Matt Boykin enters his first season as an assistant baseball
coach for UNCG in 2013.
Boykin spent the last two seasons as the head baseball coach at
St. Andrews University after being hired in the summer of 2010. He
joined the Knights’ program after spending six years as an
assistant coach at Appalachian State University. He was an integral
component of the Mountaineer coaching staff, helping in all aspects
of the program including serving as recruiting coordinator, primary
hitting & infield instructor and third base coach while
assisting with strength & conditioning, practices and
His efforts as recruiting coordinator were integral in
ASU’s run to the 2012 Southern Conference title. The
Mountaineers were slotted into the 2012 NCAA Charlottesville
Regional where they knocked off top-seeded and host Virginia as
well as No. 2 seed Oklahoma in consecutive contests on the way to
the regional final.
“Matt’s dedication to recruiting, ability to evaluate
and coaching experience in the Southern Conference are all traits
that have defined his 10-year coaching career,” Jarrett said.
“His organizational skills and extensive recruiting history
in North Carolina will be key facets that will move UNCG baseball
into a new era as he coordinates our recruiting
Appalachian State fans witnessed a transformation in the baseball
program during Boykin’s time on the mountain. He helped guide
ASU from a 10-43 season with a 261 RPI rating in 2004 to a 38-18-1
record with a RPI of 50 in 2010. The 38 wins in his last season
with the program were the second-most in school history and marked
the fourth consecutive 30-plus win season for ASU.
Boykin coached nine MLB draft picks in his tenure at Appalachian
State as the institution did not have any draftees in the decade
prior to his arrival. Boykin also instructed 12 all-conference and
four All-America selections.
After just one season in Laurinburg, Boykin dramatically increased
the size of the St. Andrew’s baseball program. Not only did
he keep bringing in players for the varsity team, but he also
started a JV program. During the rebuilding process, Boykin raised
the number of athletes on the roster from 12 to 40 and oversaw the
team's transition from NCAA Division II to the NAIA for the 2013
season. Boykin graduated 100% of his athletes and involved the
program heavily in the community through involvement with Old
Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church, Optimist Club of Laurinburg,
Scotland County Relay for Life and other local organizations.
The Apex, N.C., product played four seasons at Barton College and
was a two-time academic all-conference and all-tournament honoree
for the Bulldogs before earning a pair of bachelor’s degrees
in business administration and sports management in 2003. Boykin
was also awarded a master’s degree in sports coaching from
the United States Sports Academy in 2005.
In addition to spending the 2004 season as an assistant coach at
his alma mater, Boykin was the head coach of the Asheboro
Copperheads of the Coastal Plain League and served as an assistant
coach with the CPL’s Wilson Tobs in 2004. He also owns
experience working at several camps throughout the Southeast and
has been an assistant coach for American Legion squads in Wilson
and Apex, N.C.