Nathan Bashaw recently completed his fifth season as head baseball coach at Westfield State University, leading the Owls to a MASCAC Title and an NCAA Tournament bid in the spring of 2018.
Bashaw’s Owls finished the year with a 24-18 overall record. They claimed the MASCAC’s regular season crown for the second straight year with a 10-4 record in league play, then won the conference tournament to secure an automatic bid in the NCAA Division III national championship tournament.
The Owls played in the Auburn, N.Y. Regional tournament, eventually falling to nationally-ranked Cortland State (N.Y.) and Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) in the double elimination bracket.
Individual players are also enjoying great success under Bashaw’s guidance, as Westfield State junior outfielder Anthony Crowley was the MASCAC player of the Year and an All-New England selection for a second straight year, and junior lefthander John Gegetskas was the league’s pitcher of the year and an All-New England pick. Senior DH Alex Lafayette was a D3Baseball.com All-New England player, and was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Owls sophomore third-baseman Brett Dooley and outfielder John Lippincott were also all-conference picks.
During the season, the Owls played a tough schedule which included five teams chosen for the NCAA Tournament, and six games against teams that were receiving votes in the national polls.
Westfield knocked off number-1 ranked UMass-Boston at Hagan Field in late March, one of many highlights in Bashaw’s 2018 campaign.
Bashaw joined the Owls in August of 2013 after serving a three-year stint as head coach at nearby Elms College in Chicopee.
In 2017, Bashaw led the Owls to a 28-9 overall record, and a 12-2 mark in the MASCAC, winning the conference’s regular-season title. The Owls were ranked in New England for most of the season and received votes in the national polls on several occasions. Owls’ pitcher Matt Nunes and outfielder Anthony Crowley earned All-New England Honors.
He led Westfield to a 20 win season in 2016, and led Westfield State to a 20-13 record in 2015, including an 8-2 record in the RussMatt invitational in Florida to open the season. The team featured three all-conference players, and junior outfielder Danny DiMatteo played in the prestigious NECBL after the season.
The Owls won 17 games in Bashaw’s initial season at the helm and advanced to the semifinals of the MASCAC tournament.
In his tenure at Westfield the Owls have expanded the baseball facilities to include a new grandstand and press box at Hagan Field, and upgraded the bullpens and added an additional outdoor hitting tunnel.
At Elms, Bashaw quickly built the Blazers into a competitive program. The Blazers won the most games (20) in program history in 2013, qualified for the postseason twice, received its first ECAC bid, and notched its first ECAC tournament victory.
In his debut season in 2011, Bashaw guided the Blazers to the second-highest win total since the 2005 season, notching 15 victories. In 2012 he led Elms to a 14-win season and its first berth in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) tournament since 2009.
Prior to Elms College, Bashaw served as the assistant baseball coach at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania from 2005-2010. Bashaw primarily coached the catchers and hitters at Gettysburg, and he assisted in the scheduling of practices, recruiting, and the coordination of fall showcase clinics.
Bashaw helped guide Gettysburg to the program's second highest win total (26) in 2007 and two Centennial Conference postseason appearances. He also served as an assistant coach at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
In addition to his baseball coaching duties at Gettysburg, he served as director of campus recreation and was promoted to assistant athletics director in 2009. At Elms, his secondary duties included coordinating the intramurals program, home game management, and teaching physical education courses.
Bashaw also takes on additional duties at Westfield State, serving as the assistant sports information director with an emphasis on scheduling and promoting the Owls 21-sport varsity program.
"I am pleased to welcome Nathan Bashaw to Westfield State," said Westfield State athletics director Richard Lenfest said at the time of the hiring. "Nathan's enthusiasm and passion for coaching, and his demonstrated experience building a program in Massachusetts while at Elms College made him our top choice. Coach Bashaw's previous experiences with schools such as Gettysburg and Dickinson, and his philosophies regarding the importance of student-athlete academic success and work ethic match up perfectly with our department. I am excited and look forward to Nathan leading our baseball program to continued success."
Bashaw was a standout player at Gettysburg from 2000-03. He was a three-year starter at shortstop and team captain his senior year, earning all-conference honors after hitting .341 and finishing in the top 10 in the league in hits and runs scored. He set a school record with 101 assists as a junior and finished his career with a .310 batting average.
Bashaw earned his a bachelor's degree in classical studies with a minor in mathematics from Gettysburg. He earned a master's in exercise science and physical education with an emphasis in administration from McDaniel College (Westminster, Md.) in 2006.