Dan McDonnell, Head Coach, LOUISVILLE
On June 27, 2006, Dan McDonnell, one of the top young minds in college baseball, was named the 18th head coach of the University of Louisville baseball team. And on June 15, 2007, McDonnell and the Cardinals took the field at hallowed Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha for game one of the 2007 College World Series. Not bad for 353 days on the job.
As the first rookie head coach to lead his team to Omaha in 27 years, McDonnell was named National Coach of the Year by Rivals.com after guiding the Cardinals to a then-school record 47 wins during that 2007 season. He followed that impressive debut season by leading Louisville to nine more NCAA appearances during the next 10 years, including three more College World Series berths in 2013, 2014 and 2017, as well as eight conference regular season titles and two conference tournament championships. McDonnell added his second career National Coach of the Year honor following the 2017 season receiving the award from Baseball America. In McDonnell's 11 seasons as head coach, Louisville ranks third nationally in wins with 509, including a school-record 53 wins during the record-setting 2017 season.
As the top assistant and recruiting coordinator for Mike Bianco at the University of Mississippi for six seasons prior to taking over as head coach at Louisville, McDonnell and the Rebels had four top-20 recruiting classes and three groups that ranked in the top 10 nationally.
Before his arrival in Oxford, Miss., McDonnell was an assistant and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, The Citadel, for eight seasons. During his playing days for the Bulldogs, McDonnell earned four letters, helping The Citadel to the 1990 College World Series, marking the first time a military school has made the trip to Omaha. As a second baseman, he was named first-team All-Southern Conference as a junior.
McDonnell graduated from The Citadel in 1992 and later completed his master's degree in business administration in 1995. He is married to the former Julie Anne Underwood of Charlotte, N.C. The couple has two sons, Jake and Justin.
Spencer Allen, Head Coach, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Spencer Allen is in his third season as the head coach at Northwestern. He was named the 26th head baseball coach on June 14, 2015. In 2017, Allen coached Northwestern to its first appearance in the Big Ten Tournament since 2010 and a run to the Big Ten Tournament championship game for the first time since 1984. Allen turned the team around from a 6-18 start and posted a 21-12 record the rest of the way, including a 13-11 record in Big Ten play.
Allen came to Northwestern after serving as an assistant coach at Illinois in 2015. He helped the Fighting Illini set the school record with 50 wins and win the first NCAA Regional in program history.
Prior to his stint with Illinois, Allen served a two-year stretch as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Creighton. From 2010-12, Allen worked as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Washington State University, where he helped those squads average more than 30 wins per season. Allen was the recruiting coordinator for the Purde Boilermakers during the 2008-09 campaigns. Additionally, he has worked as a scout in the Detroit Tigers organization, and as a volunteer coach at Iowa (2004). Allen's coaching career began at Edmonds Community College in 2002, where he was an assistant coach. Allen played three seasons at Iowa State from 1999-2001. He was a team captain during his final season and a 2001 All-Big XII Academic selection.
Allen is married to the former Jessica Draemel, a former softball student-athlete at Stanford University, where she helped the Cardinals reach the 2001 Women's College World Series. The couple has one daughter, Jada, and a son, Cole.
John McCormack, Head Coach, FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
John McCormack completed his ninth season as head baseball coach at Florida Atlantic in 2017 after serving 11 years as associate head coach and seven years as an assistant coach. He will go into the 2018 season with an overall record of 317-203-1.
The Owls finished third in Conference USA during the regular season (18-12), and wrapped the year at 35-21-1 after advancing to the C-USA semifinal round. Twenty-four players have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft during McCormack’s seven seasons as head coach. A total of 102 FAU players that McCormack has recruited or coached at FAU have continued their professional baseball careers.
McCormack was promoted to associate head coach in 1998, having joined the staff in 1991. FAU’s baseball program has been built around the premise that McCormack would find athletes with the desire to win. The coaching staff would develop talent and the players would become better.
Before joining FAU, McCormack played for nearby Lynn University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1990. At Lynn, McCormack earned all-conference honors his junior year as a catcher and his senior season as a third baseman. Prior to Lynn, he attended Indian River Community College and Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton.
Born in New York, McCormack has lived in South Florida for more than 30 years. He and his wife, Katrina, reside in Boca Raton with their two sons, Conor and Shane.
Shawn Stiffler, Head Coach, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
Head Coach Shawn Stiffler enters his sixth season at the helm for VCU in 2018. Over his tenure, the Rams have climbed back into national prominence. Entering the 2018 campaign, they stand as only one of 14 programs in the country with 35-plus wins over the last four seasons.
