Wargo - Camp Director Bobby Clark - Associate Camp Director Tommy Breen - Associate Camp Director Dan Canevari - Director of Baseball Operations Joanne Wargo - Director of Administration Allen Haines - Director of Public Relations
John Szefc, Head Baseball Coach, University
John Szefc became the seventh head in the 120-year history of the Maryland baseball program on July 18, 2012, after serving as the associate head coach at Kansas State for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Szefc (pronounced CHEF) comes to Maryland with a proven track record as a recruiter and hitting coach. He has served as recruiting coordinator at his last three stops, and as head coach, led Marist College to four conference championships and three NCAA Regional appearances in a seven-year stint from 1996-2002.
Assistant Coach, University
of Maryland An accomplished, young pitching coach, Jim Belanger is in his first season at Maryland. Belanger was named to the Terrapin coaching staff on August 13, 2012. Belanger arrived in College Park after four seasons at Monmouth University. This past season, Belanger oversaw the development of Pat Light, who was named New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) Pitcher of the Year and drafted 37th overall in the Major League Baseball Draft by the Boston Red Sox.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, University
of Maryland Dan
Rob Vaughn is entering his first season as an assistant coach at Maryland. Vaughn was named to the coaching staff in August of 2012.
Vaughn, who will also serve as the recruiting coordinator, comes to Maryland after spending the past two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Kansas State, where he coached the catchers and was in charge of base-running instruction.
A native of Humble, Texas, Vaughn began his coaching career in 2010 after spending two seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization. Vaughn served as student assistant coach before being elevated to a volunteer assistant coach prior to the 2011 season. In that capacity, Vaughn worked with the catchers, served as the first base coach, assisted with hitting and pitching instruction and oversaw all on campus recruiting activities.
Assistant Coach, University
of Maryland Matt Swope is in his first season as Director of Baseball Operations with the Terps. Swope was named to the post in August of 2012. "It's very important for our program to bring a guy like Matt back into the operations position," said head coach John Szefc. "Obviously, he's a very passionate guy about the University of Maryland and particularly Maryland baseball. He has the know-how to really help me on the operation end of things as far as doing a lot of important things behind the scenes. He's also very connected with our alumni and boosters. I think he'll really help to grow that area with him being an alumnus. You can't put a price on the advantage of having Matt back in our program."
Tom Walter, Head Baseball Coach, Wake Forest University
Tom Walter, who returned the New Orleans baseball program to national prominence after the school was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, is now in his fourth season at the helm of the Wake Forest baseball program.
Walter was named head baseball coach at Wake Forest on June 16, 2009. During his first three seasons leading the Demon Deacons, Walter has recorded a 76-92 overall record. In just his second season with the team (2011), he guided the Deacs back to the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2008 after finishing the conference schedule with a 15-15 record. He then led Wake Forest to a winning record in 2012 at 33-24, including a return trip to the ACC Tournament where the Deacs defeated NC State, 7-3.
Assistant Coach, UNC
Brandon Hall is Charlotte's Associate Head Coach
and in his tenth season with the 49ers coaching staff, his seventh
season as the team's recruiting coordinator. His main on-field
responsibilities are handling the pitching staff.
In his 13 seasons as an assistant at two different
schools, Hall's teams have won seven regular-season championships
and seven of his pitching staffs have been ranked nationally
in ERA, including the top spot in the nation in 2007 (with
a team 2.64 ERA). The 2011 squad finished 10th in the country
with a 2.81 ERA, while allowing the sixth-fewest hits per
nine innings (7.43) in the nation. A philosophy that is built
on development and efficiency has consistently prepared pitching
staffs to perform at extremely high levels.
Head Baseball Coach, Southern
Roger Cador enters his 30th season at the helm of the Southern University baseball program. He took over the reign "on the Bluff "in 1985 and has compiled a 850-488-1 record. His accomplishments include 14 Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year awards, 14 conference championships, eight NCAA tournament appearances and three NCAA play-in tournament appearances. Cador holds the distinction of being the first coach of a historically black university to win a game in the NCAA tournament. His 1987 Jaguars upset then no. 2 ranked Cal-State Fullerton, 1-0 in South Region play.
Former LSU pitching coach Dan Canevari has been named Assistant Baseball Coach at Southern University. He will handle recruiting and the pitching staff for Coach Roger Cador. Prior to Southern, Canevari served for the past 4 years as Head Baseball Coach at Episcopal High School. While at Episcopal, the Knights appeared in the post-season all 4 seasons, advancing to the Regional championship game in both 2011 and 2014. Canevari was the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana from 2003-05. While at SLU, Canevari’s 2005 team set many school records, as they won the first Southland Conference Tournament games in school history. Canevari also recruited and coached present Major Leaguers Steve Clevenger of the Baltimore Orioles and Wade Miley of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Canevari returned to LSU as an assistant to athletics director Skip Bertman from 2005-2009. During that time he was involved in fundraising for the department, as well as fundraising and design for the New Alex Box Stadium. He also created the on-line auction website for the athletics department.
