Posts by Bill Ballew

Brian Hollamon, Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks

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Brian Hollamon was named head coach of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks baseball program on August 21, 2017. An appointed alumnus and former Hawks assistant, Hollamon joins the Hawks after 14 years of success as head coach at nearby Parkside High School. Hollamon was a graduate assistant with the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks from…

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David Esquer, Stanford Cardinal

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The Stanford Cardinal named David Esquer as the Pac-12 school’s Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball on June 16, 2017. Esquer is the 21st head coach in program history, succeeding Mark Marquess, who retired after 41 years at the helm of the Cardinal. Esquer played under Marquess on Stanford’s 1987 national championship team, and served as…

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Billy O’Conner, Xavier Musketeers

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The Xavier Musketeers named Billy O’Conner as the seventh head coach of the school’s baseball program in June after a decorated playing career and six years on the staff as an assistant. This past spring O’Conner completed his fourth season as an assistant on the XU staff , helping the Musketeers to a third BIG EAST Championship…

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Ryan Garko, Pacific Tigers

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The University of the Pacific named Ryan Garko head coach of the Tigers baseball team on July 25 when the former major league first baseman accepted the position in Stockton. Garko resigned his position as the manager of the Tulsa Drillers, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, to accept the head coaching job with…

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Kerrick Jackson, Southern Jaguars

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Kerrick Jackson was named head baseball coach of the Southern University and A&M Jaguars in late July. Jackson replaces Roger Cador, who spent the past 33 seasons as the Jaguars’ head coach. “I want us to get back to winning conference championships on a regular basis,” said Kerrick Jackson at his introductory press conference in…

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Mike Federico, Louisiana Monroe Warhawks

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Michael Federico was named the 12th head baseball coach in the history of the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on June 27. The last nine seasons Federico was at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, where he served as assistant coach, responsible for pitchers and catchers. During those nine seasons Southern Miss won five Conference USA…

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Derek Matlock, UTRGV Vaqueros

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Vaqueros Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on June 10 that Derek Matlock, who spent the last five years as the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at West Virginia and the 19 years prior coaching in Texas, is the new head coach of the UTRGV baseball team. “On behalf of the…

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Matt Reynolds, UMass Minutemen

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Matt Reynolds was named the 15th head coach in program history of the University of Massachusetts baseball team. Reynolds is a letterwinner and alum of the school and the UMass Minutemen program. “I am pleased to welcome Matt Reynolds back to Amherst and the University of Massachusetts,” Bamford said. “Matt comes highly regarded from his…

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Matt Tyner, Towson Tigers

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Matt Tyner of the Towson Tigers is nothing if not energetic and passionate. Everything he does–whether it has been related to business, baseball or family–the former University of Miami slugger is all in, all the time. That is the same approach he is taking as the new head baseball coach at Towson University. Tyner was…

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Joe Santilli, Triple Crown Sports

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Joe Santilli of Triple Crown Sports is proposing a new year-end Division I tournament for college baseball. Known as the National Invitational Baseball Championships, the 32-team event would consist of the top schools that failed to make the 64-team NCAA Tournament tournament. Triple Crown Sports currently hosts similar Division I events for women’s basketball, the…

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Nick Derba, Maine Black Bears

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Nick Derba was named head coach of the University of Maine Black Bears baseball team by UMaine Director of Athletics Karlton Creech on June 23, 2017.  Derba, who assumed the role as interim head coach December 17, 2016, becomes the 25th head coach of the University of Maine baseball team, which began in 1881. “We’re…

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Brad Bohannon, Alabama Crimson Tide

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Brad Bohannon, the 2015 American Baseball Coaches Association and Baseball America National Assistant Coach of the Year, was named head baseball coach at the University of Alabama on June 1. Bohannon is the 32nd head coach in Crimson Tide baseball history. A former assistant coach at Auburn University, Bohannon replaced Greg Goff, who was fired after one year as…

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John Szefc, Virginia Tech Hokies

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John Szefc was named the 25th head baseball coach at Virginia Tech on June 9 and was formally introduced by the Hokies’ Director of Athletics Whit Babcock on June 15. Szefc accepted the position after leading Maryland to three NCAA appearances and a 180-122 (.596) overall record as the Terrapins’ head coach. He owns a…

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Jayson King, Dayton Flyers

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Jayson King was named the new head coach of the Dayton Flyers on June 29. King was introduced by University of Dayton Vice President/Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan. “We are extremely pleased to announce that Jayson King is our new baseball coach,” Sullivan said.  “He is a proven winner, a proven recruiter and a proven teacher…

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Danny Sheaffer, Princeton Rays Manager

