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Lees (left, photo by Rich Heins) has been promoted to associate
head coach at Oregon State. He enters his ninth year with the
Beavers and helped OSU make three trips to the College World
Series with two national championships. Lees has worked with the
team defense, particularly with the infielders and catchers. He
is also the third base coach and recruiting coordinator. A
native of Lakeview, Ore., the 40-year-old Lees graduated from
Western Oregon in 1994. He lettered two seasons for the Wolves
after playing two years at Lane Community College.
The Virginia baseball team will be honored by the
Washington Nationals on Sunday, Sept. 6, prior to their game
against the Florida Marlins. The Cavaliers were 49-15-1 this
past year under head coach Brian O’Connor and made their first
trip to the College World Series. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman
of the Nationals is a former Virginia standout.
Ole Miss will send the NCAA a check for
$512,486.75 for revenues from the Oxford Regional and Super
Regional. The regional took in $321,871.53, while the three-game
super regional netted $190,615.22.
Former Oregon State standout Jacoby Ellsbury
stole his 55th base of the season for the Boston Red Sox on
August 25, breaking the team record of 54 set by Tommy Harper in
1973. Ellsbury has 114 career stolen bases in three seasons for
Jon Mikrut has returned to his alma mater,
Northwestern, as an assistant coach. Mikrut played for the
Wildcats from 2002-05 as a shortstop and pitcher. He earned a
Bachelor’s degree in Learning and Organizational Change from the
School of Education and Social Policy. After college, Mikrut
signed a professional contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and
played four seasons in their organization as both a position
player and a pitcher.
Jonathan Anderson has joined the staff at
Dartmouth as an assistant coach. He will work with the
outfielders and assist with the hitters and recruiting. Anderson
coached the past two seasons at his alma mater, Duke. He earned
a Bachelor’s degree in history in 2007. Anderson played the
outfielder and pitched for the Blue Devils.
Zach Brown has returned to The Citadel as a
volunteer assistant coach. A 2007 graduate, Brown was drafted in
the 27th round by the San Diego Padres and played three years in
the minors. Brown played in the infield, the outfield and
pitched for the Bulldogs. He was first team All-Southern
Conference as a senior.
Rick Oliveri will be the volunteer assistant
coach at Radford this season. He will work with the catchers and
hitters, coordinate operations of Joe Raccuia Baseball Camps
LLC, and assist with other aspects of the Highlander baseball
program. Oliveri was a three-year starter behind the plate at
Buffalo. He earned a degree in accounting and finance in 2008.
Oliveri was a graduate assistant at Lincoln Memorial this past
Kris Edge, a four-year starting outfielder for
Georgia from 1999-2002, has returned to Athens as director of
operations. He has been an assistant coach/recruiting
coordinator at Middle Georgia Junior College the past two
seasons. Edge, 29, will handle alumni relations, camps and
assist in administrative duties. Edge played in 209 games and
holds the school record for career walks with 157. He earned a
Bachelor’s degree in Health Education from Georgia.
Troy Buckley will return as pitching coach for
Long Beach State. He was the coordinator for minor league
pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates for the past two years.
Buckley was with the Dirtbags for seven seasons and the staff
never had a team ERA higher than 3.75. LBSU was in the Top 5
nationally in ERA in four of those seasons. He also coached for
three years at his alma mater, Santa Clara.
Cal State Fullerton had five signees drafted but
did not sign: Dylan Floro (RHP, 20th round, Tampa Bay Rays),
Geno Escalante (C, 28th round, Milwaukee Brewers), David Hurlbut
(LHP, 35th round, Minnesota Twins), Anthony Hutting (OF, 38th
round, Texas Rangers), and Ivory Thomas (OF/INF, 42nd round,
Houston Astros). The Titans did lose five signees to the pros:
Matt Hobgood (1st round, Baltimore Orioles), Tyler Skaggs
(Compensation round, Los Angeles Angels), Jonathan Meyers (3rd
round, Houston Astros), Wes Hatton (5th round, Los Angeles
Angels), and Andrew Bellatti (12th round, Tampa Bay Rays).
Isaac Omura will be a volunteer assistant at
Hawaii. The former Rainbow second baseman lettered three years
from 2003-05 before being drafted in the 17th round by the
Oakland Athletics. The Honolulu native was a two-time all-WAC
performer who posted a career batting average of .333 with 99
Chris Carter has been named director of
operations at Coastal Carolina. He played for the Chanticleers
from 1998-2001, hitting .339 with 23 homers, 123 RBI and 29
steals. Carter was First Team All-Big South in 2001. He earned a
Bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2001. Carter played
professionally in the independent Frontier League and in the
Baltimore Orioles organization. He was hitting coach for the
Washington Wildthings of the Frontier League in 2008. Carter
owns the Coastal Baseball Academy in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which
opened in 2007.
Andrew Clark will return to Louisville for his
senior season. The first baseman was chosen in the 31st round of
the MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs. Clark batted .350 this past
spring with nine homers and 55 RBI. Four Cardinal signees were
drafted but chose to attend Louisville: Zak Wasserman (1B, 21st
round, San Francisco Giants), Matthew Koch (RHP, 37th round,
Boston Red Sox), Asaad Ali (C, 40th round, Los Angeles Angels),
and Brian Feekin (LHP, 44th round, Philadelphia Phillies).
Matt Otteman of UT Arlington was named the 2009
Howard Green Metroplex Collegiate Player of the Year Award
presented by the DFW Hall-Ruggles Chapter for the Society of
American Baseball Research. Otteman led the Southland Conference
with a .432 batting average and added 15 doubles and 69 RBI in
56 games. Otteman averaged 14.2 strikeouts per nine innings in
his senior season, fanning 38 in 24 innings. He posted a 3-1
record with a 3.38 ERA.