Matt Reynolds was named head baseball coach at Washington College in July 2014. Prior to arriving in Chestertown, Reynolds spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy. While at Navy, Reynolds focused on hitting as well as infield and outfield defense and also coached third base. He coached a Patriot League Rookie of the Year and a Patriot League Player of the Year and a number of All-Patriot League players and Major League Baseball draft picks. With Reynolds providing hitting instruction, the Midshipmen set a number of offensive team records and top 10 all-time team totals during his tenure. In his first season, the Midshipmen broke school records for hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, and total bases. His most recent hitters have been especially disciplined at the plate as Navy led the Patriot League in walks drawn and fewest strikeouts in both 2013 and 2014.
Head Coach, Arizona State
University Tracy Smith was hired as the fifth head baseball coach in program history on June 24, 2014. Smith earned National Coach of the Year honors and was a unanimous choice for Big Ten Coach of the Year after he led IU to the school's only College World Series appearance in 2013. “His accomplishments and accolades on the field speak for themselves, and his career has been defined by class, dignity and integrity,” Anderson said. "He will be a great fit within the ASU family, our baseball community and our current student-athletes, and we can’t wait for the new era of Sun Devil Baseball to begin under Tracy's guidance.” Smith comes to Tempe with 18 years of experience as a collegiate head coach, including nine at Miami University (Ohio) and nine at IU, where he was two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year. He led both programs to a pair of NCAA Regional appearances and has more than 600 career victories.
Assistant Coach, Randolph Macon College C.J. Rhodes enters his third season as an Assistant Baseball Coach / Recruiting Coordinator at Randolph-Macon College. Rhodes serves as the lead assistant for Ray Hedrick, who just completed his tenth year with R-MC. Rhodes leads all recruiting efforts, while assisting Hedrick in all phases of the Yellow Jacket program including on-the-field instruction, strength & conditioning, academic affairs as well as Jacket Diamond Camps. Rhodes came to Ashland after spending two years on Paul Keyes' staff at nearby VCU. While with the Rams, his primary focus was coaching the team's hitters and catchers, as well assisting with daily administrative duties. Additionally, Rhodes served as the director for Rams Baseball Camps, which is associated with PAKCAMP, Inc. During his tenure at VCU, Rhodes helped guide three players into the professional ranks: Blake Hauser (Seattle Mariners), Kyle Haynes (Pittsburgh Pirates), and Kyle Pelchy (Tampa Bay Rays).
Head Coach, Salisbury University Troy Brohawn was named the Salisbury University Head Baseball Coach in July 2014. The Eastern Shore native returns to the Salisbury program after a five-year stint as the head coach of the Cambridge-South Dorchester High School where he led the Vikings to the state championship in 2013. Brohawn served as the Sea Gulls' pitching coach from 2006-2009. During that time Salisbury posted a 149-32 record. While coaching, he also completed his degree in physical education, receiving his diploma in 2009. Brohawn was also an accomplished player, playing three years of Division I baseball at the University of Nebraska before a 12-year professional career. While at Nebraska, he was named to the Dean's List three times and was a first-team All-American. He set a school record at the time with 123 strikeouts in 111 1/3 innings and threw 13 complete games during the 1993 season.
Head Coach, University
of Central Florida
Postseason experience can mean everything in
college baseball. Helping guide a program to Omaha takes a special
coach and an emotional voice. As UCF desires to return to the
NCAA Tournament and make its first run past the regionals, its
offseason search for the next leader in the dugout quickly came
to a halt when one man took center stage: Terry Rooney. Rooney
was officially selected as UCF's fifth head baseball coach on
June 12 in the baseball complex's Tradition Room. The press
conference took place in front of a packed media contingent,
showing that the city of Orlando and Knight fans everywhere
are hopeful the team can make it back to the dance in the near
future. Rooney has 12 years of experience as an assistant coach
at the Division I level, highlighted by two campaigns at LSU
from 2007-08. Serving as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator
under head coach Paul Mainieri, Rooney and the Tigers made a
remarkable run to the College World Series in 2008. Holding
a 23-16-1 record and a 6-11-1 mark in the SEC, LSU went on to
win 16-straight to end the regular season and cruised through
the conference tournament with a 4-0 record. It lost just one
game in the NCAA Tournament en route to Omaha, where it knocked
off Rice only to drop two contests to North Carolina."
Head Baseball Coach, James Madison University
HARRISONBURG, Va. -Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne announced on June 30, 2015, the appointment of Marlin Ikenberry as head coach of the James Madison baseball program, naming Ikenberry the sixth skipper in program history. "I am extremely excited to welcome Coach Ikenberry to JMU and our baseball program," Bourne said. "Marlin brings a tremendous philosophy and set of experiences that mesh well with our vision for being the NCAA model for the student-athlete experience." Ikenberry previously served as head coach at Virginia Military Institute from 2004-14, racking up 282 wins, the most in program history, and leading the Keydets to numerous school records.
