Andrew Wright enters his fourth season at the helm of the Concord University Baseball program. In his tenure as head coach the Mountain Lions own a record of 89-73 and a conference record of 61-39; however, more impressive is their .909 winning percentage in conference postseason play (10-1). In 2013, the Mountain Lions set school records for most conference wins in a season (26) and single season wins (36).
As a player, assistant coach and head coach, Wright has helped the Mountain Lions to a 248-167-1 record, reaching the WVIAC Tournament in each of his nine years with the program along with five WVIAC Title Games and three Championships.
Wright has a very simple message to his players and their families: graduate, compete for championships and give back to the community. Over the last three years, the Mountain Lion program has seen a steady improvement in team GPA, two WVIAC Championships and with the advent of the "1000 Hour Project," the Mountain Lion program has legitimized their commitment to community service.
The Mountain Lions have also continued its offensive prominence within the WVIAC Conference.
Devin Smith will begin his second season as an assistant coach for the Concord University baseball team in 2015. Under head coach Andrew Wright, Smith works with all facets of the program.
After a standout playing career for the Mountain Lions, Smith began his coaching career in 2014. He helped lead Concord to a 38-16 record and the second seed in the inaugural Mountain East Conference Tournament in addition to a top-six ranking in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region through the majority of the year. The 38 wins were a school-record.
Smith coached 10 players who earned All-Mountain East Conference recognition, three all-region selections and two All-America honorees in Joey Miller and Bret Blevins.
Prior to joining the Mountain Lions' coaching staff, Smith was an all-region player for Concord from 2009-13. A versatile player who played a variety of positions over his career, Smith appeared in 153 games hitting .328 with 114 runs scored, 13 home runs, 122 RBI and 28 stolen bases. On the mound, Smith went 11-8 with 100 strikeouts in 137.0 career innings pitched.
Smith, a native of Wytheville, Virginia, ranks sixth in Concord history in games started by a pitcher, eighth in doubles (44) and ninth in stolen bases.
Tim Bancells joined head coach Andrew Wright's staff as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2014 season.
Bancells is no stranger to the Concord baseball program as he played for the Mountain Lions in 2011 and 2012 under Wright.
"I am extremely excited to have Tim back in our program as an assistant coach" Wright said. "It has been a priority to surround myself with great people and Tim is no exception. His combination of character, personality, and work ethic is off the charts. Tim has a bright future as a coach and I am excited that he jumped at the chance to join our staff. "
The Parkton, Md. native spent the 2012 season as an assistant coach at his alma mater Hereford High School and for the Maryland Orioles' fall team under Baltimore Orioles scout Dean Albany.
Bancells also served as an instructor at Chris Hoiles' Gold Glove Sports Academy.
"I had a great and enjoyable playing career, but becoming a coach has always been a dream of mine especially on the collegiate level," Bancells said. "To be able to come back to Concord and be on the staff under Coach Wright and with my former teammate and good friend Devin Smith is an honor and a privilege. Concord baseball is a great program with great young men who want to be here to get a degree and win baseball games. I look forward to being a part of this winning team once again."
In addition to his coaching duties at Concord, Bancells is also an assistant coach for the Youse's Orioles franchise in the highly-competitive Cal Ripken Baseball Summer League.
Before committing to Concord in 2011, Bancells starred at second base at Hereford for four seasons, earning all-league honors twice and being selected to play on both the Maryland All-Star team and for the Maryland Orioles fall/summer teams.
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