CARY, N.C. (June 23, 2021)USA Baseball as we speak introduced the 2021 Collegiate Nationwide Crew teaching employees. Becoming a member of Elliot Avent (Supervisor; NC State) on employees is Bobby Austin (Mississippi State), Dan Hartleb (Illinois), Kevin O’Sullivan (Florida), Kobe Phillips (NC Central), Josh Pike (NC State), Alex Sogard (Wright State), Troy Tulowitzki (Texas), and Jerry Weinstein (Colorado Rockies).
Florida Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan will function Crew USA’s pitching coach and helping him because the pitching coach technician will probably be Josh Pike of North Carolina State.
The Stars teaching employees will probably be led by Wright State Head Coach Alex Sogard, who will work alongside Illinois Head Coach Dan Hartleb (assistant coach) and Bobby Austin (bullpen coach).
American Baseball Coaches Affiliation Corridor of Famer Jerry Weinstein will handle the Stripes with College of Texas assistant Troy Tulowitzki serving because the group’s assistant coach and Kobe Phillips because the bullpen coach.
This yr’s Collegiate group will characteristic 48 of the highest non-draft-eligible collegiate gamers within the nation on two 24-man rosters, the Stars and Stripes, for an 11-game tour of intrasquad video games. Crew USA will play its Fourth of July sport on the USA Baseball Nationwide Coaching Complicated in Cary, North Carolina, and the remaining schedule will happen within the cities of the Appalachian League. The Appalachian League is in its first yr as a summer season collegiate league as a part of Main League Baseball and USA Baseball’s Prospect Growth Pipeline, and a nationwide group identification alternative for future Collegiate and Skilled Nationwide Groups.
“We’re honored to welcome eight large coaches to help the Collegiate Nationwide Crew this summer season,” stated USA Baseball Normal Supervisor of Nationwide Groups Eric Campbell. “This yr will probably be distinctive for the Collegiate program as we welcome in forty-eight athletes to characterize Crew USA. As we constructed this season for the athletes, the necessity for an skilled and versatile teaching employees grew to become a precedence to intensify the general growth expertise, and we’re assured that we have now performed simply that. These coaches convey a wealth of data that can affect each single athlete who will put on the crimson, white, and blue in a optimistic method now and for a few years to return.”
O’Sullivan will make his Crew USA teaching debut this summer season after just lately finishing his 14th season as the top coach at Florida. The bench boss has led the college to seven NCAA Faculty World Collection appearances, a program-record 13-straight NCAA Event appearances, and received a nationwide championship with the Gators in 2017. The Goshen, New York, native was named the Nationwide Coach of the Yr in 2017 and has earned SEC Coach of the Yr accolades thrice (2010, 2014, 2018). He has additionally led the Gators to 5 SEC Championships and two SEC Event Championships, en path to changing into the winningest coach at school historical past.
Throughout his tenure in Gainesville, O’Sullivan has coached 88 MLB Draft alternatives, together with a nation-leading 10 first-round picks since 2012. He has additionally coached 12 gamers who’ve participated on the Collegiate Nationwide Crew, together with Nolan Fontana (2010, 2011), Brian Johnson (2010, 2011), Jonathon Crawford (2012), A.J. Puk (2015), Alex Faedo (2016), and Tommy Mace (2019).
Recent off a stint because the bench coach for the Skilled Nationwide Crew, which just lately clinched a berth within the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Video games, Weinstein will probably be sporting the Crew USA uniform for the sixth time in his profession because the supervisor of the Stripes this summer season. Weinstein started his teaching profession in 1966 and took over because the Sacramento Metropolis Faculty supervisor in 1974, the place he led this system to a Nationwide Neighborhood Faculty Championship in 1998, 16 league championships, two state titles (1988 & 1998), and compiled an 831-208 report in 23 years on the helm.
He then moved to the skilled ranks the place he managed groups within the Washington Expos and Chicago Cubs organizations earlier than serving because the Director of Participant Growth for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2000-2001 and dealing as an assistant coach at Cal Poly from 2001-2005. In 2007, Weinstein joined the Colorado Rockies group and served in lots of roles at varied ranges of the group till 2018, together with catching coach and offensive coordinator for the main league membership from 2012-2014, in addition to supervisor of the Modesto Nuts (2007-2011) and the Hartford Yard Goats (2017).
He earned the Baseball America Tony Gwynn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 and at present serves because the Rockies’ Particular Assistant for Scouting and Participant Growth. No stranger to USA Baseball, the ABCA Corridor of Famer has been on 5 earlier Crew USA teaching staffs all through his profession, together with 4 stints with the Collegiate Nationwide Crew (1987, 1992, 1995, 1996).