He departed VMI in 2014 as the Institute's longest-serving head coach and was instrumental in turning around a program that had won more than 20 games just twice in the nine seasons prior to his tenure. In 11 seasons with Ikenberry at the helm, the Keydets dipped below the 20-win mark just twice and posted the first three 30-win seasons in program history.
Assistant Baseball Coach, James Madison University
HARRISONBURG, Va. - Alex Guerra has been named an assistant coach for the James Madison baseball team, as announced by Head Coach Marlin Ikenberry on Wednesday afternoon. "I am very excited to have Alex join the JMU baseball family,” Ikenberry said. “I have had the great pleasure to watch Alex grow and develop as both a player and a coach. He brings the energy, passion and vigor it takes to excel, as well as the knowledge base it takes to train hitters and infielders.”
Guerra comes to JMU from Radford, where he had served the Highlanders as an assistant coach since 2013. At Radford, he acted as the team’s lead hitting coach and recruiting coordinator while working closely with the catchers on a day-to-day basis.
The Wantagh, N.Y, native oversaw the development of six all-conference position players, including a pair of selections in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and Radford’s first-ever nominee for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the top catcher in Division I.
Assistant Baseball Coach, James Madison University
HARRISONBURG, Va. -Jimmy Jackson has been named assistant coach and pitching coach for the James Madison baseball team, as announced by Head Coach Marlin Ikenberry on Tuesday afternoon. “We are very excited to have Jimmy and his family join the JMU Baseball family,” Ikenberry said. “I was very impressed with his staffs, both at Fordham and Sienna, over the last seven years, and his background in pitching and development planning will help propel our program’s pitching."
Jackson comes to Harrisonburg from Fordham, where he spent four seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, putting together some of the Atlantic 10’s best pitching staffs along the way.
Assistant Coach, UMBC Liam Bowen was named volunteer assistant baseball coach
in September 2011. Bowen
comes to Baltimore after working as the pitching coach for Lincoln
Memorial for the 2011 season. The team’s ERA feel from
7.67 the year before to 5.42 in 2011. Before joining the Division
II school, Bowen worked at St. Mary’s College for four
seasons, where the team’s ERA dropped from 7.25 in 2006
to 4.60 in 2009.
has a great record as a pitching coach,” Mumma said.
“He comes highly recommended and will be a tremendous
help to our pitching staff. Plus he gets to return to the
area where he grew up, so it’s a great fit.” Bowen
earned a Bachelor’s degree in history from Macalester
College in Minnesota in 2006. He was named all-conference
and the team’s most valuable player in 2004.
Head Coach, Harvard
Bill Decker was introduced as the Joseph J. O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball on September 26, 2012. Decker, the 2008 ABCA National Coach of the Year, completed his 22nd season as head coach of the Trinity College (Conn.) baseball team in the spring of 2012. Trinity’s all-time winningest coach, he owns a 529-231 (.696) record while winning five conference championships and advancing to nine NCAA Tournament appearances and winning one national championship. In 2008, Decker led Trinity to a 45-1 mark en route to the school's first-ever NCAA Division III National title. After finishing the regular season undefeated, the Bantams ran their record streak to 44 games, which is the longest winning-streak in Division III history. The .978 winning percentage set a new NCAA record in any division in any sport. On top of being selected as the 2008 ABCA National Coach of the Year, Decker was also selected as the New England Coach of the Year in 1999, 2004, 2008 and 2009 as well as the New England Small College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2009.
Assistant Coach, Siena
Brian McCullough was hired as the pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at Siena College on July 29, 2014.
"Brian is extremely experienced for his age," head coach Tony Rossi said upon his hiring. "When you ask about young pitching coaches who can make a difference, I believe Brian has that knowledge and experience. He is familiar with the day to day operation of a Division I program, and the needs of student athletes. His personality, communication skills, and recruiting energy fit the College and our baseball program perfectly. We are happy to have him aboard."
McCullough spent the last five years at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. where he served as interim head coach in 2014. A former starting pitcher and team captain for the Lancers, he took over for legendary head coach Charles Buddy Bolding, who retired after 35 years at the helm (953-544-4) in 2013. McCullough spent the previous four years as an assistant coach under Bolding, serving as the program's recruiting coordinator and pitching coach, while also assisting with all baseball operations.
Head Coach, Radford
Raccuia - Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle
announced Tuesday afternoon that Radford alumnus Joe Raccuia
has been named as the Highlander's fifth head baseball coach.
"We are thrilled that we have found a Radford alumnus with the
background and experience to lead our baseball team,' Kyle said.
"His familiarity with our program and the Big South Conference
combined with his accomplishments at all levels of college baseball
will lay the foundation for unprecedented success for the Highlander
A 1995 Radford graduate, Raccuia replaces Lew Kent, who stepped
down following the 2007 season. Raccuia played for and coached
Assistant Coach, Radford
University Jason Walck joined the Radford baseball coaching staff as an assistant coach in August 2015. Walck comes to the New River Valley following five seasons with USC Aiken.
