|Position:||Director of Baseball Operations|
|Alma Mater:||Maryland (2002)|
Matt Swope is in first season as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator after being promoted to the position in July of 2017. Swope is entering his sixth season overall on staff at Maryland after serving as the Terps' director of operations for five seasons from 2013-2017.
Swope has been a part of the four winningest seasons in Maryland history as a player or staff member (2015, 2014, 2017, 2002). Swope has played a key role in Maryland’s rise to national prominence, as the Terps captured 180 wins and advanced to three NCAA Tournaments during his time on staff.
During Swope’s stint in College Park, Maryland has boasted seven All-Americans, two academic All-Americans and 28 Major League Baseball draft picks. The Terrapins advanced to their only two Super Regionals in school history (2014, 2015) and advanced to two conference tournament championship games.
Swope helped overhaul the Maryland baseball brand in his time as director of operations, managing a number of areas including the Terps’ budget, fundraising, scheduling, travel logistics, team events, compliance, social media, equipment and apparel. He was directly involved with Maryland’s locker room renovation project and recent upgrades to Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
The Maryland alum oversaw the state and foundation budgets and was directly involved with the Home Run Club, which liaises with former players and boosters of the program, helping raise over $535,000 in private funds since 2012.
Swope was a four-year starter and had an illustrious career in College Park from 1999-2002. Playing in the outfield for the Terps, Swope finished his career with .331 batting average, 16 home runs and 135 RBI. He is Maryland's career leader in runs (181), ranks second in hits (253) and walks (106), third in total bases (360), fifth in RBI and at bats (764), and eighth in stolen bases (44).
As a senior in 2002, Swope posted a .368 batting average with 64 runs scored, 55 RBI and 31 extra base hits to help the Terps win a then program-record 34 games. As a junior, Swope hit .328 and tallied 7 home runs and 34 RBI.
The New Carrollton, Md., native was taken in the 24th round of the 2002 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos where he spent the season with their Class A affiliate Clinton Lumber Kings and their Class A Short-Season affiliate Vermont Expos.
In 2005, Swope spent the season with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League. Swope and the Wild Things enjoyed a successful season. The Wild Things set a Frontier League record with 63 wins, while Swope hit .309 with nine home runs, including one in the playoffs. Swope had a 28-game hitting streak during the 2005 season.
Swope received his bachelor's degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland in 2003.