|15 Dan Roszel|
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Dan Roszel just completed his fourth season on the East Carolina baseball staff after being promoted to associate head coach on July 16, 2012.
During his four-year tenure with the Pirates, Roszel has mentored one of the top pitching staffs in the country, which has included seven Major League Draft picks, three All-America and 12 All-Conference USA selections, as well as helped ECU to 141 wins with a pair of NCAA Regional appearances.
Roszel's staffs have consistently ranked among the national leaders in three of the last four years in regard to ERA, which included a 2.67 mark in 2011 that stood seventh. After ranking 43rd (3.37 ERA) in 2012 and 114th (4.07) in 2013, his group of hurlers posted a 3.01 earned run average that ranked 29th in the country and fifth in the league standings.
Third-Team Louisville Slugger All-America reliever Ryan Williams, who posted an 11-3 record with seven saves in 32 appearances, highlighted Roszel's 2014 staff. As a First-Team All C-USA selection, Williams 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.
The Pirates returned a core group of hurlers that included 2014 preseason All-America selection Jeff Hoffman and two-time NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Watch List candidate Drew Reynolds. Hoffman, who entered his junior campaign as a top-5 prospect for the 2014 MLB Draft, posted a 3-3 record with a 2.94 ERA in 10 starts, including double-digit strikeout totals against Western Kentucky (14) and a season-high 16 punch-outs against Middle Tennessee, which earned him Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Week, Louisville Slugger National Player-of-the-Week and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Pitcher-of-the-Week honors.
Hoffman finished his junior campaign with 72 strikeouts to 20 walks in 67.1 innings of work and held opponents to a .216 composite batting average. He allowed 26 runs (22 earned) on 53 hits and surrendered three or less earned runs in seven of 10 starts, while yielding no runs in his last start against Middle Tennessee.
Reynolds, the school's all-time saves leader with 29, took home his second-straight First-Team All C-USA honor as a utility player. The right-hander earned preseason All-America honors as a two-way star, while also garnering NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year and John Olerud Two-Way Player-of-the-Year Watch List honors - the latter where he was named one of 10 semi-finalists. On the mound, Reynolds posted a 4-2 record with a 2.16 ERA and five saves in a team second-best 20 appearances. He allowed eight runs (six earned) on 18 hits while striking out 24 and holding opposing batters to a .202 clip.
Welcoming back just 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 as a utility player, saved a 14 games ranking 14th nationally, while redshirt freshman David Lucroy (Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American) allowed 6.2 hits per nine innings and stuck out 10.2 batters per nine innings - both standing among the Top 25 in the country. Williams allowed just 1.59 walks per nine ranking 72nd nationally, while Hoffman's 84 strikeouts stood 100th.
Following a stellar freshman campaign in 2011, Hoffman moved to the top of the rotation posting a 6-7 record with a 3.20 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 109.2 innings earning Second-Team All C-USA honors. The Midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List candidate led the Pirates with 11 quality starts and earned C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week honors for the second time in his career following a complete-game, one-hit shutout against NC Central.
Lucroy, who earned second-team and all-freshman team league accolades, ranked second on the team with 82 strikeouts and a 2.49 ERA, while sporting a 4-2 record. Williams rounded out the rotation going 6-2 in 15 starts with 45 strikeouts in 96.0 frames.
Reynolds, a repeat selection on the John Olerud Two-Way Player-of-the-Year Watch List, earned first-team all-conference honors after leading C-USA in saves (14). He sported a 2.92 ERA and a 3-2 record in a league second-best 28 appearances. Currently he ranks second on ECU's all-time saves list with 24, just three shy of passing Seth Simmons for the school record.
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 earned C-USA postseason honors in 2011. Brandt (first-team), Jharel Cotton (second-team) and Hoffman (all-freshman team) helped the Pirates rank among the league leaders in 10 statistical categories including fewest walks (176/1st), saves (20/1st), ERA (2nd), opposing batting average (.248/2nd), pick offs (14/2nd), earned runs (205/3rd), innings pitched (550.2/3rd), total strikeouts (424/3rd), strikeouts looking (133/3rd) and wins (36/4th). Brandt (18th round by Tampa Bay Rays) and Cotton (20th round by Los Angeles Dodgers) were selected in the 2012 Major League First-Year Player Draft.
In his initial year with the Pirates in 2011, Roszel 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 (17th/7.93).
Behind a trio of All-Conference USA performers in Seth Maness (first-team), Kevin Brandt (second-team) and Brad Mincey (second-team), the Pirates ranked in the Top-2 in 11 statistical 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 (1.57/9th 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. Maness also ranked 17th nationally in complete games (5) and 24th in wins (10). 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 14-year coaching career at the collegiate level, Roszel has seen 23 of his pitchers sign professional contacts with five playing the Major Leagues, including 2012 American League All-Star Chris Sale, who was selected by the Chicago White Sox with the 13th overall pick in 2010. Roszel also mentored current Chicago Cub hurler 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). Both Coleman (Aug. 2) and Sale (Aug. 6) made their Major League debuts in 2010.
In 2013, Roszel saw a pair of former college hurlers make their Major League Debuts. Maness, who got the call to the show on Apr. 13 with the Cardinals, made his debut on May 3 against the Milwaukee Brewers tossing an inning of scoreless relief. He helped the Cardinals claim the National League pennant and appeared in four World Series games, the first by a Pirate. Heath Hembree, a fifth round selection out of College of Charleston in 2010, made his debut on Sept. 3 with the Giants tossing a scoreless inning of relief against the San Diego Padres. He would finish the year appearing in nine games out of the bullpen working 7.2 scoreless frames.
Richard Bleier, a sixth round pick in 2008 by the Texas Rangers out of Florida Gulf Coast, spent much of the 2013 between Double-A and Triple-A in the Rangers organization before being selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2013 Rule 5 Triple-A Draft. Wright, who received the Orioles Jim Palmer Pitcher-of-the-Year Award in 2013, is rated as the eighth-best prospect in Baltimore's organization.
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 two daughters, Madyson and Makenna. Roszel received his degree in criminal justice with a minor in political science.