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Danny Sheaffer, manager of the Princeton Rays, is in his fifth season guiding the Rookie-league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays that competes in the Appalachian League. The 55-year-old Sheaffer guided the P-Rays to the Appy League playoffs in each of the past three seasons and came within one pitch of winning the championship in 2015. The…

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Willie Abreu, Miami Hurricanes and Asheville Tourists

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Outfielder Willie Abreu earned all-conference honors in each of his three seasons with the Miami Hurricanes. As a youngster growing up in the Miami area, he always dreamed of going to the U and playing for one of the nation’s top college programs. The Hurricanes had struggled for a couple of years prior to Abreu’s…

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The State of College Baseball

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The State of College Baseball is a press conference held annually at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The press conference was held on Friday afternoon, the day prior to the start of the CWS. This year the participants included Ron Prettyman, NCAA managing director for championships and alliances; Division I Baseball Committee chair Scott…

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College World Series Coaches 2

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The College World Series press conference number two featured Saturday’s four participants. Oregon State and Cal State Fullerton open the 2017 College World Series at 2 p.m. CT on Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park. Oregon State and Cal State Fullerton have played just five previous times, with the Titans holding a 4-1 advantage. The Beavers, however,…

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College World Series Coaches Interviews 1

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The College World Series is front and center in this episode of the College Baseball Now podcast. In this episode, the four head coaches who will compete in the CWS in the first-round games on Sunday, June 18, are featured. The coaches in this podcast include Dan McDonnell of the Louisville Cardinals, Rob Childress of…

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Dick Cooke, Davidson Wildcats

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Dick Cooke is in his 27th season as head coach of the Cinderella Davidson Wildcats. In late May, the Wildcats won their first league championship in the program’s 115-year history by winning the Atlantic 10 Tournament after arriving in St. Louis as the sixth seed. Making their first appearance ever in the NCAA Tournament this…

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Joe Raccuia, Radford Highlanders

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Joe Raccuia is in his 10th season as head coach of the Radford Highlanders. A 1995 Radford graduate, Raccuia returned to his roots on July 10, 2007 when he was named the fifth head coach in Highlanders’ baseball history. Throughout his 14 seasons in a Highlander uniform, Raccuia has been part of 369 total wins as a player…

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Dick Cooke, Davidson Wildcats

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Dick Cooke is in his 27th season as head coach of the Davidson Wildcats. In the Atlantic 10 Conference baseball tournament, the Wildcats emerged from the losers’ bracket and swept a doubleheader from top-seeded Virginia Commonwealth on the final day to win the school’s first title in the program’s 115-year history. The Wildcats will make…

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Bob Mumma, UMBC Retrievers

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Bob Mumma is in his sixth season as head coach of the UMBC Retrievers baseball program. In late May 2017, the Retrievers won the America East Baseball Tournament with a walk-off walk to defeat Maine in the championship game. After a stellar collegiate career at UMBC and two seasons of professional baseball, Mumma returned to…

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Reggie Christiansen, Sacramento State Hornets

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Reggie Christiansen is in his seventh season as head coach of the Sacramento State Hornets. The Hornets overcame a tough spot in the middle of the 2017 season to win the Western Athletic Conference Tournament with four straight victories, including a 5-0 triumph in the championship game against Cal State Bakersfield. The Hornets have a 32-27 record…

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Raphael Cerrato, Rhode Island Rams

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Raphael Cerrato was named interim head coach of the Rhode Island Rams on July 17, 2014 and following a successful first season with the Rams officially became the program’s permanent head coach on June 23, 2015. With the interim tag lifted and a core group of players returning in 2016, Cerrato’s Rams won seven of their…

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Tom Riginos, Winthrop Eagles

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Tom Riginos is in his seventh season as head coach of the Winthrop Eagles and has guided the team to three consecutive winning seasons. Hired on August 4, 2010, he is only the third head coach in program history. Prior to joining the Eagles, Riginos spent eight seasons on the Clemson baseball staff under head coach Jack…

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Mark Calvi, South Alabama Jaguars

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Mark Calvi is in his sixth season as head coach of the South Alabama Jaguars. He became the fifth head coach in South Alabama baseball history at the conclusion of the 2011 season, after spending the previous slate as associate head coach/head coach in waiting. Calvi has led the Jaguars to three Sun Belt Conference championships…

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Rich Hill, San Diego Toreros

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Rich Hill is in his 19th season as the head coach of the University of San Diego Toreros. The Toreros head into their final regular-season series of the West Coast Conference campaign with a 32-18-1 record, including a 15-9 mark in the WCC. USD has made a substantial improvement over the past year after concluding…

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Tony Vitello, Arkansas Razorbacks

