Another very attractive head coaching job opened up today, as Evansville coach David Seifert resigned after a 14-42 season. The Purple Aces underachieved with a talented, senior-laden team in Seifert’s first season in 2007, going 35-23 and missing out on regionals. This year was simply a disaster; the Aces were ravaged by injuries and inexperience, but a program of that caliber should never go 14-42.
Seifert is a wonderful person and a great baseball man, and he’ll land on his feet somewhere. In the meantime, Evansville begins a national search for a replacement, and the school rightfully expects plenty of interest. A natural fit would be one of the outstanding recruiting coordinators at some of the private school powers out there: Baylor’s Mitch Thompson, Tulane’s Mark Kingston, Vanderbilt’s Erik Bakich or an off-the-board West Coast choice like San Diego’s Eric Valenzuela. Those guys know how to get players to attend academic-minded private schools like Evansville and have proven their player-evaluation mettle.
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