August 31, 2011
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August 22-31, 2011
Former Nebraska assistant Eric Newman has been
named head coach at UC San Diego. Newman was pitching coach for
the Cornhuskers the past four seasons after posting a 95-72
record in three seasons as head coach at Dallas Baptist. Newman
played for two seasons at Fresno State before transferring to
Texas Tech. He pitched professionally for eight seasons.
Akron head coach Rick Rembielak has named Fred
Worth his offensive coach, Matt Ford his pitching coach and Drew
Saylor his volunteer assistant coach. Worth has more than 30
years of high school coaching experience and more than 10 years
of college experience. He was director of baseball operations at
Wake Forest from 2006-09 and was assistant coach at Findlay
University from 1997-2006. Ford has been pitching professionally
for the past 10 years, including one full year as a major league
hurler with the Milwaukee Brewers. Ford was a third round pick
of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1999 MLB Draft. Saylor was an
assistant at Cleveland State this past season. He played two
seasons at the University of Cincinnati before transferring to
Kent State. Saylor was a 13th round pick of the Florida Marlins
in the 2006 MLB Draft and played five seasons of professional
San Francisco has added Chris Hom as a volunteer
assistant coach and Matt Hiserman as Director of Program
Development. Hom coached at UC San Diego for the past three
seasons after playing for the Tritons for four years. Hiserman
finished his playing career with the Dons this past spring,
helping USF win the West Coast Conference title. The
right-hander is sixth in program history with 176 career
strikeouts. Hiserman earned a finance degree in 2010 and is in
the master’s program for Sports Management at USF.
Texas A&M held its sixth annual Paint-a-Thon at
the home of Jimmy and Jessica Meng in Bryan, Texas. The Aggies
painted and did repairs on the house’s exterior and made a
flower bed in the front yard.
Justin Haywood had joined the staff at Marist and
will work with the hitters and catchers. He was a volunteer
assistant at Old Dominion this past season. Haywood coached the
catchers, outfielders and hitters and coached first base. He
helped the Monarchs post a 30-26 mark and a second-place finish
in the Colonial Athletic Association. Haywood was a catcher for
four years at Louisville, winning four Big East Tournament
titles and reaching the 2007 College World Series.
Kyle Padgett will become an assistant coach at
Duke, working with the catchers and assisting with the hitters.
He will also coordinate all Duke Baseball Academy operations.
Padgett was an assistant at William and Mary for the past two
seasons. He was a four-year letterman for the Tribe and was
selected in the 18th round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Florida
Andy Morgan has been hired as an assistant coach
at Northwestern State. Morgan guided Coffeyville Community
College to a 27-31 mark a season ago and a second-place finish
at the Liberal Super Regional. Morgan played at Cowley County
Community College and was a two-time all-conference selection at
Former USC pitcher Tom Milone is scheduled to
make his Major League debut for the Washington Nationals on
Saturday, Sept. 3, against the New York Mets. He is the 100th
former Trojan to reach the Major Leagues, the most by any
university. Milone was a 10th round pick in the 2008 MLB Draft.
He is 12-6 for Triple-A Syracuse with an ERA of 3.22. He has 155
strikeouts and 16 walks.
Virginia will begin fall practice on Sept. 3. The
Cavaliers will play the Ontario Blue Jays on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m.
The Orange & Blue World Series will be Oct. 2 through Oct. 16,
with the College World Series/ACC Championship ring ceremony
prior to Game 6 on Oct. 14.
Former Monmouth pitcher Brad Brach was called up
by the San Diego Padres, joining Ed Halicki as the only two
Hawks to reach the Major Leagues. Brach was taken in the 42nd
round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Brach had 23 saves with 64
strikeouts and five walks in 44 innings for Double-A San Antonio
before fanning 30 with seven walks in 27.2 innings in Triple-A
Tucson. Brach had three saves last week and was the PCL Pitcher
of the Week.
Former North Dakota State closer Neil Wagner was
brought up by the Oakland Athletics. He is the first to reach
the Major Leagues in program history. Wagner was 2-1 with a
3.10 ERA in 22 outings for Triple-A Sacramento. He fanned 34 and
walked 10 in 29 innings. Wagner struck out 53 in 37.1 innings in
Double-A Midland earlier this year, giving him 11.80 strikeouts
per nine innings this season. Wagner was a 21st round selection
of the Cleveland Indians in the 2005 MLB Draft and was traded to
Oakland in 2010.
FIU has hired Drew French as pitching coach. He
was pitching coach for the past four years at Alabama. French
was a three-time Academic All-Southwestern Conference selection
at Concordia University. He earned a degree in marketing and
management in 2006 with a 3.5 GPA.
San Francisco senior pitcher Bob Mott was named
the 2011-12 Spirit of St. Francis Medalist. The award is given
to the USF student who best exemplifies the ideals of Saint
Francis of Assisi, the founder of the Franciscan order. Mott
founded the “Home Runs for Health” project to raise money for
the Nothing But Nets Foundation. The project expanded to the
seven other West Coast Conference baseball programs and helped
buy 110 nets for African communities to fight the spread of
malaria. Mott has traveled to Africa multiple times and also
volunteers locally, including with the USF Thanksgiving Food
Chad Baum returns to Cal State Fullerton as the
volunteer assistant coach. He was an assistant for two seasons
at UC Irvine and five years at Santa Clara. Baum played for the
Titans and was an undergraduate assistant at Fullerton in 2000
and a volunteer assistant the following year.
Notre Dame will hold its Alumni Weekend Sept. 2-3
at Frank Eck Stadium. Saturday’s Alumni game will be at 10 a.m.
Practice and a reception will be held on Friday evening.
Former Citadel head coach and Hall of Fame
Honorary Inductee Chal Port passed away at the age of 80 after a
prolonged illness. Port guided the Bulldogs from 1965 to 1991,
posting a record of 641-386-2 (.624) in 27 seasons at The
Citadel. The Bulldogs had winning records in 24 of the 27
campaigns, including five NCAA Tournament appearances. Port led
The Citadel to the 1990 College World Series with a
school-record 46 wins. Port was Southern Conference Coach of the
Year five times and was National Coach of the Year in 1990. He
was voted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of
Chuck Jeroloman has been hired as the volunteer
assistant at TCU. A three-year starter at Auburn, Jeroloman has
been in professional baseball during the past seven seasons. He
was a 21st round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2004
Jeroloman played three seasons of independent baseball after
four seasons in the Red Sox system.
Georgia State has announced three additions to
the baseball staff. Nick Hogan is the Director of Baseball
Operations, Tim Burgess is the volunteer assistant coach and
Lukas Martin is video and equipment manager.