25 Matt Reynolds
Lt. JG Matt Reynolds, USN, enters his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Navy baseball program and works with the team's outfielders and hitters. In each year under Reynolds' tutelage, the Midshipmen have established top-10 totals in program history in several offensive categories.
Last season, Navy posted several top-15 marks in program history, including in runs and hits. Navy's 27 triples ranked fifth in the nation and its triples per game average (0.52) ranked eighth. The Mids also tied for the fewest errors in the conference with 56.
In 2011, Reynolds helped the Mids' offense establish top-five rankings in school history in six offensive categories. In winning both the Patriot League regular season and tournament championships, the Navy offense produced the second-most runs (358), hits (530) and total bases (732) in school history. Navy also set top-five program marks in RBIs, doubles and triples. Navy's 530 total hits led the Patriot League and three Mids ranked in the top four in the league in hits, including Greg Dupell and Dave Milanes which both earned all-conference honors. The Midshipmen were also the top-fielding team in the Patriot League in 2011, posting a .964 fielding percentage.
Under Reynolds' guidance in 2010, the Midshipmen posted some of the best offensive numbers in school history, ranking in the top 10 in five categories. The Mids' team batting average of .314 ranked seventh in school history and was second best in the Patriot League.
Reynolds also helped three Mids garner All-Patriot League honors. Michael Speciale and Alex Azor each garnered first-team accolades and Matthew Curley was named to the second team.
Working with the Mids in 2009, he witnessed the offense pound out 98 doubles, the third-highest mark in school history, and 30 home runs, the second-highest total in program history. Navy's back-to-back seasons with 30-plus home runs represented a first in the all-time annals. In addition, he coached a young outfield to a .973 fielding percentage with four outfield assists.
In his first year working with the Midshipmen in 2008, Reynolds helped the Navy offense set school records in hits (615), doubles (105), home runs (38), RBIs (320) and total bases (884). Navy finished the year with a .304 batting average and a .436 slugging percentage - the 11th-highest and eighth-highest marks in school history, respectively. Navy also legged out 25 triples to rank 10th nationally in that category and ninth in triples per game (0.43).
Hitters Michael Speciale and Thomas Hamilton also benefitted from Reynolds's instruction, as both were named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Northeast Region Team. Speciale was also the first Navy position player in program history selected to the 2009 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, which is given to the top collegiate baseball player in the nation.
Outfielders Speciale and Renaldo Hollins were both named to the All-Patriot League Team in 2008. Speciale was a first-team selection, while Hollins earned second-team kudos. Meanwhile, rookie Jonathan Wright set a school freshman record with 64 base knocks en route to a .323 batting average. The trio of Navy starting outfielders combined to hit .325 (201-for-619) with 120 runs scored.
For three seasons prior to his arrival in Annapolis, Reynolds served as a graduate assistant coach at UMass, where he worked with the infielders, hitters and helped in recruiting. In 2007, the Minutemen ranked seventh in the nation with 1.17 double plays turned per game and boasted a .968 fielding percentage.
Reynolds spent his final-two seasons at UMass and graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in communications. While donning the Maroon and White, he batted .279 with seven home runs and 52 RBIs, earned Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team honors in 2003 and was named team MVP as a senior. Prior to his arrival in Amherst, he played under Kostacopoulos for two seasons at Maine from 2001-02.
Reynolds resides in Annapolis with his wife, Alexandra.