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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, when his main responsibilities were working with the pitching staff.
Mohl continued to lead the program on the upward trajectory in which it had been moving over the past few seasons in 2018. The Bulls finished 36-22-1 (14-9-1 The American), advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament for the first time since 2012 and made a second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the 13th overall. Mohl remained the leader of the one of the nation’s top pitching staffs, that saw two arms drafted in the 2018 MLB Draft with first rounder Shane McClanahan and closer Andrew Perez (eighth round). USF’s pitchers finished fifth in the country with 10 strikeouts per nine innings and collectively struck out 581 batters, the fourth-consecutive season the team reached 500 K’s. Prior to Mohl’s first season with the Bulls in 2015, the program had secured 500 strikeouts in a season just once. Senior right hander Peter Strzelecki, along with Perez, were both All-American Athletic Conference selections. Strzelecki led the league with nine wins and signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Milwuakee Bucks.
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 and 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 surgery.
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 .568. 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.
Kunkel was named assistant coach in June, 2019. He will work primarily with the hitters.
Kunkel arrives in Tampa following four seasons as head varsity coach and Director of Baseball Operations at Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He guided the program to a pair of Class 4A state titles during his tenure. The team finished 22-4 in 2019 and 28-4 in 2018. He coached the Florida Dairy Farmers 4A Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018 (Christian Scott). Kunkel coached and developed Raynel Delgado, a sixth-round selection in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. He also coached pitcher Jake Eder, who was drafted in 2017 by the New York Mets before honoring his collegiate commitment to Vanderbilt. Eder pitched and won Game 3 of the College World Series on June 26, as he helped the Commodores earn their second national title in the last six years.
Prior to his time at Calvary Christian Academy, Kunkel was the head coach of Florida Travel Ball Tucci and the Director of Recruitment and Teams from 2010-2013. He then returned to FTB in August of 2017. In 2012, FTB was rated as one of the top travel ball organizations in the U.S. in 2012. The team was the WWBA World Championship runner-up in 2017. Kunkel coached nine MLB Draft selections with Florida Travel Ball, including two first rounders. Nick Gordon was the fifth overall pick in 2014, Christian Arroyo was the 25th selection in 2013, while Sean Reid-Foley was the 49th overall pick in 2014.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Karsten Whitson was named as the Volunteer Assistant of the USF baseball program in July of 2019. He was will assist with the pitching staff Whitson spent the previous two years as an assistant coach at Pensacola State College, where he managed and developed the pitching staff.
Whitson served as a stripes pitching coach with the USA Baseball U18 National Development Program in 2018. He has been an associate scout with the Minnesota Twins since January of this year and was a pitching coach with the Bismarck Larks of the Northwoods League in 2017.
The former first-round MLB Draft selection of the San Diego Padres in 2010 was a member of the USA National U18 team in 2009. He went on to play at the University of Florida from 2010-14 and was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 11th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. He played in the Red Sox organization until 2016.
Director of Operations
Greg Parris joined the USF baseball staff in 2002 and the 2019 season marked his 18th with the Bulls. Parris served as the volunteer assistant in 2018, working primarily with the outfielders and coordinating camps, before returning to the Director of Operations in 2019.
Parris worked primarily with the outfielders in 2018, helping senior Duke Stunkel Jr.’s development and aiding in his second-straight all-conference selection. Stunkel Jr. batted .330 with 37 runs scored, 16 doubles and 24 RBI. Junior outfielder Kyle Phillips finished second on the team with a .333 average, 13 doubles, 33 runs and 22 RBI, as he was named to the DeLand Regional All-Tournament team. Stunkel Jr., Phillips, Chris Chatfield and Garrett Zech combined for an outstanding season in the field, committing just three errors on the year with a fielding percentage of 99.4.
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.