August 14, 2011
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Tag Montague has been hired as an assistant coach
at Richmond. A native of Richmond and a graduate of VCU,
Montague was an assistant at Old Dominion the past two years. He
also coached at Marist, George Washington, Virginia Wesleyan,
Richmond and Randolph-Macon.
Ryan Shotzberger has been added as an assistant
coach at Houston. He will coach third base, work with hitters
and base runners, and serve as camp director. Shotzberger
coached at TCU for the past five years. He coached at Duke prior
to his time at TCU. Shotzberger was an all-conference shortstop
at McDaniel College.
ACC has revealed its logo for the 2012 Baseball Championship.
The event will be May 23-27 at NewBridge Bank Park in
Greensboro, N.C. The top eight teams will play round-robin pool
play with the championship game scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday,
Jamie Serber has been promoted to director of
operations at High Point. Serber was a student assistant coach
this past year after a four-year career as a pitcher for the
Panthers. He will handle facility and grounds maintenance along
with equipment and practice organization. Serber will assist
with video coordination, on-campus recruiting and camps as well
as serving as alumni liaison.
Gabe Gross and Wes Gilmer will be undergraduate
assistant coaches for Auburn this season. Gross will work with
the outfielders, while Gilmer will work with the infielders and
catchers. Gross was a 2000 All-American outfielder and played in
the Major Leagues for seven years. He is returning to Auburn to
complete work toward a degree in business management. Gross was
a first-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2001. Gilmer was
a 2011 team captain and is working to earn a degree in exercise
FIU has promoted Frank Damas to recruiting
coordinator. He has worked with the outfielders and hitters over
the past three years, helping the Panthers reach the NCAA
Tournament each of the past two seasons. FIU also added Alan
Burr as Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and Tommy Kanganis
as Director of Baseball and Softball Operations. Burr has been
at Central Connecticut State, while Kanganis was at St. Thomas
working on a Master’s degree in business and sports
Adam Vrable has been added to the staff at The
Citadel. He will work with the hitters and outfielders. A 2007
graduate of Coastal Carolina, Vrable worked at Furman this past
year. He was outfield, base running and hitting coach for the
Paladins. Vrable was an instructor at the Coastal Baseball
Academy in Myrtle Beach, S.C., prior to his time at Furman.
Liberty will build a new 3,000-seat stadium which
should be ready for the 2013 season. Its current home,
Worthington Stadium, will be converted to a softball stadium.
Adam McConnell, a junior infielder from Richmond,
is on a five-day mission trip to the Dominican Republic through
SCORE, a Christian Athlete group that does short-term mission
trips. Former New York Yankees chaplain John Zeller is leading
the trip. Former Kentucky head coach Keith Madison is coaching
the 15 Division I student-athletes.
click here to read McConnell’s blog
Valparaiso will hold its annual
Parents/Alumni/Friends Day on Sept. 24 with golf in the
afternoon and bowling in the evening. A cookout will follow the
James McCann, former Arkansas catcher, has signed
a professional contract with the Detroit Tigers. He was chosen
in the second round, the 76th overall pick, and was the first
selection by the Tigers. McCann was the first collegiate catcher
taken in the draft. McCann hit .306 in 2011 with six home runs
and 38 RBI. He was the 2011 SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the
Year and a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award.
Furman has promoted Jeff Whitfield to full-time
assistant and brought in Chris Edwards as an assistant coach.
Whitfield just completed his fourth season with the Paladins. He
will continue to work with the catchers and hitters and will
become recruiting coordinator. Edwards will be Furman’s pitching
coach after spending the past three seasons at Presbyterian.
Jason Anderson has been hired as the volunteer
assistant coach at Illinois. Anderson was a first team All-Big
Ten pitcher for the Illini in 1999 and 2000. He was taken by the
New York Yankees in the 2000 MLB Draft and reached the Major
Leagues in 2003. Anderson also pitched with the New York Mets
and the Cleveland Indians. He spent the past seven years in the
minor leagues and independent baseball before retiring in July.
