The College Baseball Blog continues our series of interviews with various head coaches around the nation. We recently were able to talk with South Alabama’s Steve Kittrell. He is entering his 26th season in charge of the South Alabama Jaguars. He last led the team to the NCAA Tournament in 2006 when they received an at large berth. They last won the Sun Belt tournament title in 2005 and won the entire conference in 2004. Continue reading CBB Interview with Steve Kittrell (South Alabama)
The College Baseball Blog continues our series of interviews with Louisville’s Dan McDonnell. He is entering his third season in charge of the Cardinals program. He led the team to the College World Series in 2007 and last year the team received an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament before bowing out in the Athens Regional.
1. Louisville is coming off a 41-21 overall record and a 16-11 record in the Big East conference. This season you return seven out of your top eight hitters from the 2008 Big East Tournament Championship squad. Who do you think has improved the most during your fall workouts in 2008? Continue reading CBB Interview with Dan McDonnell (Louisville)
The College Baseball Blog is committed to bringing our readers some insight from coaches from around the coaches. We start our series of interviews with Kent State’s Scott Stricklin. He is entering his fifth season in charge of the program. He made the MAC Championship game in 2008 while making the NCAA Tourney in 2007.
1. Kent State is coming off a 36-21 campaign while going 16-8 in the MAC. The Golden Flashes made the championship game of the MAC but ended up losing to Eastern Michigan. This season you return Greg Rohan who was named as the 2008 MAC Player of the Year and Ben Klafczynski who was named to many Freshman All-American teams. After fall workouts, Who else has made the biggest improvement during fall workouts? Continue reading CBB Interview with Scott Stricklin (Kent State)
University of New Orleans head coach Tom Walter recently sat down with UNOPrivateers.com to discuss the team in 2009. He discusses the plans for the 2009 season as the team was devasted with large losses in experianced ballplayers. He also discusses how the renovations to Privateer Park while talking about how hard the team competed in Fall Ball. Continue reading UNO’s Tom Walter talks about 2009 season
San Jose State head baseball coach Sam Piraro recently sat down to do a lengthy interview with the official Spartans website. He talks about many different topics ranging from his favorite music to what he does outside of the baseball diamond. The interview also discusses how Piraro sees the collegiate game today with the increase in exposure with the introduction of Regional coverage by ESPN and other television partners. Continue reading SJSUSpartans.com sits down with Sam Piraro
Jim Schlossnagle sat down with GoFrogs.com the official website of TCU Sports to discuss fall workouts recently. He talks about why they had a different format for the fall world series this season with a long 15 game series which came down to the last game. He also talks about how he plans on replacing Andrew Cashner who was the first reliever selected in the 2008 MLB Draft. He talks about many other things in addition with some lineup changes and other things. Continue reading GoFrogs sits down with Jim Schlossnagle
Toledo’s Cory Mee recently sat down with the official Toledo Rockets website to talk about the fall baseball season. He focuses on how the coaching staff evaluted the fall workouts focusing on pitching, defense, and clutch hitting. The biggest problem for Toledo the last few years has been the depth of the pitching staff which returns 11 letterwinners with five incoming freshmen to have some depth. Continue reading Toledo’s Cory Mee talks with UTRockets.com
David Perno who is entering his eighth season in Athens Georgia recently talked with GeorgiaDogs.com about 2008 Fall Practice. He talks about the potential rotation which will be lead by Trevor Holder. He also goes over the starting lineup if the season started today with Rich Poythress in the cleanup spot and becoming the offensive force in the middle of the Georgia lineup with the loss of Gordon Beckham. Continue reading GeorgiaDogs.com talks with David Perno
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 McNally talks with GoDuke.com
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.
Continue reading TCBB talks with Hall of Fame Coach Ed Flaherty, Part 2