Patrick Szczerba joined the Tars in 2016-2017, and is now entering his second season as the Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator.
In the first season under the guidence of Szczerba the Tars pitching staff garnered three All-SSC awards, one First Team honor, and two second team nods.
Szczerba spent his previous five years at Florida Southern College, where he was promoted from volunteer to Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator of the nine-time National Championship program. In addition to coaching at the collegiate level, he also spent two summers coaching in the JUCO Summer League.
While at Florida Southern, he helped lead the program to the NCAA Regional Final, finishing the 2014 season with a 36-18 record. That same year, the pitching staff posted the lowest ERA (3.00) for a Florida Southern squad since 1992. In his final season for Florida Southern, the Mocs finished with an overall record of 33-17, earning a spot in the final national poll.
Over the past three seasons, Szczerba has recruited three All-Americans, eight All-Region selections, and 12 All-SSC selections. During this period, one of his pitchers had been named SSC Pitcher of the Week on 12 separate occasions. In each of the past three years, he has had a player that he coached and recruited drafted in the top-10 rounds of the MLB Draft. Additionally, he has recruited three ABCA National Gold Glove winners, including his brother Conor.
Szczerba played collegiately for Florida Southern College from 2007-2011 and is currently sixth all-time in pitching appearances. Over the course of the 70 games that he pitched, he posted a career ERA of 3.60, including posting a 1.35 in 2010 and 1.93 in 2011. He capped off his successful career with a 6-1 record for the Mocs.
Szczerba received his bachelor's degree from Florida Southern College in 2010, majoring in Advertising. In 2011, he went on to receive his Master of Business Administration from Florida Southern.