Pete Wilk enters his 18th season as the head coach of the Georgetown baseball program in 2017 after taking over duties in the fall of 1999 and helping to rebuild the program in that time. On the field, the Hoyas have become a competitive program in the always-tough BIG EAST Conference and his 348 wins make him the all-time winningest coach in program history. Off the field, his team has been successful in the classroom and involved in the community, both on-campus and off.
Georgetown reached the 25-win plateau in 2016 for the second-straight season and the third time in four years. The Hoyas defeated two ranked teams on the road, winning at No. 15 Florida Atlantic and No. 23 Creighton. The Blue & Gray tied a program record with four All-BIG EAST selections and had three players sign professional contracts after the season.
In 2015, Wilk led the Hoyas to a 25-28 overall record and qualified for the BIG EAST Championships for the first time in 29 years with an 8-10 conference record. The Hoyas set a program record with a 3.95 ERA in 2015 while Nick Collins was named the BIG EAST Player of the Year, becoming the first ever Player of the Year in Georgetown's history. Additionally, the Hoyas had a program-record four players named to All-BIG EAST teams and three Hoyas selected in the 2015 MLB Draft.
In 2012, the Hoyas won 24 games overall, including 10 in the BIG EAST and went into the final day of play in the regular season with a chance to make the BIG EAST Tournament. In 2004 and 2005, Wilk guided the team to its most successful two-season win total (50) since the 1984-85 seasons. Wilk also was named Coach of the Year by The Hoya for his efforts in 2004.
During his tenure on the Hilltop, Wilk has implemented a Career Night for current Hoya baseball players to get career advice and network with GU baseball alumni. Georgetown players have also been involved in community efforts, working with the on-campus Hoya Dreams program and annually taking part in the D.C. Heart Walk, which raises money for the American Heart Association as well as volunteering with several other off-campus projects.
Wilk has also initiated the preseason First Pitch Dinner which is a fundraiser exclusively for the baseball program. The inaugural First Pitch Dinner in 2005 featured Terry Francona, manager of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox, as the guest speaker. Over the 12 years of the First Pitch Dinner, Wilk has secured a long list of celebrities to speak to the Hoyas.
Eric Niesen joined the Georgetown baseball coaching staff in July, 2017 and will serve as GU's pitching coach.
Niesen comes to the Hilltop after spending the 2017 season as a student assistant coach for the Demon Deacons while he completed his degree in communications. He assisted the Wake Forest pitching staff and served as the bullpen coach for the Demon Deacons and Georgetown alum Tom Walter.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Niesen had a 10-year professional career, reaching as high as Triple-A while playing in the Mets, Mariners and Red Sox organizations, as well as independent ball. He was a third-round draft pick of the New York Mets in 2007.
In the minor leagues from 2007-13, Niesen pitched in more than 150 games and won 21 games along with a 4.51 ERA. He spent parts of five seasons in the Atlantic League, and had a 0.93 ERA with the Bridgeport Bluefish in 2015, his last full season.
The New Boston, Michigan native stepped away during the 2016 season to be with his wife, Tina, as the couple had their first son, Gideon.
A three-year letterwinner at Wake Forest, Niesen led the pitching staff his junior campaign with a 6-5 record and 3.00 ERA in 84.0 innings, totaling 83 strikeouts. He finished his career with a 14-9 record from 2005-07.
Nick Collins joined the Georgetown coaching staff in July 2017. He will serve as the team's volunteer assistant coach while he completes his degree in business management from the McDonough School of Business.
Following his junior year at Georgetown, Collins was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the eighth round of the 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, becoming the third-highest draft pick in GU baseball's history. Collins played two years in the Athletics' organization, reaching as high as low-A. He was named the starting catcher for the North Division in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game during his first season.
Collins was named Georgetown's first BIG EAST Player of the Year in 2015 after leading the Hoyas in multiple offensive categories. He finished the season with a .370 batting average, 78 hits and 36 RBI, while leading the conference with seven home runs, 114 total bases and a .540 slugging percentage and was among the leaders in RBI, on-base percentage, doubles and runs scored.
He finished his career on the Hilltop ranked among Georgetown's career leaders in batting average (.352), hits (203) and sacrifice flies (10). In just three seasons, he became the 10th member of the 200-hit club and the 18th member of the 100-RBI club.