|College:||Kent State '78|
|Years at St. Bonaventure:||28th Season|
OVERALL RECORD: 608-620-7 (Currently in 28th Season)
A-10 RECORD: 256-294
• 2000 & 2006 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
• 2004 Atlantic 10 Champions
• 2004 NCAA Tournament berth
• 34 A-10 Academic All-Conference Selections
• 30 A-10 All-Conference Selections
• 18 Seasons of 20+ Wins
• 14 Professional Players
• 12 Winning Seasons
• 10 MLB Draft Picks
• 8 A-10 Championship appearances
• 2 A-10 East Division titles
A blend of talent, experience and a blue-collar work ethic makes LARRY SUDBROOK one of the most successful and respected head coaches in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Sudbrook's main goals each year for his program remain unchanged: provide his student-athletes with the best possible experience and field teams that challenge for the Atlantic 10 championship. Over his 27 seasons at St. Bonaventure, Sudbrook has built a program which consistently meets those goals.
A two-time A-10 Coach of the Year recipient, Sudbrook has accumulated 595 wins over his illustrious coaching career, making him far and away St. Bonaventure’s all-time winningest coach. Win No. 500 was extra special for Sudbrook, as his youngest son Cory picked up the save in the Bonnies 4-2 win over La Salle on May 5, 2008.
Overall, Sudbrook has led the Bonnies to 17 winning seasons, eight berths in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, two Atlantic 10 East division championships and an A-10 Tournament title in 2004. St. Bonaventure finished third or better in the East in eight of the 10 years in which the A-10 played with two divisions and the Bonnies are just one of three teams in the conference to advance to the postseason tournament in at least four of the last seven years.
The start of the 2010 season marked an end of a decade in which the Bonnies were one of the conference’s premiere teams under Sudbrook. St. Bonaventure accumulated 264 wins over the 10-year span, including 10 consecutive years of 20 or more wins and eight winning seasons. The program’s seven winning seasons in A-10 regular season play were the second-most in the league, while their six A-10 postseason appearances ranked third among the conference’s 14 teams.
From 2006-08, Sudbrook guided St. Bonaventure to three-year program records of 83 wins and 47 Atlantic 10 victories. The Brown and White advanced to the A-10 Tournament in each of those three seasons, making them one of just three A-10 teams to accomplish the feat.
In 2006 and 2007, senior Brian Pellegrini became only the second player in conference history to capture consecutive Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors. Over his career, Pellegrini set four program single-season records and six career records. Thanks to his development during his four years under Sudbrook, the Willoughby, Ohio native became the first All-American in program history and was selected in the 12th Round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Houston Astros.
Sudbrook's remarkable run of achievements continued in the 2006 campaign. After he led the Bonnies to a school record 18 Atlantic 10 wins (18-8) and a second place finish in the first year of the 14-team conference, Sudbrook was voted the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year by his peers. The Bonnies finished 29-21 overall and were runners-up in the A-10 Tournament. The year was not without adversity, though, as Sudbrook's club had to overcome the loss of two of its top starting pitchers, Brian Pellegrini and Mike Proctor. Pellegrini, however, was able to play in the field and put together another amazing season that was capped by A-10 Player of the Year honors. Pellegrini, Joe Rizzo, Matt Agostinelli and John Zinnicker were all named to the All-Conference team while John Zinnicker was later drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 2004 season was the most successful year in school history. Sudbrook guided a young Bona club to the school's first Atlantic 10 Championship and first NCAA Tournament berth. Seeded fourth out of six teams in the A-10 Championship, the Bonnies rattled off four consecutive victories, including a pair over top-seeded Rhode Island. The finale was a 3-2 decision over Rhode Island in the championship game. St. Bonaventure went on to play No. 3 Miami to a hard-fought 6-3 decision on the Hurricanes' home field in the NCAA Regionals. Even while playing as many as four freshmen in the starting lineup, the Bonnies finished 29-22 overall and 14-7 clip in the A-10. Among the players Sudbrook helped develop were All-Conference shortstop Eric Wilson, who graduated in 2004, and outfielder/pitcher Brian Pellegrini, who was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, as well as a second team All-Conference choice.
In 2002, Sudbrook guided St. Bonaventure to the A-10 East crown and a school record 30 overall wins and a then-record 16 conference victories. Three of his players, outfielder Mike Rapacioli, pitcher Kyle Johnson and infielder Mike Sedor, were named to the All-Conference team.
Sudbrook was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2000 after leading the Bonnies to their first A-10 East Division Championship and 13 conference wins. The Bonnies also qualified for the A-10 Tournament in 1994 and 1995.
Individual player development has also been a staple in Sudbrook’s coaching resume. Over his 25 seasons as skipper, 14 St. Bona players have moved on to the professional level, including nine players that were selected in the MLB Draft. Most recently was shortstop Jesse Bosnik, who the Los Angeles Dodgers drafted in the 13th round in June. Sudbrook has developed 29 All-Conference players, three Freshman All-Americans, two NCAA statistical champions, two A-10 Player of the Years, an A-10 Pitcher of the Year and 19 A-10 statistical leaders.
Sudbrook's players also achieve off the field, as the Brown and White have placed a student-athlete on the A-10 Academic All-Conference team in 20 of the 26 years of the teams existence for a total of 33. In 2008, senior Randy Moley became just the second player in A-10 history to win the conference Student-Athlete of the Year award in back-to-back seasons (‘07 & ‘08). Moley was also a three-time ESPN The Magazine All-District honoree and in 2008 culminated things by making the Academic All-America first team. In 2000, junior shortstop Mark Evers and senior outfielder Jason Milleisen were named GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans – the first in program history. Shortstop Eric Wilson was named to the Academic All-District team in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Prior to coming to St. Bonaventure, Sudbrook guided Fairport (Ohio) High School to four sectional titles in five seasons. As a player, he was a two-year letterman at Lakeland (Ohio) Community College before graduating from Kent State University.
Sudbrook and his wife, Beverly, have two sons, Shane and Cory. Shane was a four-year letter-winner at St. Bonaventure and followed his father’s footsteps as an assistant coach for three seasons.