The College Baseball Blog recently had a chance to talk to Dan Hartleb of Illinois. He is entering his fourth season with the Fighting Illini after spending 15 years as an assistant coach at Illinois under Richard “Itch” Jones. Coach Hartleb talks about his expectations for the 2009 squad and some of the hottest topics in College Baseball today. Continue reading CBB Interview with Dan Hartleb (Illinois)
The College Baseball Blog is committed to bringing our readers some insight from coaches from around the country. We continue our series of interviews today with Penn’s John Cole. He is currently entering his fourth season in charge of the Quakers program. Last season saw the Penn program finish the season with a 15-23-1 overall record with a conference record of 6-13-1. They ended up finishing in third place in the Gehrig Division with 8.5 games separating them from the first place Columbia Lions. John Cole came over to Penn after a highly successful six year run at Rowan College in New Jersey. Continue reading CBB Interview with John Cole (Penn)
What was the driving force behind bringing back baseball as a varsity sport at Seattle U.?
Baseball was brought back at SU because our upper campus wanted its once strong sport back in participation. It was actually scheduled to be brought back 3 years from now, but the administration pushed it through and we now have the 4th Division I baseball program in the state of Washington.
Where will you be playing your home games?
We are currently working with the city of Bellevue to create a long term lease to play our home games at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Washington.
What will your schedule look like for 2010?
We have a great schedule for 2010. Since we chose to go independent, we were able to pick and choose the teams we will be playing. As of right now, we have Division I opponents UW, WSU, Gonzaga, U. of Portland, U. of the Pacific, Oregon, Oregon State, Dallas Baptist, St. Mary’s, BYU, Nevada-Reno and New Mexico with some scheduling still to go. Continue reading CBB Interview with Donny Harrel (Seattle U.)
The College Baseball Blog is committed to bringing our readers some insight from coaches from around the nation. We continue our series of interviews with Temple’s Rob Valli. He is currently entering his fourth season in charge of the Temple program. The Owls finished 2008 with a fourth place finish in the Atlantic 10 conference and made their first postseason appearance since 2002. Valli came over to Temple after a highly successful run at Gloucester County College. Continue reading CBB Interview with Rob Valli (Temple)
The College Baseball Blog recently had a chance to talk to Tracy Smith of Indiana. He is entering his fourth season with the Hoosiers after spending nine seasons with Miami (Ohio) where he won two conference tournament titles. Coach Smith talks about his expectations for the 2009 squad and some of the hottest topics in College Baseball today. Continue reading CBB Interview with Tracy Smith (Indiana)
The College Baseball Blog recently had a chance to talk to Tim Sinicki of Binghamton University. He is entering his 17th season with the Bearcats. He has seen the program change from a Division III school into a Division 1 member of the America East conference. Coach Sinicki talks about his expectations for the 2009 squad and some of the hottest topics in College Baseball today. Continue reading CBB Interview with Tim Sinicki (Binghamton)
College Baseball Blog WAC correspondent and bleedCrimson.net editor Sam Wasson recently sat down with New Mexico State head baseball coach Rocky Ward. The Aggie baseball season begins February 20th and Coach Ward provided an update on the team as they ready for the 2009 season. The Aggies completed a successful fall practice season and we have Coach Ward’s thoughts on his team. In this interview he talks about his infielders.
Sam Wasson: Let’s talk about your infield players and who you’re looking at for the upcoming season.
Rocky Ward: At first base Chris Auten’s back. He’s the heir apparent there but a kid named Ben Hardy came in this fall and just absolutely lit it up. If you look at his fall statistics, of course fall stats you’ve always got to take with a little bit of a grain of salt because they’re against yourselves. Ben hit .460 in the fall with 15 home runs, nine doubles and 53 RBIs. That’s about as big a fall as I’ve had out of anybody. It’s a bigger fall than what Billy Becher did or Ryan Kinning, Mark Aranda, any of those guys. The last guy, and we don’t really keep stats for this but Adam Harvey as a junior hit 14 home runs one fall and that was just miraculous. He was the first guy to ever go into double figures in home runs [in the fall] and he turns around and hits eight that year or something. Those are the two guys at first base. Continue reading CBB Interview With New Mexico State’s Rocky Ward
The College Baseball Blog recently had a chance to talk to Jedd Soto of Saint Mary’s College. He is entering his sixth season with the Gaels after spending the previous six seasons with Feather River College. He led the team to four season with more then 30 victories including three Regional titles and a Super Regional Title. Soto talks about his 2009 squad and some of the biggest issues in College Baseball today. Continue reading CBB Interview with Jedd Soto (Saint Mary’s)
The College Baseball Blog recently had a chance to talk to Lelo Prado of South Florida. He is entering his third season with the Bulls after spending the previous eleven seasons with Louisville. He is still the career leader in victories for the Cardinals. He came to Louisville after spending seven seasons with the Tampa Spartans winning two national championships. In his interview with us, he speaks about his expectations for the 2009 season and some of the big issues around college baseball. Continue reading CBB Interview with Lelo Prado (South Florida)
The College Baseball Blog recently had a chance to talk to new Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson. He is entering his first season in charge of the program after being an assistant coach for the previous five seasons. He discusses his expectations for the 2009 campaign and some issues in College Baseball. Continue reading CBB Interview with Gary Henderson (Kentucky)