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In the spring of 1997, a Citadel official was quoted as saying the Bulldogs had three important things going for its baseball program: weather, tradition and the best facility in college baseball. Continued.....
Fred Jordan is in his 26th season as the head coach of his alma mater’s baseball program with a record of 815-674, making him the winningest coach in Southern Conference history.
Jordan has instilled the ideals of belief, faith and trust into The Citadel baseball program, 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. Every single graduating class under Jordan’s tutelage has been able to compete for a regular season SoCon championship or conference tournament title.
With a 5-4 win over Virginia Tech on Feb. 20, 2016, Jordan became the first coach in Southern Conference history and one of 27 active Division head coaches with 800 career wins.
Associate Head Coach
David Beckley is in his 16th season on the coaching staff at The Citadel, including his fifth as associate head coach and ninth as the recruiting coordinator. Beckley specializes in developing the Bulldogs offense and fine-tuning the hitters as well as working with the infielders and base runners.
Spanning from 2013 to 2015, the Bulldogs’ offense has had at least three batters finish the season with an above .300 batting average and have totaled more than 500 hits each season.
In 2013, under Beckley’s guidance, the Bulldogs finished the season with 647 hits compared to their opponents’ 580. Most recently, Beckley helped fifth-round draft pick Joe Jackson bat .386 with a .658 slugging percentage and coached 13th-round draft pick Bo Thompson and 19th-round selection Mason Davis who each averaged over a .300 batting average and collected at least 60 hits in their last seasons.
Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach
Former major league pitcher and Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Britt Reames is in his sixth season as the Bulldog pitching coach and also works with the team’s catchers while assisting with recruiting.
In the 2016 season, Reames worked with lefty JP Sears as the sophomore fanned 19 against VMI on March 25. The 19 Ks were the highest single-game total in the NCAA for the 2016 season and is tied for second on The Citadel’s single-game list.
During his five years at The Citadel, Reames has coached two Southern Conference Pitchers of the Year. The most recent winner in 2015, James Reeves finished the season with a 3.69 ERA and an 8-4 record. The lefty pitched the sixth no-hitter in school history on April 2 against Mercer, striking out 14.