In his role with the Highlanders, Walck will be the recruiting coordinator, hitting coach and work primarily with the catchers. He will also serve as bench coach during game days.
At USC Aiken, Walck was the Pacers' hitting coach. Despite a rash of injuries, Walck led the team to a .338 batting average in 2015. The squad totaled 635 hits and 8.7 runs per outing. The Pacers improved upon their numbers from the previous year as the squad also blasted 52 home runs and accounted for 922 total bases.
During the 2014 season, Walck guided the squad to finish fourth nationally in triples (23), eighth in hits (611) and scoring (7.8), 11th in home runs (44) and runs (414), and 18th in batting average (.322). In 2013, the Pacer offense ranked third nationally in hits, and they ranked in the top-15 nationally in batting average, runs and scoring.
Head Coach, George
Mason University For the past 35 years, there have
been several constants at George Mason University: the enrollment
has increased yearly, there has been some sort of construction
on campus, and Bill Brown has been involved with the Patriot
After spending two years as a player and two years as an
assistant coach, Brown enters his 31st season as the head
coach at his alma mater. In that span, Brown has gone from
being the then-youngest Division I head coach in the nation
to the dean of coaches in the Colonial Athletic Association.
He has maintained the success he inherited with the program
and lifted it to new heights as the Patriots are an annual
contender for the CAA championship and a berth in the NCAA
Brown has been honored as CAA Coach of the
Year a record six times and has guided George Mason to some
of its greatest accomplishments. Since 1985, the Patriots
have won two CAA titles and finished second three other times,
and they have made six appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
George Mason also has posted at least 30 victories in a season
13 times in the last 25 years, including a school-record 42
wins and an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2009.
Mason was nationally-ranked for the first time in school history
that year, rising into the top 30 in both the National College
Baseball Writer's Association and Collegiate Baseball polls.
Head Coach, State College of Florida Manatee Tim Hill II enters his 3rd year as head coach after serving as an SCF assistant coach for 14 seasons before that. Only the 3rd head baseball coach in SCF’s 55 year history, he takes over the program from his father, Tim Hill Sr., who retired on June 30, 2012 as the Florida JUCO all-time wins leader with 1192 victories. During Hill's tenure as an assistant coach from 1999 to 2012, SCF teams advanced to the state tournament all 14 seasons while winning state championships and advancing to the JUCO World Series in 1999, 2002 and 2010. During this time, SCF won 7 Suncoast Conference titles and were state runners-up in 2006 and 2008. Hill had 125 players advance to 4 year colleges and universities including 62 players who signed with NCAA Division 1 universities. Sixty-four players signed professional contracts, including three players who advanced to the major leagues (John Webb – 1999, Callix Crabbe – 2002 and Matt Maloney 2003). Nine players received All-American honors and four players were named the Florida JUCO Player of the Year. He also coached 7 Suncoast Conference Players of the Year and 116 All Suncoast Conference selections.
Assistant Coach,University of Richmond Matt Tyner enters his third season as the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach for the Richmond Spiders in 2016. Tyner is the top assistant under head coach Tracy Woodson.
"Matt's a great communicator and a dynamic recruiter," Woodson said at the time of Tyner's hiring. "Matt will be able to get the type of student-athlete we are looking for here at Richmond. Matt's also a great, established hitting coach who has a reputation for developing talent and I’m excited to have him on staff."
In 2015, Richmond continued to have one of the Atlantic 10's most potent offenses, leading the league in home runs with 57. 2015 was a banner year for the Spiders on offense under Tyner, as Richmond had the most RBI since (337) since 2007, the most doubles (107) since 2008, the best team batting average (.286) since 2010 and the best team slugging percentage (.450) since 2003.
Head Coach,Penn State University Rob Cooper was selected as the 14th head coach in Penn State history on August 9, 2013. He comes to Happy Valley after nine seasons as the manager at Wright State.
After taking over a team that had six losing seasons in a seven-year span, Cooper built Wright State into a perennial contender in the Horizon League with seven 30-win seasons, two Horizon League regular-season titles, three Horizon League Tournament crowns and six Horizon League Championship game appearances. During his tenure with the Raiders, Cooper has seen 47 players earn all-conference accolades and 18 garner all-newcomer honors. He has also produced five Horizon League Players of the Year, one Pitcher of the Year, three Relief Pitchers of the Year and two Newcomers of the Year.
Assistant Coach,Penn State University Brian Anderson joined Rob Cooper's coaching staff this summer shortly after the announcement of the new head coach. At Penn State, Anderson will be primarily coaching the Nittany Lion pitching staff and catchers. Anderson comes to University Park from Radford University, where he joined the coaching staff in July of 2007 and played a key role in engineering the revitalization of the Highlander program. Anderson's duties at Radford included serving as the Highlanders' pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, along with assisting in the day-to-day operations of the program, including practice, game-day preparation and scouting.