Becoming a member of Weinstein within the Stripes dugout will probably be Tulowitzki, at present a College of Texas assistant coach following a profitable Main League taking part in profession. A two-time All-American at Lengthy Seashore State, the California native brings with him the information of taking part in for Crew USA, having helped lead the Collegiate Nationwide Crew to the gold medal on the 2004 FISU World College Championships in Tainan, Taiwan.
Tulowitzki spent 13 seasons within the massive leagues the place he was a five-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove award winner, and two-time Silver Slugger. A profession .290 hitter, he completed within the top-10 in MVP voting thrice in his profession and helped lead the Colorado Rockies to the primary World Collection in franchise historical past in 2007.
He started his teaching profession at Texas in 2019, the place he works with infielders and hitters. This season, he has helped information the Longhorns to a Huge 12 regular-season title, the No. 2 nationwide seed within the NCAA Event, and a berth within the Faculty World Collection.
Phillips rounds out the Stripes employees because the group’s bullpen coach. He joins the Collegiate Nationwide Crew employees after a four-year taking part in profession between Spartanburg Methodist Faculty and North Carolina Central College. He appeared in 28 video games behind the dish in his last season for the Eagles and graduated with a level in behavioral and social science.
On the opposite aspect of the diamond this summer season, the Stars dugout will probably be led by Sogard, who just lately accomplished his third season on the helm of the Wright State program, main the Raiders to a Horizon League Championship and a berth within the NCAA Event.
Sogard spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Raiders beneath present Indiana head coach Jeff Mercer earlier than taking up this system in 2019. In his first season at Wright State, the Phoenix, Arizona, native led this system to a 42-17 report, essentially the most wins by a first-year head coach in program historical past.
Beneath Sogard, the Raiders beat three ranked groups in 2019 and took down top-ranked Louisville within the COVID-shortened 2020 marketing campaign. As a participant, he spent two seasons at Oregon State, which received the nationwide championship each years (2006, 2007), earlier than transferring to North Carolina State to play his last three seasons beneath Avent. He then performed on the skilled stage for six years, reaching as excessive as Triple-A within the Houston Astros group. Sogard’s brother, Eric, at present performs for the Chicago Cubs.
Hartleb will function the assistant coach for the Stars, becoming a member of the Crew USA employees for the summer season after finishing his sixteenth season as the top coach at Illinois. He ranks among the many winningest coaches at school historical past, having led the Illini to a pair of Huge Ten titles, 4 appearances within the NCAA Event, and this system’s first Tremendous Regional look in 2015.
The 2015 Huge Ten Coach of the Yr sports activities a profession report of 476-349-1 (.576). Hartleb has spent a complete of 31 seasons in an Illinois uniform, together with 15 as an assistant, and was named the Huge Ten Coach of the Decade for the 2010s. This would be the third USA Baseball project for Hartleb, who beforehand served on the employees of the 14U and 17U Nationwide Crew Growth Packages in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Moreover, he’s at present a member of the Appalachian League Steering Committee.
Austin joins the Collegiate Nationwide Crew employees because the Stars’ bullpen coach after working with USA Baseball in a number of roles, together with as a coordinator for the 18U Nationwide Crew in 2018. He additionally frolicked working with the Mississippi State baseball program whereas getting his grasp’s on the college and served as a group supervisor and bullpen catcher at NC State beneath Avent throughout his undergraduate years.
Pike completes this summer season’s Collegiate Nationwide Crew employees because the pitching coach technician after serving as a pupil coach beneath Avent at NC State this previous season. Earlier than changing into a coach, Pike was a right-handed pitcher for the Wolfpack, making only one look as a freshman earlier than being sidelined by damage. The Summerfield, North Carolina, native performed at Northern Guilford Excessive Faculty, serving to the group win a 3-A state championship as a senior when he went 5-0 with a 0.97 ERA in eight appearances.
Crew USA will kick-off its 11-game tour on Friday, July 2, in Danville, Virginia, adopted by a sport in Burlington, North Carolina, on Saturday, July 3. USA Baseball will host the July 4 sport at its Nationwide Coaching Complicated in Cary, North Carolina, earlier than hitting the street once more to complete its season.
Greeneville, Tennessee, will host the U.S. on Tuesday, July 6, adopted by Johnson Metropolis, Tennessee; Bristol, Virginia; Elizabethton, Tennessee; and Kingsport, Tennessee, in 4 consecutive nights.
The 11-game tour will conclude with a trio of video games in Pulaski, Virginia; Princeton, West Virginia; and Bluefield, West Virginia, from July 13-15, respectively.
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