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Florida Atlantic Owls Founded: 1981 University Florida Atlantic University Conference Sun Belt Location Boca Raton, FL Head Coach John McCormack (2nd year) Home Stadium FAU Baseball Stadium (Capacity: 2,000) Nickname Owls Colors Blue and Red               NCAA Tournament Appearances 1985, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010 Conference Tournament Champions 2004 Conference Champions 1983, 1999, 2003, 2010 The Florida Atlantic Owls are the college baseball team of Florida Atlantic University which plays its home games at FAU Baseball Stadium. Fielding its first team in 1981, the Florida Atlantic University baseball team has experienced frequent success, shared respect from other baseball teams nation-wide and the building of a mid-major power in NCAA baseball. As of the 2010 season, the Owls have had 12 consecutive winning seasons. Additionally, the Owls have had only four losing seasons in 30 years of competition. Contents 1 Overview and history 1.1 Steve Traylor Era: The Beginning 1.2 Kevin Cooney Era: Division I and National Success 1.2.1 All-time consecutive wins record 1.2.2 March to 800 1.3 John McCormack Era: Sooner Than Five Years 2 Individual records and honors 2.1 No Hitters 2.2 FAU Baseball Hall of Fame 2.3 All-Americans 2.4 Freshmen All-Americans 2.5 2005 Mickey Storey 3 Head coaches 4 Year By Year Records 5 Postseason Records 5.1 1999 5.2 2000 5.3 2002 5.4 2003 5.5 2004 5.6 2005 5.7 2010 6 Professional Owls 6.1 Owls in the majors 6.2 Owls in the minors 7 Notes and references 8 External links Overview and history Florida Atlantic University's baseball program began in 1981 and has seen success, growth and change in its 26 seasons of competition. Among the changes, the most noticeable to fans would be the change of the team name in 2005. University President Frank T. Brogan led the charge for the university to create a unified, single mark for FAU's athletic programs. The student-body decided "Owls" should be the athletic logo and in 2005, the baseball team lost its previous identity of "Blue Wave." Over the 30 years of competition, FAU baseball has jumped from NAIA, to NCAA Division II, to NCAA Division I competition, and has reached success on all levels. Steve Traylor Era: The Beginning Under its first coach and first year of competition, FAU won its inaugural game, 12-8, against St. Thomas University on February 23, 1981. Steve Traylor coached FAU from 1981–1987 and oversaw the building of a program from scratch. After only three years of existence, FAU jumped from the NAIA level to the NCAA Division II level. If there was any doubts about this young program belonging on that level, its very first season would prove any doubters wrong. The Blue Wave opened the 1984 season with a win against in-state super-power University of Florida Gators, 5-4. FAU continued to win its first five games of the season, including another major upset, this time on the road at another in-state super-power, defeating University of Miami Hurricanes, 11-10. The Blue Wave finished the 1984 season with a record of 40-15, ranked 8th in the nation in the final NCAA Division II poll. Kevin Cooney Era: Division I and National Success During the offseason between 1987 and 1988, Steve Traylor left Florida Atlantic to become the head coach at Duke University. FAU hired Kevin Cooney, head coach of Montclair State University in New Jersey. Since the hiring, FAU has won 61% of their games and transformed itself from a local power in South Florida to a national baseball program on the Division I level. Coach Cooney arrived at FAU in 1988 and began his 20th season as head coach of the Owls on opening night of the 2007 season. Given the success and unprecedented heights that Cooney has taken FAU baseball, "Florida Atlantic" and "Kevin Cooney" have become synoymous with one another. Entering the 2007 season, Cooney has won 680 games (at FAU) and 820 (all-time, between FAU and Montclair State University, his alma mater and where he coached from 1984–1987). In his 19+ seasons in Boca Raton, Cooney has established a powerhouse program at a university that continues to grow. Cooney has led the charge for FAU baseball to enjoy such successes as, 67 athletes turning professional (with 4 reaching the majors). For these accolades and so much more, Cooney was inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.