45   Ed Mathey
Ed Mathey

Head Coach

13th Season at NIU

Alma Mater:
North Central, 1986



Closes 12-Year Tenure with Huskies


Huskies Sign Six to Class of 2015

Five players with two-way potential in class


Ed Mathey Adds Two Transfers for 2015 Baseball Season

NIU Huskies add two pitchers to Class of 2015


Alex Klonowski Selected by Angels in MLB Draft

Klonowski taken Saturday in the 29th Round by the Los Angeles Angels


Eli Anderson Signs Contract with Windy City Thunderbolts

Former Huskies finished his NIU career top-10 in wins, strikeouts


2014 NIU Baseball - The Road Through Avon

To accomplish a great task, an unprecedented feat must be completed. You're either moving backwards, or you're moving forwards. It's time to move forward. It's time to take The Road Through Avon.


2014 NIU Baseball Podcast - Southern Illinois

Week 3 of the NIU Baseball podcast returns to preview the Southern Illinois and review the Huskies trip to New Mexico.


2014 NIU Baseball Podcast 2/19/14 - New Mexico

Week 2 of the NIU Baseball Podcast, where Head Coach Ed Mathey and Assistant Media Relations Director Matt Scheerer discuss all things NIU Baseball. This week, Mathey reviews the Huskies trip to Arizona and shares his thoughts on the series with Minnesota.


NIU Baseball Podcast: 2/11/14

The NIU Baseball Podcast returns in 2014 for its second season, talking all things NIU baseball with Head Coach Ed Mathey and assistant media relations director Matt Scheerer. Join Ed and Matt as they discuss the upcoming series with Minnesota, preview the 2014 team and some of the happenings in the program.


NIU Fall Baseball Podcast

The first ever fall update from Head Coach Ed Mathey on the NIU Baseball Podcast.


NIU vs Akron

Highlights from Senior Day and Alex Klonowski record breaking third complete game shutout this season.


NIU vs Akron

Photos from the Huskies 4-1 win over Akron. Eli Anderson fanned seven to record the 200th of his career.


Baseball: NIU vs Toledo

Photo highlights from game one of the Huskies baseball game versus Toledo April 5, 2013.


NIU vs Minnesota

Pictures from the Huskies series vs Minnesota at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. Photos by Vince Schmidt, 108-365

2013 Mid-American Conference West Division Champions

Entering his 13th season at the helm of Northern Illinois baseball in 2014-15, Ed Mathey continues to leave an indelible mark on the program and set new standards and precedents for the Huskie baseball program. NIU's all-time coaching victories leader (294-371-2) has produced one Mid-American Conference West division championship, the four highest win totals in school history and has helped 28 former players earn professional contracts since arriving in 2003.

In his collegiate coaching tenure, the 21-year veteran has led his teams to a multitude of unprecedented team accomplishments and individual accolades. With over 400 wins (499-542-4), Mathey has helped produce 59 all-conference selections, 34 professional players, 20 all-region selections, 11 MLB draft picks and eight All-Americans.

Entering the season with 14 newcomers, 12 of which were freshman, the Huskies entered 2013 in a rebuilding process. However, the returning players had other plans in mind as Northern Illinois improved from a 7-20 MAC record in 2012 to 16-11 in 2013 to claim its first ever Mid-American Conference West division championship.

The first sign of a season of destiny was March 3rd as the Huskies defeated Minnesota, 2-1, in the Dairy Queen Classic at the Metrodome. NIU also claimed non-conference victories at Nevada and at 2012 NCAA Regional qualifier Belmont.

NIU claimed the championship division championship on the last day of the season at Ball State, May 18, in 10 innings as walk-on Connor Schomig hit a three-run double to give the Huskies a 6-3 lead. The cushion proved valuable as BSU bounced back to score one run in the bottom of the 10th, but NIU prevailed to claim its first championship since 1972.

Three Huskies, pitcher Eli Anderson, second baseman Alex Klonowski and first baseman Jeff Zimmerman, were named All-Mid American Conference as Anderson and Klonowski were named to the first team. Anderson led the conference in ERA (2.18) and innings pitched (115.1) in 2013 and went on tie the program record for wins in a season at nine.

