Flushing, NY - Tom Sowinski was introduced today as the new Queens College Baseball Coach. Sowinski becomes the 16th coach in the 69 year history of Knights baseball.
Sowinski brings 21 years of coaching experience with him to Queens College. He spent the first 15 years of his coaching career at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, where he served as Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach for the Panthers from 1985-1999. During his tenure at AU 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, AU finished in third place in the College World Series, one win away from playing for the National Championship.
After his time at Adelphi, Tom spent one year as Head Coach at Queensborough Community College before moving on to Manhattan College as the Jaspers' Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach. In his five years at Manhattan (200-2005), the baseball team earned its first MAAC playoff berth ever, while 14 players - eight of them pitchers - signed contracts to play professional baseball.
Upon leaving Manhattan College, Tom worked for Diamond Pros giving pitching lessons, doing clinics and coaching in summer leagues.
In his playing days, Sowinski was mentored by two New York coaching legends. He first played for Jack Curran at Archbishop Molloy High School, where he was named to the All-City team three times and was chosen All-City Most Valuable Player twice. He compiled a 30-2 record at Molloy and was also the starting and winning pitcher in each of Coach Curran's first two City Championships.
After graduating from Molloy High School, Sowinski moved on to St. John's University where he anchored coach Jack Kaiser's pitching staff. That staff led SJU to two Division I College World Series, finishing third each time. In 1968, Tom was named an All-American while earning a spot on the College World Series All-Tournament Team on the strength of a 2-0 record (including a shutout) in World Series play. Tom still hold several St. John's pitching records, including most wins in a season (11) and most shutouts in a season (7). In his three years on the varsity he compiled a won-loss record of 41-7.
Upon his graduation from St. John's with a BBA, Sowinski pitched professionally in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, winning 16 games against seven losses in three seasons.
Included among the honors that Tom has received over the years are his induction into the St. John's University Hall of Fame and the Archbishop Molloy High School Hall of Fame. He is also a Cassell Award Winner (Adelphi University Hall of Fame).
-Provided by Queens Sports Information department.