Head coach Scott Thomson has built Mount St. Mary's into an annual contender for the Northeast Conference title since arriving in 1998. His building plan was culminated in 2008 when he guided the Mount to the NEC Tournament title and the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
Thomson, who has posted 276 wins in his 15 seasons at the Mount, has seen his squad miss out on the NEC Tournament by one game in each of the past two seasons.
In 2008, after seeing his team open the season with 15 straight losses, Thomson was able to maneuver the Mount into the fourth and final spot in the Northeast Conference Tournament. There, the Mount lost its first game against Monmouth, but stormed back, winning four straight games out of the loser's bracket to earn the school's first-ever NEC title. After eliminating Wagner and Central Connecticut State, the Mount was able to finish the job by knocking off Monmouth twice, including 14-to-2 in the championship game.
The previous season, Thomson led the Mount to the best season in school history, to earn NEC Coach of the Year honors. Thomson, who has guided Mount baseball for 13 seasons, has taken Mount baseball to new heights. Over the past seven seasons, he has guided the Mount to 165 victories, including a school-record 35 in 2007. The Mount has won 20 or more games six times in that stretch, the only six times since the Mount moved to NCAA Division I that the team has posted 20 or more wins in a season.
In 2007, the Mount earned a share of the Northeast Conference regular season title, the first NEC title for the Mount since joining the league in 1990. In addition, the Mount posted a 21-7 record in league play, setting a school record for NEC wins. The Mount has matched or increased its win total in NEC play in each of the past five seasons.
During his tenure, Thomson has had 25 players earn All-NEC honors while he has coached two NEC Rookies of the Year, one NEC Pitcher of the Year and had four players drafted in the MLB Draft.
Thomson, a fixture in Central Maryland's baseball community for over a decade, began his college head coaching career at the Mount in 1998.
Following a successful career at Old Dominion, Thomson played in 1991 and 1992 for Erie of the New York-Penn League. In 1992, he began his college coaching career as assistant at Western Maryland, where he coached six seasons while taking classes.
At Old Dominion, Thomson was a two-time, all-Sun Belt Conference pick after making the league's all-rookie team in 1988. In his junior year, he was voted preseason All-American and finished as the NCAA's triples leader for the 23rd-ranked Monarchs. As a senior he was named Virginia College Player of the Year. Thomson finished four years at ODU, pursuing a pro career while resolving to complete his degree. He completed his degree from Western Maryland in May 1998, earning a Bachelor of Science diploma in Physical Education.
Prior to ODU, he was Maryland High School Player of the Year as a senior at Westminster High and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the ninth round of the 1987 draft.
SEASON RECORD NOTES
2007 35-22 NEC Regular Season Title; School Record for Wins
2008 21-34 NEC Champions; NCAA
White, a two-time Major League Baseball draft pick, joined the Mount's coaching staff prior to the 2010 season.
The 1994 Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year for Waynesboro High School, White was a three-time All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) performer at James Madison University. He started at six different positions during his collegiate career and left JMU as the school's all-time leader in doubles.
He was drafted out of high school in 1994 by the San Francisco Giants as a pitcher, but chose to go to school at James Madison, where he was drafted in 1997 by the New York Mets as an infielder. White spent two seasons with the Anaheim Angels organization.
White was the hitting and infield coach at Waynesboro High School from 2001-08.
Brooks, a Waynesboro resident, enters his third season as the Mount's pitching coach.
Brooks comes to the Mount after serving as pitching coach at Hagerstown Community College. While with Hagerstown, he coached PJ Hiser who was a junior college All-American and went on to be the Big East Player of the Year with Pittsburgh before being drafted by the Cleveland Indians. Brooks got his start in coaching at West Virginia as an administrative assistant for baseball for one year before becoming an assistant coach.
The 1995 Pittsburgh Progress Player of the Year for Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., played two seasons at South Carolina and one season at West Virginia before an elbow injury ended his playing career.
Leonard is in his first season as an assistant coach at the Mount. He comes to the Mount after serving as the head coach at Boonsboro High School.
Leonard was the head coach at Boonsboro from 2007-12 and has worked with some of the top showcase teams in the country over the past five years, including the Evoshield Canes and the Mid Atlantic Red ox.
A 2005 graduate of Shepherd University, he was an outfield on the 2004 WVIAC Championship team. He was a four-year letterwinner at Waynesboro High School, posting the single-season record for hits.
He resides in Waynesboro, Pa.