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Bulls Historic Year comes to end in Regionals
The University of South Florida baseball team was eliminated from the Gainesville Regional with Sunday's 6-3 loss to Bethune-Cookman, ending a tremendous year. Read More
Merrell names a Baseball America All-American
University of South Florida baseball team junior shortstop Kevin Merrell has been named a Second Team Baseball America All-American, as announced Thursday by the publication.
Perez name a Gregg Olson Award Semifinalist
The University of South Florida baseball team's sophomore lefty Andrew Perez has been named a 2017 Gregg Olson Award semifinalist, as announced Monday. Read More
Billy Mohl joined the USF baseball coaching staff in June 2014 and was named the program's seventh head coach on June 30, 2017. Mohl served as the team's assistant coach from 2015-17, where his main responsibilities were working with the pitching staff.
In Mohl's third season as the architect of the pitching staff, the arms reaped the benefits of his leadership and had one of the best seasons in program history. The staff posted a program record 620 strikeouts, as it was the third-consecutive season of at least 500 strikeouts, the first time the Bulls have ever matched 500+ strikeouts over a three year span. The team's 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings led the nation and set a program record. Mohl developed a staff that was often eight-nine men deep. Each arm that logged at least 10.0 innings struck out double-digit hitters. Mohl was insurmountable in the progression of junior righty Joe Cavallaro, who transitioned into the bullpen, and redshirt-freshman Shane McClanahan and redshirt-junior Peter Strzelecki, who both missed the 2016 season due to Tommy John.
Cavallaro struck out 77 batters in 59.1 innings while walking just 19 and pitched to a 2.28 ERA. McClanahan led The American with 12.32 strikeouts per nine innings and an opponent batting average of 5.68. Both he and senior Phoenix Sanders struck out over 100 (109 for McClanahan and 104 for Sanders). It was the first time since 2010 that two USF pitchers fanned over 100 men in a single season. Strzelecki finished second in The American with a 2.42 ERA and was named to the All-American Athletic Conference Second Team along with Sanders. McClanahan earned freshman all-american honors and of the four Bulls that were drafted in the MLB Amateur Draft, three were pitchers. Sanders was taken in the 10th round by the Tampa Bay Rays, Cavallaro was taken in the 24th round by the New York Mets and redshirt-senior righty Ryan Valdes was selected in the 33rd round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Chris Cates joined the USF baseball coaching staff in August 2014 and the 2016-2017 season was his third year with the Bulls.
He serves as the team's assistant coach, working with the infielders, guiding the hitters and coaching third base during games. Off the field, he assists with campus recruiting, administration and camps.
Cates helped the Bulls make their second NCAA Tournament appearance in three seasons and reach the 40-win mark for the first time since 1996. He guided shortstop Kevin Merrell to a .384 average and second-straight All-American Athletic Conference First Team nod. The Bulls had three hitters named to all-conference teams in The American, as outfielder Duke Stunkel Jr. was named to the second team and designated hitter Luke Borders was named to the first. The starting infield of Merrell, Coco Montes, David Villar and Joe Genord combined to hit .307. Merrell was selected 33rd overall in the MLB Amateur Draft by the Oakland Athletics, the third-highest drafted player in program history. He was named an All-American by four different publications.
During the 2016 season, Cates guided infielder Kevin Merrell to a first team all-conference honor in The American. USF also posted another 66 stolen bases on the season, giving the Bulls a two-year total of 140 in the Mark Kingston era; that was the highest two-year stolen base total in program history since 2002-2003.
Director of Operations
Holden Reinman joined the USF Baseball staff as a student manager in 2014 before being promoted to a Director of Operations in January 2017.
Reinman began working with the Bulls for the 2013-14 season, serving as a student manager. During his three seasons as manager, he was responsible for all video scouting for hitters and pitchers, along with field set-up and breakdown for all practices and games.
After graduating in the fall of 2016, Reinman was promoted to Co-Director of Operations, beginning with the 2017 season.
Director of Player Personnel
Greg Parris joined the USF baseball staff in 2002 and the 2016-17 season marked his 16th with the Bulls.
In 2002, Parris started his time with USF as an administrative assistant. He was also a volunteer assistant for the Bulls and was hired as the Director of Baseball Operations in 2008.
Prior to joining USF, Parris put together a 14-year record of 234-138 in the prep ranks. He was 208-69 in 10 seasons at Brandon High School. Parris led Brandon to six conference titles, four district championships, a pair of regional trophies as well as a trip to the state title game in 1995.