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Tony Vitello is considered to be one of the top recruiters in the country. He is in his fourth year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team. As Arkansas’ recruiting coordinator, Vitello has done an excellent job signing some of the nation’s top talent. His most recent class, the…

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Bill Kinneberg, Utah Utes

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Bill Kinneberg is in his 14th season as head coach of the Utah Utes and his 22nd season overall as a head coach at the Division I level. The Utes began the 2017 season with a 20-21 record, including a 9-12 mark in the Pac-12 Conference. In 2016, the Utes won their first Pac-12 championship…

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Brad Bohannon, Auburn Tigers

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Brad Bohannon is in his second year as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator of the Auburn Tigers. Named the 2015 Baseball America and American Baseball Coaches Association National Assistant Coach of the Year, Bohannon spent 12 seasons at the University of Kentucky, from 2004-15, where he assisted in overseeing the best 11-year run in…

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Pete Hughes, Oklahoma Sooners

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Pete Hughes is in his fourth season as head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners. Known throughout the world of college baseball as a proven winner, master motivator, tireless recruiter and charismatic leader, Hughes has guided his team through an injury-riddled 2017 campaign to go 30-16 upon entering the first weekend of May. Through the early…

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Bill Geivett, Author of “Do You Want To Work In Baseball?”

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Bill Geivett was an All-America baseball player at UC Santa Barbara and coached college baseball at Loyola Marymount and Long Beach State prior to beginning a three decade career in professional baseball, most recently as director of baseball operations for the Colorado Rockies. After receiving countless requests from countless young people searching for advice on…

Ron Torgalski, Buffalo Bulls

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Ron Torgalski has given his blood, sweat and tears to the University of Buffalo baseball program. The school reinstated the program in time for the 2000 season and Torgalski has been a part of the Bulls throughout those 18 years, including seven as an assistant coach and the past 11 as head coach. Despite playing in…

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Justin Volman, Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network

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In five short months, Justin Volman has grown the Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network from five students covering five colleges to more than 50 students providing scouting reports on collegiate players throughout the country and in Canada. A junior at the University of Alabama, Volman has been featured in New York Sports Day and he and…

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Nick Mingione, Kentucky Wildcats

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Nick Mingione is in his first season as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats baseball program. He was named head coach of the Southeastern Conference program last year after spending the past eight seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under head coach John Cohen at Mississippi State. In 2006 and 2007, Mingione was…

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Rick Vanderhook, Cal State Fullerton Titans

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Rick Vanderhook is in his sixth season as head coach of the Cal State Fullerton Titans. In his first five years at the Titans’ dugout helm, Vanderhook has guided Fullerton to five NCAA Regional appearances, including two Super Regional appearances and a trip to the 2015 College World Series. Thus far in 2017, the Titans…

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John Anderson, Minnesota Golden Gophers

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John Anderson has served as head coach of the tradition-rich University of Minnesota Golden Gophers baseball program since the 1982 season. A former pitcher for the Gophers before an injury ended his playing career, Anderson followed in the footsteps of his mentor, Hall of Fame coach Dick Siebert, and today holds the record for overall wins…

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Scott Berry, Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

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Scott Berry is in his eighth season as head coach of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles and his 16th campaign as a member of the USM coaching staff. In 2017, the Golden Eagles have gotten off to a 24-6 start, including an 8-1 record in Conference USA, after winning the league in 2016. Berry’s resume at…

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Scott Friedholm, UNC Asheville Bulldogs

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Scott Friedholm is in his third season as head coach of the UNC Asheville Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have started the season with 11 wins versus 13 losses and are 3-3 thus far in the Big South Conference. The Bulldogs have posted series victories this season against Iona, UMBC and Presbyterian and defeated local rival Western…

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Shawn Stiffler, VCU Rams

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Head Coach Shawn Stiffler is in his fifth season as head coach of the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams. Entering the 2017 campaign, VCU is one of only 14 programs in the country with 37-plus wins in each of the last three seasons. Stiffler was named the sixth head coach of the VCU Baseball program following the passing of his…

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Greg Lovelady, UCF Knights

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Greg Lovelady is in his first season as head baseball coach of the UCF Knights. He arrived at Central Florida after spending three years as the head coach at Wright State, where he led the Raiders to consecutive runner-up finishes at the NCAA Regionals in 2015 and 2016. Wright State won the Horizon League Regular Season or…

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Loren Hibbs, Charlotte 49ers

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Loren Hibbs is in his 25th season as head coach of the Charlotte 49ers. Under his direction, the 49ers have won seven regular season conference championships, four conference tournament titles, and made five NCAA tournament appearances, including a regional final in 2007. He has been named Coach of the Year in each of the three different…

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