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One of the most respected pitching coaches in the nation, Troy Buckley enters his seventh season as the head coach of Long Beach State in 2017. In his first six seasons, Buckley has led the Dirtbags to a winning record in every season and a pair of NCAA Regional appearances in 2014 and 2016.
The Dirtbags enjoyed their most successful season in the Troy Buckley era in 2016, reaching a national ranking of No. 17 in the country. Long Beach State went 38-22, including a nine-game winning streak, to register the most wins in a season since 2008 and finish second in the Big West Conference.
In 2014, Buckley's Dirtbags posted a 34-26 overall record, earning an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. There they advanced to the regional final, beating North Carolina twice to reach the final game.
Under Buckley's leadership, the squad lowered its team ERA by nearly a full point to 3.55 from 4.67, and he led the team to a 29-27 finish against the nation's third-toughest schedule, just missing a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Buckley stepped up as the head coach for Long Beach State after he had made his return as the team's associate head coach for the 2010 season. That move was on the heels of spending two years as the Minor League Pitching Coordinator with the Pirates. In that position, Buckley oversaw the overall development of every arm in the Pirates farm system, and also worked in conjunction with the Major League ballclub over spring training development and through the season regarding player movement.
Buckley previously served three years at his alma mater, Santa Clara, as an assistant coach. From 1998 to 2000, Buckley was the Broncos' hitting coach, pitching consultant and recruiting coordinator.
Prior to his work with the Broncos, Buckley was a coach in the Montreal Expos organization from 1996 to 1997. In 1996, he served as the hitting and third base coach for AA Ottawa and in 1997 he was the pitching coach for the Gulf Coast League rookie league Expos in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Buckley was a ninth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 1989. He spent three years in the Twins organization, including the 1991 season with AAA Portland. In 1993 and 1994, Buckley was a member of the Reds' AA Chattanooga team before moving to the Expos AA affiliate in Harrisburg in 1995.
Bill Butler is the former Groundskeeper for the MLB and MIB Teams Lehigh Valley Ironpigs, Trenton Thunder, New York Mets, Lakewood Blue Claws, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and Kansas City Royals. In 1990, Butler started his career as a groundskeeper and for the following 15 years has built up an impressive resume of work in professional baseball. He worked six years at the Major League level and earned five Groundskeeper of the Year awards. He even built a field from scratch with two separate start up operations.
For years, Bill dried off the mound after rain and reset the infield during the seventh-inning stretch, as well as many other duties behind the scenes. In 2006, he became the groundskeeper of the Connecticut Defenders after working as the head groundskeeper of the New York Mets for two years. Before that, he worked in the Eastern League with the Orioles in 1998 and left at the end of the year to work as the head groundskeeper for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
Bill enjoys sharing his knowledge to improve sports fields for youth around the country. His presentation
This is Troy Cameron’s third year as the Head Varsity Coach for St Thomas Aquinas’ baseball program. Although it is only his 3rd year as head coach, he is no stranger to STA baseball. Troy has coached the fall baseball program the last 4 years and is also an alumni of St Thomas Aquinas. He was a 4 time Varsity lettermen in baseball during his years at St Thomas. As a freshman, he served as the DH and also started a few games pitching. His sophomore year he was the starting shortstop on the 1995 State Championship team that finished ranking #4 in the nation.
Missouri Baseball has added veteran coach Fred Corral to its coaching staff, announced in August by head coach Steve Bieser. One of the most experienced and sought-after pitching coaches in the country, Corral brings with him nearly a quarter century of coaching experience after a successful career in both college and professional baseball. Corral brings a 'no-limits' approach to coaching with a tireless work ethic.
With 24 years of coaching experience across all levels of baseball, 8 of those years have come in the Southeastern Conference with three coming in professional baseball. He spent the last four seasons at fellow SEC East foe Georgia, coaching 12 pitchers to MLB Draft selections. In all 24 years, 78 pitchers have been selected in the draft with 9 of those brothers making it to the big leagues: Matt Riley, Adam Bernero, Mike Neu, Joe Horgan, Daniel McCutchen, Garrett Richards, Charlie Zink, Luke Hochevar and Sam Moll.
