Now in his 25th season as head baseball coach, Patrick Boen '89 has turned success into a yearly expectation at Stonehill. A New England Division II Coach of the Year selection and three-time Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year, Boen has won 20 or more games every season except for two, qualified for the NE10 postseason tournament 13 times, and earned two NCAA tournament appearances.
Boen led the team back to a 20-plus win season in 2019 with a 22-25 mark overall and a 13-14 NE10 record. The season was highlighted with five shutouts including a big 5-0 victory over No. 4 Southern New Hampshire University. Six Skyhawks were voted to NE10 All-Conference teams, including Harrison Sabo '19 and Michael Young '19 to the second team, William Kelleher '19 to the third team, and Matt Donlan '22, Noah Lucier '22, and Aidan Wilde '22 to the All-Rookie team. Wilde also was named the NE10 Rookie Hitter of the Year, which is the program's first major award for a rookie. Sabo, Young, and Kelleher were all selected to play in the 45th NEIBA All-Star Game at the Dunkin Donuts Stadium in Hartford, Connecticut.
The 2018 season saw a 17-21-1 overall mark with a 10-15-1 NE10 record, just shyly missing playoffs. Boen saw three players named to the NE10 All-Conference teams including Harrison Sabo '19 and Matt Rocco '19 named to the All-Conference second team, while Jared Brooks '21 was tabbed on the All-Rookie team.
The 2017 season was marked with a 15-27 overall record and a 9-14 record in NE10 Conference play. The Skyhawks finished fifth in the Northeasr Division just missing out on a playoff opportunity. Three Skyhawks were honored by the NE10, includnig Ben Monte '17, Steve Lee '17, and Daniel Paul '20. Eddie Bowler '17 was also awarded the Marston Scholar-Athlete Award.
The 2015-16 year saw another 20-game winning season with a 24-20 overall mark and a 12-13 conference record and the team was just shy of making the playoffs. Boen saw two Skyhawks receive All-Northeast 10 Conference honors, including Brian Campbell '16 and Eric Schneider '16, who both were tabbed on the third team.
2015 proved to be a record setting year for the Stonehill baseball team, as the Skyhawks posted a 34-15-1 record that tied the 2000 team for most wins in a season at 34, and also recorded the fewest losses at 15. Stonehill also earned there first ever at-large bid and third bid overall to the NCAA Tournament where they were knocked out in the East Regional by Saint Thomas Aquinas. At the conclusion of the regular-season, a record setting eight of Boen's student-athletes recieved All-NE-10 honors, highlighted by Dan Fratus and Chris Hoyt who were named to the first team.
Stonehill maintained its consistent level of success in 2014, as the Skyhawks won 30 games and reached the NE-10 Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons. Stonehill went 30-20 overall, including 17-10 in conference play. At the conclusion of the season, five of Boen's student-athletes earned All-NE-10 honors, highlighted by junior pitcher Jim Duff, who was also a consensus All-East Region selection before becoming Stonehill's second Major League Baseball draft pick in program history. Duff was chosen in the 20th round (595th overall) by the New York Mets.
In 1998, his first season on the bench, Boen led Stonehill to a then-school-record 25 wins, earning the program's first NE-10 postseason berth in 12 years. The following year, he earned his first career NE-10 Coach of the Year award after the team captured a share of the NE-10 regular-season title for the first time since 1985.
Boen earned his first career New England Division II Coach of the Year selection and his second straight NE-10 Coach of the Year award in 2000. In what was then the program's most successful year to date, Stonehill won 34 games and both the NE-10 regular-season and tournament titles, and earned the program's first-ever NCAA tournament bid. The team advanced to the Northeast Regional championship game, falling to conference rival Saint Rose.
The Stonehill program has remained a perennial NE-10 contender during Boen's tenure, returning to the postseason tournament six times in the past decade and breaking into the NCAA Division II East Regional rankings. Boen earned his third NE-10 Coach of the Year selection in 2006, following a 28-win season and a second-place finish in the conference.
