Dick Cooke is entering his 27th season as head coach of the Davidson Wildcats baseball program in 2017. He has also served as the Senior Men's Administrator for the past 12 years, began a three-year appointment as the chair of the NCAA Baseball Rules committee in 2012 and has coached for USA Baseball.
No other coach in Davidson history has coached as many games as Cooke. During his tenure, Cooke has compiled a record of 522-787-1. He coached in his 1,000th game during the 2009 season and recorded his 500th win with the Wildcats on March 6, 2016 against Lafayette College. Ten of Cooke's Davidson players have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft, including left-handed pitcher Chris Lamb (11th round, 346th overall by the Oakland A's) and right-handed pitcher Andy Bass (18th round, 570th overall by the Tampa Bay Rays) after the 2011 season.
Cooke is coming off another impressive season as the Wildcats made a historic run in the 2016 Atlantic 10 Championship, playing as the first-ever No. 6 seed to complete for the A-10 title in league history. Davidson knocked off No. 3 Saint Joseph's and No. 2 VCU, before falling to top-seeded Rhode Island. The 2016 squad posted a season record of 28-26 and 11-11 in the league to finish with 28 wins for the third-consecutive season. Two Wildcats were named to the All-Atlantic 10 first team, along with two more to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic squad.
Associate Head Coach
Entering his fifth season with the Wildcats in 2017, Rucker Taylor has guided a complete turnaround of the Wildcats' offense as the hitting coach. He also serves as the recruiting coordinator, scouring the country to bring the top athletic and academic talent to Davidson.
"He has made a tremendous impact in all facets of our program in his time here," said head coach Dick Cooke. "His influence on our players' development is evident and he has also worked tirelessly recruiting across the country to find the unique student-athletes that can be successful on and off the field here at Davidson."
Under Taylor's tutelage, the Wildcats are coming off a historic run in the 2016 Atlantic 10 Championship, being the first-ever No. 6 seed to compete for a league title. The 2016 squad posted an overall record of 28-26 and 11-11 in conference for the third-consecutive season with 28-plus victories.
Ryan Munger joined the Davidson baseball coaching staff for the 2013 season and is serving as an assistant coach this season.
"We're excited to have Ryan join our staff as he has a great baseball background, has a passion for the game and is highly motivated to make this his chosen career," said Cooke. "We look forward to the positive impact he'll have as he shares his experiences from having played in an academically challenging environment."
The Wildcats are coming off a historic run in the 2016 Atlantic 10 Championship, being the first-ever No. 6 seed to play for a conference title. Davidson knocked off No. 3 Saint Joseph's and No. 2 VCU, before falling to top-seeded Rhode Island in the Championship. The 2016 squad posted an overall record of 28-26, marking the third-consecutive season with 28-plus victories.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Aaron Lynch enters his first season as a volunteer coach with Davidson baseball. He will work primarily with outfielders, but also assist with hitters and infielders as well as help with gameday and facility operations. In addition to those duties, he serves as the unofficial camp coordinator for the Wildcats.
Lynch came to Davidson after a year's stint down the road at North Carolina A&T, where he served on a volunteer basis as an outfield coach and assisting with hitters and field maintenance.
Prior to NC A&T, Lynch was an assistant coach for two years at Cal Tech in Pasadena, Calif. While serving as the infield and hitting coach, Lynch guided the Beavers to improve in numerous offensive and defensive categories such as batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, hits, doubles, total bases, steals, putouts and assists. He also assisted in recruiting efforts and served as the interim sports information director while in Pasadena.