I ran into Michigan coach Rich Maloney in the Rosenblatt Stadium press box last night—he was in town to watch his two sons play summer baseball. As I reported on Twitter last night, Maloney said the Wolverines had hired Georgia Tech volunteer assistant Matt White as their new pitching coach, and today they officially announced it. He replaces Bob Keller, who resigned at the end of the season.
White is best known for being drafted seventh overall by the Giants in 1996, then signing with the Rays for a record $10.2 million bonus as a loophole free agent. Three shoulder surgeries cut his career short, but he found a new career in coaching—as John Manuel detailed in a column this March (subscriber only).
When I chatted with Maloney last night, he sounded very excited about the energy White will bring to his program.
"I think we have one of the best up-and-coming coaches in college baseball," Maloney said in a statement today. "He comes highly recommended and has a wealth of experience in all levels of the game. He has experienced baseball at the highest level in the pros, was a volunteer coach at Georgia Tech plus he coached the U16 and U18 national teams for USA baseball and he is very passionate about teaching pitching."
Maloney told me Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall, a longtime friend of Maloney's, highly recommended White, who has spent the last three years as a volunteer for the Yellow Jackets.
"I think he is one of the brightest young minds in college baseball," Hall said in Michigan's release. "He is a future star in the college coaching ranks. He has a great story to tell the young kids who have a dream of playing in the major leagues. He can tell these young high school athletes that college might be a better option than opting for the pros.
"He will contribute greatly to Michigan baseball."
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