Scott Loiseau Garners Diamond/ABCA Regional Coach of the Year Honors
MANCHESTER, N.H. – The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced Tuesday that Southern New Hampshire University baseball coach Scott Loiseau has been named the organization's East Region Coach of the Year. Loiseau joins the seven other Division II regional Coach of the Year recipients, as well as National Coach of the Year Jad Prachniak of West Chester University.
Loiseau guided the Penmen baseball program to an unprecedented 43-15 record in 2012, shattering the previous single-season program record of 25 victories. SNHU qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history and captured the East Region title at home with a thrilling 4-3 win over Le Moyne College in the East Region final to earn a Division II College World Series berth. Southern New Hampshire won its first game at the CWS, downing Minnesota State 3-2.
As a team, Southern New Hampshire ranked first nationally in both earned run average (2.41) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.3) while also placing among the national leaders in several other pitching and defensive categories. Junior Tim Flight (Portsmouth, R.I.) led Division II in strikeouts and ranked sixth in ERA en route to NCBWA and ABCA Division II Pitcher of the Year and consensus First Team All-America honors. Four players garnered All-Region honors while the Penmen had seven Northeast-10 All-Conference selections.
Over Loiseau's first four seasons, the SNHU baseball program has been transformed into one of the top programs regionally and nationally. After winning seven games the season prior to Loiseau's arrival, the Penmen posted win totals of 14 in 2009, 18 in 2010 and 25 in 2011 before 2012's breakout season.