Matt Mazurek, a Silver Creek native who has been assistant coach at Canisius College, was named the school's head baseball coach, succeeding Mike McRae, who recently resigned from the post. Mazurek, the Golden Griffins' hitting instructor the last eight seasons, becomes the fourth head coach at Canisius in the last 40 years.
"Matt Mazurek has spent the past 12 years preparing to be a head coach, and I am excited for our program that he will have that chance with us," Canisius Director of Athletics Bill Maher said in making the announcement. Mazurek is a 2006 Canisius graduate in physical education and obtained his masters degree in sports administration there in 2012.
Mazurek, a career .355 hitter as a Griff, has had success as the team's batting instructor. Eleven different Griffs ranked among the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s top-five in batting average. Additionally, Canisius has led the conference in home runs four times in those eight seasons, highlighted by a school record 90 in 2009, which ranked 19th in the nation as a team.
He has been a member of the coaching staff that has helped produce 13 Major League Baseball draft picks since 2009, including seven hitters (Jake Lumley, Conor Panas, Brett Siddall, Sean Jamieson, Steve McQuail, Kevin Mailloux and Kevin Mahoney).
Mazurek was 2006 Canisius Male Athlete of the Year. He played two seasons for the Griffs under McRae. After wrapping up his collegiate career, Mazurek played professional baseball for three seasons. In 2007, he was a member of the Joilet Jackhammers of the Northern League, and then spent two years (2008 and 2009) with the Rockford Riverhawks of the Frontier League.
He is now a resident of Tonawanda with his wife, Sara, and their 14-month old daughter, Makenna.
Christ and Cornell face UB on Friday
When Cornell's women's soccer team comes to UB Stadium to face the University at Buffalo on Friday night, there will be someone on the sidelines with a Buffalo connection.
Tori Christ, a 2010 graduate of Nardin Academy where she was a first team All-Western New York selection and Monsignor Martin Association league MVP, is the Big Red's assistant coach and goalkeeper coach. At Nardin, Christ had a school record 12 shutouts one season. She played four years at Cornell where she was two-time team captain and three times received the Randy May Coaches' Award. As a senior she received the Inspirational Player Award.
Christ played overseas in Sweden and Finland after a season with the Boston Breakers Reserve team in in 2014 and 2015.
After losses to Syracuse and at Eastern Washington, Cornell will be looking for its first victory of the season. UB is 1-3 is coming off a 5-0 win over Youngstown State. UB and Cornell last met in 2014 with the Big Red winning, 3-2. UB leads the all-time series, 3-2-3.