While driving back to West Point on Sunday morning from my hometown in Charlotte, NC., I was able to do a lot of thinking. Ten hours in a car by yourself affords you that opportunity. My mind wondered between reminiscing about my last summer at home as a college student and how fast the college experience goes. For this edition of my College Baseball Daily Journal, I decided to provide my outlook on a few separate topics relating to college and appreciation of time. This not only relates to collegiate athletes but also anyone who is currently studying in college. Continue reading
I hope everyone is enjoying the tail end of their summers. I know my good friend Jake Fincher of NC State is. He is making it look easy and tearing it up for the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod League! This week, I decided to go away from the baseball and give you a little top-secret intel so don’t tell anyone.
The typical incoming college freshmen has to attend orientation, get moved into their new dorm room with mom and dad, or even take a few summer courses to get ahead on their college credits. Our freshmen take part in a little different “freshman orientation.” Every incoming West Point cadet must complete a seven week basic training. It doesn’t matter if you are a football player, a baseball player, or an academic stud. It is mandatory for all. The name for this training is BEAST Barracks. Continue reading
The 2014 College World Series is “in the books” and various collegiate summer leagues around the country are winding down–focus is gradually returning to textbooks and 8 a.m. classes (for some of us). Beginning now and continuing through the fall and spring semesters, I will be taking you along with me as I comment on my experiences through the lens of a fourth year college baseball player. I consider it a privilege to not only write to you as a college baseball player but also as a current West Point cadet and student-athlete. I am eager to share my perspective as well as my team’s throughout the extent of this blog as it has come to my attention that our college situation at Army is “slightly” different than the normal college experience. No, we do not carry firearms in our travel bags, nor do we have any war stories. We are just college athletes that have a different career path than most of our peers at other universities. Continue reading
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Matt Reid, who held the position of interim head baseball coach this past season, has been selected as Army’s new head baseball coach, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan announced today. Reid becomes the 17th head coach in the program’s 124 year history.
“After an exhaustive national search, the search committee and I realized we had the best candidate for our job right here at Army West Point,” said Corrigan. “Matt has demonstrated outstanding leadership this past season and continues to put his stamp on the program. As we looked over the very attractive pool, Matt’s commitment to the values and standards of West Point made him the ideal candidate. We could not be more excited for Matt, our cadets and the members of the Army Baseball Family.” Continue reading
Army baseball has announced that they are doing a national search for a new head coach after Matt Reid served as the Interim Head Coach for the 2015 season. Reid took over the program on September 24th, 2013 when Joe Sottolano was given his walking papers. The Black Knights had a solid season going 33-18 and 15-5 in Patriot League play. Continue reading
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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – For the second straight season, there is a tie at the top of the Patriot League Baseball preseason poll as both Army and Navy shared the top spot in the rankings announced on Thursday.
The Black Knights and Mids were even with 42 points apiece, with Army garnering five first-place votes to three for the Navy. Holy Cross was not far behind with 35 points and a pair of first-place votes, while Bucknell took home 31 points and the remaining two first-place votes followed by Lehigh (17) and Lafayette (13). Continue reading
With 2014 quickly approaching the Patriot League and its members continue to work hard in anticipation for a new Patriot League season. With many changes to all the rosters, it promises to be a very competitive season that could be full of some upsets. As always Army, Navy and Holy Cross will be the teams to beat in 2014 with Bucknell, Lafayette and Lehigh rounding out the bottom of the standings. Continue reading
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WEST POINT, N.Y. – Fifty-two regular season games, including 21 at Doubleday Field at Johnson Stadium, highlight the 2014 Army baseball schedule, announced today by interim head coach Matt Reid.
The Black Knights won the 2013 Patriot League Championship Series and advanced to the NCAA Tournament and will begin their quest for another league title and national appearance on February 14 against William and Mary. Continue reading
The Army, Navy, and Air Force baseball programs have been forced to stop fall competitions with the federal government shutting down all intercollegiate activities at the service academies. This weekend’s football games between Navy and Air Force and the Army at Boston College are both unlikely to happen unless the government shutdown is resolved in the very near future.
Update #1: College Baseball Daily has learned that Joe Sottolano was let go for “sexual misconduct” according to several sources. It did not involve any current Army students.
College Baseball Daily has learned that Army has fired Joe Sottolano for a “pattern of behavior” according to a press release from the academy. Sottolano had been coaching at West Point since 1992 becoming the head coach in 2000. He has a career record of 391-286-5 in his 13 years as the head coach. Continue reading