During his first two seasons, the VCU baseball program emerged as a nationally-recognized program, putting up back-to-back Top-25 finishes. Stifler was named the 2015 ABCA East-Region Coach of the Year following a tremendous 2015 season, in which the Rams claimed the Atlantic-10 Conference Championship, advanced to the first Super Regional appearance in program history, and finished the season ranked #17 in the nation by the NCBWA.
In December 2012, Stiffler was named the sixth head coach of the VCU Baseball program. Prior to his promotion, he spent six seasons as the Rams’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
During his 11 seasons as an assistant, Stiffler, coached 29 MLB draft picks, 15 of which he personally recruited, 13 of those 15 were pitchers.
Stiffler was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2012 season. Prior to his arrival at VCU, the skipper found success as an assistant at his alma mater, George Mason. for five years.
Stiffler earned a B.A. degree in communications from George Mason in December 2001, after a four-year career as a pitcher for the Patriots. He is a 1997 graduate of Somerset High School, where he earned honorable mention All-America honors from USA Today and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 53rd round. He currently resides in Richmond with his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Wade, Scout, and Penn.
Billy Mohl, Head Coach, University of South Florida
Billy Mohl joined the USF baseball coaching staff in June 2014 and was named the program’s seventh head coach on June 30, 2017. Mohl served as the team’s assistant coach from 2015-17, when his main responsibilities were working with the pitching staff.
In Mohl’s third season as the architect of the pitching staff, the arms reaped the benefits of his leadership and had one of the best seasons in program history. The staff posted a program record 620 strikeouts, as it was the third-consecutive season of at least 500 strikeouts and the first time the Bulls have ever matched 500+ strikeouts over a three year span. The team’s 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings led the nation and set a program record.
Mohl came to USF after five seasons under head coach Mark Kingston at Illinois State, where the pitching staff saw dramatic improvements under his tutelage. He was a recipient of the 2013 Tom Walter College Baseball Inspiration Award, which recognizes examples of inspiration in college baseball and is presented annually by CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
Prior to arriving in Normal, Mohl spent three seasons at his alma mater, assisting Tulane to 107 wins over that period. During his standout four-year career with the Green Wave, Mohl set the school single-season and career record for fewest walks-per-nine-inning average with marks of 1.27 (in 2003) and 1.67, respectively. The right-hander went 9-0 as a senior, becoming just the second regular starter in Tulane history to go undefeated.
Born in Wheatridge, Co., Mohl completed his bachelor’s degree at Tulane University in May 2007. He resides in Tampa with his wife, Krista, sons Hunter and Brock and stepsons Mason and Grant.
Chad Caillet, Associate Head Coach, UNIVERSITY SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
Over a decade, Chad Caillet not only has helped mine prospects for the Southern Miss baseball program, but also polished their offensive and defensive skills once they've arrived.
Chad Caillet, who enters his 11th season as Associate Head Coach in the Southern Miss baseball program, serves as the team's recruiting coordinator while also working with the Golden Eagles' offense and infield defense. In 11 seasons at Southern Miss, the Golden Eagles have played in six NCAA Regionals, one NCAA Super Regional and the 2009 College World Series. This past year, after the team registered a school-record 50 victories en route to leading Conference USA in almost every offensive category, Caillet earned the C-USA Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Caillet, who came to Southern Miss after a brief stint at McNeese State, was an assistant at Southeastern Louisiana University for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Prior to SLU, Caillet spent four years at Meridian Community College, including one season as its head coach. Other coaching stops included a year at both Mississippi College and Millsaps College after he broke into the coaching ranks with a year-long stint at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Caillet also coached two summers in the Cotton States League, including leading the Meridian Marauders to the league championship as manager.
As a player, Caillet was an all-district infielder at Hahnville (La.) High and went on to play for Copiah-Lincoln, before finishing his career at Southern Miss as an infielder under Coach Hill Denson. He earned both his bachelor's degree (1998) and his master's degree (2000) from Southern Miss. Caillet is married to the former Jessica Compretta of Bay St. Louis, Miss., and they have a daughter, Carsyn, and a son, Coby.
Kainoa Correa, Infield Coach, CLEVELAND INDIANS
Kainoa Correa coached four seasons at UNC, serving as the overall Defensive Coordinator, Infield Coach, & Third Base Coach. Prior to coming to UNC, Correa spent three seasons as the Head Assistant at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. He originally joined the Puget Sound baseball staff in 2011 after a four-year playing career for Puget Sound. As Head Assistant, Correa served as recruiting coordinator, infield coach, and third-base coach. He also oversaw Puget Sound’s overall team defense, strength and conditioning program, and academic advising.
