Western Carolina Walks Off to Win 2016 SoCon Baseball Championship
Western Carolina had a flair for the dramatic en route to winning the school's league-record 10th Southern Conference Baseball Championship on Sunday afternoon at Fluor Field at the West End.Continued.....
Bobby Moranda was officially introduced as the 10th head baseball coach at Western Carolina on July 19, 2007. The former Georgia Tech associate head coach brought over 21 years of coaching experience to Cullowhee — 18 of which from schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
During his first nine years at the helm in Cullowhee, Moranda guided Western Carolina to a pair of Southern Conference regular season championships in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014. He also led the Catamounts to the SoCon Championship game twice including the program’s league-record 10th SoCon Tournament crown in 2016, advancing to the NCAA Clemson Regional — a first for the program since 2007.
Over his first decade at the helm, the Catamounts have recorded 30-or-more victories seven times moving Moranda into second on WCU’s all-time career wins chart with 284 through 2016. His 2013 squad secured 39 victories including 16-straight Southern Conference wins, while the 2014 team posted 37 wins with 12-consecutive mid-season. Moranda eclipsed the 200-win mark in 2014 with a victory over La Salle becoming WCU’s fifth head coach to surpass 200-wins all-time.
Nate Cocolin joined the Catamount baseball coaching staff in August, 2015. He brings a wealth of coaching experience to the position at Western Carolina including eight years as the head coach at Gannon University, a NCAA Division II program located in Erie, Pa.
Cocolin transformed the Gannon baseball program into a perennial contender during his eight-year tenure. He took over a program that posted a 5-43 in 2006 and guided the Golden Knights to the program’s first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSCA) divisional crown in 2013. The team increased its seasonal win total during each of his first three seasons overall and in five of his eight years at the helm including scoring 21-or-more victories three times.
A combined 16 players earned all-conference plaudits during his tenure at Gannon with over 100 baseball student-athletes being named PSAC Scholar-Athletes.
Brock Doud joined the Catamount baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in August, 2015 after having served three seasons as an assistant coach at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo, Mich. Doud worked previously as a graduate assistant at Valdosta State while earning a Master’s degree in Health & Physical Education.
Following the 2016 season, Doud was elevated to a full-time assistant coach.
During his time at Kalamazoo Valley, the Cougars baseball team received team academic honors from both the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) in consecutive years.