PAWTUCKET, R.I. – When researching New England baseball, it is near impossible to not come across the historic success obtained by former Eastern Connecticut State head baseball coach, Bill Holowaty. Coach Holowaty retired following his 45th season as head coach in 2013 with an overall record of 1,404-525-7 and four NCAA Division III National Championships.
Coach Holowaty is recognized nationally as one of the most successful baseball coaches and is also credited as the motivating force behind the rise of the entire Eastern Connecticut State athletic program to national prominence. Coach Holowaty served as the Eastern Connecticut State Athletic Director for 14 years and was essential in the early development of the Little East Conference as one of the six founding institutions in 1986.
A native of Little Falls, New York, Holowaty led the Warriors to four NCAA Division III Baseball National Championships, winning in 1982, 1990, 1998 and 2002. During his tenue, the Warriors won seven Little East Conference Tournament Championships, 11 LEC Regular Season Titles, including two separate streaks of four straight and posted an 81.5 winning percentage against Little East competition in the regular season with a 194-44 overall record. The Holowaty led program reached the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament and won 12 NCAA Division III Regional Championships.
Holowaty’s Warriors had several battles with fellow LEC member, University of Southern Maine and Hall of Fame coach Ed Flaherty. The two programs combined have won six National Championships.
Coach Holowaty concluded his career with the third most wins by any NCAA Division III head coach and had the 13th highest winning percentage by a Division III baseball coach all-time. He was named National Coach of the Year four times and Regional Coach of the Year 14 times in his career.
Coach Holowaty was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, June 29, 2015. Holowaty is also a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame in 2002 and is part of the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame, New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association, Eastern Connecticut State Hall of Fame and most recently, the Little East Conference Hall of Fame (2016).
The historic competitive success the LEC has achieved throughout the 30 years, beginning as a basketball only conference in 1986 and expanding into today’s 19-Championship Sport Conference, will continue to make academic and athletic strides as the LEC continues to be the premier Division III conference of the New England region.
The Little East Conference was formed in 1986 when six public institutions gathered to create a single sport athletic conference and has expanded into what is now New England’s premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. The LEC features 19 Championship Sports and sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes while following the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship and citizenship.