Correa is currently in his second summer with USA baseball as the head coach of the USA NTIS Northwest 17U Head Coach. As a player, Correa was an All-Conference Infielder at Waiakea High School in Hilo, Hawaii, helping to lead Waiakea to back-to-back top 3 state finishes. Collegiately at Puget Sound, he played second base, third base, and shortstop from 2007-2011. Coach Correa graduated from Puget Sound in 2011 with a degree in History. He currently resides in Windsor, Colorado.
Matt Hobbs, Pitching Coach, WAKE FOREST
Matt Hobbs joined the Wake Forest coaching staff in 2014 and enters his fourth year as the pitching coach in 2018.Before coming to Wake Forest, Hobbs spent four years as the pitching coach at his alma mater, Missouri in the SEC.
"Matt is on the cutting edge of developing elite throwers," said head coach Tom Walter. "He has a proven track of velocity improvement and his pitchers will be both mentally and physically tough." Hobbs spent the 2010 season as the pitching coach at the University of San Francisco.
Before USF, Hobbs spent three years as the associate head coach, pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at UC-San Diego. Prior to his stint at UC-San Diego, Hobbs spent two seasons as the pitching coach at Santa Barbara City College. During the summers, Hobbs was the pitching coach for Foresters Baseball, which won the National Baseball Congress World Series in 2006 after finishing runner-up in 2005. Hobbs also served one season as an assistant coach at Chapman University, where he worked with the pitchers and catchers.
Hobbs pitched at Missouri from 1999-2002, where he won 13 games and struck out 125 batters. Hobbs was drafted twice, first by the San Diego Padres in 2001 and then by the Kansas City Royals in 2002.
Hobbs and his wife, Marta, have two daughters, Addison and Taylor, and a son, Will.
Skylar Meade, Pitching Coach, UNIVERSITY SOUTH CAROLINA
Pitching coach Skylar Meade begins his first season on the Gamecock baseball coaching staff.
Meade joins Carolina after spending three seasons as the pitching coach at Michigan State University. Meade spent two seasons as the pitching coach at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Meade has had 12 pitchers picked in the MLB First-Year Player Draft in the past four years, including four in the top-10 rounds. Prior to joining the staff at MTSU, Meade worked for five seasons at Eastern Illinois, first as a graduate assistant and then as an assistant coach in 2009.
Meade joined the coaching staff at EIU after his playing career at the University of Louisville. With the Cardinals, Meade anchored a pitching staff that helped lead Louisville to the 2007 College World Series. The native of Louisville, Kentucky, earned a bachelor's degree in sports administration from Louisville in 2007 and completed a master's degree in kinesiology and sports studies (sports management) in the summer of 2009 from EIU.
Meade and his wife, Jesse, have one child, Kasen.
Chad Baum, Assistant Coach, CAL STATE FULLERTON
Wrapping up his 11th season at Cal State Fullerton in 2017, former Titan catcher Chad Baum returned to the Titans as the program’s volunteer assistant in 2012, his 13th season as a college coach at the time. Baum finished his 18th year as a collegiate coach in 2017 and is a veteran of six College World Series appearances as a Titan player and coach including a trip back to Omaha in 2017. Baum had spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at both UC Irvine and Santa Clara before returning to Fullerton.
Baum first served on a Titan staff in 2000 as an undergraduate assistant coach for then-Titan skipper George Horton. The next season he assumed the volunteer position. In 2005, he left Fullerton to be a part of Dave Serrano’s first staff at UC Irvine, where he served two seasons as the Anteaters’ first base coach, hitting instructor and catching tutor. He moved out of the Big West Conference and into the West Coast Conference in 2007 when he joined Mark O’Brien’s staff at Santa Clara for 5 seasons.
Baum, who graduated with a degree in kinesiology in 1999, was a Titan team captain in 1998 and again in 1999, when Fullerton reached the College World Series. Prior to his pair of seasons in a Titan uniform, Baum spent a season each at Santa Ana College and Golden West College in Huntington Beach. He was selected in the 42nd round of the 1997 draft by the San Francisco Giants. Baum prepped for Coach Mike Najera at Canyon H.S. in Anaheim Hills and earned honorable mention All-Century League honors. Baum earned his master’s degree in education in 2005 from Azuza Pacific. He, his wife, Kristin, and daughter, Kennedy, live in Anaheim Hills.
