Ed Batogowski begins his ninth season with the Central Connecticut golf program. Since joining the program in 1999, Batogowski has maintained a level of excellence while placing the Blue Devils among New England’s elite collegiate teams.
Last season, Batogowski coached the Blue Devils to a third place finish at the Northeast Conference Championships. It was the team’s 11th consecutive top-four finish, including eight straight during Batogowksi’s reign. Matt McClure tied for third at the NECs, earning his fourth all-conference honor. Tim Buczak, meanwhile, captured his second All-NEC performance, finishing tied for eighth. As a team, Central Connecticut also had top-five finishes at Colgate, Dartmouth and the Northeast Collegiate Invitational in 2007-08.
A CCSU Alumni Athletics Hall of Famer, Batogowski took over as head coach for the 2000-01 season. He led the Blue Devils to a 128-34 record and a fourth place finish at the New England Championships. Since that first season, Central Connecticut has won three Northeast Conference titles, earning three NCAA Regional bids, under Batogowski’s guidance.
The Blue Devils collected the first NEC Championship of the Batogowski era in 2001-02. The team ended the regular season with a 160-62 record and a second place finish at the New England Championships. Michael Welch then tied for first but lost in a playoff to lead CCSU to the 2002 Northeast Conference crown. The Blue Devils fired a two-day total of 623, edging runner-up Monmouth by six strokes, to end UMBC’s three-year hold on the title. With the victory, Central Connecticut headed to Albuquerque, NM for NCAA Regional action.
Central Connecticut became back-to-back NEC Champions following a 160-66-1 regular season in 2002-03. The Blue Devils erased a two-stroke deficit to overcome Robert Morris in final round play. Three golfers finished in the top nine and earned all-conference honors for CCSU. Petr Skopovy and Bobby Myles each shot 145 to lead the balanced attack and finish tied for fifth. Matt Cormack finished tied for seventh with a tournament log of 147. The Blue Devils again went west for NCAA Regional play, traveling to Auburn, WA.
Following a fourth place finish in 2003-04, Central Connecticut rebounded to win its fourth overall Northeast Conference title in the spring of 2005. Led by all-conference performances from McClure and Bryce Fearon and a second-day score of 304, CCSU claimed its third championship in four years and went to Stanford, CA for NCAA Regional competition. It was the 29th postseason appearance for the program. The Blue Devils also ended the regular season with another 160-win campaign, finishing 167-94-2.
Despite not winning the NEC crown, the 2003-04 season was not without its highlights. The 132-37 Blue Devils garnered another second place showing at the New England Championships and Myles won the individual title at the NEC Championships.
In 2005-06, the CCSU men’s golf team placed fourth at the NECs. Buczak and McClure each earned All-NEC honors, marking the 10th and 11th time a student-athlete did so during Batogowski’s tenure. McClure and Ray added to that total in 2006-07, when the Blue Devils finished third.
Batogowski joined the Blue Devils after coaching two seasons at the University of Hartford.
He received his master’s degree in counseling and administration from Hartford and went on to work as a teacher and counselor at Simsbury High School for 35 years. Batogowski earned his undergraduate degree at CCSU and was a four-year varsity member of the golf and basketball teams. He was inducted into the CCSU Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.
For the past 50-plus years, Batogowski has been involved in sports as a basketball referee on the collegiate level. He also spent three years officiating in the National Basketball Association. He has maintained an amateur golf status since 1950 and is currently a member of the Hop Meadow Country Club.
Batogowski resides in Simsbury with his wife, Ann, and has four grown children.