has appeared in the NESCAC Final Four tournament eight times, including six of the last eight seasons. During that time, Woodworth has sent seven players on to professional baseball, including three from the 2015 team.
Woodworth brings a wealth of experience accrued over 29 years of baseball coaching, including 23 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. From 1996-97, he was an assistant coach at Wesleyan, while earning his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree.
Third Base Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Bob Wojick returns for his fifth season as an instrumental member of the Wesleyan coaching staff. In his 40 years of coaching college baseball, his teams have won 1,308 games and he has never had a losing season. 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 31 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 Conn. Hall-of-Fame in 1992.
Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Chris Wojick will serve his sixth season as the pitching coach for the Wesleyan Cardinals. His pitching staffs have recorded three of the top four ERA marks in school history, including a record 2.70 in 2015. The Cardinals also led the nation in WHIP and were third in ERA in 2015.
A 2011 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, Chris brings a wealth of experience in baseball, including a standout four-year career pitching for the Warriors. Chris finished his career second in all-time appearances with 74 and was named ABCA third-team all-New England in 2008. He had 13 career wins, eight saves in 135.0 innings with 136 strikeouts, and a career 4.13 ERA. He served as the tournament director for the NCAA Division III New England Regional in May of 2012, and in the summer of 2014, he coached the Mystic Schooners in the NECBL.
Chris graduated from Montville (Conn.) High School, and was named to the prestigious All-State team while leading his team to the state title in 2006. He was both a pitcher and catcher for the University of Maine his first-year in college.He is married to the former Melanie Proud.