Karl Nonemaker, Assistant Coach, AUBURN UNIVERSITY
Karl Nonemaker, a former Auburn assistant and All-SEC outfielder at Vanderbilt, was recently named an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers' baseball program. Nonemaker spent the previous six seasons as an assistant and recruiting coordinator at Old Dominion University. Nonemaker was on Auburn's staff from 2005-07, helping the program to a NCAA Regional final in 2005.
Prior to Old Dominion, Nonemaker served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Monmouth University for two years.
A 20th-round draft choice of Philadelphia in 2002, Nonemaker's career includes two years playing professionally in the Philadelphia Phillies organization and 11 years coaching at three universities; Old Dominion (2012-17), Monmouth (2010-11) and Auburn. He also spent two years (2008-09) working for Louisville Slugger.
A four-year starter at Vanderbilt from 1999-02, Nonemaker was a freshman All-American in 1999 and first-team All-SEC outfielder in 2000. A native of Roxbury, N.J., Nonemaker was a four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, graduating from Vanderbilt with a degree in Human and Organizational Development in 2002. He and his wife Katie have two daughters, Ellie and Ainsley.
Eddie Smith, Assistant Coach, TULANE UNIVERSITY
Eddie Smith joined the Tulane baseball staff as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in the fall of 2017. He also coaches the Green Wave hitters and serves as third base coach. The Olympia, Wash., native spent the previous four years as head coach at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash. A graduate of Notre Dame, Smith has also coached at Virginia, Notre Dame and Santa Clara.
As head coach at Lower Columbia College, Smith was named the 2015 ABCA/Diamond Pacific Association Division National Coach of the Year. Smith began coaching as an assistant at Virginia where he helped the program emerge as a national power in baseball, earning three ACC Championships and two College World Series appearances in five years. In 2012 he joined the Santa Clara coaching staff as the hitting and third base coach. He then became an assistant coach at Notre Dame in 2013. Smith has also had stints in international coaching, spending time in the Dominican Republic, Aruba and Japan while also having played games in Russia and Canada.
As a player, Smith spent two years at Notre Dame, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish in 2006. Smith began his college career at Centralia Community College and was later inducted in to the Centralia College Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
Matt Talarico, Assistant Coach, WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY
Matt Talarico serves as the infield, base running and hitting coach and is also the player development coordinator. He is instrumental in the organization and implementation of individualized development plans for each player, including an emphasis on diet, nutrition and weight lifting.
He is formerly an assistant coach at Dayton, joining the Raider baseball coaching staff in August, 2015. Talarico, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, spent one year as Toledo’s volunteer assistant coach overseeing the outfielders as well as assisting with base running and bunting.
He went to Toledo in 2009 after two highly successful seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Division III Heidelberg in nearby Tiffin, Ohio. During the 2008 and 2009 seasons, the Student Princes posted a combined 78-19 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each season, winning both the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) regular season and tournament titles.
Prior to coaching at Heidelberg, Talarico played four seasons at Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana. In his final season, Talarico was named First Team All-HCAC and Third Team All-Mideast Region. A graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Talarico earned a bachelor's degree in history from Manchester in 2007. Talarico later continued his studies at Heidelberg and earned a master's of arts in education.
Chris Prothro, Assistant Coach, SOUTH ALABAMA
Chris Prothro enters his second season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at South Alabama in 2017.
Prothro spent eight seasons at Nicholls State, where he served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for his final four years, prior to joining the USA staff. Prior to his time at NSU, Prothro served as assistant coach at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) where he also held the title of hitting instructor while working with catchers and outfielders in addition to assisting with recruiting.
Prothro lettered for two seasons at Arkansas State (2004-05) as a catcher, and earned his bachelor’s degree in history from ASU in 2005. He also served as a graduate assistant at ASU prior to receiving his degree. He began his collegiate playing career at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La. before transferring to Crowder College for his sophomore season where he earned his associate’s degree.
Jason Maxwell, Head Coach, ENSWORTH HIGH SCHOOL
Coach Maxwell has been the Head Baseball Coach at Ensworth High School for ten years. Before coming to Ensworth, Coach Maxwell attended Middle Tennessee State University where he was an all-Conference player for the Blue Raiders baseball team in 1992 & 1993. The Chicago Cubs drafted Coach Maxwell in 1993. He went on to play professionally for 12 years, reaching the major leagues with the Cubs and the Minnesota Twins. In addition to coaching at Ensworth, Coach Maxwell has served for the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association and as a coach for USA Baseball 15u teams.