Wilson, N.C. – The Wilson Tobs are excited to announce the return of 3rd year Head Coach Harry Markotay, “I’m excited to return to the Tobs for my 4th season with the organization. This year will be my 3rd season as Head Coach with an ultimate goal of improving our student-athletes and bringing home the Petitt Cup to Wilson.” With a league title in his sights and a new summer around the corner, Markotay is motivated and determined to return to Wilson and bring home the trophy.
Having an overall record of 43-24 in two seasons and 5 MLB Draft picks under his belt (Including 1st rounder Trey Sweeney), Markotay is poised to do just that. With some of those MLB prospects leaving for the show in the midst of last season, Markotay rallied his troops and finished on a high note despite missing some big numbers in the lineup, “Last season we had a solid group but lost a handful of key players to pro ball during the season. Our other guys stepped in and helped us finish out strong.” With star players like Jared Carr and Gary Mattis departing to focus on their professional careers, Markotay had to use his knowledge and game management skill to put the Tobs in the best position to win.
As for 2022, the Tobs are gathering a talented roster that includes some fan favorites from past seasons. With a chance at bringing home the first Petitt Cup to Wilson, Markotay is chomping at the bit, “This year my excitement is building due to the talented group we are putting together with a handful of key returners. I am proud to again be part of such a great organization and look forward to being back in Wilson.” The Tobs are just as excited to have Markotay back in Wilson and cannot wait to see what he can do.
Markotay played two years at St. Charles Community College before transferring to Chowan University for his final two seasons. While at Chowan, he was named to the All CIAA Tournament Team for his junior season. During his senior year, he led the team in Batting Average (.405) and hits (62), while also hitting 8 home runs and maintained a 1.129 OPS and .673 Slugging Percentage.
Markotay graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and is currently working on a M.S. Degree in Sports Administration from Arkansas State. After graduating, he became the volunteer coach for Chowan during the 2018-2019 seasons and assisted with hitters, outfielders, infielders, recruiting, field maintenance and coached 1st base.
Following his time at Chowan, Markotay moved on to become the Graduate Assistant Coach at University of Dallas for the fall of 2019 and worked with infielders, outfielders, assisted in recruiting, developed strength and conditioning programs for all players and coached 3rd base.
Markotay started with the Tobs as the assistant coach in the summer of 2019 and returned as the Head Coach for the 2020 & 2021 seasons. Since starting as a coach in Wilson, Markotay has had 9 players sign professional contracts, with 5 of those players being drafted in the 2021 MLB draft. He will be returning for his 4th year as a coach with the Wilson Tobs and 3rd as Head Coach.
Markotay is currently the Recruiting Coordinator & Assistant Coach at Jefferson College (Missouri). He coaches third base as well as specializing in working with hitters, infielders and developing strength programs for their athletes.
Tobs Fans, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Wilson Tobs 2022 Season Opener and Thirsty Thursday on May 26th. Stick around for Memorial Day weekend for the always exciting Tobs Firework Extravaganza Show on Sunday May 29th! The Tobs Red, White, and Blue Firework Show will be Saturday, July 2nd . Season tickets and ticket packages are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (252) 291-8627, or by visiting www.wilsontobs.com .
The Wilson Tobs enter their 26th season as a founding member of the Coastal Plain League. The upcoming season for the Tobs will see community outreach, increased participation in helping the less fortunate, a Petitt Cup Championship team, and more exciting entertainment than ever before. We would like to dedicate each successful season to the Wilson Community, Coastal Plain League Organization, Host Families, Corporate Partners, and the Dedicated Fans.
The Wilson Tobs have played host to over 100 alumni taken in the MLB draft and have produced over a dozen players who have gone on to play in the MLB, including Cy Young MVP winner Justin Verlander.