BEC Session Topic (s)
Hitting: Feel vs. Real
Integrating Strength Training Into Hitting
Matt Swope is in his fifth season as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator. Swope is also entering his 10th season overall on staff at Maryland after serving as the Terps' director of operations for five seasons from 2013-2017.
In 2021 the Terps offense under Swope was first in home runs, total bases, stolen bases, hit by pitches, second in runs, RBI's, On-base percentage, Slugging percentage, and base on balls. Maryland also led the Big Ten in several individual categories with Ben Cowles (home runs, triples, and total bases), and Chris Alleyne (stolen bases and runs) leading the way.
2021 also saw the team post their best conference winning percentage since 1981 (.636) and best regular-season conference finish since 1980. The team won 18 of 21 games in the second half including 12 wins in a row at home where they won seven straight series to end the season. Ben Cowles was named first-team All-Big Ten before being drafted by the New York Yankees, Bubba Alleyne was named second-team All-Big Ten, Matthew Shaw was named a Freshman All-American, and along with Luke Shliger was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.
Swope was a four-year starter and had an illustrious career in College Park from 1999-2002. Playing in the outfield for the Terps, Swope finished his career with a .331 batting average, 16 home runs, and 135 RBI. He is Maryland's career leader in runs (181), ranks second in hits (253) and walks (106), third in total bases (360), fifth in RBI and at-bats (764), and eighth in stolen bases (44).
As a senior in 2002, Swope posted a .368 batting average with 64 runs scored, 55 RBI, and 31 extra-base hits to help the Terps win a then program-record 34 games. As a junior, Swope hit .328 and tallied 7 home runs and 34 RBI.
The New Carrollton, MD, native was taken in the 2002 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos where he spent the season with their Class A affiliate Clinton Lumber Kings and their Class A Short-Season affiliate Vermont Expos.
In 2005, Swope spent the season with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League. Swope and the Wild Things enjoyed a successful season. The Wild Things set a Frontier League record with 63 wins, while Swope hit .309 with ten home runs. Swope had a 28-game hitting streak during the 2005 season.
Swope was nominated as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societies Man of The Year in 2010 and has raised over $100,000 for the LLS and Kids Vs. Cancer Foundation.
Swope received his bachelor's degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland in 2003.