After leading the Virginia baseball program to its first NCAA Championship in 2015, five-time ACC Coach of the Year and three-time national coach of the year Brian O’Connor reached yet another new level of success with the Cavaliers. Now in his 14th season as head coach of the Cavaliers, O’Connor has built his program into a college baseball powerhouse and turned Virginia Baseball into a national brand.
The numbers during O’Connor’s first 13 years are staggering:
O’Connor enters the 2017 season with a career record of 596-223-2 and a 244-133-1 record in ACC play after guiding Virginia to the program’s 13th-consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Virginia is one of just five programs in the nation to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament in each of the last 13 seasons. This success has led to record crowds, excitement and national exposure for Virginia Baseball, highlighted by the Cavaliers’ national championship in 2015.
Associate Head Coach
In his 14th season at Virginia and 10th as associate head coach, Kevin McMullan serves as Virginia’s recruiting coordinator and hitting coach and works defensively with the Cavaliers’ infielders and catchers. He is known as one of the top recruiters and developers of players in the country.
In a November 2012 poll of 70 Division I head coaches by Baseball America, McMullan was named the top assistant coach in college baseball.
The 2009 National Assistant Coach of the Year, McMullan has helped guide Virginia to 596 wins in his 13 seasons, an average of over 45 wins per season. Virginia is one of just five programs to reach each of the last 13 NCAA tournaments.
The Virginia pitching staff has met unparalleled success in the past 13 seasons under pitching coach Karl Kuhn. Virginia possesses one of the top pitching staffs in the nation year in and year out under the 14th-year pitching coach of the Cavaliers. Since 2005 Virginia owns a 3.17 cumulative earned run average, second lowest in the nation.
Kuhn was named Collegiate Baseball’s 2014 National Pitching Coach of the Year after UVa reached the College World Series Finals.
In 2010, Kuhn was the recipient of Collegiate Baseball’s Tom House Teaching Professional of the Year Award. The award recognizes excellence in teaching pitchers and acknowledges years of continued education and study of the latest pitching techniques as identified by scientific fact and biomechanical research.
Matt Kirby is serving in his sixth season as an assistant coach on the Virginia baseball coaching staff.During Kirby’s tenure Virginia has advanced to five NCAA tournaments, winning three regional championships and advancing to the 2014 and 2015 College World Series. After reaching the CWS Finals for the first time in program history in 2014, the Cavaliers returned in 2015 and defeated Vanderbilt in the best-of-three series to win the program’s first NCAA national championship.
Kirby’s primary duties include assisting with the day-to-day development of position players as well as camps and other administrative duties. He serves as the Cavaliers’ first-base coach during games.A graduate of William and Mary, Kirby spent two seasons as a coach at Georgetown before coming to Charlottesville.
After serving as the Georgetown volunteer assistant coach in 2010, Kirby was elevated to an assistant coach in 2011 and served as the team’s first base coach. While at Georgetown, he managed the travel, equipment and camp budgets and planned and executed practice schedules for all hitters and catchers. Kirby also helped develop student-athlete weight lifting, nutrition and running programs and assisted with the management of Georgetown baseball summer and fall camps.