Courtesy of KSU Sports Information
ATHENS, Ohio -- Seventh-year Kent State baseball head coach Scott Stricklin has been named American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Mideast Region Coach of the Year, as announced by the ABCA and NCAA Mideast Region All-American Committee chairman Joe Carbone.
The 2011 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year earns Region Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career, becoming just the second Kent State skipper to garner such recognition and first in 18 years. Former Flashes manager and current Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall was named Region Coach of the Year following the 1992 and '93 campaigns.
Kent State (45-17), which finished the 2011 campaign ranked No. 26 in the nation according to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, won both the MAC regular season and tournament championships and captured a berth in the 2011 NCAA Championship Austin Regional. After earning the program's first-ever national tournament No. 3 seed, Kent State tallied an 11-inning 4-2 win over Texas State and followed it with a 7-5 winner's bracket final triumph over regional host and No. 5-ranked Texas to earn the school's second-ever berth in a regional final. The Flashes became the first squad to win three straight MAC Tournament crowns and first since 2005 to win the conference's regular season and tournament titles in the same season. Kent State's mark of 45-17 matched the 1992 squad for most victories in program history. Five members of the 2011 Kent State squad were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft last month.
Stricklin, who was a three-year letterwinner (1991-93) as a catcher for the Golden Flashes and graduated magna cum laude from Kent State in '95, is currently spending his summer serving as an assistant coach for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team under manager and Missouri head coach Tim Jamieson.