Below are recent coaching changes for HBCU baseball head coaching and assistant coaching positions that have taken place heading into fall ball for the 2020 season. Black College Nines will continue to keep you updated on the latest coaching changes for the coming season.
Recent coaching changes…
Florida A&M University
Out – Assistant Coach Anthony Robinson
Note: FAMU baseball will have to hire a new coach to replace Anthony Robinson who has decided to return to the coaching of high school and his two sons. The program won’t start the process of hiring an assistant until September 1st.
North Carolina Central University
Out – Assistant Coach – A.J. Battisto
Out – Volunteer Assistant Coach Ed Porcelli
In – Assistant Brad Mincey
In – Volunteer Assistant Tyler Rost
Note: New pitching coach Brad Mincey pitched at East Carolina and participated in several NCAA DI regionals and was drafted by the Florida Marlins. He was the pitching coach for Fayetteville Tech and for the Holly Spring Salamanders of the Coast Plains League this past year. Volunteer assistant Tyler Rost was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Winston Salem State. He was also an assistant coach at NCCU three years ago before he left for WSSU. This is his second stint with head coach James Koerner and the baseball program.
Bluefield State College
Out – Head Coach Geoff Hunter
In – Milan Rasic
Note: Geoff Hunter retired after the 2019 season as the current longest serving head coach in HBCU baseball. His 35 years leading the Bluefield baseball program was part of his 39 years as a head coach at the college level.
Out – Head Coach John Gauntlett
In – Head Coach Marcus Smith
Note: Marcus Smith, former NCAA DII head coach at Le Moyne-Owen College and assistant at Morehouse, will lead Voorhees, an NAIA baseball program. Smith will also serve as the Athletic Academic Enhancement Coordinator. In 2018 while coaching at Le Moyne-Owen, Smith led his squad to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Championship Tournament as the last seed in, then proceeded to shock the tournament field by winning four and making the conference championship game, before losing to eventual tourney champion Miles College. Smith then received the SIAC Outstanding Tournament Coach Award.
In – Assistant Coach Pat Day
Note: Texas College head coach Happy Macon added Pat Day as pitching coach to his staff.Day is from Tyler, Texas and was a standout pitcher at LSU-Shreveport where he holds the career and single season records for saves. Also, while at LSU-Shreveport, Day was named to the all-tournament team twice and received reliever of the year once. Before staring at LSU-Shreveport, Day played at Stephen A. Austin, NCAA Division I school in the Southland Conference, where he signed a National Letter of Intent out of Chapel Hill High School. Outside of his pitching coach duties at Texas College, Day is also the pitching coordinator for Marucci Elite East Texas.