Matt Swope is in his third season as Director of Baseball Operations with the Terps. Swope was named to the post in August of 2012.
Swope is involved in every facet of the Terrapin baseball operation including but not limited to management of the Terps’ budget, travel logistics and fundraising.
The Maryland alum oversees the state and foundation budgets as well as being directly involved with the Home Run Club, which liaises with former players and boosters of the program, helping raise over $175,000 a year ago in private funds.
In addition, Swope coordinates and plans all fundraising events including the annual golf tournament, Leadoff Banquet held a week prior to the start of the season, Alumni Day, and the Terps’ participation in the Kids Vs. Cancer organization.
Last season, Swope worked with 522 Productions to help produce the Terps first Maryland Baseball video, ‘Are You Ready?’
On a day-to-day basis, Swope coordinates and implements all logistical aspects of the Terps travel schedule during the season. As well as helping to design and oversee all uniform, apparel and equipment orders with head manager of equipment, Ron Ohringer. Swope also spearheads all of Maryland’s social media applications, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and Vine.
"It's very important for our program to bring a guy like Matt back into the operations position," said head coach John Szefc. "Obviously, he's a very passionate guy about the University of Maryland and particularly Maryland baseball. He has the know-how to really help me on the operation end of things as far as doing a lot of important things behind the scenes. He's also very connected with our alumni and boosters. I think he'll really help to grow that area with him being an alumnus. You can't put a price on the advantage of having Matt back in our program."
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 and 55 RBI to help the Terps win a program-record 34 games. As a junior, Swope ranked third on the team with a .328 batting average and tallied seven home runs and 10 stolen bases.
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 2008 season.
Swope received his bachelor's degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland in 2003.