FAU BaseballThe Florida Atlantic University Owls have finished with the most wins in Conference-USA over the past three years. The Owls have competed in 3 regionals over the past 5 years, which has allowed to Owls to be national contenders on a yearly basis. There have been 9 Major League Baseball players who were products of FAU, with many others being selected in the draft, as well as signing professional contracts over the years.
Head Coach: Florida Atlantic University
John McCormack completed his ninth season as head baseball coach at Florida Atlantic in 2017 after serving 11 years as associate head coach and seven years as an assistant coach.
McCormack picked up a milestone victory in 2017, when after an 8-2 win vs. Rice to clinch the series on April 2, he moved his career mark to 300-190-1. He will go into the 2018 season with an overall record of 316-203-1.
The Owls finished third in Conference USA during the regular season (18-12), and wrapped the year at 35-21-1 after advancing to the C-USA semifinal round. Four Owls earned conference recognition: Tyler Frank as a First Team member, Cameron Ragsdale and Jared Shouppe to the Second Team, and Eric Rivera as All-Freshman. Frank too became just the second player in FAU history to earn a tryout for the Team USA Collegiate National Team, while he (First Team) and David Miranda (Second Team) earned ABCA/Rawlings All-South Central Region Honors. Third baseman Austin Langham was a Gold Glove Finalist by that same organization.
Junior righthander Alex House became the 24th Owl drafted since McCormack took over as head coach, and 88th in FAU history, when he was selected in the 24th round by the Houston Astros. Seven members of the Class of 2017 departed the program with multiple accolades
Assistant Coach/Hitting: Florida Atlantic University
The 2017 season marked Greg Mamula’s second season at Florida Atlantic and 17th season overall as a college baseball coach. Mamula is the Owls’ hitting coach, infield coach and third base coach.This past year, Mamula tutored two All-Region players: Tyler Frank and David Miranda. Frank (First Team), Jared Shouppe (Second Team) and Eric Rivera (All-Freshman) all earned Conference USA honors, while the team batted .289 with an even .400 on-base percentage. The Owls’ 70 home runs was second in C-USA, and the squad also finished second with 286 walks versus just 350 strikeouts (second-lowest in the league).
In his first season at FAU, the Owls posted a 39-19 record, winning the Conference USA regular season title and earning the No. 2 seed at the Coral Gables Regional. The FAU offense was one of the best in Conference USA, averaging over six runs per game, hitting .288, having a .382 on-base percentage and hitting a league-leading 116 doubles. The Owls’ offense was led by Conference USA Player of the Year CJ Chatham. Chatham, who was the second-round pick of the Boston Red Sox, hit .357 with a .422 on-base percentage, .554 slugging percentage and 50 RBI.
Prior to FAU, Mamula was an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati. At UC he coached the offense, infielders, assisted with the recruiting and was the third base coach. In his first year as the Bearcats’ hitting coach, the team batting average increased from .251 to .285, slugging percentage from .372 to .404, on-base percentage from .336 to .370, and runs per game from 4.94 to 5.56. All of that improvement came despite it being the first season with the BBCOR bats and having graduated five senior hitters from the previous year. Mamula’s recruiting efforts helped UC land its first ever first-round draft pick with junior All-American outfielder Ian Happ being selected with the ninth overall pick by the Chicago Cubs in the 2015 MLB Draft.
Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach: Florida Atlantic University
David Kopp, a South Florida native and Clemson alumnus, joined Head Coach John McCormack’s staff as the new Florida Atlantic University baseball pitching coach in July of 2017.
Kopp joins the Owls with vast collegiate postseason experience and nearly a decade of playing professional baseball. He hails from Margate, Florida, and after graduating from Coral Springs High School, turned in a successful three-year career at Clemson University, including a Collegiate World Series appearance in 2006. From there, he was a second round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals, and played in their organization as well as with the Detroit Tigers before transitioning into coaching.
At Clemson, Kopp was part of a team that went to three consecutive NCAA Super Regionals, and in 2006, one that won the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and advanced to the College World Series as the No. 1 national seed. He earned wins in both of the Tigers’ clinching victories, in the regionals and super regionals, to advance the squad to the CWS. His final year, he was voted team captain and was named First Team All-ACC.
Assistant Coach: Florida Atlantic University
Schneider is serving as the team’s director of baseball operations while completing his master’s degree in educational leadership. He will be coordinating the team’s travel and game day umpires, as well as the team’s budgeting. He will also be involved with academic support services for the student-athletes, work showcases and camps, and help plan visits for prospective student-athletes.
An alumnus of North Florida, where he received his bachelor of education in sport management, Schneider served many roles as he earned his undergraduate degree. He was most recently an assistant academic advisor and intern at the school, working with baseball, men’s and women’s golf and softball. Prior to that, he was a three-year student assistant with the Ospreys’ baseball team, serving as the visiting team liaison, ordering inventory and again being in charge of on-campus visits for PSA’s.
Schneider has extensive baseball instruction experience as well. He has been a private hitting instructor at the Hard Knoxx Baseball Academy in Jacksonville and an offseason winter instructor in Delray Beach. For three years, he has worked with the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League. This past year he was named the summer league team’s hitting coach as well as taking on third base coaching duties.