|15 Dan Roszel|
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Dan Roszel, who possesses 15 years of collegiate coaching experience, enters his sixth season on the East Carolina baseball staff as the pitching coach, a position he originally accepted on July 8, 2010.
During his five-year tenure with the Pirates, Roszel has mentored one of the top pitching staffs in the country, which has included nine Major League Draft picks, five All-America and 13 all-conference selections, as well as helping ECU to 181 wins with three NCAA Regional appearances (2011-12, 2015).
Roszel's staffs have consistently ranked among the national leaders (top-45) in four of the last five years with regard to ERA, which included a 2.67 mark in 2011 that stood seventh. His group of hurlers sported a 3.32 earned run average that ranked 39th in the country and fourth in the league standings in 2015.
Third-Team Baseball America All-American pitcher Reid Love, who posted a 7-4 record with four saves and First-Team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Freshman All-America reliever Joe Ingle, who appeared in 32 games, boasted a 1.14 ERA and notched eight saves – all ECU freshman records – highlighted Roszel’s 2015 staff. Love, a 10th round pick by the Baltimore Orioles, tossed a pair of complete games, registered a 2.81 ERA and struck out 82 batters in 96.0 innings, while ranking among the nations top-15 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (14th/6.83) and walks per 9 innings (15th/1.13). David Lucroy was a 20th round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers after going 3-4 in 16 appearances with a 2.18 ERA.
His staff ranked among the American Athletic Conference leaders (top-4) in saves (17/t1st), walks allowed (151/first), innings pitched (548.0/second), wins (40/second), ERA (fourth), strikeouts (417/fourth) and runs allowed (251/fourth) in its inaugural season.
A year ago, third-team All-America reliever Ryan Williams along with the No. 9 overall MLB Draft Pick Jeff Hoffman, ECU’s all-time saves leader Drew Reynolds and Love were the stalwarts on a Pirate pitching staff that posted a 2.99 ERA (30th nationally), combining for 23 of 33 wins, notching 12 of 13 saves and fanning 212 batters while walking 58.
Williams earned First-Team All-Conference USA honors after going 11-3 with seven saves in 32 appearances and was selected in the 10th round by the Chicago Cubs. He recorded 76 strikeouts to just 11 walks ranking 11th nationally with a 6.91 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and sported a team-best 1.81 ERA in 99.1 innings capturing the teams triple crown.
Hoffman posted a 3-3 record with a 2.94 ERA in 10 starts before being sidelined with a season injury following a career-best 16 strikeouts against Middle Tennessee (April 17), which earned him Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Week, Louisville Slugger National Player-of-the-Week and NCBWA Pitcher-of-the-Week honors. Reynolds, who has tallied a program-best 29 career saves, took home his second-straight First-Team All C-USA honor as a utility player. A semifinalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player-of-the-Year Award, he went 4-2 with a 2.16 ERA and five saves in a team second-best 20 appearances. Reynolds allowed eight runs (six earned) on 18 hits while striking out 24 and holding opposing batters to a .202 clip.
Prior to the start of the 2013 season, Roszel was promoted to associate head coach on July 16, 2012.
Returning one starter from 2012 (Hoffman), Roszel put together a staff that ranked nationally in the Top 100 in five individual statistical categories in 2013. Reynolds, a Second-Team Louisville Slugger All-American, saved a 14 games ranking 14th nationally, while redshirt freshman David Lucroy posted a 6-2 record with a 2.49 ERA on his way to second-team all-conference and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America accolades.
Hoffman made the jump to the top of the rotation going 6-7 on the mound with a 3.20 ERA fanning 84 batters in 109.2 innings on his way to Second-Team All C-USA honors. Reynolds took home first-team all-conference accolade after leading the league in saves (14) to go along with a 3-2 ledger and a 2.92 ERA in 28 appearances.
After losing five hurlers from the 2011 squad, which included two-third's of its weekend rotation, Roszel put together another solid staff that ranked 43rd nationally in ERA (3.35) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.41) in 2012, while also ranking in the Top 50 in three other categories. Andy Smithmyer (1.92) and Kevin Brandt (2.12) ranked 13th and 32nd nationally in ERA, while Tyler Joyner ranked 18th in the country in walks allowed per nine innings (1.17) and 21st in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.67).
Three of Roszel's pitchers (Brandt, Jharel Cotton and Hoffman) helped the Pirates rank among the league leaders in 10 statistical categories. Brandt (18th/Rays) and Cotton (20th/Dodgers) were selected in the 2012 Major League First-Year Player Draft.