Wilson Boyd joins the Winthrop staff as a
volunteer assistant coach. A native of Denver, N.C., Boyd played
four years at Clemson (2007-10) and was an assistant coach at
Hickory (N.C.) High School this past year. Boyd had a career
batting average of .306 with the Tigers and played in three
regionals, three super regionals and one College World Series.
John Lembo of Bradenton.com wrote a feature story
on former Army standout Cole White.
click here to read story
The Cape Cod League announced its postseason
awards. Travis Jankowski of Stony Brook was named Most Valuable
Player. He started all 44 games for Bourne, batting .329 with 22
RBI and 15 steals. He led the Cape with 57 hits, 31 runs and
seven triples. Ryan Eades of LSU was Pitcher of the Year. He was
3-0 in seven games with a 0.84 ERA. Eades allowed 19 hits and
walked seven in 32.1 innings with 23 strikeouts. Trevor Gott of
Kentucky was Relief Pitcher of the Year. Gott notched a
league-best 13 saves for Orleans, posting a 1.23 ERA in 18
games. He allowed 14 hits in 22 innings with four walks and 28
strikeouts. Ben Waldrip of Jacksonville State won the 10th
Player Award. He batted .276 for Orleans with six home runs and
23 RBI. Victor Roache of Georgia Southern was named Outstanding
Pro Prospect. He hit .316 for Cotuit with 12 doubles, six home
runs, 30 walks and 28 RBI. Pat Cantwell of Stony Brook captured
the Daniel J. Silva Award for sportsmanship, as voted on by the
league’s umpires. Cantwell started 32 games behind the plate for
Bourne and hit .277. He helped the Braves’ pitching staff
register a team ERA of 2.77, second in the Cape.
Mike Neu has been named pitching coach at
California. He was head coach at Diablo Valley College for the
past three years, posting an 87-41 (.680) mark with a pair of
Big 8 Conference titles. After his pitching career at Miami
(Fla.), he played professionally in the systems of the Los
Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, Oakland Athletics and
Cincinnati Reds. Neu reached the Major Leagues with Oakland on
April 9, 2003. He was an associate scout for the Atlanta Braves
and Kansas City Royals.
David Pierce has added Sean Allen and Philip
Miller to his staff at Sam Houston. Allen was an assistant at
FIU over the past four years, helping the Panthers post a
130-103-1 record with NCAA bids each of the past two seasons. He
was recruiting coordinator, pitching coach and infield coach at
FIU. Allen was an assistant at Houston from 2002 to 2007,
working with infielders and hitters. Miller was an assistant the
past two years at Northwestern State after serving as a
volunteer assistant at SHSU for three seasons. He was infield
and defensive coach for the Demons as well as first base coach.
Matt Kirby will be the volunteer assistant at
Virginia this season. A 2003 graduate of William and Mary, Kirby
coached at Georgetown the past two years. He also coached at
VMI, W&M, Brown and Villanova. Kirby was a four-year letterman
for the Tribe as a catcher and pitcher.
Houston will face Rice and Texas in 2011 fall
scrimmages. The Cougars will host the Owls on Oct. 9 and will
travel to Austin to face the Longhorns on Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.
Houston will begin fall practice on Sept. 6 and conclude with
the trip to Texas.
UNC Wilmington will host the USA and Canadian
Junior National Teams next month as the squads prepare for the
COPABE Pan American AAA/18U Championships in Cartagena,
Columbia. The Seahawks will play Team Canada on Friday, Sept.
16, at 6 p.m. and Team USA on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. Both
contests will be played at Brooks Field.
For the second straight year, centerfielder Chad
Hinshaw has been named the recipient of the Stephen Heaton
Endowed Scholarship at Illinois State. Hinshaw batted .244 in 54
games as a sophomore with 10 doubles, three triples, 46 runs and
22 RBI. He led the team with 31 steals in 37 attempts, the
third-highest single-season total for thefts. Hinshaw has not
committed an error in 109 career contests. Hinshaw has a 3.55
GPA through four semesters.