Randy Mower will be the new Head Coach of the Varsity Baseball program.
Randy came to GFS in 2012 after a professional baseball career with the Washington Nationals. Prior to the Nationals, he was a three-time pitcher of the year for the Division I St. Joseph’s University Baseball Program. For the past six years, Randy has coached Varsity and Middle School Baseball at GFS.
At St. Joe’s, Randy distinguished himself as an outstanding pitcher and overall athlete. A four-year starter, in his sophomore year Randy gained acclaim by leading the team in starts, innings pitched, wins, and strikeouts. As a junior, he was named MVP and was included in the All-Philadelphia Big 5 Team. As a senior, Randy was named Pitcher of the Year for the third time in a row, and was chosen as the Big 5 Pitcher of the week, in addition to receiving the Raymond Vasquez Award–exemplifying the Jesuit value of being “a person for others.” Former coaches noted his versatility and consistency; traits illustrated by the fact that he still holds the record as the all-time SJU leader in games started as a pitcher (56); pitching well over 300 innings in his career.
This distinguished college record led to signing with the Washington Nationals as a free agent. There, Randy pitched in the Gulf Coast Nationals team. He then migrated to the coaching side and branched out to become an instructor at many baseball camps and organizations in the region, including the Quakertown Blazers, the Maplezone Muckdawgs, Haverford College Baseball Camps, and TSE Academy.
In 2012, Randy joined the Germantown Friends Varsity program as an assistant coach, and for the past two seasons, Randy took on heading the sixth through eighth grade program.
Randy's role at GFS is now tied into many aspects of the school community. He teaches Health Education in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools, a role that helps him know the athletes not just on the diamond but during the course of the school day.
Director of Athletics Katie Bergstrom Mark noted that his work as a health educator informs his holistic approach to coaching, and gives him an added edge when it comes to the psychology of sports.
She comments, "With Coach Mower, we have truly found someone who knows the science of baseball, the culture of competition that we strive for; plus he has established meaningful relationships with our athletes. As a teacher-coach, Coach Mower has been invaluable to our community. I am confident that he will inspire individual improvement and bring a dynamic, new philosophy to the GFS Baseball Program."
Randy reflects, "I am extremely excited for the opportunity to become the head coach of the Varsity Baseball Program. I hope to build a positive culture that spans the entire Baseball Program, from the Middle School teams through the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams, and to continue the historic excellence of GFS Baseball in the Friends Schools League."