Schilling led CCU in hitting in 1993 and '94 and coached at CCU from 1995-2000
Images from Coastal Carolina's 2016 national championship run.
2016 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Coach of the Year Press Conference
2015 Coastal Carolina Baseball at NCAA College Station Regional -- vs. Cal (May 29, 2015)
Coatal Carolina Baseball vs. Pittsburgh February 15-16, 2014
2013 Coastal Carolina Baseball vs. James Madison (Feb. 17, 2013)
Volunteer Assistant Coach • Coastal Carolina `94 • 10th Season at CCU
Matt Schilling, who played at Coastal Carolina from 1993-94 and coached the Chants from 1995-00, returned to his alma mater to serve as a volunteer assistant baseball coach in summer 2012. Schilling is in his fifth season in his second stint on the Chanticleer staff.
He coaches the infielders and works with the hitters. Schilling also serves as director of Chanticleer Baseball Camps.
Coastal Carolina infielders led the Big South in turning double plays three times in his first four years back as his alma mater (57 in 2013, 66 in 2015 and 66 in 2016). In fact, Coastal ranked second in the NCAA in double plays turned in 2015 and fifth in 2016.
In 2016, Coastal's defense played a key role in the Chanticleers winning the NCAA College World Series. While CCU had an overal fielding percentage of .972, the Chants had a .977 field percentage in the NCAA postseason and turned 21 of its 66 double plays in the 14 NCAA postseason games. Also, over the final 28 games, CCU fielded at a .981 clip to post a 24-4 record. In addition to CCU's strong defense, Schilling's instruction help Coastal lead the NCAA in home runs (96) and run scored (516), while ranking fourth in hits (709), fourth in walks drawn (342) and fourth in sac bunts (78).
Individually, third basebaman Zach Remillard, a 10th-round pick of the White Sox, was named All-American as he led the nation in total bases (177). Fellow All-American and CCU designated hitter G.K. Young was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award. Remillard and Young tied for fourth nationally in hits (99) and fifth in RBI (72). Remillard addiitonally ranked eighth in hoe runs (19) while Young was 13th with 16). Shortstop Michael Paez, a fourth-round pick by the Mets, ranked seventh in the nation in runs scored (67) and 33rd in home runs (15).
In 2015, Paez was named first team All-Big South and All-Atlantic Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association as he was the only player in the league to rank among its top 10 in doubles, home runs, on base percentage, runs scored, sacrifice bunts, slugging percentage, total bases and stolen bases.
In 2014, Connor Owings - who played first, second and third in 2014 - was named first team All-Big South as a utility player.
Between his time at Coastal, Schilling spent 12 years as the senior director of on-field instruction at the Baseball Factory in Columbia, Md., which is one of the - if not the - premier recruiting services in the country. Schilling served three years as an associate scout with the Atlanta Braves, working under current Kansas City Royals Assistant General Manager J.J Picollo. At the Baseball Factory he worked one-on-one with many future college and professional players including Giants infielder Manny Burriss. He also worked, organized and ran various Baseball Factory events that featured future big leaguers David Wright, B.J. Upton, Gavin Floyd, Delmon Young, Will Rhymes, Chris Perez and Derek Holland, among others.
As a student-athlete at Coastal, Schilling played for then head coach John Vrooman and led the team in hitting in both the 1993 (.331) and `94 (.356) seasons. Schilling earned first team All-Big South honors as a second baseman in 1994 and was a nominee for the Rotary Smith Award, which goes to the nation's top collegiate player. In 1993, he helped the Chants win the Big South regular season championship. He additionally was a member of the soccer program.
In his final season in Conway, the Chants posted a 43-15 overall mark and went 10-2 in league play to win the Big South regular season title. In addition to his prowess on the baseball field, Schilling was a member of Paul Banta's Coastal soccer team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1992 NCAA tournament.
After his playing days, Schilling was an assistant for Coach Vrooman one season and stayed on for the first four seasons of the Gary Gilmore era.
Schilling came to Coastal after two years at Mercer (N.J.) Community College, where he was a two-time Junior College All-Region performer in baseball. He also was captain of Mercer's 1991 national championship soccer team and earned all-region goalkeeping honors in 1990.
A native of Hightstown, N.J., Schilling received his bachelor's degree from Coastal Carolina in history in 1994. He and his wife Colleen have two sons, TJ and Brayden, and a daughter, Camden.