With his first season coming in the spring of 2011, Pat Horvath turned a five-win program into a perennial contender for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament.
The 2017 season saw the Rams return to the final four of the CACC Tournament for the second straight year. The season was highlighted by having three Rams receiving 1st Team All-Conference, 2nd straight Player of the Year (Steven Wells), 2nd Straight All-East Region Player of the Year (Steven Wells), and 2nd straight All-American selection (Steven Wells). Abe Almonte become the 1st player drafted by Major League Baseball since 1999. He was drafted in the 26th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In 2016, Horvath led the Rams to their best season in 21 seasons as Philadelphia racked up 23 victories and reached the championship game of the CACC Tournament for the first time since joining the conference in 2005. The 23 victories are the most for the team since a 25-win campaign in 1995. Philadelphia had one of the top offenses in the conference, leading the CACC in home runs (42) and ranking second in batting average (.283), slugging percentage (.421), hits (470), runs (303), doubles (86), total bases (700), walks (189), and runs batted in (269).
Pitcher/second baseman Fernando Garza was named the CACC Player of the Year and became the program’s first All-American since 1998 with his selection to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), and Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-America teams. First baseman Steven Wells earned a place on the All-CACC first team, and ABCA and NCBWA All-East Region teams.
The Rams had a 17-23 overall record during the 2014 campaign and went 9-11 against the conference, missing the CACC Tournament by a single game. Philadelphia had John Sczepanski and Ken McCormick named to the All-CACC first team, marking the first time since 2008 that the Rams had two all-conference first-team players. McCormick went on to receive Daktronics Division II All-East Region second team recognition. Jordan Force was tabbed for the 2014 East Region American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Gold Glove second team.
Philadelphia took major steps in the right direction in 2013. The Rams went 19-28-1—an improvement of eight wins from the 2012 season—qualified for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament for the first time since 2008, and won the Bill Giles Invitational Tournament for the first time in 11 seasons.
The 2012 season saw the Rams post an 11-33 overall record, a six-win improvement from Horvath’s first season with the team. Center fielder Rick Reigner was tabbed All-CACC honorable mention and the team earned the conference’s Team Sportsmanship Award.
Before coming to East Falls, Horvath spent the 2010 season as an assistant coach at Division I Rider University, where he worked with the catchers and also served as the third base coach. In his one season at Rider, the Broncs won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference crown and went to the NCAA Regional Tournament in Austin, Texas. In 2009, Horvath was the head coach at Santa Fe Catholic High School in Lakeland, Fla. He spent two seasons with San Diego Christian College (SDCC) as the head coach in 2008 and an assistant in 2007. At SDCC, Horvath had two players selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft and the team had a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Horvath also has coaching experience at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Palm Beach Atlantic University, his alma mater.
Anthony Goncalves recently completed his second year as a member of the Jefferson University program. He is responsible for the hitters and infielders, as well as recruiting and strength and conditioning. Prior to Jefferson University, Coach Gonk spent three seasons coaching at Misericordia University and two years at Arcadia University. The last two years the Rams have been one of the top offenses in the region. In Coach Gonk’s first year, the Rams improved from a .235 batting average and 13 homeruns to a .283 batting average and 43 homeruns. Last season the Rams improved once again with a .287 batting average and 54 homeruns. In his three seasons with the Cougars, Misericordia University captured the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Freedom Conference regular season and tournament championships and made three appearances in the NCAA regional tournament. During Coach Gonk's 2012 season with Misercordia University, the Cougars were ranked as high as the 10th team in the country. Goncalves began his collegiate career at Union County College where he led his team to two region XIX appearances in 2007 and 2008. After UCC, he transferred to Misericordia University. In each of Anthony’s seasons at Misericordia University, the Cougars recorded a record number of wins in a season. Anthony is a 2011 graduate of Misericordia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management.