Adam Skonieczki was hired as Southern Vermont's 11th all-time head baseball coach in October 2017. The Mountaineer skipper came to SVC from the State University of New York at Buffalo—his alma mater—where he was an assistant coach since November 2015.
Skonieczki graduated from Buffalo in 2010 with his Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree. While a student there, he was a four-year outfielder for the Bulls—starting in 186 of the 193 games in which he appeared.
After graduating, Skonieczki spent the summer of ‘10 in South Carolina as the head assistant coach for the Florence RedWolves of the Coastal Plain League. He then went to the Lone Star State that fall to be an assistant for Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi for the next two springs.
In July 2012, Skonieczki became the head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Georgetown College in Kentucky; he spent three seasons with the Tigers before heading back to Buffalo in the fall of 2015. In his time with the Bulls, the assistant coach saw three of his players either get drafted or sign contracts with professional affiliates.
The Binghamton, N.Y. native was a standout player for the Bulls as his name is peppered throughout the program’s record book. Upon graduating, he had registered the second-most games played (193), the third-most hits (231), and the third-most total bases (320). He still owns the team’s top mark of the most runs scored in a game (6) and had the most runs scored in a single season (50) before that was eclipsed in 2010 and then again in 2012.
Skonieczki notched 74 hits in both 2009 and ‘10—a mark that was the third-most for Buffalo after his senior season (now at sixth). His 130 career runs scored are the fifth-most in Bulls history, and his 111 runs batted in are tied for ninth; he also had 40 doubles (T-7) and eight triples (T-9) during his collegiate tenure. His best season at the plate came in his senior year when Skonieczki went a stellar 74-fo-200 to register a .370 batting average. He was also solid on the defensive side of things for the Bulls—recording a .969 fielding percentage through 490 total chances while chalking up 18 assists from the outfield.
Skonieczki and his wife, Shayna, have two children: their daughter, Isla, and son, Cash.
Tyler Arthur joined Coach Skonieczki as Southern Vermont’s pitching coach in January 2018.
Coach Skonieczki was the head assistant at Georgetown College for three seasons of Arthur’s career as a Tiger (2013-15). Arthur had an illustrious tenure at Georgetown—being named an NAIA All-American in both 2012 (Second Team) and 2014 (Honorable Mention); in each of those years, he was also selected to the All-Mid-South Conference First Team while being tabbed the league’s Pitcher and Freshman of the Year in ‘12.
Upon graduating from Georgetown in May 2016 with his bachelor’s degree in communications & media studies, Arthur sat at the top of GC’s career record lists for wins and innings pitched. In Tiger history, he is also at seventh (1.63, 2014) and ninth (1.68, 2012) for the best single-season earned runs average, second (10, 2012) and eighth (8, 2014) for the best single-season wins mark, and third (76, 2012) for the most strikeouts in a year.
Arthur helped Georgetown to the NAIA World Series in 2014 as the Tigers posted their best-ever record with a mark of 46-10. That was after his 2012 squad won the Mid-South title and made the program’s first-ever regional championship appearance while registering an overall record of 45-11.
Niko D’Agnese returned to the program to assist Coach Skonieczki for the 2019 season after being a four-year Mountaineer and graduating in 2018 with his bachelor’s in psychology. He has coached children from grades K-12 since 2014 and was a team captain for SVC in his last three seasons as a Mountaineer. Coach D’Agnese was also a part of Southern Vermont’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee—through which he helped organize events for school and community members as well as being an advocate for his peers.
D’Agnese played in 116 games while at SVC—mostly roaming the outfield for the Mountaineers. He chalked up 95 hits, including 12 doubles, and knocked in 44 runs. He also worked 22 walks and stole 21 bases, and he crossed the plate 60 times for Southern Vermont. D’Agnese tallied a .321 on-base percentage and a .959 fielding percentage for his career.
In 2018, D’Agnese was named to the All-New England Collegiate Conference Second Team.