Baseball - Head Coach
Alma Mater: Erie County Community College, Canisius College
Year after year, Head Men's Baseball Coach Matt Clingersmith continues to make NCCC an elite program.
In 2008 the Thunderwolves had a “Cinderella story,” with only two sophomores and the rest freshmen, they finished a game away from the World Series. In 2009, eager to make their goal the Thunderwolves again won the WNYAC for the fall season, and sure enough made NCCC’s first appearance in the World Series.
In 2012 NCCC's storybook season came to an end following a tough loss in the NJCAA Division III National Championship game in Tyler, Texas. The Thunderwolves finished their impressive season as the NJCAA National Runner-ups.
With the help of the team, Clingersmith was named the 2008 Co-Region III Coach of the Year after guiding the Thunderwolves to the Region III Final Four. Building on that success, in 2009, Clingersmith was named National Diamond Baseball Coach of the Year. Also, in 2009 Clingersmith earned Region III Coach of the Year.
Clingersmith has had the privilege to coach one former draft pick, Benson Merritt and also a Junior College Gold Glove Award winner, Sean Jamieson. In 2010, NCCC welcomed their second Baseball NJCAA First Team All American, Matthew Whidden.
Clingersmith’s greatest accomplishments have happened off the field, and in the classroom. Seventeen players have been awarded four-year scholarships to either Universities or Colleges within the last three seasons. Clingersmith holds strong as the top academic team at NCCC for the last two years with an impressive accumulative GPA of 3.52.
As a pitcher at ECC, Clingersmith helped the team finish second in the region as a freshman. During his sophomore year, the Kats went to the National Junior College World Series. He was named to Who’s Who for Scholar Athletes while as a sophomore.
Clingersmith pitched two seasons for Canisius College and served as the Griffs’ Assistant Baseball Coach after graduation in 2006. He received a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Canisius and an associate degree in liberal arts from ECC.
A graduate of Niagara Catholic High School, he received All-Catholic and All-Western New York awards in baseball as a pitcher.
Currently, Clingersmith plays in the AAABA (All American Amateur Baseball Association) MUNY League, where his team went to the MUNY World Series in 2003.