Mike Twardoski
Mike Twardoski
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 404-727-0877
Email: mtwardo@emory.edu

Mike Twardoski, a former professional player with four major league organizations, assumed the Emory head coach position prior to the 2000 season.  Twardoski has guided the Eagles to six NCAA Division III World Series appearances, six NCAA regional championships, 11 NCAA tournament berths and 10 conference championships.

In 18 seasons at the helm of the Eagles, Twardoski has a career record of 541-250-1 (.684). He has guided the Eagles to nine seasons of 30 or more wins including a school-record 43 truimphs during the 2007 campaign.

During the 2016 season, Twardoski became just the fourth coach in Emory history and only the 39th active Division III baseball coach to reach the 500 wins milestone as the Eagles defeated the University of Chicago 15-4 on March 26th. Twardoski was honored as D3Baseball.com and ABCA/Diamond All-South Region and UAA Coach of the Year accolades as the Eagles finished the season with a 34-12 overall record with a third straight appearance in the College World Series.

Twardoski's teams finished second at the Division III World Series in 2007 and 2014, fifth in 2003, sixth in 2015 and seventh in 2000 and 2016. His teams have compiled final national rankings of second (2007 and 2014), fifth (2003, 2015 and 2016), seventh (2000), ninth (2001 and 2004). During the regular season, Emory was ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation in 2001 by the ABCA and ascended to No. 1 in the D3Baseball.com rankings for the first in 2017.

Twardoski was honored as the regional Division III Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2016, and as the state Division III Coach of the Year by the Georgia Dugout Club in 2001, 2003 and 2004. In 2016, Twardoski and his assistants, Bobby Perez and Sean Kelly, were honored as the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.

During his time with the team, Twardoski has overseen the development of nine all-Americans, two national gold glove winners, nine UAA Most Valuable Players, six UAA Rookies of the Year, and 56 all-region awardees.  Four players have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft under Twardoski.

Twardoski joined the Emory staff prior to the 1999 season as an assistant coach. After that season, he took over as head coach.

Twardoski played pro ball for 10 years in the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves organizations. He was the team MVP for Boston's Triple A affiliate, Pawtucket Red Sox, in 1990 and 1992. In Pawtucket, Twardoski shared playing time at first base and designated hitter with Mo Vaughn. Four times, Twardoski was singled out as the best first baseman in his league by "Baseball America" in its annual rankings. Twardoski was a 29th round pick by the Indians in 1986.

He is a 1986 graduate of the University of Alabama where he led the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with a .399 average his senior year. In the last game of his college career Twardoski went 3-for-3 against Kevin Brown, then pitching for Georgia Tech, who became a 200-game winner in the majors with six teams, most recently the New York Yankees.

After his playing career ended in 1995, Twardoski created and operated the East Coast Baseball Academy.

Twardoski and his wife, Tina, have one daughter, Chelsea, and one son, Trace.

Year
NCAA
UAA
Final
Rank
Nation
W
L
T
PCT
Finish
Region
Finish
Nation
W
L
PCT
Finish
2000
33
16
 
.673
1st
7th
6
1
.857
2nd
7
2001
36
9
 
.800
2nd
Round of 16
6
1
.857
1st
9
2002
26
16
 
.619
-
-
4
2
.667
2nd
-
2003
37
15
 
.712
1st
5th
4
2
.667
1st
5
2004
42
6
 
.875
3rd
Round of 24
6
0
1.000
1st
9
2005
21
18
 
.538
-
-
3
3
.500
2nd
-
2006
31
9
 
.775
1st
First Round
6
0
1.000
1st
30
2007
43
10
 
.811
1st
National Runner-Up
4
2
.667
1st
2
2008
25
11
1
.676
-
-
4
2
.667
t-1st
-
2009 24 18   .571 - - 3 3 .500 t-2nd -
2010 19 20   .487 - - 3 2 .600 3rd -
2011 26 17   .605 - - 5 1 .833 1st -
2012 26 14   .650 t-5th - 7 1 .875 1st -
2013 22 17   .564 - - 4 4 .500 t-3rd -
2014 38 13   .745 1st National Runner-Up 6 2 .750 t-1st 2/3
2015 31 15   .674 1st 5th 6 2 .750 t-1st 7
2016 34 12   .739 1st 7th 5 3 .625 t-2nd 5/6
2017 27 14   .659 T-5th - 9 7 .563 3rd -
Total
541
250
1
.684
 
91
38
.705