July 1, 2013
Finalists Named for CBI Coach
of the Year
Va. – Four coaches who led their teams to the College World
Series headline the finalists for the CollegeBaseballInsider.com
National Coach of the Year.
The group includes John Cohen of Mississippi
State, Brad Hill of Kansas State, Dan McDonnell of Louisville,
Brian O’Connor of Virginia, John Savage of UCLA, Tracy Smith of
Indiana and Rick Vanderhook of Cal State Fullerton.
The winner will be announced on July 3.
Cohen led the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish in
the College World Series, the best finish in program history.
MSU was 51-20 overall and 16-14 in SEC play. The Bulldogs won
the Starkville Regional and Charlottesville Super Regional to
advance to Omaha.
Hill guided the Wildcats to a record of 45-19,
setting a program record for victories in a season. KSU was 16-8
in the Big 12 to claim its first conference crown since 1933
after placing seventh in the preseason coaches poll. The
Wildcats hosted and won a regional for the first time. They were
one game away from the College World Series, falling twice to
Oregon State in the Corvallis Super Regional.
McDonnell took Louisville to its second College
World Series and first since 2007. The Cardinals were 51-14
overall and 20-4 in the Big East, claiming the regular season
crown. They won the Louisville Regional and Nashville Super
Regional to advance to Omaha.
O’Connor coached the Cavaliers to a 50-12 overall
mark and 22-8 in the ACC after not being nationally ranked in
the preseason. Virginia was the No. 6 national seed in the NCAA
Tournament and won the Charlottesville Regional before falling
to Mississippi State in the Charlottesville Super Regional.
Savage took UCLA to the College World Series for
the third time in the past four years, claiming its first
national championship. The Bruins went 10-0 in the NCAA
Tournament, winning the Los Angeles Regional and Fullerton Super
Regional before going 5-0 in Omaha. UCLA finished 49-17 overall
and 21-9 in the Pac-12, good for third.
Smith helped the Hoosiers record numerous firsts,
including the program’s initial appearance in the College World
Series. Indiana hosted and won its first regional before
capturing the Tallahassee Super Regional to advance to Omaha.
The Hoosiers won their first Big Ten regular season title since
1949 and first outright championship since 1932. IU finished
49-16 overall and 17-7 in the Big Ten.
Vanderhook used a pair of freshmen starting
pitchers to win the Big West title and earn a No. 5 national
seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Titans won the Fullerton
Regional before falling to UCLA in the Fullerton Super Regional.
The Titans finished 51-10 overall and 23-4 in Big West contests.
Previous CBI Coaches of the Year
2012 – Matt Senk, Stony Brook, and Scott
Stricklin, Kent State
2011 – David Esquer, California
2010 – John Savage, UCLA
2009 – Brian O’Connor, Virginia
2008 – Paul Mainieri, LSU, and Mark Marquess,
2007 – Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt, and Rob Childress,
2006 – John Cohen, Kentucky
2005 – Pat Casey, Oregon State
2004 – David Perno, Georgia
2003 – Elliott Avent, North Carolina State