[1] On March 15, 2006, against Columbia University, Cooney reached a personal milestone, coaching a team to his 800th career victory. On Thursday, April 24, 2008, Coach Kevin Cooney announced that the 2008 season would be his last season as head coach of the Owls. Subsequently, on May 24, exactly two months after this announcement, Coach Cooney coached his last game as FAU head coach when the Owls lost to Western Kentucky in the play-in championship game of the Sun Belt Conference Championship Tournament. All-time consecutive wins record During the improbable 1999 season, when FAU finished with a school-best record of 54-9, Coach Kevin Cooney led his team to an NCAA all-time record for consecutive wins. Starting February 19, in a 7-4 win over Bethune-Cookman College, the Blue Wave continued on to 34 consecutive wins. The streak lasted all the way to March 17, when Jacksonville University topped FAU, 2-1. The streak ended two days short of lasting two complete calendar months. March to 800 Cooney's milestone wins: 1st: March 14, 1984 (Montclair State 5, Southern Illinois 0) 100th: May 6, 1986 (Montclair State 9, Glassboro State 1) 200th: April 28, 1989 (FAU 3, UCF 2) 300th: March 15, 1993 (FAU 4, Rowan 3) 400th: March 18, 1996 (FAU 6, Northeastern 2) 500th: March 13, 1999 (FAU 8, Troy 2) 600th: March 31, 2001 (FAU 4, Stanford 3) 700th: May 9, 2003 (FAU 12, Georgia Southern 2) 800th: March 15, 2006 (FAU 8, Columbia 7) John McCormack Era: Sooner Than Five Years On July 1, 2008, Florida Atlantic named 18-year Assistant Coach, John McCormack, as Cooney's successor. McCormack served as Cooney's top assistant, associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the 18 seasons before being elevated as head coach. With the foundation laid by Cooney, McCormack leads the Owls under intense pressure and high expectations. During his interview for the head coaching position, he detailed his so-called "Five Year Plan" for the Owls to reach the College World Series. His plan was met with the following response from Athletic Director Craig Angelos: "It has to be sooner than that."[2] Individual records and honors No Hitters Tom Clark, 1982 Jim Hanrahan, 1984 Luis Merino, 1985 Jim Drancsak, 1986 John Sammon, 1994 Mickey Storey, 2006 FAU Baseball Hall of Fame In 2006, Florida Atlantic University inducted the first class to its new FAU Baseball Hall of Fame. Name Class Keith Foley 2006 Scott Hay 2006 Todd Moser 2006 Jack Penrod 2006 Nick Presto 2006 Mike Ryan 2006 Warren "Doc" Schneider 2006 Steve Traylor 2006 Kevin Connacher (1994-'97) 2007 Doug Gonring (1984-'85) 2007 Tommy Murphy (1998-'00) 2007 Pat Murphy (1981-'82) 2007 Jorge Vega (1981-'83) 2007 All-Americans 11 players from FAU baseball have won recognition as "All-American": Keith Foley (1983), Mike Ryan (1984), Scott Hay (1986), Jack Penrod (1988), Todd Moser (1999), Dan Jackson (1999), Dickie Hart (1999), Randy Beam (2003), Jeff Fiorentino (2004), Mickey Storey (2005), Robbie Widlansky (2007). Freshmen All-Americans 7 players from FAU baseball have won recognition as "Freshmen All-American": Kevin Connacher (1994), Rusty Brown (2001), Chris Pillsbury (2001), Jeff Fiorentino (2002), Derek Hutton (2002), Tim Mascia (2003), Mickey Storey (2005). 