Mark Moriarty recently finished his second season as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Concordia University Wisconsin Baseball program. Moriarty has helped CUW gain 48 wins over the past two seasons, including a program-best 25 in 2015.
Moriarty has seen a pitcher from his staff earn NACC Freshman of the Year honors in each of his first two seasons with the Falcons. Carter Buuck earned that recognition in 2015, one year after Andrew Heideman took home the honors in 2014. Buuck was also a ABCA Third Team All-Midwest Region selection in 2015 under Moriarty's guidance.
In 2015 Moriarty's staff had several pitchers rank well nationally in statistical categories. Buuck finihsed in the top 25 in hits allowed per nine innings, WHIP and ERA. Tyler Adams ranked 14th in WHIP, while Heideman was 26th nationally in fewest walks allowed per nine innings pitched.
In his first year with the Falcons, Moriarty coached a staff that finished fourth in the NACC with a 3.86 ERA. Two of the CUW freshman hurlers, Andrew Heideman and Dylan Gausman, earned NACC All-Freshman honors. Heideman was named NACC Freshman of the Year after tying for the conference lead with six wins and ranking third with a 1.80 ERA.
Moriarty also serves as the pitching coach of the Lakeshore Chinooks, a Northwood's League Summer team that plays its home games at Kapco Park. The Northwood's League is one of the most premier summer collegiate leagues in the country, serving as host to several professional baseball prospects from Major Division I programs. During his time with Lakeshore he has coached players from the likes of Vanderbilt, UCLA and many other elite college programs.
In 2014 Moriarty was named Northwoods League Coach of the Year for his strong efforts leading teh Chinooks pitching staff. For the second straight season under his tutelage the Chinooks led thel league in ERA, posting a 2.92 mark. Moriarty's staff played a big role in helping the team capture the Northwoods League Championship in 2014.
Moriarty helped the Chinooks to the playoffs in 2013, just the second year of the organizations existence. The pitching staff was a big reason for the Chinooks success, leading the league in ERA.
Prior to joining the Falcons he was an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Concordia University St. Paul for the 2013 season. Moriarty was responsible for the team's recruiting efforts and helped put in place a new pitching philosophy. Under his direction the Golden Bears staff lowered its ERA from the previous season by 1.46. Two of his pitchers earned conference player of the week honors, while one was selected to the Second Team All-Conference.
Moriarty spent four seasons at Augustana College (2008-2012) where he worked with MLB Draft Pick and NSIC Pitcher of the Year Derek Hansen. The first pitcher he coached to sign a pro contract was former standout closer Bret Severtson, who signed with the Lake County Fielders of the North American League before joining the St. Paul Saints.
During his time with Augustana, the pitching staffs ERA improved by 4.03 runs. In his final season they posted a 3.37 ERA which ranked 22nd in the nation. Moriarty coached five all-conference players and one all-region player.
With Moriarty on staff, the Vikings set a school record with 34 wins in 2010 and made their first-ever appearance in NCAA Tournament play in 2011. In his first year on staff in 2010, the pitching staff improved their team earned run average by 1.44 points. His pitching staff was a key recipe of the team's success which culminated by being named South Dakota Sports Writers Association College Men's Team of the Year.
Moriarty played professionally in 2009, pitching for the St. Paul Saints of American Association of Independent Professional baseball. He finished the year with a 2-5 record and 47 strikeouts.
He also played two seasons for the Madison Mallards of the Northwood's League, helping the team to capture the league championship in 2004. Moriarty was one of the few Division III athletes competing in a league comprised of mostly Division I players.
As a collegiate student-athlete, Moriarty pitched for the College of St. Scholastica where he finished his career with the third most wins in school history (23) and a 2.80 ERA. His 257 strikeouts were second-most in school history. He was an All-Upper Midwest (UMAC) Conference performer three times in his career and a 2006 All-American. The 2006 UMAC Pitcher of the Year was named National Pitcher of the Week once and holds the CSS school record for strikeouts in a game (16). He was a two-time All-Region selection.
In 2011, Moriarty was inducted into the CSS Baseball Hall of Fame. He earned a degree in business management from CSS in 2007. He received his Master's Degree in Sports Management from Augustana.
Additionally, Moriarty has worked at the Minnesota Baseball Academy in Rogers, Minn. and Squeeze Play in Sioux Falls, S.D. as a pitching coach. He also served one season as the Inver Grove Heights American Legion coach.