Head Coach,York College Mike Scappa was named the fourth York College baseball coach in the 44 years of the program’s history in July of 2011. Scappa replaced long-time head coach Paul Saikia, who had served as the Spartans’ leader since 1998. Saikia was named the Spartans’ Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation in late spring of 2011.
Scappa's first year at the helm of the program saw the Spartans notch a record of 22-20. After a rough start to the campaign, York rallied to win 10 of their final 14 games with a young and talented roster that is primed for very good 2013 season. The Spartans were very close to having a much different record in 2012 as the Spartans lost nine one-run decisions.
Pitching Coach,Arizona State University Brandon Higelin enters his first season at Arizona State University as the team's pitching coach.
Higelin joined IU at the start of the 2013-14 academic year and promptly molded the pitching staff into one of the most consistent in the nation. The Hoosiers put together a 2.33 team ERA in 2014, seventh lowest in the nation and the lowest in IU program history since 1968, and had a 2.43 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a conference-best seven shutouts.
“Higgy” grew up and played collegiate baseball in California, so he probably knows far better than the rest of us on staff the influence and meaning ASU Baseball holds west of the Mississippi,” coach Smith said. “Through his time as a pitching instructor, he has worked with several pitchers that have gone on to pitch and have success in the Pac-12 Conference. I know there are some who may look at his resume and point out the fact that he doesn’t have years of coaching experience at the college level, but I will tell you ‘Higgy’ has put in his 10,000 hours (and then some) working with and developing some of the top high school, collegiate and professional arms in Southern California. I have no doubts that our student-athletes are going to not only learn from him, but love playing for him as well."
Assistant Baseball Coach,Virginia Commonwealth University After spending eight years on staff at George Mason University, Steve Hay was brought on to be VCU's pitching coach for the 2015 season. At George Mason, he helped his pitching staffs set new single-season school records in walks per nine innings, home runs allowed, and team ERA. He also coached multiple All-CAA players as well as a CAA Rookie of the Year and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. Prior to his time at George Mason, Hay also spent five seasons at Webber International University where he was pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2002 the NAIA school finished among the top five in the country in ERA and in 2003, WIU was among the top 15 in that category. The team also won the NAIA Baseball Scholar Team Award two years in a row.
Assistant Coach, State College of Florida Manatee Barry Batson begins his eighth season as assistant coach with State College of Florida baseball. Batson's duties include coaching first base, middle infielders, outfielders and assisting with recruiting. During his tenure as an assistant coach, the Manatees have been to seven straight state tournaments winning the State Championship in 2010 and advancing to the JUCO World Series. Batson graduated from Bradenton Christian High School in 1983 after helping the Panthers to a district championship in 1981 and back-to-back Bay Conference championships in 1981 and 1982. He led the Panthers in batting average (.388) and stolen bases as a senior and was selected first team All-Bay Conference shortstop and MVP. He was the only baseball player in Manatee County to receive a college baseball scholarship in 1983. He played his college baseball at Montreat-Anderson College and the University of Charleston (UC) and graduated from UC with a B.A. in mass communications in 1988. Batson was an assistant coach at Cardinal Mooney and Southeast high schools, as well as the head coach of the Manatee HEAT. As the head coach, he led the team to district runner-up finishes in 2005 and 2006.
Associate Head Coach, University
Kevin McMullan has been promoted to the position of associate
head baseball coach, following three seasons as the Cavalier
hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. McMullan's duties
will remain the same on head coach Brian O'Connor's staff.
"Our baseball program is very fortunate to have been able to
maintain consistency in our coaching staff," O'Connor said.
"Kevin (McMullan) and assistant coach Karl Kuhn have both done
a great job on the field and in recruiting. As recruiting coordinator,
Kevin has done an outstanding job in attracting talented players
who are the right fit for UVa."
In three years, McMullan has helped Virginia rise to one of
the top teams in the nation. The Cavaliers have advanced to
three straight NCAA Regionals. Virginia has had three-straight
40-win seasons including registering a school record 47 wins
and 21 conference wins in earning the program's highest ranking
at No. 5. The 2006 team set school records in total hits (687)
and RBIs (416) and total bases (928). The Cavaliers scored the
second-most runs (464) and had the second-most stolen bases
(115) and doubles (122) in program history, while ranking in
the top 20 nationally in batting avg. (.322) last season.
"The success we have experienced at UVa in the past three years
has a lot to do with Kevin's efforts on the field and in our
recruiting," O'Connor said.
Head Coach, Towson
May, Mike Gottlieb reached another significant milestone in
his college coaching career. When the Tigers beat Drexel on
4, he became the first Towson coach to win 400 games in any
His 400th career win was one of many highlights as the Tigers
posted their fourth winning season in the last five years with
a 28-25 record. Last year, the Tigers finished fifth in their
second season in the rugged Colonial Athletic Association, a
league that sent two teams to the NCAA Tournament. Towson qualified
for the CAA Tournament for the first time, finishing the league
schedule with an 11-9 record.
