Mark Scalf is the all-time winningest baseball coach at UNCW and in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
Scalf arrived in Wilmington following a terrific high school career at Cary. During his time as a player at UNCW, Scalf was a four-time letter winner at second base.
His coaching career began in 1981 when he was a graduate assistant at UNC. The following season, Scalf was added to the coaching staff on a full-time basis. He left Chapel Hill to become an assistant coach at UNCW in 1984, and he remained in that position until succeeding Bobby Guthrie as head coach in 1992.
Scalf coached the Seahawks for 28 seasons, compiling a record of 941-686-1, before retiring at the conclusion of the 2019 season. Under his guidance, UNCW won nine CAA regular season titles and six tournament championships. They qualified for the NCAA Tournament 10 times.
The 2008 team went on a school-record 21-game winning streak and set a program record with 44 victories. Two of Scalf’s players – pitcher Brad Holt and shortstop Greg Jones – were selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Holt was selected No. 33 by the New York Mets in 2008, while Jones went to the Tampa Bay Rays with the 22nd pick in 2019. A total of 83 of Scalf’s former players went on to play professionally.
Scalf has been married to his wife, Allyson, for nearly 40 years. They have two daughters – Jordan and Madison.