2005 Mickey Storey In 2005, as a freshman pitcher for FAU, Mickey Storey was named Collegiate Baseball's National Freshman Pitcher of the Year. Storey's stat line for his freshman season was one of the best posted by a pitcher in the nation. Year G/GS W-L Pct. ERA IP H R ER BB SO 2005 23/9 10-1 .901 1.70 95.1 78 25 18 23 82 Storey's 1.70 ERA is a school-record for a single-season, and ranked fifth in the nation for the 2005 season among pitchers on the Division I level. His performance during the 2005 season awarded him an invitation to try out for the USA Baseball National Team. Storey also took home numerous other awards that season, including All-American honors, Freshman All-American honors, All-Conference honors, and All-Conference Freshman honors. Head coaches Tenure Coach Years Record Pct. 1981–1987 Steve Traylor 7 268-107-2 .714 1988–2008 Kevin Cooney 21 748-480-5 .607 2009-pres. John McCormack 2 62-44-0 .585 Totals 3 coaches 30 seasons 1078-631-7 .628 Year By Year Records Year Record Pct. Coach Postseason Conference 1981 15-16-0 .484 Steve Traylor None NAIA 1982 42-14-0 .750 Steve Traylor None NAIA 1983 49-16-0 .754 Steve Traylor NAIA District 25 Champions NAIA 1984 40-15-0 .727 Steve Traylor None NAIA 1985 44-15-0 .746 Steve Traylor NCAA South Regional D-II Independent 1986 44-10-0 .815 Steve Traylor None D-II Independent 1987 34-21-2 .614 Steve Traylor None D-II Independent 1988 32-19-2 .623 Kevin Cooney None D-II Independent 1989 30-23-2 .564 Kevin Cooney None D-II Independent 1990 28-25-0 .528 Kevin Cooney None D-II Independent 1991 24-31-0 .436 Kevin Cooney None D-II Independent 1992 27-27-0 .500 Kevin Cooney None D-II Independent 1993 41-17-0 .707 Kevin Cooney NCAA South Regional D-II Independent 1994 31-23-0 .574 Kevin Cooney None Atlantic Sun 1995 27-31-0 .466 Kevin Cooney None Atlantic Sun 1996 39-23-0 .629 Kevin Cooney None Atlantic Sun 1997 32-24-0 .571 Kevin Cooney None Atlantic Sun 1998 29-30-0 .492 Kevin Cooney None Atlantic Sun 1999 54-9-0 .857 Kevin Cooney Atlantic Sun Conference Champions NCAA Regional Atlantic Sun 2000 43-19-0 .694 Kevin Cooney NCAA Regional Atlantic Sun 2001 36-24-0 .600 Kevin Cooney None Atlantic Sun 2002 46-21-0 .687 Kevin Cooney NCAA Super Regional Atlantic Sun 2003 47-16-0 .746 Kevin Cooney Atlantic Sun Conference Champions NCAA Regional Atlantic Sun 2004 47-17-0 .734 Kevin Cooney Atlantic Sun Conference Champions NCAA Regional Atlantic Sun 2005 37-24-0 .607 Kevin Cooney NCAA Regional Atlantic Sun 2006 30-28-0 .517 Kevin Cooney None Atlantic Sun 2007 36-22-0 .621 Kevin Cooney None Sun Belt 2008 32-27-1 .533 Kevin Cooney None Sun Belt 2009 29-24-0 .547 John McCormack None Sun Belt 2010 33-20-0 .623 John McCormack Sun Belt Conference Champions NCAA Regional Sun Belt Total 1078-631-7 .628 3 coaches Total Total Postseason Records Florida Atlantic is 11-18 all-time in NCAA Division I postseason history (11-16 all-time in NCAA Regionals and 0-2 in NCAA Super Regionals). 1999 NCAA Regional (Coral Gables, FL) Miami Hurricanes (host) Florida Atlantic Blue Wave FIU Golden Panthers Bethune-Cookman Wildcats FAU goes 2-2 and is eliminated by Miami. 2000 NCAA Regional (Coral Gables, FL) Miami Hurricanes (host) Florida Atlantic Blue Wave FIU Golden Panthers Wagner College Seahawks FAU goes 1-2 and is eliminated by FIU. 2002 NCAA Regional (Tuscaloosa, AL) Alabama Crimson Tide (host) Auburn Tigers Florida Atlantic Blue Wave Southeast Missouri State Indians FAU goes 3-1 and clinches Regional Championship by defeating Alabama in the Championship Game, 6-5. NCAA Super Regional (Atlanta, GA) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (host) Florida Atlantic Blue Wave FAU is eliminated by Georgia Tech, 2 games to 0. 2003 NCAA Regional (Coral Gables, FL) Miami Hurricanes (host) Florida Gators Florida Atlantic Blue Wave Bethune-Cookman Wildcats FAU goes 1-2 and is eliminated by Florida. 2004 NCAA Regional (Coral Gables, FL) Miami Hurricanes (host) Florida Atlantic Blue Wave NC State Wolfpack St. Bonaventure University FAU goes 2-2 and is eliminated by Miami. 2005 NCAA Regional (Coral Gables, FL) Miami Hurricanes (host) Florida Atlantic Blue Wave VCU Rams Mississippi State Bulldogs FAU goes 1-2 and is eliminated by Mississippi State. 