Szymanski Head Coach, Chesapeake
starting his 10th season with the Skipjacks, led Chesapeake
to its first 20-win season in 2001, first 25-win season in 2003,
and first 40-win season in 2005. That 2005 squad became the
first Chesapeake baseball team to win region and district titles,
advance to the NJCAA Division II World Series, and win a World
Series game on the way to a fifth-place national finish."We
feel like we’ve built a solid foundation for the baseball program,"
said Szymanski, who has compiled a 236-177-5 record with the
Skipjacks. ""We’ve been in the playoffs every year and we’ve
been competitive with almost every team. We really feel like
we’re headed in the right direction." Winning has almost become
expected under Szymanski, who has guided the program to six
straight 25-win seasons and four consecutive 30-win campaigns.
Chesapeake finished 32-18-1 in 2008, winning a school-record
21 conference games and reaching the NJCAA Division I Region
XX Final Four for the first time in its two seasons since moving
up to Division I.
Mark Chimel Assistant Coach, Shippensburg University Mark Chimel joins the SU baseball staff in 2015-16 as an assistant coach who will function as the team’s pitching coach. Chimel joins the Raiders after serving as the pitching coach for the last two seasons at Lancaster Bible College. He established brand new development programs with the Chargers and was responsible for the development and oversight of the team’s pitchers. Additional coaching experience includes a role as the head coach of the Tri-State Arsenal, a top travel team based in New Jersey. Chimel began his work with the Arsenal in 2013.
Assistant/Pitching Coach, Virginia
Stiffler joins the Black and Gold’s coaching staff this season
and will serve as the Rams’ pitching coach, as well as coordinating
the recruiting for the VCU program.
A native of Somerset, Pa., Stiffler was an assistant coach for
the past five seasons at his alma mater, George Mason. His impact
was felt immediatley as Mason’s pitching staff lowered their
ERA each year he was there. The Patriot pitchers had a team
ERA of 4.73 in 2002, 4.16 in 2004 and 4.03 in 2005, the third-lowest
in school history.
the head baseball coach at Dundalk Community College for four
years, Scott Roane is starting his first season as an assistant
baseball coach for the Tigers.
A Baltimore native who graduated from Davis & Elkins College
in 1995, Roane led Dundalk to an impressive 116-69 record in his
four seasons as head coach. The Lions had four consecutive winning
seasons under his direction, including a 34-14 mark in 2003 when
they finished fourth in Region 22.
John O'Neil was named the interim head coach of UMES on January 12, 2015. He previously served as the team's assistant coach for the past three years.
O'Neil brought the baseball team to new heights in his first season as head coach. The team won 16 games, the highest total since 2006, and set the bar higher with a 14-10 MEAC record, the best for the team in Division I history. For their efforts, the team finished in second in the conference's Northern Division.
His first season in Princess Anne in 2012, the Hawks improved their winning percentage overall and in the MEAC, including a third-place finish in the conference tournament. Seven of UMES's regular starters in the lineup, including three sophomores and two newcomers, hit over .265, improved from just three the year before, helping the Hawks to their second-best win total since 1996.
In nine seasons as head coach of the Navy baseball team, Kostacopoulos has become the program's third-winningest head coach with 256 victories in Annapolis. He trails just Joe Duff (595) and Max Bishop (306) in the all-time coaching standings.
In five of his nine seasons, the Mids have won at least 30 games; marking the first time that the program has accomplished the feat. For those within the college baseball ranks, this type of success should not come as a surprise as it has been synonymous with Kostacopoulos throughout his career.
Kostacopoulos became the 35th-active NCAA Division I head coach to reach the 700-win plateau as he achieved the mark in 2012. Now in his 26th year as a collegiate head coach, he enters 2015 with an all-time record of 760-560-6 (.580). He has won more than 30 games 14 times during his career and boasted a winning percentage of .500 or better 19 times in his career. The Middletown, Conn., native guided the Midshipmen to three-consecutive 30-win seasons from 2006-08 - a first in program history. In fact, prior to his arrival, Navy had posted three 30-win campaigns in the program's first 109 years.
“Bob Mumma bleeds black and gold,” Dr. Brown
said. “He was an outstanding student-athlete for the
Retrievers, earning All-Conference honors and national recognition
as an Academic All-American. After playing professionally
in the White Sox organization, he came back to UMBC and has
been a dedicated assistant coach. He deserves an opportunity
to skipper the Retrievers. I am looking forward to seeing
him lead our baseball program back to prominence.”
After a stellar collegiate career at UMBC and two seasons
of professional baseball, Mumma returned to his alma mater
in the fall of 1996 and has served as the Retrievers’
assistant baseball coach for the past 15 seasons. Mumma succeeds
John Jancuska, who coached the Retrievers from 1978-2011.
Tom Rider (1967-75) and Hal Sparks (1976-77) are the only
other coaches to pilot the UMBC baseball team in the program’s
45 years of varsity competition.