Before his time at Georgia, Corral helped Memphis to arguably its best four-year stretch on the mound in program history. Corral's roots in the SEC run much deeper than his most recent time at Georgia. He coached at Tennessee in two different stints from 2002-04 and 2007-09 wrapped around a 3-year stint at the University of Oklahoma.
As a player, Corral was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a LHP at Cal in 1987. The Golden Bears' eighth 10-game winner, Corral set a school record for single-season win-loss percentage with a perfect 10-0 record as a junior in 1987. Corral helped lead the Golden Bears to their fourth College World Series appearance in 1988.
Corral is married to the former Cynthia Drost, of Ripon, Calif., and they have three children, Kaitlyn Joy (17), Justin Jerome (13) and Jordan Patrick (6).
Billy Gernon enters his eighth season as the head coach of the Broncos and is only the eighth coach in 108 years of Western Michigan Baseball. In 2016, Gernon led Western Michigan to its first NCAA appearance in 27 years after winning the MAC Tournament Championship for the first time in school history. During his seven year tenure, Gernon has led the Broncos to the MAC tournament six times, only missing in 2013, and has a 10-11 post season record. The MAC tournament has been in existence for 28 years and prior to the Gernon the program was 4-18 in the post season. During Gernon’s seven year stint, only two teams from the MAC have more post season victories and only two teams have been to the MAC tournament more than Western Michigan.
Gernon played three seasons at Indiana University Southeast as the ace of the pitching staff and was named the Team MVP as a sophomore. He transferred to Indiana University where he pitched for the Hoosiers, earning wins against Michigan and Purdue and saves against Iowa and Illinois. He earned a Bachelor in General Studies from Indiana in 1990 and earned a Bachelor of Science in eduation from Indiana in 1998.
Gernon and his wife Annie Gernon (Formally Annie Recker) have been married for 17 years and have two children, Jacob (15) and Abby (13).
Ryan Graves, former All-Big 12 pitcher and a graduate of Oklahoma State, is finishing his 15th season as an assistant coach under Ritch Price and 10th as the team's pitching coach. Graves is in charge of developing KU's pitchers and also works with the team's catchers. Prior to the 2011 season, Graves was promoted to Associate Head Coach, making the only baseball coach in the Big 12 to hold that title. Graves came to Kansas with Price in 2003 and served as the team's volunteer assistant for three seasons, before becoming a full-time assistant coach in 2006.
His ability to develop pitchers into All-Big 12 contenders and future MLB draft picks has enabled the Jayhawks to see success during his tenure as KU’s pitching guru. In his 10 years as the team’s pitching coach, Graves has helped 34 of his pitchers get drafted or sign with major league organizations.
Graves joined the Kansas baseball staff on August 26, 2002, after spending three seasons with Price at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Graves worked with the team's pitching staff and also served as recruiting coordinator.
Prior to his stint at Cal Poly, Graves was an assistant coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla., from 1998-99. He got his start in coaching as an assistant at Riverside Polytechnic High School from 1997-98.
Graves had an outstanding playing career at both Loyola Marymount from 1993-95 and at OSU in 1996. In his one season at Oklahoma State, Graves led the Cowboys to the 1996 College World Series.
Upon graduation, Graves played one season in the Chicago Cubs organization. After a short stint with the Williamsport, Pa., Cubs, he was promoted to Daytona, Fla., and eventually finished the season with the Double-A Orlando Cubs.
Graves and his wife Lisa reside in Lawrence. The couple has a 10-year old son, Kyle Matthew, as well as a eight-year old son, Benjamin James.
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Chis Ham spent the previous seven seasons at Vanderbilt serving as the team’s athletic trainer and now oversees all aspects of the team’s physical well-being - including nutrition, conditioning, strength training and overall health.
Prior to Vanderbilt, Ham worked at Belmont while pursuing his masters degree working with the baseball team and cheerleaders. He served as a student trainer at his alma mater, Illinois working with the baseball and soccer teams until his graduation. Ham has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Illinois and a Masters Degree in Sports Administration from Belmont.
