Black Knights Arrive in Virginia Following Long Travel Day
Lt. Col. Dave Bororwicz is currently in the fourth season of his third tour on the Army coaching staff, having served as an athletic intern with the baseball program following his graduation from the Academy during the spring of 1992 and assisting the Black Knights during the 2003 and 2004 campaigns.
After leaving West Point following the 2004 baseball season, Borowicz spent a year at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. From there, he was assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division where he served as the Brigade Engineer (2005-2006) and the Battalion Executive Officer of 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion (2006-2007). While there, Borowicz spent 15 months serving in Iraq as part of the surge for Operation Iraqi Freedom. His unit was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation for their performance while deployed and was influential in the Sunni-Awakening south of Baghdad.
After returning from Iraq, Borowicz and his family moved to Madison, Wis., and he pursued a doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He received his PhD in December of 2010 in Civil and Environmental Engineering and arrived back at West Point in January to teach in the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering. After coaching from 2011-2013 and helping guide the team to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances in 2012 and 2013, Borowicz deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. There he used his skills as a professional engineer to construct and develop sustainable infrastructure for the Afghan people.
Borowicz has been presented with several military awards, to include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (3 awards), the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards), the NATO ISAF Medal, the Air Assault Badge and the Combat Action Badge.
A four-time letterwinner during his years in the “Black, Gold, and Gray,” Borowicz was a standout pitcher for the Black Knights, holding a regular turn in Army’s starting rotation for three consecutive years. A district Academic All-America selection and Rhodes Scholar candidate as a senior, the former captain was a member of Army teams that defeated arch-rival Navy in four consecutive “star” matchups.
Borowicz will forever be etched into the Army record books having been credited with a save against Long Island as a freshman in 1989, helping to secure the program’s 1,000th all-time victory. Three years later, he narrowly missed writing a bit more history when his bid to throw the fourth no-hitter in school history fell just short, settling for a one-hit defeat of Princeton. The native of Milwaukee, Wis., ranks 25th on Army’s career innings pitched list at 157.0, while his career earned run average mark of 4.47 lists among the Black Knights all-time leaders.
Borowicz assists in the instruction of Army’s pitchers and outfielders. He and his wife, Cindy, reside at West Point with their daughters, Maggie, 20, and Allison, 19; and son, Josh, 12.