Head Baseball Coach, Hampden-Sydney
Kinne has been coaching collegiate baseball since 1994 as both
a head and assistant coach. As Head Coach at New Hampshire
Technical Institute, Kinne led the Capitols to the NNESCC title
in 1995. He also served as an Assistant Coach at Charleston
Southern University, VMI, Washington and Lee, and Mary Washington
College. Currently Kinne is in his second year as Head
Coach at Hampden-Sydney. He led the Tigers to their best
season since 1991, finishing third at the ODAC Tournament.
Head Baseball Coach, Marshall
University Director of Athletics Bob Marcum has announced the
hiring of Jeff Waggoner as the Thundering Herd's new head baseball
coach. Waggoner, an Alliance, Ohio native, spent the last two
seasons as an assistant coach with the nationally-ranked North
Carolina State University baseball team. "Marshall is a great
fit academically and athletically," Waggoner, 30, said. "That
is what attracted me to this job more than anything. I am excited
about the future of this program and I am in the mix of hiring
some great coaches."
"It is great to have someone of his caliber to head our baseball
program," said Marcum. "I'd like to thank our screening committee
(Beatrice Crane Banford, Sam Stanley, Jack Cook, and Dave Robinson)
who assisted me in this process." While with the Wolfpack, Waggoner
was a part of two N.C. State teams that had a combined record
of 81-41 and played in two NCAA Tournaments. In 2006, N.C. State
finished second in the ACC Tournament and was runner up in the
NCAA Austin Regional. The Wolfpack ranked as high as seventh
in the nation last season while finishing third nationally in
hitting (.333) and second in the ACC in fielding percentage
Assistant Baseball Coach, Shenandoah
The newest member of the SU baseball staff is Baltimore, Md.
native Bruce Cameron. Cameron came to Shenandoah University
in July 2008 after spending the past 11 years as an assistant
coach at West Virginia University.
Head Baseball Coach, St.
Mary's College, Maryland The
2009 season marks Lew Jenkins' 15th season at the helm of the
Seahawk baseball team. His overall record of 249-239-3 includes
four 20-win seasons such as the 21-17-1 mark posted during the
2004 campaign. The Seahawks had three consecutive 20-win seasons
from 1998-2000 under Jenkins' tutelage, marking the first three
ever such seasons in the program's history. The 26-7 mark in
1999 set team records for most wins and best winning percentage.
Jenkins is probably best known for his 25 years as head coach
of Surrattsville High School in Clinton, Maryland, where he
won 326 games, No. 1 on the state's all-time list at the time
of his retirement. He left Surrattsville after the 1993 season
with a lifetime winning percentage of .718. After the state
playoff system took effect in 1975, his teams qualified for
postseason play 18 straight years. Jenkins won 11 Prince George's
County titles at a time when that area was considered a hotbed
of baseball talent. During his 40+ year coaching career, he
has notched almost 600 wins between his high school and college
coaching days. After his retirement from high school coaching,
Jenkins spent three seasons as an assistant at two of the premier
Division I programs in the region, Georgetown and George Washington
Universities. Several players from those teams went on to play
professional baseball. He also coached the United States Junior
National Team for four years.
Head Baseball Coach, Catholic
Coach Ross Natoli, in his 20th season at Catholic University,
has built the Cardinals into one of the most respected and competitive
NCAA Division III programs in the East. He has led CUA to 20
or more victories eight times in the past 12 years and in 2003
picked up his 300th career victory.
Under Natoli's direction, the Cardinals’ on-field personality
reflects his own philosophy that perseverance, team unity and
commitment form the foundation for a successful program. He
continues to strive to develop his teams with the goal of being
consistent contenders for NCAA tournament play in the future.
A native Washingtonian, Natoli was a standout outfielder at
cross-town rival George Washington University, from which he
earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1981. After
playing for two teams that advanced to the NCAA Division I Tournament
(1977, 1979), he served as the Colonials’ topassistant coach
from 1981-1984. He became the Cards' head coach in the fall
of 1985, and is also widely recognized for founding and directing
the highly regarded Catholic University Instructional Baseball
Camps & Clinics for youth in the Washington metropolitan area.
Head Baseball Coach, Frostburg
State University Robertson
brings with him a great deal of experience coaching the game
of baseball including a solid background within the state of
Maryland. He comes to Frostburg after serving as the Director
of Recruiting for the Baseball Factory in Columbia, Md. since
July 2006. While there, he helped place kids with colleges and
universities all across the country. Robertson served as the
head coach at NCAA Division I Coppin State from 2002 through
2006. He is the all-time leader in winning percentage, second
all-time in both CSU wins (64) and MEAC wins (30). He also holds
the school record for victories in a single-season (21). In
2005, he was selected as the MEAC Coach of the Year after posting
a 10-7 league record.
Assistant Coach, MIT Todd
Carroll was named the MIT pitching coach in January of 2010.
