|Sports Played or Coached:||Baseball, 2002-05|
The starting second baseman on the school’s 2005 NCAA Division II National Championship team, Matt Mercurio played four seasons at Florida Southern. He was a three-time All-SSC selection and a two-time Academic All-District honoree. Mercurio holds school career records for games played (231), at-bats (896), home runs (35) and assists (551) and is third on the school’s all-time list for runs scored (215), second all-time in hits (284), tied for third in doubles (53), second in total bases (466) and hit by pitches (40). Mercurio either led or was tied for the team lead in homers for three straight seasons and led the Mocs in runs batted in with 45 as a sophomore in 2003. He posted a .317 career batting average and started in 230 of his school-record 231 games played. He was named the 2003 Team MVP and was selected to the NCAA South Regional All-Tournament Team as a senior in 2005. In his four seasons as a Moccasin, he helped lead FSC to a 173-62 record. After his senior year in 2005, Mercurio was selected in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Boston Red Sox, and he played in the organization for three years before moving into the coaching ranks. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management, marketing and finance from FSC in 2005 and is in his eighth season in 2016 as an assistant baseball coach at Florida Tech.