Fred Jordan is in his 22nd season as the head coach of his alma mater's baseball program and enters the 2013 campaign with a record of 711-543. He earned his 700th career win on April 13, 2012 when the Bulldogs blanked UNC Greensboro 3-0 at Riley Park.
Jordan has instilled the ideals of belief, faith and trust into The Citadel baseball, and players are known for playing "The Citadel Way" - Long, Hard and Fast. The Citadel baseball program has been recognized for its tenacious pace of play and tremendous discipline that Jordan sets forth in the everyday rigors of practice and throughout the season.
A 1979 graduate of The Citadel, Jordan has led the Bulldogs to seven Southern Conference tournament championships and berths in the NCAA Regionals (1994-95, 1998-99, 2001, 2004 and 2010) while the team has also captured five regular season conference crowns. The Citadel has an incredible mark of 56-26 in the SoCon tournament and won the title six times without suffering a loss.
The Citadel has won a game in four of their seven appearances in the NCAA tournament under Jordan, most recently a 7-2 victory over Virginia Tech in the opening round of the 2010 regional in Columbia, S.C.
Associate Head Coach
David Beckley is in his 12th season on the coaching staff at The Citadel, including his third as associate head coach and seventh as the recruiting coordinator. Beckley works primarily with the infielders and base runners.
Under Beckley, the Bulldogs have flourished defensively. Head coach Fred Jordan has always preached that good pitching and solid defense wins championships, and Beckley firmly believes in that system.
Under Beckley's tutelage, The Citadel has turned in some of its finest defensive seasons in school history. The 2003 team set the school mark with a fielding percentage of .968 and proceeded to break that again the following year with a .974 mark, committing only 69 errors in 2,633 total chances.
More recently, the Bulldogs eclipsed the .970 mark in fielding percentage when they committed only 67 errors in posting a .971 mark.
Former major league pitcher and Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Britt Reames is in his second season as the Bulldog pitching coach while also assisting in recruiting.
Reames returned to his alma mater in July 2011 after spending the previous three seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Furman.
A native of Seneca, S.C., Reames was drafted by the Cardinals in the 17th round of the 1995 MLB Amateur Draft and made his major league debut with St. Louis in 2000. That season he had a record of 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 40.2 innings and became the first Citadel alum to appear in the postseason, earning a win in the final game of the Cardinals' three-game sweep of the Braves in the National League Division Series.
In December 2000 he was traded to the Expos and won four games for them in 2002 while striking out 86 batters in 95.0 innings. After spending three seasons in Montreal, Reames played for Oakland (2005) and Pittsburgh (2006). He finished with seven wins and 204 strikeouts in 218.0 innings.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Adam Vrable is in his second season at The Citadel, serving as the hitting coach while working with the outfielders.
A 2007 graduate of Coastal Carolina, Vrable came to the Bulldogs from Furman where he was the outfielders, base running and hitting coach for the Paladins in 2011. Before that he was an instructor at the Coastal Baseball Academy in Myrtle Beach for three years while also directing travel teams and coaching in the Upstate Maverick Organization.
Vrable was a two-time all-state infielder at Bay City Central (Mich.) High School and spent one season at Grand Rapids Community College, helping his team win the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II national title.
He then transferred to Coastal Carolina and played three seasons for the Chanticleers. He helped Coastal win a pair of Big South Conference championships and claim No. 1 seeds in both the 2005 and 2007 NCAA Regionals, the latter of which was hosted by the Chants.