2012 marked the third consecutive season that Boen led Stonehill to a 30-win campaign, as the Skyhawks finished 30-19 overall and 18-11 in the NE-10. Four players earned All-Conference honors from the NE-10, including senior Michael White, who was also selected to play in the NEIBA All-Star Game.
In 2011, Stonehill posted a 30-18 record overall and made its second-straight trip to the NE-10 tournament. Under Boen's guidance, Stonehill's Brenden Shepard became the first student-athlete in program history to be drafted by a Major League Baseball (MLB) club when the hometown Boston Red Sox selected him in the 28th round (862nd overall) of the 2011 MLB First Year Player Draft. Boen also aided four players in earning NE-10 postseason honors.
The 2010 Skyhawks made a return to the top of the NE-10 ranks, claiming the conference tournament title in a 31-win season and earning their second trip to the NCAA tournament as the fourth seed in the East Region. Stonehill knocked off New Haven and C.W. Post in the opening rounds before being eliminated by Franklin Pierce.
Boen has coached over 40 All-Conference players during his tenure at Stonehill, including a pair of conference Players of the Year in Mark Langone '00 and Junior Medina '02, and 2005 Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Year Billy Sittig '06. Medina and Sittig also became the program's first two All-America honorees with their selections in 2002 and 2005.
A native of Brockton, Mass., Boen was a standout shortstop on the Stonehill diamond from 1986 through 1989, and was also the starting point guard for the Skyhawk basketball squad, helping lead the team to the 1988-89 Northeast-10 title. He came to Stonehill after a standout career at neighboring Brockton High, where he led the Boxers to the state basketball championship as a senior in 1985, and was inducted into the Brockton High School Hall of Fame.
A noted camp and clinic coach throughout the region, Boen is the director of the Skyhawk Baseball School hosted on campus every summer. He resides in Mansfield, Mass. with his wife Sheley '90 and their children Lauren, Michael '20, Max, and Matt.
Coach Sultar joins the Stonehill baseball staff as the Skyhawks’ pitching coach and co-recruiting coordinator. He comes to Stonehill after serving as the pitching coach at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, NC, following a playing career at Endicott College. Sultar brings a pitching program to the Skyahwks pitching staff which includes a focus on arm care, a holistic throwing program, and development as a complete pitcher both physically and mentally.
In just 2 years at West Forsyth, Sultar saw his pitchers commit to, 6 division 1 schools, 3 division 2 schools, and 1 junior college. Following the 2022 season, one of those pitchers was selected in the 2022 MLB Draft.
In the 2022 season, Coach Sultar’s West Forsyth pitching staff finished the regular season with: 2.29 ERA, 88 H, 247 K, 62 BB, 0.96 WHIP in 156 IP. The team went on to compete in the NCHSAA 4A state quarterfinals, losing to the eventual state champion in a 4-3 battle, finishing with a 25-6 record.
At Endicott, Sultar competed from 2015-2019, while earning a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. His senior season started with 17 scoreless innings, leading all qualifying pitchers in ERA during that stretch. He would go on to finish the year with a 1.89 ERA, earning 2nd team All-CCC honors.
Coach Sultar also holds a Master’s degree in Sport Leadership from Endicott, graduating in 2022.
Krisiukenas returns for his fifth season here at Stonehill with all his experience in collegiate baseball that has helped Stonehill for the past five years. The Brockton, Mass. native played for the University of Tampa from 1985-1988 and appeared in the NCAA Regionals three times (1986, 1987, 1988) and the College World Series twice (1986 and 1987). During his time with the University of Tampa, Krisiukenas had earned many awards including Second Team All-SSC (1987 and 1988), Second Team All-South Region (1987), First Team All-South Region (1988), South Regional All-Tournament Team (1988), Member of the 1988 Division II Championship Series Team, and All-Tournament Team (1987).