Pitching remained strong in 2014 as the Huskies pitching staff posted the programs lowest earned run average, 4.23, since 1977 as NIU set a new record for shutouts in a single season with seven. Klonowski set a new single season record for shutouts with three and tied the career as well en route to Second Team All-MAC honors. Anderson remained strong as well, becoming just the fourth Huskie pitcher (and the second under Mathey) to accumulate 200 career strikeouts, capping his four years with 206 --- the second-most in NIU history.

At the plate, two different Huskies racked up hitting streaks over 10-games as Carl Russell became the first freshman since Zimmerman in 2011 to accomplish the feat, while DeKalb native Brian Sisler ended the season on a 16-game streak of his own. Sisler would go on to improve his batting average 104 points in his sophomore season compared to his freshman year in 2013.

The 2011 season one of heart and determination as Mathey will recollect, as the Huskies opened the season 0-10 and qualified for the Mid-American Conference Tournament and nearly won the MAC West Division with a 30-27 record. It was the fourth-time Mathey had led the Huskies to a 30-win season at Northern Illinois.

National, regional and conference accolades were soon to follow after NIU's stellar season, as Jeff Zimmerman was named Freshman All-America by Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the MAC's Freshman of the Year. Alex Jones was a quarterfinalist for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award and along with Zimmerman, was an all-region pick by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Kyle Glancy was named the Midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List, while Troy White and Tony Manville were named All-MAC at seasons end. During the season, Huskie players combined for eight MAC Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, along with National Player of the Week accolades from Jeremy Gonzales and Jamison Wells.

The wins kept amassing during the 2010 season as Mathey earned a pair of monumental victories. On April 2nd, a win over Buffalo marked his 400th career triumph, while an April 21st decision over Iowa was his 200th win as a Huskie. Two years earlier against Buffalo (March 22, 2008), Mathey became the school's wins leader.

While achieving such milestone wins, Mathey has elevated NIU's presence in the Mid-American Conference. He made a splash right away by winning a school-record 34 games, 15 in MAC play, in 2003. He followed with 31 and 14, respectively in 2004 to be named Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago's Collegiate Coach of the Year. In 2007-08, Mathey led the Huskies to 34 and 28 wins, respectively, and racked up a school-record 16 MAC wins both years. In 2009, the Huskies took down the likes of Mississippi State and Baseball America No. 15 Missouri, both on the road.

Winning has not been the only focus of Mathey's tenure, however. Because of the pro-style operation of the program, Mathey has churned out 32 professional players and nine MLB draft picks at NIU. Each year thus far at least one of Mathey's former players has inked a professional contract.

Part of the pro-style orientation of Mathey's program includes getting a first class, challenging experience. Huskie teams from 2003-2011 have faced national powerhouse programs such as Arizona State, Cal-Poly, Florida Atlantic, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Texas Tech, among others. Mathey has scheduled games at professional ball parks, including U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox), Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers), Elfstrom Stadium (Kane County Cougars), Road Ranger Stadium (Rockford RiverHawks), Rent One Park (Southern Illinois Miners) and Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco Roughriders). Mathey has also placed several players in various collegiate wooden bat summer leagues, such as the California, Cape Cod, Northwoods, Prospect and Texas leagues.

The ability to recruit the Chicago and Midwest areas, and beyond, along with a tireless player development effort, has led to Mathey's success at NIU. Three of his recruiting classes have been ranked by Collegiate Baseball (2005-06, 2008), including a 2008 class that was ranked No. 63 in the nation, which was better than any MAC and Illinois school. Recruiting is not the only area where Mathey holds his own within the state. Since 2003, the Huskies have compiled an impressive 66-29 record against Illinois opponents, including a 44-15 mark versus Division I teams.

Along the way, Mathey's players have been able to reach impressive individual accolades both on and off the field. Academically, three players have been College Baseball Foundation Honor Roll All-Stars and Academic All-MAC selections. Troy White has been honored twice at Wrigley Field on Jackie Robinson Day as a Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarship recipient. Athletically, outside of the 16 All-MAC selections, the Huskies have had regional and national presence. Adam Holdenrid was awarded NIU's first Rawlings Gold Glove in 2008. In 2007, German became NIU's first All-American since 1966 and was a two-time All-Region performer. MAC all-time hits leader Scott Simon was a Lowe's Senior Class candidate and two-time Brooks Wallace Award Watch List honoree. Simon also earned MVP of the 2004 National Baseball Congress World Series. Additionally, Simon, Mark Badgley and Jordin Hood were Freshman All-Americans.

