Here are some news and notes from Around the Country for July 6th.
New Facilities coming for Oklahoma Baseball?
The Blake Griffin Performance Center is scheduled to be completed in February.
Castiglione and the OU athletics department also released their master plans to renovate L. Dale Mitchell Park and the OU Softball Complex back in May.
The Sooners are dumping $25 million ($15 million softball, $10 million baseball) to renovate both parks.
The expansion at the OU Softball Complex would almost double seating capacity, allow for more room for media coverage of the team with an expanded pressbox and provide better training facilities for the athletes.
The baseball renovations will do much of the same, providing a variety of new seating areas for fans on gamedays.
Georgetown hires Eric Niesen as Pitching Coach
WASHINGTON – Georgetown University Baseball Head Coach Pete Wilk has announced the addition of Eric Niesen to the Hoya coaching staff. Niesen, who will serve as GU’s pitching coach, was on the coaching staff at his alma mater, Wake Forest University, for the past two seasons under Georgetown alum Tom Walter.
“I am excited to get started and see what this pitching staff and team can achieve,” Niesen said. “I look forward to providing the best tools for each individual to get better using their unique abilities and talents. Developing student-athletes on and off the field is a passion of mine and I am ready to get to work for the Hoyas.”
Former Tennessee assistant coach Aric Thomas joins Florida softball coaching staff
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Head coach Tim Walton has announced that Aric Thomas will join the University of Florida softball program as its new assistant coach. Thomas replaces former assistant Sharonda McDonald who is currently the head coach with the National Pro Fastpitch team Chicago Bandits.
“I am extremely excited to announce the hire of Aric Thomas.” Walton said. “Our program, our staff and our players are going to really appreciate Coach Thomas’ vision for recruiting and player development.