USA Baseball Completes 2009
National Coaching Staff
USA Baseball announced the remaining members of
the 2009 USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) coaching staff.
Joining head coach Rick Jones (Tulane) are assistant coaches Rob
Cooper (Wright State), Mike Kennedy (Elon) and Dan McDonnell
is in his fifth season as head coach of the Raiders. WSU was
30-23 this past season and placed second in the Horizon League
with a 16-6 conference mark. Cooper was an assistant coach for
the 2007 National Team, as the U.S. won the silver medal at the
Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Cooper assisted
Jones at Tulane from 1997-98, serving as the team’s hitting
will be the pitching coach for the 2009 National Team. He is in
his 13th year as head coach of the Phoenix and is the winningest
coach in school history. Elon won the Southern Conference
regular season and tournament crowns in 2008 and finished third
at the Cary Regional in the NCAA Tournament. The Phoenix went
44-18 this past season, including 19-8 in league play. Kennedy
was a catcher under Jones from 1988-89 at Elon and played in the
minor leagues in the Oakland A’s organization.
is entering his third season with the Cardinals. Louisville was
41-21 in 2008 and captured the Big East Tournament title, the
first conference tourney crown in school history. McDonnell took
the Cardinals to the College World Series in 2007 and recorded a
school-record 47 victories.
The National Team went 24-0 this past summer and
won a gold medal at the FISU World University Baseball
Championships. The National Team will compete in the annual USA
vs. Japan Collegiate Championship Series in Japan and then
participate in the World Baseball Challenge in Prince George,
British Columbia, Canada.
USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of
amateur baseball in the United State and is a member of the
United States Olympic Committee. The organization selects and
trains the United States Olympic Baseball Team (and all other
USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball National Team
(Collegiate); the USA Baseball 18U, 16U and 14U National Teams;
and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which
participate in various international competitions each year. For
more information, visit USABaseball.com.