Tom Sowinski was introduced as the new Queens College Baseball Coach on Monday. Sowinski becomes the 16th coach in the 69-year history of Knights baseball, and Sowinski hopes to turn around a Knights team that finished 8-22 last year.
“I’d like for us to be a contender next year,” Sowinski said.
Sowinski, a Queens native, brings 21 years of coaching experience with him to Queens College. He spent the first 15 years of his coaching career at Queen’s East Coast Conference Rival Adelphi University, where he served as Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach for the Panthers from 1985-1999.
During his tenure at Adelphi his teams participated in four Division II College World Series and seven NCAA Regional Tournaments (winning four). Sowinski also coached three ECAC Champions, six NYCAC Champions and three Knickerbocker Conference Champions. In 1996, Adelphi finished in third place in the College World Series, one win away from playing for the National Championship.
Sowinski said his time at Adelphi prepared him for the Knights job.
“I know things have changed,” he said, “but I’m still pretty familiar with the conference.”
After his time at Adelphi, Sowinski spent one year as Head Coach at Queensborough Community College before moving on to Manhattan College as the Jaspers’ Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach.
Upon leaving Manhattan College, Sowinksi worked for Diamond Pros giving pitching lessons, doing clinics and coaching in summer leagues.
Sowinski, who was coached in high school by the legendary Jack Curran at Archbishop Molloy, actually learned of the opening for Curran.
“My old high school coach, Jack Curran called to tell the job was open.” He said.
“I always liked to help out the local kids. Queens College is a very prestigious program academically. It’s a pretty good fit.”
Now that he has the job, Sowinksi told us that players should expect to earn their spots.
“We have a new regime,” Sowinski said. “No one has a secure spot; everyone will have to compete for their jobs.”