The latest guest on The Base Path Podcast is UMass head coach Matt Reynolds, who led the Minutemen to their first 20-win season since 2012 in the spring.
Reynolds took over a rebuilding effort in 2017 and has navigated the program through a global pandemic. He finally feels as if he has his ideal roster makeup with a mix of veterans and developmental players.
“Last year was the most wins that we’ve had in a decade and was still a little bit bittersweet because we felt like we left a little bit on the table,” Reynolds said. “It could have been even a little bit better. But it was great to see that progress. Five years in, I finally felt like we were at a place that we expected to be probably by Year 3, if not for, of course, the global pandemic.”
Reynolds remained patient with his rebuild by sticking with the players who were recruited by the previous coaching staff. With so many of upperclassmen extending their respective careers with redshirt seasons across all of college baseball, Reynolds felt like his team spent multiple seasons with a relatively young squad.