Bernie Stratchko became the next skipper of the Seahawk baseball program in June 2016. Stratchko came to the St. Mary’s City campus with valuable knowledge and understanding of the Capital Athletic Conference and with strong local ties to Southern Maryland.
The La Plata, Maryland native spent five years (2012-2016) as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Frostburg State University. During his tenure, the Bobcats won their first-ever NCAA Division III Mideast Regional and made their first appearance in the NCAA Division III College World Series in 2015, finishing with a school- and CAC-record 43 wins. Frostburg State also captured a pair of CAC regular-season titles in 2015 and 2016 as well as the 2015 CAC tournament title.
In his five seasons with the Bobcats, Stratchko assisted FSU in a total of 143 wins and five appearances in the CAC Tournament. He helped mentor 23 players to 32 All-CAC honors, including the CAC Player of the Year in 2013 and the CAC Rookie of the Year in 2015.
Stratchko worked primarily with the hitters and infielders at Frostburg. Under his watch, the Bobcats led the nation in home runs (46), walks (237) and fielding percentage (.975) in 2015. Frostburg State topped the CAC in home runs four times in the last five years while leading the conference in triples in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Following the 2014 season, the Bobcats topped the CAC in batting average (.338), doubles (110), triples (22) and slugging percentage (.478). Stratchko led five players to CAC honors including first team honors for Zach Weiss. The junior third baseman led the league in at bats (183) and hits (73). Frostburg also saw two of its single-season records fall in 2014 as Weiss set the record for at bats (183) and Kam Stewart set the mark for triples (9).
In 2013, the Bobcats led the CAC in doubles (104), home runs (20), scoring (7.3 runs per game), slugging percentage (.457) and triples (.40). Following the regular season, Kevin Kean was named the CAC Player of the Year after a breakout performance in his first year as a Bobcat. Rob Jennings set the school record for sacrifice flies in a single season under Stratchko's watch with seven.
In his first year with Frostburg, he helped two Bobcat hitters to an All-CAC year as Torian Cyrus and John Barrett garnered second team honors following the regular season.
Stratchko played shortstop and third base at the College of Southern Maryland before finishing his career at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (2005 and 2006).
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in May 2012 before completing his MBA in May 2014, pursuing both degrees at Frostburg State.