Matt McCay | Head Coach
Alma Mater: UNC Chapel Hill 2006
Office Phone: (828) 884-9158
Coach Matt McCay became the head baseball coach at Brevard College in June of 2010, and his first season at the helm was the spring of 2011. Coach McCay came to Brevard College after serving as an assistant coach for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels from 2007-2010, and has started to lay the foundation of a championship program in his time leading the Tornados.
Taking over a Brevard College baseball program coming off a 9-35 season (2-22 SAC) in 2010, McCay has seen many improvements as head coach of the Tornados. In 2012, the Tornados were 27-23 (16-11 SAC) on their way to a 3rd place finish, the highest finish for any Brevard College baseball team since joining the South Atlantic Conference.
Under McCay in 2012, the Tornados statistically finished in the top 50 of all NCAA Division II teams in Batting Average (13th), Runs Scored, Slugging %, Walks, Sac Flies, and Double Plays.
McCay skippered the Tornados to a berth in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament in 2015 with a 13-16 mark in league play. Hunter Donaldson became Brevard's first-ever Daktronics All-Region selection, earning first team honors at the utility pitcher position and appearing on the All-America ballot. Donaldson was also an honorable mention selection as a starting pitcher, while Bennett Hixson was named second team all-state as a reliever by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association. J.D. Chaplain was named SAC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for his work on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.
In 2011, Coach McCay coached Brevard’s first ever All-SAC Conference selection in 1B Randy O’Dell. McCay also coached Champ Stuart, who led the SAC in hitting in 2012 (.419) while earning All-SAC honors in 2012 and 2013. The 2012 season also saw Tornado infielder Chad Funkhouser earn SAC Freshman of the Year and All Conference honors.
Stuart was part of McCay’s first recruiting class, and was a 6th round draft pick by the NY Mets in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. He became one of the highest drafted selections in recent history of the South Atlantic Conference after going undrafted out of high school in 2010.
Stuart became the 38th player coached by McCay to sign a professional contract, joining Brevard College teammate Christian Christopoulos, who also signed professionally in 2013.
McCay has coached 37 players selected in the MLB Draft, eight of whom are currently on Major League rosters including: Matt Harvey (Mets), Kyle Seager (Mariners), Dustin Ackley (Mariners), Adam Warren (Yankees), Tim Federowicz (Dodgers), Alex White (Astros), Rob Wooten (Brewers), Brian Moran (Angels), and Mike Morin (Angels).
As an assistant at North Carolina, McCay was an instrumental part of the Tar Heels run to the 2008 and 2009 College World Series and worked with three catchers selected in the first seven rounds of the MLB Draft - Tim Federowicz, Mark Fleury, and Jacob Stallings.
When hired as the head coach at Brevard College, UNC head coach Mike Fox stated, "Matt has been an extremely valuable member of our coaching staff these three seasons. I cannot thank him enough for his hard work and dedication to our program. I have known Matt since high school and as a player for me both at N.C. Wesleyan and North Carolina. No one cares more about UNC, the game and its people than Matt. He was beloved by all our players here not only for his knowledge of the game but his willingness to help them in any way and his great sense of humor. Matt is most deserving of this opportunity at Brevard and I am extremely confident he will do well. I personally will miss him and Julie [his wife] dearly."
In the summer of 2008, McCay skippered the Thomasville Hi-Toms to the Coastal Plain League Petitt Cup Tournament title.
Prior to his time at UNC, McCay worked as an assistant coach for seven seasons at his alma mater, Hillsborough's Orange High School. There he coached 24 players who went on to play college baseball and two Major League Draft Picks (Josh Horton, Daniel Hargrave).
McCay graduated from Carolina in December 2006 with a degree in exercise and sport science after a six-year career in professional baseball.
McCay played the 2000-03 seasons with the Chillicothe (Ohio) Paints of the Frontier League. He was a three-time all-star selection, earned a spot on the organization's all-time team and was named the team's MVP in 2003. He ranks as the Paints' record holder in both career and single-season hits (2002). Before returning to Chapel Hill to finish his degree, McCay played the 2004 and 2005 seasons with the Northern League's Joliet (Illinois) Jackhammers.
McCay played for Mike Fox for two seasons at North Carolina Wesleyan (1997-98) before transferring and joining Coach Fox in Chapel Hill for the 1999 and 2000 campaigns. While at Wesleyan, he was a second-team NCAA Division III All-America selection and also earned all-region and all-conference honors in 1998 when he hit .441 with 10 homers and 60 RBI. McCay also led the team in hitting as a freshman with a .391 average.
Under McCay, the Brevard College baseball team has worked closely with Vs. Cancer to raise thousands of dollars to support children fighting cancer in Mission Hospital in Asheville.
Coach Matt McCay is married to Mrs. Julie McCay (an employee of the President’s office at Brevard College), and they have two children – Ella Rose McCay, and Van Nolan McCay.