Here are some News and Notes for July 14th.
Xavier Baseball’s Nick Otte Promoted to Associate Head Coach Position
CINCINNATI – Xavier baseball head coach Billy O’Conner announced Thursday that Nick Otte has been elevated to the position of associate head coach. Otte will enter his eighth year with the program during the 2017-18 school year and works primarily with the team’s pitchers.
“Nick is very deserving of this title change,” said O’Conner. “He’s played an integral role in our success and will be relied on heavily by me as we continue to grow as a program. His passion for development and his diligent work in recruiting are the foundation for the continued success of the program.”
Lemonis Announces Addition of Zach Lucas to Indiana Coaching Staff
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana baseball head coach Chris Lemonis announced the addition of Zach Lucas as an assistant coach on Thursday. A four-year letterwinner at Louisville (2011-15) where he was recruited and coached by Lemonis, Lucas brings two years of experience as an assistant coach at East Tennessee State.
Lucas steps in for volunteer assistant Matt Reida, who accepted an assistant coaching job with the Xavier Musketeers.
“I had an opportunity to recruit Coach Lucas,” said Lemonis. “He was a tough, hard-nosed ball player who has had a couple great years of coaching at East Tennessee State. He played a significant role in helping the Buccaneers’ offense climb to a .309 average in 2017 and a .307 average in 2016. He’ll have an opportunity to work with our infielders and our hitters while he’s here. We are excited to have him; he knows our system and he knows our style. Zach will be a great fit for Indiana Baseball.
Cumberland County College’s Gorman earns Coaching Award
Cumberland County College baseball coach Keith Gorman was named the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association Division III District G Coach of the Year last Thursday by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Gorman coached the Dukes to another strong season this past spring. The Dukes set an all-time school record in wins (55) and winning percentage (.952) and went on a 33-game winning streak.