Newcomer to the Irish baseball program who is enrolled in MBA studies at Notre Dame ... graduated from Missouri State in 2006, after playing three healthy seasons with the Bears (he was granted an extra year of eligibility due to foot injury that wiped out his freshman season in '03) ... was able to attend the College World Series in '03, when his MSU teammates (playing as Southwest Missouri at that time) made their spirited run to Omaha ... could play dual key roles in '07, as righthanded power hitter with catching experience (also could DH or play first base) ... his arrival at Notre Dame took on greater importance when senior catcher Sean Gaston (the '05 and '06 starter) was lost for the season due to shoulder surgery ... Notre Dame head coach Dave Schrage had plenty of chances to see Weglarz play, as Schrage's former team (Evansville) was a top Missouri Valley Conference rival of Missouri State ... an all-MVC performer who caught some elite pitchers at MSU (most notably Brett Sinkbeil, who was selected 19th overall in the 2006 MLB draft, by the Florida Marlins) ... a quality catcher with a good arm and plenty of big-game experience ... strong candidate for 2007 Academic All-America honors who received 2006 CoSIDA Academic All-District VII honors before graduating in 2006 with a 3.48 cumulative GPA, as a business major ... named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete first team in 2005 and '06 ... posted 3.42 GPA in his first semester of MBA classes at Notre Dame ... played during the summer of 2006 in the prestigious wood-bat Cape Cod League, with the Bourne Braves ... hit first home run at the Braves new home field ... was a late addition for the Braves who ppeared in 14 games and made 10 starts at catcher, with a pair of home runs and a double (also 3 RBI, 3 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts and a sacrifice bunt) ... one of his teammates on the Braves, shortstop Ryan Werhle, is an All-America player at Nebraska (the Huskers will face Notre Dame at the 2007 Stetson Invitational) ... played during the summer of 2004 with the Harrisburg (Va.) Turks, earning all-league honors while helping team win the Valley League postseason tournament ... started two games at first base for the victorious Gold team in the 2006 Blue-Gold fall intrasquad series (1-for-6, RBI, R, BB, 2 Ks) ... had a 2-out RBI single in game-2 of the series (the Blue won, 4-3) ... joins sophomore righthander David Phelps (Hazelwood HS) as Missouri natives on 2007 Notre Dame roster (the program's all-time monogram winners include 14 from Missouri) ... other Notre Dame players to wear jersey number 15 include recent centefielder Scott Sollmann and infielder/catcher Javi Sanchez (the shortstop on the 2002 College World Series team).
AT MISSOURI STATE: Batted .293 (154-for- 526) in three healthy seasons ('04-'06) at Missouri State (known as Southwest Missouri prior to '06) ... played for longtime head coach Keith Guttin, who enters 2007 with 841 wins in 24 seasons as the Bears skipper ... other career totals included 103 RBI, 72 runs a .430 slugging pct. (11 home runs, 39 doubles) and a .361 on-base pct. (48 walks, 14 HBPs) in 146 games played (also 10 stolen bases, 11 sac. flies and 63 Ks) ... hit .272 in '06 season that saw him miss most of April due to separate finger and hand injuries (40-for-147, 25 RBI, 22 R, 3 HR, 10 2B, 17 BB, 4 HBP, 12 Ks, 41 GP/40 GS) ... helped Bears go 33-22 in 2006 while finishing as runner-up in the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and MVC tournament (Schrage's Evansville team won both titles) ... named the all-tournament catcher at the Texas A&M Classic (5-for-18, RBI, 2 R, 2B, BB, K), with lead role in 3-2 win over the host Aggies (2-for-4, R, 2B) ... homered twice in series opener at Middle Tennessee (4 RBI) ... had winning hit in series finale versus Minnesota ... made good impression on Schrage by batting a combined 8-for-18 in 2006 regular-season series and pair of MVC playoff games vs. Evansville (4 RBI, 2 R, 2 2B, 3 BB, SB, K) ... helped post home-and home wins over #12 Arkansas (10-5, 4-2; 1- for-4 in both games, plus 3 RBI and a run in first win) ... earned a spot on the 2006 MVC all-tournament team (as a DH), after batting 6-for-18 with hits in all five games (3 RBI, R, 2B, BB, HBP) ... named second team all- MVC in 2005, after starting 53 games (48 at catcher) and batting .333 with a team-best 48 RBI (71-for-213, 31 R, 4 HR, 18 2B, 16 BB, 3 HBP, 25 Ks, 6 SB, .474 slug, .385 OB) ... led team in multi-hit (19) and multi-RBI (12) games ... his '05 highlights included 5 RBI in back-to-back games against Illinois State, 4-hit games versus Missouri and Northern Iowa, and a 10-game hit streak to end the season ... played against several of his future Notre Dame teammates in San Antonio at the 2005 Irish Baseball Classic ... was the starting catcher and batted in the 3-hole during first loss to Notre Dame that week (6-4; 1-for-5, R) and then moved to first base and the cleanup spot in the rematch (a wild 12-11 Irish victory), again batting 1-for-5 with an RBI single and two runs scored ... hit .259 with 29 RBI in 2004 season (43-for-166, 19 R, 4 HR, 11 2B, 15 BB, 7 HBP, 26 Ks, 2 SB, .398 slug., .337 OB in 52 GP) ... went 2-for-4 with a home run and double in '04 win over Evansville ... missed most of 2003 season due to broken foot suffered just two days after the start of the season.
PREP & PERSONAL: Three-year letterwinning catcher/DH at Rockhurst High School (hit .520 as a sophomore, .512 as a junior) ... led team to 2001 and '02 conference titles ('01 regional champs) ... also earned three letters in football, as a tight end and defensive end ... played on statetitle football team as a junior in 2000 (two-time conference champs, plus '01 region champs) ... former prep football teammate of current Notre Dame junior receiver D.J. Hord ... born Dec.8, 1983, in Kansas City, Mo. ... son of Reinhard and Shirley Weglarz ... full name is Matthew Christian Weglarz ... graduated from Missouri State in 2006 with a business degree and currently is pursuing his MBA at Notre Dame.