The LSU Tigers released their 2011 schedule a few weeks ago, which features your typical 56 games (30 SEC and 26 OOC). The interesting part is that they will only leave Alex Box Stadium for two out of conference road games and one neutral site game at Zephyr Field in Metairie, LA. Is it good for College Baseball to have a marquee program play mostly home games? I thought we would take this time to see how different coaches around the country put together their respective schedules.
New UNLV head coach Tim Chambers enters his first season in charge of the Rebels baseball program. He is taking over a program that had a disappointing 2009 campaign as they went 29-29 overall while going 11-13 in the Mountain West Conference. Chambers takes over from Buddy Gouldsmith who was in charge of the program for seven seasons.
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The Rebels will play 30 of their 56 games in the friendly confines of Wilson Stadium, including 15 of their first 21 to start the year. UNLV will also square up against six teams that qualified for postseason play a year ago, including conference rivals TCU and New Mexico for six games apiece.
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RENO, Nev. – After conducting a national search University of Nevada head baseball coach Gary Powers has hired former UNLV head coach Buddy Gouldsmith as an assistant coach for the Wolf Pack. Gouldsmith will work with the outfielders, hitters and coach third base for the Pack.
“Buddy brings a tremendous amount of Division I experience to our staff,” said Powers. “His recruiting ties and knowledge of our opponents we play will be great asset to our staff.”
In seven seasons directing the UNLV program from 2004-10 he posted a mark of 202-217 earning his 200th career victory this past season. The 202 wins ranks second among Rebel baseball coaches. He became just the fourth UNLV baseball coach to reach 100 wins and was the fastest to reach 100 victories.
UNLV has hired Tim Chambers to become the sixth head coach in the history of the Rebels baseball program. He has been the head coach the previous 11 years at the College of Southern Nevada where he has won seven conference championships, three regional titles, two district crowns, and the 2003 JUCO World Series Championship. This past season Chambers received national attention as he coached Bryce Harper who was the number 1 pick of the 2010 MLB Draft. He led the team to a 52-16 record and a number 2 national ranking. You can check out the full press release from UNLV below.
UNLV recently dismissed Buddy Goldsmith as the baseball coach (FULL ARTICLE) but the UNLV athletic department isn’t helping the program succeed with some interesting fundraising efforts. Ed Graney of The Las Vegas Review-Journal details how the UNLV athletic department fundraises under one universal umbrella giving out money from a central fund. If they had separate funds for individual sports it could be easier to get funds for the Rebels baseball program.
The second coaching change in the Mountain West conference has come today with the announcement that UNLV head coach Buddy Gouldsmith will not have his contract renewed for next season. Goulsmith has been the Rebels head coach since the 2004 season as he has a career record of 200-211 entering into action on Tuesday night. According to the press release, UNLV will conduct a national search for a new coach. It should be interesting to see who gets this position in the coming months as the expectations in the Mountain West Conference has risen with the success of TCU. You can check out the full press release below.
The LSU Tigers had an absolutely terrible loss to New Orleans in Baton Rouge. The Privateers scored four runs over the last two innings to grab the 7-4 victory over the Tigers in the likely last matchup between the schools as UNO heads down to Division 3 next season.
Matt Szczur went a perfect 5-5 at the plate with four runs scored and drove in five RBI as he lead the Villanova Wildcats to a 17-10 victory over cross-town rival Temple. In his first two at-bats, he hit two doubles before adding a triple, a two run-homer, and a seventh inning single to complete the cycle. Szczur is currently leading the team in hitting with a .439 batting average while hitting two homers and driving in 33 runs. Szczur was a FCS All-American in football in the fall and is expected to lead the Wildcats on the gridiron in the 2010 season also.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – New Mexico took two of three from top-ranked Texas, winning Sunday’s rubber match (3-1). Also on Sunday, No. 11 TCU completed a three-game sweep of Sam Houston State with a 15-2 triumph, while UNLV won the finale of a three-game series with Sacramento State (18-14).
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -New Mexico scored four unanswered runs to rally for a 6-5 upset of No. 1 Texas on Saturday, while No. 11 TCU won a 12-7 slugfest with Sam Houston State. Utah also collected a win in non-conference action, splitting a twinbill with UC Davis (7-1, 1-6).