Dick Cooke is entering his 24th season as head coach of the Davidson Wildcats baseball program. He has also served as the Senior Men's Administrator for the past 10 years.
No other coach in Davidson history has coached or won as many games as Cooke. During his tenure, Cooke has compiled a record of 419-689-1. He coached in his 1,000th game during the 2009 season.
Last July, Cooke was appointed as the Chair of the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee, where he is responsible for leading the committee's deliberations at the annual meeting and serves as the committee's spokesperson.
The 2012 season was highlighted by the sixth no-hitter in team history and strong performances against No. 6 North Carolina and No. 3 South Carolina, in which the traditional powers had to battled to hold off the 'Cats for one-run victories.
Rucker Taylor is in his second season as an assistant coach at Davidson.
Under Taylor's tutelege, the Wildcats saw across the board improvements at the plate in 2013. Most notably, the team batting average rose 20 points and the home run total nearly tripled, as the 'Cats slugged 39 homers after hitting just 15 the previous year.
Taylor spent the previous six seasons on the Samford coaching staff, serving as the outfield coach and assisting with hitting and the infielders. He was also responsible for coordinating the placement of players in summer leagues and opponent scouting, and was the staff alumni liaison. Taylor also hosted and coordinated numerous summer and fall tournaments at Samford and assisted with recruiting.
Andy Carter, a 2005 Davidson graduate and former pitcher in the New York Yankees' organization, is in his second season as a Wildcats assistant.
Carter is serving as the outfield and first base coach this season after assisting with the pitchers and catchers for the 2013 season as a volunteer assistant. He also conducts scouting reports on opponents and assists with recruiting.
Before returning to Davidson, Carter was the varsity baseball head coach at nearby North Mecklenburg H.S.
Carter was a 35th round selection of the New York Yankees after graduating from Davidson in 2005 with a degree in history, and was a member of the 2005 Gulf Coast League Champion GCL Yankees team. In 2006, he pitched for the Washington Wildthings (Frontier League) and Gary Southshore Railcats (Northern League), and in 2007 he played for the Anderson Joes (South Coast League). He later worked for both the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles in baseball operations, working on advance scouting reports, minor league video input, and other special projects.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Former Duke catcher Ryan Munger has joined the Davidson baseball coaching staff for the 2013 season.
Munger, a four-year letterwinner and two-year team captain for the Blue Devils before graduating this past spring, will serve as the Wildcats' volunteer assistant coach.
Munger started 58 of 92 games played during his career at Duke, making a career-high 19 starts as a senior and earning a place on the ACC Academic Honor Roll playing for head coach Chris Pollard, a 1996 Davidson baseball graduate.
Munger has gained coaching experience working numerous camps. He began coaching various age levels at Duke baseball camps as a freshman, and has worked at several high school prospect camps. He also has coached at camps at Wake Forest, North Carolina and Davidson.