Kevin Mulvey embarks on his second season as the Villanova baseball head coach in 2018. He is the 11th full-time head coach in the program’s history of more than 150 years, and was hired on July 14, 2016 after spending the previous four years as the Wildcats pitching coach.
As the 153rd season of Villanova baseball dawns, Mulvey can look back on a productive first year as head coach. He and the rest of the program’s coaching and support staff immediately set to work on developing a positive culture that was centered on the complete student-athlete experience. The results of that focus paid immediate dividends from the standpoints of academic achievement, community involvement and alumni support.
The baseball team had a record 25 student-athletes named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team for the 2016-17 academic year, while the team as a whole achieved a grade-point average above a 3.0. Individual honors include 2017 senior Todd Czinege being named to the Philadelphia Big 5 All-Academic Team, while he and classmate Hunter Schryver were among 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award which recognizes a student-athlete for their success in athletic competition, academic success and community service.
Eddie Brown is in his second season at Villanova in 2018 and his first as the program’s recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. He previously was the assistant hitting coach last season and will also continue to work with the Wildcats infielders for a second year.
In his role as the Villanova recruiting coordinator, Brown will direct the baseball program’s nationwide recruiting efforts. He was heavily involved with attracting the Wildcats freshman Class of 2021 which is set to make their collegiate debuts this season. The current Villanova roster features student-athletes from six different states, although the Wildcats have continued to attract top local talent with a total of 17 players from Pennsylvania and New Jersey among the 32-man active roster.
Brown made an impact in working with the Villanova offense as the assistant hitting coach in his first season with the team. Senior second baseman Todd Czinege was named to the All-Big 5 team for a fourth straight season and was a 29th round pick of the Colorado Rockies in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft following the season. Brown also assisted with the development of freshmen Ryan Toohers and Tyler Bruno during the 2017 season, as both became mainstays in the Wildcats starting lineup. Entering his first year as the primary hitting coach, Brown has implemented a hitting program to prepare Villanova’s incoming freshmen hitters for their first taste of collegiate competition.
A newcomer to the Villanova coaching staff in 2018 is Rob Delaney, who joins the Wildcats as an assistant coach. Delaney will be involved in all aspects of the program and will be the Villanova pitching coach. He is a former major league pitcher for the Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays who had eight years of pitching experience in the professional ranks.
Delaney comes to Villanova from Stevens Institute of Technology, where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2017 season. He worked with a Ducks team that won 19 games and advanced to the Empire 8 conference tournament after going 9-9 in league play during the year.
A former BIG EAST pitcher, Delaney was a four-year member of the St. John’s pitching staff and graduated in 2006 with a degree in Sports Management. He was a team captain as a senior in 2006, when he was one of the top BIG EAST pitchers in conference play. Delaney finished second in the league in 2006 with a 2.42 ERA and also had 51 strikeouts while allowing three earned runs or less in eight of his nine BIG EAST starts.
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