The Oregon Ducks football program didn’t become national championship caliber overnight. They didn’t have their first 10-win season until 2000, and since have created a culture of winning that has made them into one of the elite football programs. George Horton knows what it takes to build a championship caliber team, and looks to be set to take the baseball program in only its third season to the same heights that the football program has scratched and clawed at for decades to establish. “In our first meeting last year we talked about going to Omaha,” Horton says. “If you don’t think about high goals and talk about them, you’re selling yourself short. We even talked about going to Omaha in 2009.” Continue reading For Horton’s Ducks, the Excuses are Over
College Baseball Daily continues our series of interviews with coaches from across the country today with Rhode Island head coach Jim Foster. He is entering his sixth season in charge of the Rams program where he has a 156-119-2 record while going 31-26 in the 2010 season. Continue reading CBD Interview with Jim Foster (Rhode Island)
College Baseball Daily continues our series of interviews with coaches from across the country today with Louisiana Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux. He is entering his ninth season in charge of the Bulldogs as he has a career record of 202-243-1. Last season saw them go 27-30 and 11-13 in the offensively loaded WAC. Continue reading CBD Interview with Wade Simoneaux (Louisiana Tech)
College Baseball Daily continues our series of interviews with coaches from across the country today with Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell. He is entering his fifth season in charge of the Cardinals program. He has led them to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first four seasons accumulating a 185-77 record while bringing them to the College World Series in 2007. Last season, the team went 50-14 while winning the Big East Regular Season title with a 21-6 conference record. Continue reading CBD Interview with Dan McDonnell (Louisville)
Justine Siegal has made breaking down barriers for women in sports her life’s mission. So first stepping onto the baseball diamond as an assistant coach with Springfield (MA) College men’s baseball three years ago was just another step towards her life’s passion.
Her student-athletes, on the other hand, needed a bit of time to adjust. Continue reading Springfield’s Siegal Opening Access to Baseball for All
College Baseball Daily continues our series of interviews with coaches from across the country today with Michigan Head Coach Rich Maloney. He is entering his ninth season in charge of the Wolverines baseball program. He has led them to four NCAA Tournament appearances (2005, ’06, ’07, ’08) while hosting a regional during the 2008 postseason. Last season, the team went 35-22 while finishing in second place in the Big Ten with a 14-10 record. Continue reading CBD Interview with Rich Maloney (Michigan)
Washington State Head Coach Donnie Marbut has been to Omaha before. “I haven’t been in 11 years since my brother in law played for the SJSU team in 2000, and I told myself I wouldn’t go as a spectator again, but I hope to get there again soon.” That’s not just talk from Coach Marbut. After two straight regional appearances, returning senior leadership, and a few key incoming recruits, Washington State has the parts that could again be in competition for the top spot in one of the nation’s elite conferences. Continue reading Marbut’s Cougars Locked and Loaded, Shooting for Omaha
College Baseball Daily continues our series of interviews with coaches across the country today with Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson. He is entering his third season as the head coach after spending five years as the pitching coach with the Wildcats. They are coming off a 31-25 campaign and went 13-17 in SEC play. Continue reading CBD Interview with Gary Henderson (Kentucky)
The Maryland Terrapins will be entering their second season under former Vanderbilt assistant coach Erik Bakich. Last season was an adjustment for the Terps and Bakich as they went 17-39, only winning five games in the highly competitive ACC.
Last season, Bakich inherited a program which has only three appearances in the NCAA Tourney in school history, in each of their only ACC Championship winning seasons (1965, 1970, and 1971). “I am trying to change the attitude and create a tradition of winning,” Bakich said. “It will be a long process, but we need to put the blueprint in place for future student-athletes.” Continue reading Maryland reloads under Bakich
The Indiana Baseball team won their second straight title in 2010. Not on the diamond, but in flag football intramurals, with head coach Tracy Smith quarterbacking the team. “I am about teaching our kids there is value in winning. I don’t care what you are doing, it is better to win than lose.” Winning was common for Hoosiers in 2009 on the diamond, when they entered the Big Ten Tournament as the three seed and swept through it on their way to their first Big Ten Title under Tracy Smith since he took over the program in 2006. After an injury plagued 2010 that saw them squeak into the Big Ten Tournament, the Hoosiers look to come out swinging in 2011. Continue reading Indiana looking to rebound in 2011