Good evening Pirate Nation ... I hope you enjoyed listening to what Coach Billy Godwin had to say during the annual Media Day on Wednesday! Today I've put some video together from East Carolina's pitching coach Dan Roszel.
Coach Roszel comes to East Carolina after spending two seasons at the College of Charleston, where he helped the 2010 Cougars receive an at-large bid and No. 2 seed at the NCAA Tournament. College of Charleston advanced to the Myrtle Beach Regional Championship Game before falling to No. 4 national seed Coastal Carolina 11-10. The Cougars ended the season ranked 27th in the final National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll.
Roszel helped three CofC hurlers, Heath Hembree (fifth round), Kevin Decker (39th round) and Casey Lucchese (39th round), get selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. In all, Roszel has seen 16 of his pitchers sign pro contracts, including former major leaguer, current Durham Bull and 2006 International League Most Valuable Pitcher, Heath Phillips.
In 2008, Roszel worked at Florida Gulf Coast University and helped the Eagles to another record breaking season, becoming the only team in NCAA history to win a conference championship in its first year of Division I competition upon arrival from Division II. That year the Gulf Coast staff compiled a 3.17 earned-run average, surrendering just 170 runs in 482.1 innings pitched. Richard Bleier led the way as he was the unanimous selection for the Atlantic Sun Pitcher-of-the-Year award, going 7-1 overall with a 2.09 ERA and 76 strikeouts.
Reliever J.J. Crumbley joined Bleier on the conference first team while starter Pete Woodworth was a second-team honoree. Richie Erath and Chris Sale were also all-freshman selections for Roszel. Sale, who was selected in the 2010 MLB Draft as the 13th overall pick, made his Major League debut for the Chicago White Sox (Aug. 6, 2010). Also making his Major League debut in 2010 was Casey Coleman of the Chicago Cubs (Aug. 2) against the Milwaukee Brewers.
In Other News: Conference USA announced its 2011 preseason baseball awards Thursday afternoon, as chosen by the league's nine head coaches. A trio of Pirates in Seth Maness (RHP), Corey Thompson (INF) and Trent Whitehead (OF) were named first-team All C-USA. The league also announced its preseason poll and the Pirates were tabbed to finish third behind Rice and Southern Miss.