Prior to becoming a Huskie, Mathey served as head coach at North Central College for nine seasons. At NCC, he was twice named College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Coach of the Year. With three league titles and an NCAA Central Regional runner-up finish, Mathey produced 38 all-conference, 16 all-region and three All-American selections. Seven of his players also signed professional contracts.

Before becoming head coach, the former NCC All-CCIW pitcher spent five seasons as pitching coach at his alma mater under Tom Purcell from 1989-93. Leading up to his role with North Central, Mathey worked as a recommending scout for the Cincinnati Reds and landed his first coaching role as a player/coach for the Newport Rams Baseball Club in Melbourne, Australia, from Sept. 1988 through April 1989.

With a B.A. in marketing and business management and a minor in computer science, the 1986 NCC graduate earned his master's in athletic administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1991.

A graduate of Thornton High School in Harvey, Ill., Mathey is married to the former Colleen Byrne of South Holland. They have two sons, 16-year-old Patrick and 14-year-old Michael, and a daughter, 13-year-old Juliet.

The Mathey File:
Coaching: 2003-present - Head Coach, Northern Illinois

1994-2002 - Head Coach, North Central College

1989-93 - Assistant Coach, North Central College

1988-89 - Player/Coach, Newport Rams (Melbourne, Australia)

Education: B.A., Marketing and Business Management, Minor, Computer Science. North Central College, 1986.
M.S., Athletic Administration. University of Illinois-Chicago, 1991.

Family: Wife, Colleen; Sons Patrick (16) and Michael (14); Daughter Juliet (13)

Career Victories
1. 294 Ed Mathey 12 seasons
2. 143 Spanky McFarland 7 seasons
3. 126 George Evans 16 seasons
4. 100 Thomas L. Meyer 6 seasons
5. 94 Dave Mason 5 seasons
By Victories
Wins Year Head Coach
1. 34 2003 Ed Mathey
34 2007 Ed Mathey
3. 31 2004 Ed Mathey
4. 30 2010 Ed Mathey
5. 29 1995 Spanky McFarland


"Playing for Coach Mathey during my collegiate career was a great experience both on the field and off. He was a mentor to me on the field and helped me off the field with academics and with my personal life. Coach Mathey was always there for me 24 hours a day and not just when we were on the field and between the lines." - Matt German, former NIU All-American pitcher and professional in Phillies organization

"I played for Coach Mathey for four years (at NCC and NIU) and he has helped me tremendously during my time playing for him and afterwards. I can honestly say I would not have had the opportunity to play professionally without him. What I learned from him has helped me be successful both in college and in pro baseball He is one of the most loyal coaches you will find in Division I baseball." - Joe Piekarz, former NCC and NIU pitcher and former Oakland Athletics farmhand

"Ed Mathey is a very good baseball coach that works extremely hard. His team's always compete and play fundamentally solid baseball. Northern Illinois is fortunate to have Coach Mathey in their dugout." - Scott Stricklin, University of Georgia Head Coach

"Coach Mathey has an excellent rapport with his players and institutes an excellent mentor program among the members of his team that really aids individual player development. He does a great job in making use of each of his players and their individual skills. He utilizes all the players on his roster by getting them productively into games." - Bob Szymkowski, Area Scouting Supervisor, Philadelphia Phillies

"It is always a pleasure to see Coach Mathey's teams play. They are certainly well prepared and have a winner's mentality and an edge to them that you know the game is never over. I have had the privilege of meeting some of his players and I know his kids respect him greatly and he has a great relationship with them. I am confident in recommending anyone there." - Pat Murphy, El Paso Chihuahuas Manager (San Diego Padres, AAA)

"When you play one of Ed Mathey's teams you face a team that is well-coached in all areas of the game and has an approach that shows that they enjoy playing. They play hard, will come after you and are not intimidated. Coach Mathey does a great job with his team and his players do the things you want them to do - pitch well, play good defense and enjoy playing the game. Playing his team is always a good test for us because they won't come in and roll over. " - Larry Hays, former Texas Tech Head Coach