He and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Nashville with their daughter Eloise and newborn son, Teddy.
Travis Jewett is in his first season at Head Baseball Coach at Tulane. He spent the previous 18 seasons as a Division I assistant coach at Gonzaga, Washington, Washington State, Arizona State, and the last four years at Vanderbilt helping build a national baseball powerhouse.
Jewett owns an impressive resume, as he has been one of the top assistants in Division I since 1999. The native of Tacoma, Washington, has made stops at Vanderbilt (2013-16), Arizona State (2010-12), Washington State (2005-09), Washington (2002-04) and Gonzaga (1999-2001). Prior to moving to the DI level, Jewett served as the head coach at a pair of community colleges in Edmonds (WA) C.C. (1997-98) and Tacoma (WA) C.C. (1995-96). He also served as an assistant at Tacoma C.C. in 1994 before moving into the head-coaching role the following year.
In 2016, Jewett was promoted to associate head coach under Tim Corbin at Vanderbilt.
The Commodores’ offense clicked under Jewett’s guidance in 2013 during his first year in Nashville with the Dores improving in virtually every offensive category. As the recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, Jewett regularly produced some of the nation’s top classes. Twenty-five of Jewett’s pupils were drafted, including four first round picks. Of those 25 drafted, 12 were hitters.
Prior to Vanderbilt, Jewett spent the previous three years at Arizona State, where he oversaw the Sun Devils’ hitters and recruiting while serving as Associate Head Coach.
From 2005-09, Jewett played an integral role in rejuvenating the Washington State program. He helped lead the Cougars from a 1-23 Pac-10 record in his first year to a 19-8 mark to finish second in the league in his final season in Pullman. The Cougars made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in nearly 20 years in 2009, playing in the Norman, Oklahoma NCAA Regional.
Prior to his five seasons in Pullman, Jewett spent 2002-04 in Seattle at Washington, where the Huskies went 114-65-2 in Jewett’s three seasons.
Jewett broke into the Division I level at Gonzaga, where he in charge of the infield and coaching third base while assisting with the offense from 1999-2001. Jewett began his collegiate coaching career at Tacoma Community College, first as an assistant in 1994 followed by two years as the head coach. He was the head coach at Edmonds (Wash.) Community College for two seasons, earning NWAACC Coach of the Year and National Junior College Coach of the Year honors in 1998.
Jewett is a 1993 graduate of Washington State. He played two seasons at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington, before finishing his degree at WSU, where he did not play baseball. He and his wife, Tracy, have two sons, Tanner and Tommy.
Josh Jordan joined the Duke baseball program in June of 2012 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in July of 2015. He begins his fifth season with the Blue Devils in 2016-17.
Jordan serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator while also working with the Blue Devil catchers and outfielders. In addition, he teaches both hitting and base running.
As the program’s recruiting coordinator, Jordan has helped bring in top-level talent during his first four years in Durham. Duke reaped the benefits of Jordan's efforts in 2016, earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament while relying heavily on a corps of talented underclassmen.
The Blue Devils' 2015 class was highly-touted and featured eight players ranked among Perfect Game's top 500 prospects in the country. Duke's 13-player 2014 recruiting class ranked No. 16 in the nation according to Perfect Game as well.
At Appalachian State (6 Seasons • 2007-12): Prior to his arrival in Durham, Jordan spent six seasons as an assistant coach under current Duke head coach Chris Pollard at Appalachian State.
Before joining the ASU staff, Jordan spent the 2006 season with Young Harris College. Prior to his stint at Young Harris, Jordan spent two seasons at Fort Hays State in Hays, Kan. He began his time at Fort Hays as a graduate assistant in 2004 before becoming the Tigers’ top assistant and recruiting coordinator the following year.
Jordan played second base at Catawba College from 1999-2002, leading the Indians to the 2002 South Atlantic Conference Tournament championship. He began his coaching career as a volunteer coach at his alma mater in 2003.
