Category Archives: Interviews with Coaches

McNally talks with GoDuke.com

Sean McNally (Courtesy of Duke Media Relations)

I started this site a few years ago and one of the programs that I wanted to follow the rise to the top of the ACC and up the national level was the Duke Blue Devils. They had a new head coach who was taking over a Blue Devils program which was coming off a steroid scandal and a five unsuccessful seasons under Bill Hillier. McNally has been able to turn the attitude around in Durham as he led the Blue Devils to a 37-18-1 record in 2008 but struggled in the ACC with a 10-18-1 record. He hopes to improve the ACC record this season with a strong recruiting class and behind ace pitcher Andrew Wolcott and center fielder/closer Alexander Hassan. Continue reading

CBB Roundtable on 2009 Rule Changes

The College Baseball Blog will be providing roundtable discussions during the season on some of the big issues around college baseball. We invited Swarthmore Assistant Coach Jordan Wyckoff to join our writers to discuss some of the rule changes for the 2009 NCAA season. Some of the changes are minor and others focus on the safety of the players and on the field personnel. We will also see a few changes in the amount of conferences each team is allowed on offense and defense. We comment on a bunch of the changes below. Continue reading

TCBB talks with Hall of Fame Coach Ed Flaherty, Part 2

Coach Ed Flaherty has become a regional legend and an NACB Hall of Famer in his 22 years as Head Coach of Southern Maine.  With a career record of 689 and 301 (.695 winning percentage), Coach Flaherty figures to cross into rarefied air with the potential to win his 700th game for the Huskies in 2009.  The Huskies will also be going for their third national DIII title in 2009 after falling short in the Northeast Regional against the Trinity (CT) juggernaut this past spring.  Coach Flaherty graduated from Maine, where he played baseball.  He was inducted into the University of Maine Hall of Fame in 1992, the State of Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993 and the National Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005.

Last week we talked Southern Maine with Coach Flaherty. (Part 1 available here.)  He’s been kind enough to sit down with us for some more questions.
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TCBB talks with Hall of Fame Coach Ed Flaherty, Part 1

Coach Ed Flaherty has become a regional legend and an NACB Hall of Famer in his 22 years as Head Coach of Southern Maine.  With a career record of 689 and 301 (.695 winning percentage), Coach Flaherty figures to cross into rarefied air with the potential to win his 700th game for the Huskies in 2009.  The Huskies will also be going for their third national DIII title in 2009 after falling short in the Northeast Regional against the Trinity (CT) juggernaut this past spring.  Coach Flaherty graduated from Maine, where he played baseball.  He was inducted into the University of Maine Hall of Fame in 1992, the State of Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993 and the National Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005.

We at TCBB would like to thank Coach Flaherty for taking the time to talk with us and wish him the best of luck in the upcoming season.
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College Baseball News and Notes 09/08

Head Coach Joe Jordano- Pittisburgh University
Head Coach Joe Jordano- Pittisburgh University

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

Former University of Memphis pitcher Brandon Rowan has joined the Pitt baseball coaching staff announced head coach Joe Jordano. Rowan, who most recently held the head coaching position at Crichton College in Memphis, Tenn., joins the Panthers’ staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

“I am very pleased to have a coach of Brandon Rowan’s character and experience join our staff,” said head coach Jordano.

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CBB talks with Jordan Wyckoff (Part 2)

Coach Wyckoff
Coach Wyckoff

The College Baseball Blog recently had the opportunity to talk with Jordan Wyckoff who just completed his second season with the Franklin and Marshall College Diplomats. He just finished his summer coaching in the Alaskan Baseball League where he served as an assistant coach for the Mat-Su Miners. This is our second opportunity to speak with Coach Wyckoff this fall as we focus this time on his Alaskan League experience. Continue reading

USF’s Nino Giarratano talks about Team USA Experiance

San Fransisco head coach Nino Giarratano spent the summer with Team USA’s Collegiate National Team. The team had a perfect record of 24-0 as they won the FISU Tournament in the Czech Republic and the Haarlem Baseball Week over the Cuban Olympic team. The interview with Coach Giarratano is wide ranging and talks about some of the great experiences he had in Europe and some of the great opportunities that this trip provided him. Continue reading

Interview with Team Canada/Houston-Victoria Coach Terry Puhl

Terry Puhl
Terry Puhl

Terry Puhl, Field Manager of Canada’s entry in the 2008 Olympics, was a Major League outfielder for 15 seasons with the Houston Astros and the Kansas City Royals. He was a National League All Star in 1978 and played in the 1980 National League Championship Series vs. Philadelphia, setting a then-NLCS record with a .526 batting average. He holds the Major League record for career fielding percentage (.993).

Puhl’s day job is Coach of the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars, an NAIA program entering its second year. He gave this interview on his way home from Beijing.

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CBB talks with D-3 Assistant Jordan Wyckoff

Coach Wyckoff

The College Baseball Blog recently had the opportunity to talk with Jordan Wyckoff who completed his second season with the Franklin and Marshall College Diplomats. He just finished his summer coaching in the Alaskan Baseball League where he served as an assistant coach for the Mat-Su Miners. Continue reading

This is the UCF Baseball Coaching Staff – Part One with Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith- Volunteer Asst Coach UCF

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

July 30, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) – It’s time to get excited because opening day is less than seven months away! Ok, when you say it like that it deflates your balloons a tad. But there’s no reason to remain anxious for that first pitch in a stadium filled with dizzying aromas of burgers and leather gloves.

A brand new coaching staff will await UCF fans on Feb. 20, and www.UCFAthletics.com sat down with each of them so the community could get to know what these Knights are all about. Volunteer assistant coach Aaron Smith happily agreed to serve as part one of this four-part series, and he quickly admitted that the state of Florida is a whole new experience.

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