Former UMES Hawk Tapped As Head Coach At St. Mary’s College

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ST. MARY’S CITY, Maryland – Bernie Stratchko, a former infield starter for the Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team, was named the head coach of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, as announced by the college on Tuesday.

Stratchko, 31, played for the Hawks under Coach Bobby Rodriguez in 2005 and 2006 after arriving from the College of Southern Maryland. He started 97 games for the team over those two seasons as a third baseman, batting .252 with 36 runs scored and 25 RBI’s.

After finishing his Hawk career Stratchko made his way to the other side of Maryland where he coached at Frostburg State. In five seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator the Bobcats made great strides, including a school and conference record 43 wins and the team’s first trip to the Division III College World Series. He helped to mentor 23 players to earn All-Capital Athletic Conference honors as well as a Conference Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

A native of La Plata, Maryland, Bernie and his twin brother, Tommy, competed side-by-side for conference rivals. While Bernie was with the Hawks, Tommy competed for Coppin State.

The Capital Athletic Conference consists of ten teams in Division III which include Delmarva institutions Salisbury University and Wesley College.

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