Jordan holds a B.A. in social studies education from Catawba and also earned an M.S. in exercise science from Fort Hays State in 2005. A native of Gastonia, N.C., he was a four-year letterwinner and an all-conference performer at Hunter Huss High School from 1995-98.
Personal: Jordan and his wife (Erika) reside in Durham, N.C., with their son (Jaxon) and daughter (Lillian).
Stuart Lake enters his second season as an assistant coach and sixth season overall with the South Carolina baseball program. Lake joined the Gamecocks’ staff in 2017 as the Coordinator of Baseball Administration and Director of Player Development, after serving as the head coach at Charleston Southern from 2009-16.
In 2008, Lake became the third CSU/Baptist College graduate to coach the Buccaneers. The 2012 Big South Coach of the Year guided the Bucs' first winning season in 18 years in 2014, with the 30 wins setting a school record. Lake also coached current Boston Red Sox Tyler Thornburg and mentored 12 Buccaneers who went on to be drafted or sign a free agent deal to play professional baseball.
Prior to his arrival at CSU, Lake spent two years across town as an assistant for The Citadel baseball program, where he was responsible for coaching the hitters and outfielders, and was very involved in recruiting prospective student-athletes. Lake also spent three seasons as an assistant for at Ole Miss, where he was responsible for the hitters and the outfielders. The Rebels enjoyed three of the school’s most successful seasons in program history with 39 wins in 2004, 47 in 2005, and 44 in 2006.
Prior to his stint at Ole Miss, Lake spent one season at the College of Charleston. Lake began his collegiate coaching career at South Carolina in 1999, where he coached the outfielders, served as first base coach, and assisted with the hitters. During his time at USC, the Gamecocks won three SEC East Division titles, two SEC Championships, played in three NCAA Super Regionals and reached the College World Series Championship Game in 2002.
Prior to his collegiate coaching career, Lake coached at Mid-Carolina High School (his alma mater) and at Brookland Cayce High School in Columbia.
Lake earned a Bachelor of Science from Charleston Southern in 1994 and a Masters of Arts from the University of South Carolina in 1998. He is married to the former Tracie Smith of Clover, S.C. and they have one son, Hayden. Tracie also is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.
In his 14th season at Virginia and 10th as associate head coach, Kevin McMullan serves as Virginia's recruiting coordinator and hitting coach and works defensively with the Cavaliers' infielders and catchers. He is known as one of the top recruiters and developers of players in the country.
In a November 2012 poll of 70 Division I head coaches by Baseball America, McMullan was named the top assistant coach in college baseball. The 2009 National Assistant Coach of the Year, McMullan has helped guide Virginia to 596 wins in his 13 seasons, an average of over 45 wins per season. Virginia is one of just five programs to reach each of the last 13 NCAA tournaments.
Virginia advanced to its first College World Series in 2009, setting off a remarkable stretch with UVA racking up 380 wins in the last seven years. UVA owns the most wins in the nation in this decade and reached the pinnacle of college baseball in 2015 as the Cavaliers earned their first NCAA national championship.
Defensively, the Cavaliers also have shined under McMullan, and UVA owns the highest fielding percentage in the ACC since his arrival in 2004 (.974).
In 22 years as a college coach, McMullan has had over 80 players signed by professional organizations. Thirty-eight of his Virginia position players have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including nine who have reached the big leagues
Prior to his time at Virginia, McMullan served as a manager in the Atlanta Braves organization. While with the Braves, he also coordinated the catchers in spring training and was the coordinator of extended spring training. Before joining the Braves' organization, McMullan served as acting head coach at East Carolina serving as the recruiting coordinator, hitting coach and catching instructor. McMullan also served as an assistant coach at St. John's (1996-99) and coached at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1994-96). At St. John's, McMullan was the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach and also coached the catchers.
Aside from his numerous coaching experiences, McMullan also had a decorated career as an athlete. He enjoyed a pro baseball career as a member of the New York Yankees organization (1990-92) and the Salt Lake City Trappers (1990 and 1992).
