USA Baseball announced the coaches who will be joining head coach Rick Jones’ staff with the collegiate national team next summer. Jones will be joined by Wright State coach Rob Cooper, Elon coach Mike Kennedy, and Louisville coach Dan McDonnell.
Cooper has prior experience with Team USA–he served as an assistant on Mike Weathers’ staff in 2007. Cooper and Kennedy both have history with Jones, as Cooper was Tulane’s hitting coach in 1997-98, while Kennedy was a catcher for Jones’ Elon team in 1988-89. Kennedy will serve as Team USA’s pitching coach.
This is a stellar coaching staff that should have no problem working as a cohesive unit. All three have taken their programs to new heights: McDonnell has led Louisville to regionals in his first two years and to its first College World Series appearance in his first season; Cooper guided Wright State to its second regional appearance in school history in 2006; and Kennedy is the winningest coach in Elon history, and he has taken the Phoenix to three regionals since 2002.
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