MORGANTOWN—The 2019-20 Furfari Award winner, which goes to the state’s top college coach as voted on by members of the West Virginia Sports Writers Association, has been announced and this year’s winner is West Virginia University baseball coach Randy Mazey.
Named in honor of the late West Virginia sports writing legend Domenick “Mickey” Furfari Jr., Mazey becomes the first Mountaineer baseball coach to win the award and joins West Virginia State’s Cal Bailey as the only baseball coaches to be named recipients of the honor, which dates all the way back to 1942. Bailey, who won the award in 1980, was also named WVIAC Coach of the Year on eight separate occasions.
Mazey led the Mountaineers to their second NCAA Tournament appearance in three seasons in 2019 with 38 wins, second-most in program history. WVU also hosted its first NCAA Regional in Morgantown since 1955, playing their games at Monongalia County Ballpark, also home to the West Virginia Black Bears.
The 2019 Big 12 Coach of the Year also led WVU to its first appearance since 1982 in the final national rankings. The Mountaineers were ranked eight consecutive weeks to end the season, a school record.
This season, WVU finished with a 11-5 mark overall, the team’s best 16-game start in over 10 years.
Mazey was joined by WVU men’s soccer coach Dan Stratford (formerly of the University of Charleston), Marshall men’s soccer coach Chris Grassie, and West Liberty men’s basketball coach Ben Howlett, as finalists for this year’s award.