Former Lions Playing in 2014 World Series
A pair of former University of North Alabama baseball players will be on opposite sides in the 2014 World Series when Josh Willingham and the Kansas City Royals take on Sergio Romo and the San Francisco Giants. This will be the first World Series trip for Willingham, an 11-year Major League veteran. It will be the third World Series trip for Romo in the last five years with the Giants.
Mike Keehn has served ten seasons as the head baseball coach at the University of North Alabama and has been a part of the Lions’ coaching staff for the last 30 years.
After 20 seasons as an assistant coach at UNA, Keehn was given the reigns of the Lion baseball program on November 2, 2008, when he was named as UNA’s head baseball coach. Keehn, who had been an instrumental part of North Alabama’s tremendous success over the last two decades, first as a student assistant and then as a full-time assistant coach, has responded by leading the Lions to an overall 308-201-1 record over the last ten years, including back-to-back NCAA Regional Tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012. The 2011 NCAA trip was the first by a UNA team in 12 years.
In his first season as head coach at UNA, Keehn led the Lions to an impressive 32-20 record. Then in 2010, despite two key losses to the UNA pitching staff just prior to the start of the season, he led the Lions to a solid fourth place finish in the Gulf South Conference Tournament and a 29-24 overall record.
Assistant Head Coach/Pitching Coach
Anthony De Cicco joined the University of North Alabama baseball staff as pitching coach in July of 2018.
De Cicco brings 15 years of collegiate coaching experience to UNA as well as having served two years as head post graduate coach at IMG Academy.
A native of Johnston, Rhode Island, DeCicco is a 2001 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in physical education. He earned a master’s degree from Vermont in education and leadership in 2005. During his playing days, DeCicco helped the Warriors to the 1998 Division III National Championship as a catcher and then joined the staff of American Baseball Coaches of America Hall of Famer Bill Holowaty following graduation.
Nick McGregor has spent the last four seasons as a member of the University of North Alabama coaching staff and two as an assistant coach. McGregor served as a graduate assistant coach for the Lions in 2014 and 2015 before being elevated to assistant coach in 2016.
He helped direct UNA to a solid 32-19 record on 2017. A two-year starter for the Lions at shortstop in 2010 and 2011, McGregor helped lead the Lions to an NCAA South Regional Tournament appearance as a senior.
He started all 53 games in 2011, hitting .237 with 29 runs scored and 21 runs batted in. He boasted a .330 on base percentage. As a senior he started 36 games and played in 40, finishing the season with a .293 batting average and .371 on base percentage. He scored 27 runs and drove in 20, while adding 12 stolen bases.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Chase Scott is a native of Hampton, Georgia and played at Chippola JC in Marianna, Florida before transferring to Southern Mississippi University. Scott played several positions for Golden Eagles and helped USM to a conference championship in 2016 and advanced to the NCAA Regionals in 2016 & 2017.
After graduating from Southern Mississippi, Scott became the assistant Coach at East Mississippi Junior College in Scooba, Mississippi working with infielders and hitters. Scott was hired as the volunteer assistant for the University of North Alabama this fall and will be again working with hitters and infielders.