Matt Sawyer first stepped foot onto the Williston Northampton School campus 28 years ago. After growing up as a public-school kid in Clinton, Mass., Sawyer admittedly knew little about the private school way of life. Now, it has become part of his DNA.
Sawyer will embark on his 28th season as Wildcats head baseball coach come next spring. His record over that span stands a 198-178-1, including two league titles. He is the longest tenured coach in the Western New England Prep Baseball League (WNEPBL).
"I have loved my time teaching and coaching and advising at Williston,'' said Sawyer. "Luckily for me, I have worn many different hats here. Early in my career, I coached three seasons on the varsity level for many years. When my wife, Sarah, and I had young children, I pulled back some from my coaching duties."
A three-sport standout at Clinton High School, Sawyer went on to attend Amherst College, excelling in football (playing quarterback) and baseball. Sawyer grew up in a family of educators. His mother, Mary, taught middle school science and social studies. His older brother, Joe, began his career as a teacher and is now Superintendent of Schools in Shrewsbury, Mass.. Sister Anne is a teacher of English and theater at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, Mass.