This year marks Randy Mazey’s 10th season as the head coach of WVU baseball. Mazey, a former Clemson pitcher and outfielder, has brought great success to the West Virginia program, leading the team to historic postseason appearances.
Mazey has been the head of coach for the Mountaineers since 2013, following his coaching career as head coach at East Carolina and Charleston Southern; up until signing with the Mountaineers, Mazey was an assistant coach at TCU.
Mazey’s first year on the WVU staff was an extraordinary one; after being projected to finish last in the Big 12 preseason poll, the Mountaineers finished third in the conference and qualified for the Big 12 Championship. After numerous conference victories and a final record of 33-26, fans began to pay attention to the team that Big 12 newcomer Mazey had transformed.
In the following years, Mazey led the Mountaineers in qualifying for consecutive Big 12 Championships in 2014 and 2015. During these years, record-breaking attendance was recorded under Mazey as the state of West Virginia began to recognize that the baseball program was developing something special.
2016, Mazey’s fourth season as head coach, was historic for WVU as they made their first appearance in the Big 12 Championship. Mazey led the team to 36 wins in total; WVU was described as “one of the hottest teams in the country” at the end of the season, winning 17 of their last 20 games.
In 2017, Mazey continued in building a record-breaking team; this season, the Mountaineers earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996 and the 12th time in program history. Several players were drafted this year under Mazey’s leadership; currently, 32 players have been drafted since Mazey entered the program.
Following a successful 2018 season, Mazey’s seventh season in 2019 was significant in proving just how his coaching had made an impact on Mountaineer baseball. The Mazey-led team finished with 38 wins, the second most in program history. To add to their historic season, WVU was selected to host an NCAA Regional as they were ranked in the top 25.
The COVID-19 pandemic shortened the 2020 season for the Mountaineers, but off the field, Mazey’s team had eight players named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team, tying for the most in program history.
Last season, Mazey reached several personal milestones. Mazey earned his 250th win at WVU against Baylor on April 11. He also made his 800th career game as a head coach on April 24 against Kansas State.