COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland baseball head coach Rob Vaughn announced the promotion of Matt Swope to assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Monday morning. Swope, who will serve as Maryland’s hitting coach, was the Terps’ director of operations for the past five seasons and starred in College Park as a player from 1999-2002.
"The University of Maryland is a very special place and I knew that it was essential to hire someone that bleeds Maryland, and I found that person in Matt Swope,” Vaughn said. “I've worked side by side with Matt over the last five years and his passion for Maryland is unparalleled. He has shown his ability to evaluate players, develop relationships and coach time and time again. I am thrilled that Matt chose to stay put with me here in College Park and I can't wait to get him going."
Swope has been a part of the four winningest seasons in Maryland history as a player or staff member (2015, 2014, 2017, 2002). As director of operations, Swope played a key role in Maryland’s rise to national prominence, as the Terps have captured 180 wins and advanced to three NCAA Tournaments during his tenure.
“I would like to thank Rob Vaughn and the administration for allowing me to continue this dream come true of representing my home state and alma mater,” Swope said. “I truly believe we have assembled one of the best staffs in the country and the Terps have already hit the ground running. The passion and pride I have for this University is unparalleled and will continue to show in our relentless pursuit to Omaha.”
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, travel, fundraising, scheduling, team events, social media, equipment and apparel. He was directly involved with Maryland’s locker room renovation project and recent upgrades to Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
As the baseball program’s liaison with the Terrapin Club, Swope organized Maryland baseball’s fundraising events including the program’s annual golf tournament and lead-off banquet. He also put together Maryland baseball’s community events.
Swope was a four-year starting outfielder in College Park and put together one best careers in Maryland history. The New Carrolton, Md., native finished his career with a .331 batting average, 16 home runs and 135 RBIs. He is Maryland’s career leader in runs (181) and ranks second in hits (253). He sits in the top-10 of ten different offensive categories in Maryland history.
He helped Maryland win a then school record 34 games as a senior in 2002. Swope posted a .368 batting average with 64 runs scored, 55 RBIs and 31 extra base hits. He served as a team captain and received the Bosey Berger Award, given to the Terps’ most outstanding senior. Swope hit .328 and tallied seven home runs as a junior.
The Montreal Expos (now Washington Nationals) selected Swope in the 24th round of the 2002 MLB Draft. Swope played for two seasons in the organization. He starred for the Washington Wild Things of the independent Frontier League in 2005, breaking the team record for consecutive games with a hit (27).
Swope graduated from Maryland in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice.