Story courtesy of KSU Sports Information
DURHAM, N.C. -- Seventh-year Kent State head baseball coach Scott Stricklin has been named an assistant coach for USA Baseball's 2011 Collegiate National Team, the organization announced today (Nov. 18).
Stricklin will be part of a coaching staff consisting of manager and Missouri head coach Tim Jamieson, pitching coach and Oral Roberts head coach Rob Walton and assistant coach and Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn. He will help coach hitters, outfielders and catchers in addition to serving as the squad's first base coach.
"It's an outstanding opportunity for me, personally, as well as for our program here at Kent State," said Stricklin. "It's something I've wanted to do for quite some time. I was thrilled when I was asked to be a part of it."
The Collegiate National Team is coming off a 16-3 2010 season which ended in an appearance in the gold medal final of the FISU World University Championships in Japan.
"We are thrilled to announce Tim Jamieson as our 2011 manager," said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball General Manager of National Teams. "His experience from 2005 -- coaching players like David Price, Matt Wieters and Matt LaPorta -- will serve him well, and teaming him with Dave Van Horn, Scott Stricklin and Rob Walton will provide our athletes with a unique opportunity to learn from some of the best college coaches in the game. Once again, the college coaching community has rallied around the Collegiate National Team program."
Stricklin, a Kent State alum and the 2006 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year has guided his alma mater to a 222-128 overall record, including five MAC championships and three NCAA tournament appearances. The Golden Flashes closed out the 2010 regular season with their fourth MAC East Division crown in five years, and won five elimination games in three days to capture the MAC tournament title and earn a trip to the NCAA Los Angeles Regional -- its second consecutive NCAA berth.
The Flashes welcome back seven starting position players and three starting pitchers from last year's squad. Kent State opens the '11 season Feb. 18 at Georgia Tech.