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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