Category Archives: New Coach

Kessinger leaves Arkansas State

JONESBORO (6/16/08) – Arkansas State Head Baseball Coach Keith Kessinger has elected not to accept the contract offered by ASU and will not return next season as the Red Wolves head coach, ASU Director of Athletics Dr. Dean Lee announced Monday.

Kessinger is completing the final year of a three-year contract which was extended following the 2005 season. He was offered a one-year extension following the 2008 season. Kessinger came to Arkansas State prior to the 2003 season and compiled a 151-178-1 record over the last six years, including a 33-23 record in 2005, the fourth-most victories ever for an ASU baseball team. Continue reading

New UCF coach wants to finish current job in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. — Hours after being introduced as the new head baseball coach at the University of Central Florida, LSU pitching coach and recruiting coordinator Terry Rooney arrived Thursday night at the site of the College World Series.

His long-range plans for UCF now take a backseat to his immediate goal: to finish the job the right way with LSU.

Stetson coach Pete Dunn, for whom Rooney worked as pitching coach in 2002 and 2003, said LSU fans shouldn’t worry about Rooney’s focus being in the wrong place during the CWS, which begins this weekend. Continue reading

Dan Spencer officially announce as the Head Coach at Texas Tech.


Longtime assistant at Oregon State and former Red Raider becomes eighth head coach in school history

LUBBOCK, Texas – Dan Spencer was formally introduced as the eighth head baseball coach in Texas Tech school history today at a news conference held in the Masked Rider Lobby at Jones AT&T Stadium on the Texas Tech University campus.

Spencer succeeds Larry Hays who spent the last 22 seasons as the head coach of the Red Raiders and stepped down from his position back on June 2. He becomes just the eighth head coach in school history joining E.Y. Freeland (1925-27), R. Higginbotham (1928-29), Bettie Feathers (1954-60), Berl Huffman (1961-67), Kal Segrist (1968-83), Gary Ashby (1984-86) and Larry Hays (1987-2008). Continue reading

Ouachita Baptist hires New Coach

ARKADELPHIA – Ouachita Baptist Director of Athletics David Sharp announced Friday the hiring of new Tiger baseball coach Chris Moddelmog from Fort Scott Community College.

Moddelmog succeeds Scott Norwood, who took the head coaching position at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

“I am very excited to announce that we have hired Chris to be our head baseball coach,” Sharp said. “He brings a very strong background in recruiting to our position. He will also bring a very aggressive style in the way he coaches the game. Also he has a good record of recruiting quality young men with the aspiration to attain a college degree. Continue reading

Donny Harrel Hired As Seattle University Head Baseball Coach

Donnie HarrelThe first coach of the reinstated Seattle University Redhawks baseball team will be Donny Harrel. Harrel is currently an assistant coach at Washington, and was previously an assistant coach at Oregon State.

Harrel’s first day on the job will be July 1. The Redhawks will field a Division I team for the 2009-2010 season.

Story from the Seattle U. site: Donny Harrel Hired As Seattle University Head Baseball Coach

Dotolo resigns at Hofstra

HEMPSTEAD, NY – Hofstra University Head Baseball Coach Chris Dotolo has resigned his position effective June 15, Pride Director of Athletics Jack Hayes announced today.

Dotolo, the 12th baseball coach in Hofstra history, took over the reigns of the program when the Pride joined the competitive Colonial Athletic Association in 2002. He completed his seventh season in 2008 with a 19-36 season record and a 7-23 mark in the CAA. In his seven seasons, Dotolo posted a 125-244-1 record. He is just the third Hofstra coach to win 100 games for the Pride, a feat he accomplished with a 10-9 win over James Madison on April 21, 2007, joining Jack Smith (179 wins) and Rich Martin (127 wins). Continue reading

John Cohen the New Head Coach of Mississippi State?


Mississippi State will hold a 1 p.m. CT press conference this Saturday, June 7, in the Bryan Athetic Administration Building to announce its new head baseball coach.

The press conference will be carried live and free of charge through Maroon to the Max, MSU’s premium streaming service. To access the video stream, fans simply need to visit M2M’s Live Events Page at the press conference time on Saturday and click on the associated link to watch the event.

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UK’s John Cohen leaving; replacement named


University of Kentucky baseball head coach John Cohen has resigned as coach of the Wildcats, and associate head coach Gary Henderson has been promoted to the top spot, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced Friday afternoon.

Henderson, UK’s associate head coach and pitching coach for the past five years, becomes the 25th head coach in the 104-year history of Wildcat baseball. Henderson has been a cornerstone in the success of the UK program over the past five years, helping transform the Wildcats into an annual national contender. Henderson’s 2008 staff was the best in the Southeastern Conference, pacing the conference with a 3.71 team ERA, ranking as the second-best ERA in school history.

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Donnie Watson out at Stephen F. Austin

Donnie Watson of Stephen F. Austin will not be returning to the Stephen F. Austin program after a 25-29 overall record and a Southland Conference mark of 12-17. Watson led the Lumberjacks to a 71-98 record over the last three seasons after the program was reinstated after being dropped in 1995. The CBB talked with Donnie Watson about the 2008 season earlier this year. Continue reading

Hays out at Texas Tech; Spencer to take over

According to some reports, Larry Hays who has been the head coach of the Texas Tech program for the last 22 seasons will retire and assistant coach Dan Spencer will take over the head coaching duties. This move was widely reported last year as Hays was nearing the end of his coaching career and Spencer left two time national champion Oregon State for Lubbock. Continue reading