Tag Archives: Interviews with Coaches

CBB Interview With New Mexico State’s Rocky Ward Part 2

Rocky Ward
Rocky Ward

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 outfielders.

LF: We’ve moved [Leo] Aguirre from a 1B/DH role to left field. Leo’s not a real good runner, but he’s really really worked hard this fall. He’s cut his 60-yard dash speed by about 4/10ths of a seconds which is practically unheard of. He’s really worked hard, he played there a couple innings last year just to get him in the lineup because late in the year he was just hot. Almost a must have in the lineup guy. We project him going into the year to be the starting left fielder. He’s not going to go take balls off the wall but he’ll catch stuff that he gets to, he throws the ball accurately, breaks well. When you go back and look at his fall statistics he hit .468 with 11 doubles and six home runs, 32 RBIs in 94 at bats.

This is the best offensive fall team we’ve ever put together. Will it become the best offensive spring team in the school’s history? It very well might.
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TexAgs.com talks with Rob Childress

TexAgs.com writer Gabe Bock recently sat down with Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress to discuss his expectations for the 2009 season. He talks about his projected lineup which is led by All-American candidate Kyle Colligan. The pitching staff should be solid as LHP Brooks Raley is expected to get the ball on Friday and RHP Barret Loux will be the Saturday starter. The Sunday starter is not decided right now as former Winthrop ace Alex Wilson is fighting with Clayton Ehlert for the spot. Continue reading

CBB Interview with Dan Hartleb (Illinois)

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Coach Hartleb (Courtesy of Illinois Media Relations)

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 John Cole (Penn)

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John Cole (Courtesy of Penn Media Relations)

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

Coach Bob Todd Audio from Day 1 of Practice

Coach Bob Todd enters the 2009 season just 45 wins away from 1,000 for his career. Courtesy: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Coach Bob Todd enters the 2009 season just 45 wins away from 1,000 for his career. Courtesy: OhioStateBuckeyes.com

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Midway through the first official full team practice of the 2009 season Monday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Ohio State head baseball coach Bob Todd took time to answer questions from some inquiring minds.
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CBB Interview with Donny Harrel (Seattle U.)

Donny Harrel - Courtesy Seattle U.
Donny Harrel

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 Rob Valli (Temple)

041608_baseball_george_mason_021 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 Tracy Smith (Indiana)

Tracy Smith (Courtesy of IU Media Relations)
Tracy Smith (Courtesy of IU Media Relations)

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 Tim Sinicki (Binghamton)

Tim Sinicki (Courtesy of Binghamton University)

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 New Mexico State’s Rocky Ward

Rocky Ward
Rocky Ward

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