Overall Conference
Year School W L T Pct. W L T Pct. League Finish Highlights
1994 North Central 24 18 0 .571 13 7 0 .650 1st, CCIW CCIW Coach of the Year; NCAA Central Regional; Five All-CCIW Selections
1995 North Central 22 20 0 .524 13 5 0 .722 2nd, CCIW CCIW MOP/All-American (Tim McDonough); Two All-Central Region and six All-CCIW selections
1996 North Central 26 17 0 .605 13 7 0 .650 1st, CCIW CCIW Coach of the Year; Two All-Central Region and school-record seven All-CCIW selections
1997 North Central 25 18 0 .581 13 7 0 .650 4th, CCIW Two All-Central Region honorees and five All-CCIW selections
1998 North Central 28 15 1 .648 13 7 0 .650 1st, CCIW CCIW Coach of the Year; 2nd at NCAA Central Regional; No. 15 in final Division III rankings
1999 North Central 18 21 0 .462 9 11 0 .450 5th, CCIW Three All-Central Region selections and four named All-CCIW
2000 North Central 18 21 0 .462 9 12 0 .429 5th, CCIW Two All-CCIW selections
2001 North Central 21 21 1 .500 14 6 1 .690 2nd, CCIW School-record four All-Central Region selections
2002 North Central 23 20 0 .535 11 10 0 .524 4th, CCIW Defeated Division I Northern Illinois; Three players signed professionally
AT NORTH CENTRAL 205 171 2 .545 108 74 1 .593 3 Conference Titles, 3 Coach of the Year Honors, 2 NCAA Regionals
2003 Northern Illinois 34 24 0 .586 15 11 0 .577 3rd, MAC West MAC Tournament (def. No. 1 Kent State in 1st Rd); Two freshman All-Americans
2004 Northern Illinois 31 28 0 .525 14 10 0 .583 t-2nd, MAC West MAC Tournament (def. No. 2 Miami in 1st Rd); Three MLB Draft picks
2005 Northern Illinois 16 36 1 .311 6 18 0 .250 6th, MAC West Four players signed professionally
2006 Northern Illinois 24 31 0 .436 8 18 0 .307 6th, MAC West Went 11-2 (.846) against intrastate competition and 7-2 (.778) against MVC foes
2007 Northern Illinois 34 24 0 .586 16 11 0 .593 3rd, MAC West School record for Division I wins, MAC wins, best finish (3rd) at MAC Tournament
2008 Northern Illinois 28 26 0 .518 16 10 0 .615 2nd, MAC West School record for MAC winning percentage (.615). Tied School records for MAC wins (16) and best finish (3rd) at the MAC Tournament
2009 Northern Illinois 19 34 0 .358 10 16 0 .385 5th, MAC West Five MAC West Player of the Week winners. One second team All-MAC selection. Beat No. 15 Missouri.
2010 Northern Illinois 24 31 0 .436 12 15 0 .444 5th, MAC West Two MAC West Player of the Week selections. Earned 400th career victory, and 200th at NIU.
2011 Northern Illinois 30 27 0 .526 16 11 0 .593 t-2nd, MAC West Two All-Region picks, Freshman All-American, MAC Freshman of the Year, two national team of the week honorees, five All-MAC
2012 Northern Illinois 15 40 0 .272 7 20 0 .259 6th, MAC West Brooks Wallace Award Top-25 candidate, Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate, 28th round MLB draft pick, Two MAC Players of the Week, One MAC Pitcher of the Week
2013 Northern Illinois 22 34 0 .393 16 11 0 .593 1st, MAC West Claimed first ever MAC West Division Championship, three All-MAC players, Jeff Zimmerman drafted by Seattle Mariners (19th round)
2014 Northern Illinois 17 36 1 .324 11 16 0 .407 5th, MAC West Set program record for shutouts in a season (seven), fifth-straight season with a win over a Big Ten opponent (Northwestern, 4-0), Alex Klonowski drafted by Los Angeles Angels (28th round)
AT NIU 294 371 2 .442 147 167 0 .468 6 MAC Tournament appearances, 28 Pro Players, 11 MLB Draft Choices
CAREER TOTALS 499 542 4 .479 248 221 1 .529 59 All-Conference, 35 Pros, 20 All-Region, 8 All-Americans and 11 MLB Draft Choices
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