Head Coach: Florida Gulf Coast University
A four-time Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year, head coach Dave Tollett enters his 15th season at the helm of the four-time A-Sun champion Florida Gulf Coast baseball program. He was named the program's first-ever head coach in August of 2001.
Under Tollett's guidance, the Eagles made the transition into the Division I ranks by winning three straight A-Sun regular season titles from 2008-10 and posting 112 wins in their first three years. En route to the conference championships, FGCU went 73-20 in the A-Sun - the most conference wins by any team in the country over that span.
Tollett's blue collar coaching style has helped quickly build FGCU into one of the rising programs in the country. Over his 14 seasons as head coach, Tollett has accumulated a record of 490-296-3 with at least 25 wins in all 14 seasons and four conference titles. The Eagles have won 58 of the 82 A-Sun three-game series since joining the league in 2008, including all 10 in 2010.
Associate Head Coach: Florida Gulf Coast University
One of the rising associate coaches in collegiate baseball, Rusty McKee enters his 13th season with a Florida Gulf Coast program that has won four Atlantic Sun Regular Season Championships since 2008. A veteran of college coaching in the state of Florida, McKee has been responsible for coordinating the recruiting efforts as well as assisting head coach Dave Tollett with all aspects of the program.
During his time in Fort Myers, FGCU has compiled 416 wins, including a 162-82 mark in the A-Sun since joining Division I in 2008. The Eagles have won at least 36 games in eight of his 12 seasons.
McKee handles the schedule of opponents, scouting and works with the hitters. In addition, he has helped direct the FGCU youth baseball camps, which welcomed more than 300 participants in 2008.
Assistant Coach: Florida Gulf Coast University
Wes Sargent joined the FGCU baseball staff as an assistant coach in July 2016.
A 2014 graduate of FGCU, Sargent played infield and catcher for the Green and Blue during the 2011 and 2012 seasons before transitioning to a coaching role and serving as a student assistant and director of baseball operations during his final two years on the Southwest Florida campus.
In his new role with the Eagles, Sargent's primary off-field responsibility will lie in assisting associate coach Rusty McKee in the program's recruiting efforts, which has been nationally recognized by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in previous seasons.
Volunteer Assistant Coach: Florida Gulf Coast University
Trent Higginbothem joined the FGCU staff as its newest volunteer assistant during the summer of 2016.
A season ago, he served in the same capacity at Florida A&M, where he was in charge of working with hitters and catchers. Under his tutelage, the Rattlers not only led the MEAC in batting average (.322), runs (416), runs per game (8.0), hits (571), doubles (102), RBI (379), on-base percentage (.425) and slugging (.473), but were also ranked in the top-10 in the country in on-base percentage (2nd), average (5th) and runs per game (7th). He also helped lead four players to Conference Player of the Week honors and two Rookie of the Week awards.
Prior to starting his coaching career, Higginbothem turned in an impressive resume as a player with both Tallahassee Community College (2012-13) and UNF (2014-15).