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Dave Tollett

 

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.

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Brandon Romans

 

Assistant Coach: Florida Gulf Coast University

Brandon Romans enters his first year as an assistant coach with the FGCU baseball team after being hired on staff in June 2017.

Romans will oversee the recruiting process while serving as the hitting coach and working with the position players.

The Cocoa, Fla., native brings eight years of collegiate coaching experience after most recently serving as an assistant coach at Austin Peay in 2017. Romans has also served two stints at the University of Central Florida (2010-12, ’16) and three seasons at Jacksonville State (2013-15).

In eight years of coaching, Romans has helped account for 268 wins and has been to the NCAA Tournament on three occasions – twice with UCF (2011, ’12) and once with Jacksonville State (2014). Along with mentoring seven All-Americans and an equal number of Freshman All-Americans, Romans has helped four former players including Danny Winkler (Braves), Darnell Sweeney (Phillies), Ben Lively (Phillies) and Eric Skoglund (Royals) achieve their Major League dreams.

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Wes Sargent

 

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.

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Ryan Breen

 

Volunteer Assistant Coach: Florida Gulf Coast University

Nick Rivera

 

Director of Operations: Florida Gulf Coast University

The most decorated slugger in program history, Nick Rivera was announced as FGCU’s named the Director of Baseball Operations on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

In his new role, Rivera manages the day-to-day administrative responsibilities that includes arranging team travel, coordinating scouting reports, film preparation and overseeing student managers, among other tasks.

Coming off a redshirt senior season during which he set seven career records and matched the single-season mark with 20 home runs, Rivera capped off his FGCU career as the most decorated hitter in program history.

Not only did he join former teammate Jake Noll as the only other two-time All-American in program history, but he also completed his illustrious career as the program record holder in games played (250), games started (245), doubles (71),home runs (46), RBI (220), total bases (499) and walks (179) while turning in a .315/.438/.554 slash line. His 499 total bases are the fourth most in ASUN history and his 220 RBI rank fifth.

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