Since becoming the head baseball coach at Philadelphia University in June 2010, Pat Horvath has turned a five-win program into a perennial contender for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament.
In 2016, Horvath led the Rams to their best season in 21 seasons as Philadelphia racked up 23 victories and reached the championship game of the CACC Tournament for the first time since joining the conference in 2005. The 23 victories are the most for the team since a 25-win campaign in 1995. Philadelphia had one of the top offenses in the conference, leading the CACC in home runs (42) and ranking second in batting average (.283), slugging percentage (.421), hits (470), runs (303), doubles (86), total bases (700), walks (189), and runs batted in (269).
Pitcher/second baseman Fernando Garza was named the CACC Player of the Year and became the program’s first All-American since 1998 with his selection to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), and Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-America teams. First baseman Steven Wells earned a place on the All-CACC first team, and ABCA and NCBWA All-East Region teams.
The Rams had a 17-23 overall record during the 2014 campaign and went 9-11 against the conference, missing the CACC Tournament by a single game. Philadelphia had John Sczepanski and Ken McCormick named to the All-CACC first team, marking the first time since 2008 that the Rams had two all-conference first-team players. McCormick went on to receive Daktronics Division II All-East Region second team recognition. Jordan Force was tabbed for the 2014 East Region American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Gold Glove second team.
Philadelphia took major steps in the right direction in 2013. The Rams went 19-28-1, qualified for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament for the first time since 2008, and won the Bill Giles Invitational Tournament for the first time in 11 seasons with an 11-6 victory over Wilmington at Citizens Bank Park.
The 2012 season saw the Rams post an 11-33 overall record, a six-win improvement from Horvath’s first season with the team. Center fielder Rick Reigner was tabbed All-CACC honorable mention and the team earned the conference’s Team Sportsmanship Award.
Before coming to East Falls, Horvath spent the 2010 season as an assistant coach at Division I Rider University, where he worked with the catchers and also served as the third base coach. In his one season at Rider, the Broncs won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference crown and went to the NCAA Regional Tournament in Austin, Texas.
In 2009, Horvath was the head coach at Santa Fe Catholic High School in Lakeland, Fla. He spent two seasons with San Diego Christian College (SDCC) as the head coach in 2008 and an assistant in 2007. At SDCC, Horvath had two players selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft and the team had a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Horvath also has coaching experience at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Palm Beach Atlantic University, his alma mater.
At Palm Beach Atlantic, where he graduated in 2004 with a degree in history, Horvath was a catcher for the Sailfish during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Horvath also attended Faulkner State Community College in Alabama.
Horvath resides in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., with his wife Jackie and two sons.
|Pat Horvath's Coaching Record|
|6 years at Philadelphia U.||87-170-1||.339|