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LEXINGTON, Va. – Travis Beazley, former Boston Red Sox minor leaguer and Randolph-Macon assistant coach, has been named the new pitching coach for VMI baseball, according to information released by the program Thursday.
Beazley joins VMI after spending a year as an assistant at Randolph-Macon, during which time he worked with the pitchers, infielders and hitters for the 2011 ODAC Champions and NCAA Regional participants. He also oversaw the program’s recruiting and strength and conditioning, as well as the squad’s academic progress.
“Travis has worked with a great collegiate coach in Ray Hedrick at Randolph-Macon for four years,” said VMI head coach Marlin Ikenberry. “He is a tireless recruiter and has the knowledge to help our pitching staff excel. I have followed his career as a player in the Red Sox organization and watched his transition into the college ranks, and am very excited to add Travis to our staff.”
Prior to his year as a full-time assistant at RMC, Beazley spent most of three seasons in the Boston Red Sox farm system after being selected in the 38th round of the 2006 MLB Draft. He pitched 370 total innings in his career, and led the Boston minor league system in wins and innings pitched during the 2007 season. While pitching for the Red Sox, he spent his fall seasons as a volunteer coach at RMC, working specifically with the pitchers and infielders.
Beazley graduated from Randolph-Macon in 2006, after a standout collegiate career. His 2006 season earned him a litany of awards, including a Second Team All-American Selection, the ODAC Pitcher of the Year honor and the ABCA/Rawlings Division III South Region Pitcher of the Year award. He was also an ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA First Team All-District All-Academic Selection in 2006, and was a four-year Presidential Scholarship recipient.
Beazley is also a former American Legion Assistant Coach, and has worked camps for VCU, Richmond and Clemson in past years. He is a native of Beaverdam, Va. and a graduate of Patrick Henry High School.