No stranger to northeast baseball, he had previously been an
assistant coach at UMass-Boston, Salem Community College and
Harvard University. At UMass-Boston, Carroll helped the Beacons
to their first winning record in school history in 2002. At
Salem, both of Carroll’s pitching staffs finished the
year with earned run averages under four. In 2007, Harvard’s
pitching staff led the Ivy League by nearly a full run, and
this past spring, the Engineers finished with a team ERA of
4.62, good for 54th in the country out of 359 Division-III teams.
Carroll has also gained experience through summer baseball,
coaching in three of the most prestigious leagues in the country.
From 2002-2005 he was the pitching coach of the Mill City All
Americans of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, working
under current MIT assistant coach Chip Forrest. In 2007, Carroll
served as an assistant coach with the Wareham Gatemen of the
Cape Cod Baseball League, and in 2008, he served as the Head
Coach of the Bennington Bombers of the New York Collegiate League.
In just one season the effects of Luke Howard’s teachings to the King Tornado pitching staff have become evident after the Scarlet and Navy achieved 30 wins and advanced to the conference postseason tournament, largely behind the Tornado’s arms. Howard begins his second season with King serving as the team’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. Despite the loss of the team’s ace from 2011, Howard helped mold a three-armed machine that accounted for 22 of the team’s 30 wins last season. He helped Cory Rhoades become the Tornado’s No. 1 hurler, leading the team in wins (9), earned run average (3.09), and strikeouts (74) en route to achieving All-Conference honors. Rhodes was second in the conference in overall wins and third in strikeouts while posting numbers across the board that were personal improvements for the sophomore. Howard also groomed lefty Reiss Stanley into a full-time starter while turning Wes Houser into a threat from the bump at any point in the game with his seven wins, two saves, and three complete games while leading the team and finishing second in the league in innings pitched (98.0).
Tawney enters his eleventh season as the head baseball coach at Stevenson in 2013. During his tenure, Stevenson has amassed two NEAC regular season championships, three second place finishes in the NEAC conference tournament and two in the CAC.
In addition, numerous players have earned both conference and regional recognition. In their six seasons in the CAC, the Mustangs totaled 116 wins, appeared in two championship games, had 13 All-CAC selections and two CoSIDA All-Americans. This past season, the Mustangs totaled a 21-21-2 record while finishing second in the CAC Baseball Championship. Four players were named to the All-CAC team, including seniors Justin Anderson and Tony Prescott who were named to the All-CAC first team while also becoming the second and third CoSIDA All-Americans at Stevenson in its 17-year history. Anderson became the all-time career hits leader while Prescott broke the record for home runs in a season with 11.
With head coach Tom Eller at the helm of the Harford baseball team, the Fighting Owls have soared to new heights. Under the guidance of the five-year head coach, Harford has recorded its most successful campaigns in program history in back-to-back years, capped by the record-breaking 44-win 2011 season. This past season, Eller amassed his 100th career victory while clinching the regular-season NJCAA Region XX title and the school’s first-ever top seed in the regional tournament. For his efforts, Eller was rewarded with the 2011 MDJUCO Coaches’ Association Co-Coach of the Year.
Taylor Furlough is in his second season as Head Baseball Coach for the Hawks. In his first season Furlough led the Hawks to a 25-23 record. He has been an assistant coach for the past four seasons. In Furlough's first season as assistant coach (2008), he helped the Hawks to the most successful season in program history after posting a 36-20 record. That season, Chowan garnered a NCCAA South Region Championship and finished in fourth place at the NCCAA National Championship Tournament. In 2011, Furlough helped Chowan gain their sixth winning season in the last seven years. Furlough worked with the Hawks pitching staff and helped produce All-CIAA performers Brett Garrett, Ryan Moore, and John DesChamps in 2011.
Gregg Ritchie '86 is in his third season as head coach of the George Washington baseball team in 2014-15. In his second season, Ritchie's hitting philosophy resulted in the Colonials leading all of Division I in both the least amount of total offensive strikeouts (207) and the least amount of offensive strikeouts per game (4.14). Additionally, Ritchie's inaugural recruiting class went on to make GW one of the youngest teams in the nation. GW was one of just two teams to start at least seven freshmen position players in half of its 2014 games. Two of the freshman, third basemen Bobby Campbell and outfielder Joey Bartosic, earned Atlantic 10 All-Rookie honors. The duo marks the first time GW has produced an All-Rookie performer since the 2008 season.
Robbie Bailey returns to his alma mater for his second year coaching with the Tigers while also serving as the recruiting coordinator. Bailey returned to the Hill after spending two years as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. While working with the Hawks' pitchers, Bailey helped UMES set a school record for most strikeouts in a season. His staff also recorded the second-lowest ERA in a season. At Hampden-Sydney, Bailey was a four-year pitcher under head coach Jeff Kinne from 2007-10. He appeared in 40 games while making 24 starts. Bailey was impressive on the mound, recording 106 strikeouts - including 43 Ks in both his freshman and sophomore year. He also posted a career record of 11-7. Bailey is a 2010 graduate of Hampden-Sydney with a bachelor of arts in economics and commerce. He received his Master's of Criminology from Maryland Eastern Shore in 2012.
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