Head Coach Pete Way ’03 enters his eighth season leading the Wildcats baseball team in 2012-13. After seven years guiding the program, a combined North Eastern Athletic Conference record of 62-36 (.633) has translated to two conference titles (2008 and 2009) and the baseball program’s first ever ECAC Tournament appearance (2009).
The 2012 season was memorable as the team enjoyed a late season winning streak, picking up 6 straight victories including a 37-run outburst during a Senior Day doubleheader that would earn Coach Way his 99th and 100th career wins. In their final match-up of the season the 2012 Wildcats held a 3-2 lead late in to the game against nationally seventh-ranked Cortland State before a 5-run rally in the 7th inning gave the Red Dragons the edge and a win by the score of 7-3. The 2012 team finished 16-19 (7-5 NEAC) to bring the overall record of Coach Way’s teams to 100-124 (.446) during his tenure.
The 2011 team finished 9-21 (6-8 NEAC) following a 7-23 (4-8 NEAC) record in 2010. 2008 and 2009 were banner years for the program marked by consecutive regular season conference championships. In conference play during the two year span, Way’s teams hit .393, scoring 9.5 runs per game on their way to a 23-3 record (.885). The 2009 team set the record for wins in a season (22), earning the program’s first ECAC tournament bid (2009), as the team finished 22-16 after hitting .337 as a team with 27 homeruns. Way’s 2008 team ended 21-12, at one point winning 18 consecutive games and marked the emergence of the program as an exciting offensive team; finishing 2nd nationally in stolen bases on top of a .340 average with 22 homeruns. Way’s 2007 team finished 11-13 (10-6 NEAC) earning a 3rd place conference finish. During his first season as Head Coach, the 2006 team finished 14-18 (12-6 NEAC) earning a 3rd place conference finish.
Coach Way replaced his former coach, Pete Liddell, in 2006 after
joining the staff as an assistant coach for the 2004 and 2005
seasons making him the program’s second head baseball coach
in the modern era. As an assistant during those two seasons,
Way helped Liddell guide the Wildcats to a combined 36-31 record
(.537). The 2005 team finished 17-16, graduating five
All-Conference performers. The 2004 team finished 19-15 with
conference championships in both the North Eastern Athletic
Conference (NEAC) and the City University of New York Athletic
Conference (CUNYAC), with Liddell earning conference coach of the
year honors. The strong finish to his coaching tenure
resulted in a career record of 159-213-1 (.426) over his 12
seasons; including 4 conference titles during that time.
Before he was added to the coaching staff, Coach Way played an integral role behind the plate for the Wildcats during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. During the Wildcats 18-win season and 2002 NEAC championship run, he would set a single season record after not making an error in 100 total chances, with 12 assists from behind the plate. Coach Way made just one error during his two year career, finishing with a .994 fielding percentage and 17 assists.
Prior to his time at Cazenovia, Coach Way played for the retired Hank Testa at Herkimer County Community College (HCCC). His sophomore year at HCCC ended with Herkimer’s first appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region III Tournament in eleven years. Way transferred to Herkimer from Mansfield University (Pa.) during his freshman year, after winning the 1999 Section V HS championship at Gananda Central HS.
Coach Way serves a dual role on campus as the Director of the Cazenovia Fund in the Office of Institutional Advancement, the College’s Development, Fundraising, Alumni and Parent Relations division. He lives in Fayetteville, NY with his wife Sara, Cy (7) and Nolan (1).
Bryan Atkins enters his fourth season as an assistant coach serving primarily as the team's bench coach, assisting with the team’s hitters and outfielders. Atkins joined the coaching staff in 2010 following an outstanding two-year baseball career at Cazenovia, starting 70 games during that time. During his two seasons Atkins hit .345 with 81 hits, 10 homeruns, 20 doubles and 56 RBI. Atkins also made 12 starts on the mound going 5-3. Prior to his time with the Wildcats, Atkins’ stellar two seasons at Mohawk Valley CC ended with career records in hits (92) and RBI (53). Atkins also finished within the top three for career records at MVCC in batting average (.416), total bases (126), doubles (24) and runs scored (61). Before arriving at MVCC, Atkins played under Kevin Rockwell at Cicero-North Syracuse HS, finishing his senior season on a team that finished 24-3, setting the school wins record and capturing a league and Section III title.
Cory Schad enters his second season as an assistant coach and
will work primarily with the team’s infielders and hitters.
Schad is a 2009 graduate of Cazenovia and joined the coaching staff
in 2012 with great anticipation after an outstanding two-year
baseball career at Cazenovia, starting 71 games during that time.
During his two seasons Schad hit .411 with 92 hits, 1 homerun, 9
doubles and 58 RBI. Schad was named to the ABCA All-Region team in
2008 after finished 9th nationally in batting average
(.469). Schad also finished 2nd nationally in On
Base Percentage (.565) in 2008, just behind Juniata’s Dan
Kaufman, a 46th round draft pick that June. Schad
is well known as a top-notch defensive player. Prior to his
time with the Wildcats, Schad played two seasons at Mohawk Valley
CC. Before arriving at MVCC, Schad starred at Bishop Grimes
HS in Syracuse and holds the school’s single season record
for strikeouts as a pitcher (84). Coach Schad has worked as an
assistant coach for Mohawk Valley CC and at Bishop Grimes HS.