McMullan is a 1990 graduate of IUP. He is married to the former Sandra Leishman of Wayne, N.J. The couple has three children, Maggie, Emma and Jack.
In his second season with the Panthers, Oakes guided the pitching staff to a second-consecutive season with a sub-4.00 earned run average Oakes' debut season with Pitt featured a highly successful pitching rotation. The staff posted the lowest ERA (3.59) for the Panther program since 1981 as Pitt won a school-record 42 games.
Oakes joined the Panthers' coaching staff after spending four years at perennial power Coastal Carolina where he worked with the pitchers and outfielders. During Oakes' tenure, the Chanticleers dominated the Big South, winning the all four regular season and conference tournament titles. Fueled in large part by their pitching staff, Coastal won 40-plus games all four seasons, including a Division I-best 55 victories during the 2010-11 campaign.
During his four years at CCU, Oakes coached nine All-Americans, 21 First Team All-Big South selections, three Big South Players of the Year and the 2010 Big South Scholar Athlete of the Year. Additionally, every year Oakes was on the staff a Chanticleer was named Big South Pitcher of the year.
A highly-recruited prospect out of Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor, Pa., Oakes originally committed to play at Coastal Carolina, but was then drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh round of the 2000 MLB draft. He wasted little time making his mark as he was the Brewers' Short-Season strikeout leader in 2001 and was ranked as the organization's third-best prospect. He would go on to play eight years of professional baseball, including stints in the Twins, Braves, Rangers and Giants organizations.
Following his final season of professional baseball, Oakes enrolled at Coastal Carolina, where he received a degree in sports management in 2012.
Nick Schnabel completed his fourth season as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan baseball program. Schnabel is the recruiting coordinator for the Maize and Blue as well as working with the Wolverine infielders.
Schnabel was East Carolina's hitting instructor, infield coach and recruiting coordinator for three seasons.
Prior to his appointment at ECU, Schnabel served for two seasons as the hitting instructor, recruiting coordinator and third base coach at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
Schnabel spent two seasons at the U.S. Military Academy, serving as Army's hitting instructor while working with their infielders and overseeing the club's defensive alignment. In 2006, Schnabel's first season at West Point, the Black Knights posted their third consecutive 30-plus win season and in 2007.
Schnabel was at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla., in 2005 as the assistant coach in charge of infield instruction, the assistant hitting instructor and academic monitor. He started his college coaching career as a volunteer coach at East Carolina in 2004.
Schnabel played with Bakich at East Carolina in the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He was a first team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and the CAA Defensive Player of the Year in 1999 and helped the Pirates to consecutive league championships and No. 1 NCAA Regional seeds in 1999 and 2000. Schnabel began his collegiate career at Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif., where he was a first team all-conference performer and preseason junior college All-American.
Following graduation, Schnabel spent four years in the Montreal Expos organization (2000-03) in five levels of the farm system.
Schnabel, a 2003 graduate of East Carolina, is married to the former Emily Gail Cox. The couple has two children, Cal and Caroline.
Head Coach Shawn Stiffler enters his fifth season at the helm for VCU in 2017. Over his tenure, the Rams have climbed back into national prominence. Entering the 2017 campaign, they stand as only one of 14 programs in the country with 37-plus wins over the last three seasons.
During his first two seasons, the VCU baseball program emerged as a nationally recognized program, putting up back-to-back Top-25 finishes. Stiffler 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 following the passing of his mentor Paul Keyes. Prior to his promotion, he spent six seasons under Keyes 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 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 was also an outstanding basketball player at Somerset.
He currently resides in Richmond with his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Wade and Scout.
After two seasons at the helm of the Cal State Fullerton baseball program, head coach Rick Vanderhook quickly ingrained a hard-working philosophy, and he was rewarded with a five-year contract extension through the 2018 season on April 15, 2013. He signed a contract revision on Oct. 13, 2015 which extended his deal through the 2019 season and included an increase in base pay as well as an increased bonus structure for him and his coaching staff. It also included an automatic extension clause contingent on the Titans reaching the NCAA Super Regional round.
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