UNCW baseball program among nation’s most efficient

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A program well known for its winning, consistency and efficiency, UNCW Baseball has been recognized by financial website www.ValuePenguin.com as the nation’s third-best NCAA Division I program over from 2004-13.

“This report simply validates what many of us already know,” said UNCW Director of Athletics Jimmy Bass. “Year-in and year-out, our coaches and staff continue to maintain a high-level program on the field and in the classroom. The baseball program is a shining beacon in our sports portfolio and studies like this prove it.”

Mark Scalf and the Seahawks just wrapped up their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports
Mark Scalf and the Seahawks just wrapped up their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance. Photo courtesy UNCW sports.

Overall, 295 programs were examined in the report, with emphasis placed on RPI (rating performance index) and annual expenses incurred by the programs. Information from the Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics was used in compiling the piece.

“This is great recognition for the university and program,” said UNCW Head Coach Mark Scalf, who recently completed his 24th season. “It’s an indicator that we’re doing things the right way and have been fortunate to have the success we’ve had with the resources available.”

The Seahawks checked in behind Cal State Fullerton and in-state rival North Carolina on the list. Florida State and Arizona State followed UNCW in the top five.

According to the review, the Seahawks spent 60 percent less over the 10-year period than their in-state peers, while achieving NCAA Division I’s 44th-best RPI.

Scalf and his Seahawks recently posted their 17th consecutive winning season and remained the only program in the Colonial Athletic Association to compete in all 30 conference championship tournaments.

The Seahawks notched their fifth 40-win season during the 10-year period this spring and reached the NCAA Tournament for a seventh time after winning their fourth CAA title since the 2004 season. In addition, five Seahawks were selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, including a pair of top-10 round selections in Jordan Ramsey and Zach Shields.