Steinert High School grad and Rider alum Mike Petrowski has been named the new pitching coach for the Rider University Broncs baseball team.
Petrowski, 32, is currently the manager of Broad Street Park Post 313 in the Mercer County American Legion baseball league. To join Rider’s coaching staff, he leaves his role as as the head baseball coach at Rowan College at Burlington County, where he guided his team to the Region 19 tournament for the first time in three years.
The Trentonian reports that Petrowski will finish out this season as BSP manager, but is unlikely to continue in that role beyond 2019.
“I feel Mike is a great fit for us as we are starting over in a sense, with eight and possibly nine new pitchers,” said head coach Barry Davis in a Rider media release. “I am confident Mike will adapt quickly to this role having been a pitcher at this level and in this league. He has had the opportunity to build a philosophy on how he wants to oversee a pitching staff. He is motivated and excited to get to work. It is a good hire for us.”
Petrowski was a pitching star at Rider, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in communication. The team won the MAAC Championship in 2008, when Petrowski was a member of the team. During the MAAC-Championship run, he beat the one seed Canisius in game one and closed the final game on one day’s rest to win the MAAC championship.
In his first collegiate start, he tossed eight innings and scattered three hits to earn a victory against Washington State. During his freshman campaign, he made 22 appearances out of the bullpen for Rider and went 3-4 with one save and a 2.27 ERA in 43 and two-thirds innings of work.
Petrowski played professional baseball for the New Jersey Jackals, Brockton Rox and Newark Bears.
Petrowski has been manager for the Broad Street Park American Legion Post 313 Team for six years, leading the team to the NJ American Legion State Championship in 2018. He was named MCALL Manager of the Year in 2015, 2017 and 2018, and has a 110-52 overall record during his Legion tenure.
The former Steinert star has also served as an assistant coach at both Hamilton High West and Nottingham High School. In both instances, he helped lead teams to sectional titles within three years, including Nottingham’s first ever sectional crown. Petrowski has also been the pitching coach for Trenton Generals of the ABCL collegiate league, which won the league title in his only year there, in 2014.
He takes over pitching coach duties for the Broncs from John Crane, who was Rider’s pitching coach for four seasons.