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Lovelady Named Head Baseball Coach

UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White named Greg Lovelady the Knights' new head baseball coach.
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Greg Lovelady

 

Head Coach

Greg Lovelady was named the head baseball coach at UCF on July 11, 2016. He comes to Orlando after spending three years as the head coach at Wright State, where he led the Raiders to consecutive runner-up finishes at NCAA Regionals in 2015 and 2016.

As the Raiders' head coach, he has compiled a 124-56 record in three campaigns and was with the Raiders for a total of 12 years. Wright State has won the Horizon League Regular Season or Tournament Championship (or both) in each of Lovelady's three seasons at the helm. He was named the 2014 and 2016 Horizon League Coach of the Year. This past season, Lovelady was also honored as the ABCA/Diamond Mideast Regional Coach of the Year.

In 2015 and 2016, Lovelady's WSU squads reached the championship round at an NCAA Regional. The Raiders won a school-record 46 games this past season, after posting a then-school record 43 wins in 2015.

Lovelady was born in Miami and went on to win two national championships as a player for the hometown Hurricanes. He was the starting catcher on Miami's 1999 and 2001 title squads. He was a team captain on the 2001 championship team and a four-year letterman. Following his playing days, Lovelady began his coaching career with UM from 2002-04. During his time as a player and coach at Miami, Lovelady never missed the postseason and advanced to the super regional round seven times, while earning trips to Omaha and the College World Series five times.

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Ryan Klosterman

 

Assistant Coach

Ryan Klosterman is in his sixth season as a UCF assistant coach and his first season under UCF head coach Greg Lovelady. Klosterman serves as the Knights hiting coach and recruiting coordinator.

During his first four campaigns as an assistant coach at UCF, Klosterman was in charge of the Knights' infielders and team defense. In 2016, his final year under former head coach Terry Rooney, he served as associate head coach adding the roles of recruiting coordinator, and hitting coach to his duties.

The UCF defense turned 59 double plays in 2016, which ranked 16th nationally and fouth in program history. Junior slugger Matt Diorio thrived under Klosterman's guidance and was selected in the 16th round of the MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. A total of 13 players have been drafted during Klosterman's career at UCF.

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Justin Parker

 

Assistant Coach

Justin Parker was named assistant baseball coach at UCF on July 18, 2016. He joins the Knights from Wright State where he spent three seasons as pitching coach under new UCF head coach Greg Lovelady.

The Raiders pitching staff enjoyed a great deal of success under Parker. In 2016, Wright State freshman pitcher Caleb Sampen was named Horizon League Newcomer of the Year, while senior ace Jess Scholtens compiled a 10-1 record, which included the first perfect game in school history.

Parker was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 43rd round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft from Fort Wayne HS (Fort Wayne, IN) but opted to play for Wright State University. He was drafted again, this time by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 6th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft where he spent three years playing for the Diamondbacks minor league affiliates before returning to his alma mater and taking a staff position with the Raiders.

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Ryan Breen

 

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Former Knight standout Ryan Breen enters his first season as the volunteer assistant with the UCF baseball program after spending the 2015 campaign as the director of operations. The 2013 graduate comes back to the Knights after playing two seasons with the Rockford Aviators in the Frontier League.

He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the baseball squad, while serving under head coach Terry Rooney.

Breen made 189 appearances for coach Rooney from 2010-13 and helped the Knights to a pair of NCAA Regional appearances, including a runner-up finish at the 2012 NCAA Coral Gables Regional. He compiled .270 average with eight homers and 91 RBI during his Knights' career.

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Drew Roberts

 

Director of Operations

Drew Roberts joined UCF Baseball as the Director of Operations on August 18, 2016. Prior to arriving in Orlando, Roberts served as head coach for St. Andrews University from 2012-2016.

At the helm for St. Andrews, Roberts finished each of his four regular seasons above .500, posting an overall record of 107-99. Under his tutelage, 12 players received All-Conference Team awards including Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors. Roberts also served as the recruiting coordinator for St. Andrews from 2010-2012.

Roberts started his collegiate coaching career as a Graduate Assistant Coach with Ohio University (2008-2010) where he received his Master's Degree in Coaching Education. He also holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH).

Roberts was a decorated student-athlete at Xavier, receiving many accolades such as Pre-season Atlantic 10 (A-10) Conference Rookie of the Year, multiple A-10 Conference Player of the Week awards, A-10 Commissioners Award, and the Athletic Advisory Board Award for Community Service.

In the Summer of 2016, Roberts led a team of high school players from around the nation to a competition in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands where the squad won the Robur58 Series. The Robur58 series was part of an international competition organized by Student Athlete World, an organization founded by former college coaches.

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