In his initial year with the Pirates in 2011, Roszel’s pitching staff sported the seventh-lowest earned run average (2.67) in the nation, while also ranking in the top-20 in combined shutouts (8.0/t8th), shutouts (9.0/t10th) and hits allowed per nine innings (7.93/17th).
Behind a trio of All-Conference USA performers in Seth Maness, Brandt and Brad Mincey, the Pirates ranked in the top-2 in 11 pitching categories and led the league (all games) in ERA, fewest runs allowed (222), opposing batting average (.239), strikeouts looking (152), fewest earned runs allowed (167) and fewest home runs allowed (15) earning Roszel C-USA Assistant Coach-of-the-Year honors by College Baseball Daily.
Individually, four of his pitchers ranked among the league leaders in ERA with Mincey (1.57/ninth nationally), Maness (1.71/17th nationally) and Brandt (2.26/54th nationally) occupying the top three spots, while starter Mike Wright finished sixth with a 2.79 ERA. Along with Wright (3rd/Orioles), Maness (11th/Cardinals) and Mincey (28th/Marlins), fellow hurlers Shawn Armstrong (18th/Indians) and Simmons (40th/Diamondbacks) were selected in the 2011 Major League First-Year Player Draft.
During his 15-year coaching career at the collegiate level, Roszel has seen 25 of his pitchers sign professional contacts with seven playing the Major Leagues, including four-time American League All-Star Chris Sale, who was selected by the Chicago White Sox with the 13th overall pick in 2010. Roszel also mentored four-year major leaguer Casey Coleman (15th round selection by the Cubs in 2008) and former major leaguer and 2006 International League Most Valuable Player Heath Phillips (10th round pick by the White Sox out of Lake City Community College), who made his Major League debut on Sept. 5, 2007. Both Coleman (Aug. 2) and Sale (Aug. 6) made their Major League debuts in 2010.
Since 2013, Roszel has seen four of his former college hurlers make their Major League debuts in Maness (April 13, 2013), Heath Hembree (Sept. 3, 2013), Mike Wright (May 13, 2015) and Shawn Armstrong (Aug. 8, 2015).
Richard Bleier, a sixth round pick in 2008 by the Texas Rangers out of Florida Gulf Coast, spent much of the 2015 between Double-A and Triple-A in the Washington National’s organization, while Cotton did the same with the Dodgers.
Prior to coming to ECU, Roszel spent two seasons at the College of Charleston, where he served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. He produced some of his best work in 2010, helping the Cougars receive an at-large bid and No. 2 seed at the NCAA Tournament. The 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, Hembree, Kevin Decker (39th round) and Casey Lucchese (39th round), get selected in the 2010 MLB draft. In 2010, Decker was a SoCon Sports Media Association All-Conference and SoCon All-Conference Second-Teams member while rookie Christian Powell was named to the league's all-freshman team.
In his first season with the Cougars, the pitching staff led the team to a 35-22 overall record as it recorded 367 strikeouts in 496.2 innings. At the end of the campaign, Jesse Simpson, a 40th round selection by the St. Louis Cardinals, was a media and coaches second-team SoCon selection as a senior. Roszel also guided David Peterson to Coaches All-Freshman Team honors.
Roszel joined the Cougars after spending two seasons as an assistant at FGCU, where he helped the Eagles to a 78-32 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Regional as well as an Atlantic Sun Conference championship. In 2007, his pitching staff ranked 21st nationally in team ERA with a 3.50 mark. The staff also stood second in Division II in strikeouts per game (9.16), fourth in strikeouts (486) and held opponent hitters to a .254 batting average, all records at FGCU.
During 2008, his staff 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. 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 and rookies Richie Erath and Chris Sale were named to the all-freshman team.
Prior to his time at FGCU, Roszel spent four years at Gardner-Webb University. While at Gardner-Webb, Roszel worked as the pitching coach and the recruiting coordinator. In four years at GWU, Roszel had two of his players get drafted on the first day of the MLB draft.
He has coached four of the top-six pitchers on Gardner-Webb's career wins list. In 2003, his pitching staff threw a school-record 20 complete games. Before becoming Gardner-Webb's pitching coach, Roszel spent two years at Lake City Community College as an assistant coach.
Roszel, a 2000 graduate of the University of North Florida, and his wife Melissa resides in Greenville with their three children Madyson, Makenna and Clayton. Roszel received his degree in criminal justice with a minor in political science.