Well, the Seahawks play in the Colonial Athletic Association, which annually conducts a post-season tournament to determine its automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament field of 64. People in the Wilmington area can take solace in the fact that UNCW is a perennial contender for that berth, winning the league tournament for the first time in 2004 and again in 2006. And during years the Seahawks do not win the league tournament, they are in the chase for an at-large bid to an NCAA Regional. They earned at-large berths in 2003 and 2008.
Head coach Mark Scalf has piloted the program to 40 or more victories in five of the past six years heading into 2009. Scalf has been the CAA Coach of the Year four times over the previous 17 years. In 2008, he directed the team to a school record 44 wins and set a league record with 25 triumphs in conference games. Scalf also has twice served as an assistant coach – 2003 and 2007 – on the USA Collegiate National Team.
You want more? The team plays a 56-game regular season between the third week of February and the third week in May before the league tournament, which is double elimination and often played at Brooks Field – UNCW’s home field.
While it looks recently like the program is thriving, the early years cannot be ignored. In the formative years, back when it was Wilmington College, the Seahawks captured National Junior College Athletic Association championships in 1961 and again in 1963.
Date posted: March 23, 2009