2010 NCAA Regional (Gainesville, FL) Florida Gators (host) Florida Atlantic Owls Oregon State Beavers Bethune-Cookman Wildcats FAU goes 2-2 and is eliminated by University of Florida Professional Owls Owls in the majors Florida Atlantic Owls to reach Major League Baseball: Tim Harikkala, pitcher (1995–2005) Carmen Cali, pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2005–present) Jeff Fiorentino, outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles (2005 present) Tommy Murphy, outfielder for the Kansas City Royals (2006–present) Mike Crotta, pitcher, for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2011-present) Owls in the minors Florida Atlantic Owls currently playing in Minor League Baseball (as of the 2007 season) who have been selected in the First-Year Player Draft: Tim McNab, pitcher, Double A Binghamton Mets (New York Mets), 22nd round (2002) Randy Beam, pitcher, Double A Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox), 18th round (2004) Matt O'Brien, pitcher, High Class A Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit Tigers), 15th round (2005) Mike McBryde, outfielder, Class A Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants), 5th round (2006) Alex Fonseca, shortstop, Rooke A Arizona League Angels (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), 36th round (2006) Mickey Storey, pitcher, Rookie A Arizona League Athletics (Oakland Athletics), 31st round (2008) Notes and references ^ "Gowdy, Cooney Inducted into Hall of Fame". Palm Beach post. Archived from the original on 2007-02-22. http://web.archive.org/web/20070222140709/http://www.palmbeachpost.com/highschools/content/sports/epaper/2007/02/20/a2c_hallfame_0220.html. Retrieved 2007-02-24.  ^ All Stars - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com External links Official Athletics Website of FAU Sports Official Website of the Sun Belt Conference FAU Branding Initiative The Palm Beach Post Florida Atlantic Baseball 2006 Media Guide v · d · eFlorida Atlantic University Colleges Charles E. Schmidt College of Science • Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing • College for Design and Social Inquiry • College of Business • College of Education • College of Engineering and Computer Science • Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters • Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College • Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine • The Graduate College Academic/Research Affiliations Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at FAU • Lockheed Martin • Max Planck Society • NASA Imaging Technology Space Center • Research at FAU • The Scripps Research Institute at FAU • Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies • University Press of Florida Campus Locations Boca Raton • Dania Beach • Fort Lauderdale • Jupiter • Port St. Lucie • Fort Pierce • Vero Beach History FAU History • President Frank T. Brogan • Alumni and Faculty Athletics Burrowing Owl • Florida Atlantic Owls • Florida Atlantic Owls baseball • Florida Atlantic Owls basketball • Florida Atlantic Owls football • FAU Football Stadium • Howard Schnellenberger • Shula Bowl • Sun Belt Conference • The Burrow Student Life Barry and Florence Friedberg Lifelong Learning Center • Greek Life • FAU Marching Owls • Hoot/Wisdom Recordings • Owl Prowl • Owl Radio • OWL TV • Broward County • Palm Beach County • University Press • University Theater v · d · eFlorida Atlantic Owls baseball 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 v · d · eSun Belt Conference Football Arkansas State Red Wolves • Florida Atlantic Owls • FIU Golden Panthers • Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns • Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks • Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders • North Texas Mean Green • Troy Trojans • Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Non-football Arkansas–Little Rock Trojans • Denver Pioneers (Leaving in 2012) • South Alabama Jaguars† † - Will join the conference for football in 2013