Our attention has focused on the College World Series this week, but the coaching carousel continues to spin. Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s developments.
• As we first reported last night on Twitter, Cal State Northridge has hired San Francisco pitching coach Greg Moore to be its new head coach. Back in December, we surveyed coaches and scouts to come up with a list of 10 top head coaching prospects from the ranks of current assistants, and Moore made the list. He has long been regarded as one of the top pitching minds in the West, and his track record of identifying and developing talent is exceptional. His profile is similar to that of UC Santa Barbara coach Andrew Checketts, and he could have a similar impact in the Big West.
“Greg’s character, relentless work ethic, and strong baseball acumen set him apart from a competitive pool of candidates,” CSUN director of athletics Brandon Martin said in a release. “Given Greg’s reputation for skill development, I’m confident he will maximize the talent we currently have in program, particularly with our pitching core.”
Moore, who joined USF’s staff as an assistant in 2002, spent one season as the pitching coach at Washington in 2009 before returning to USF. He helped develop Aaron Poreda and Kyle Zimmer into first-round picks, and helped the Dons reach their first three regionals, including an appearance this year. Northridge could not have made a better hire to replace Matt Curtis, whose contract was not renewed.
• McNeese State hired Justin Hill as its new head coach on Friday. Hill spent the last five years as associate head coach at Southeastern Louisiana and, most recently, Louisiana-Monroe. He replaces Terry Burrows, who resigned after the season.
Hill, 33, played two seasons at LSU, including Skip Bertman’s final season in 2001. He spent two seasons as an assistant under current Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard when Gaspard was at Northwestern State, then had stints on the staffs at LSU (under Smoke Laval) and Sam Houston State (under Mark Johnson) before joining Jay Artigues’ staff at Southeastern Louisiana. He spent the last two years on Jeff Schexnaider’s staff at ULM.
“Justin is a coach that has caught my eye over the years,” McNeese athletic director Tommy McClelland said in a release. “Everywhere he goes success seems to follow. He has a great understanding of recruiting Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, and that is a major component to winning at McNeese. He is not only a proven coach, but he is also a man of high integrity and character and will be a great addition to the McNeese family.”
• Mark McQueen resigned as Richmond’s head coach Thursday, ending his 19-year tenure with the Spiders, including six years as head coach. McQueen was suspended indefinitely on May 18 following a confrontation with a player, and Charlie Goens has served as acting head coach since then. On Friday, Richmond announced that Goens will remain in that capacity, while assistant Tag Montague and volunteer Tanner Biagini will remain in their current positions. A national search is underway for the permanent head coaching job.
• Earlier this week, Robbie Wine announced his resignation as Penn State’s head coach. The Nitanny Lions went 226-261-1 overall (111-135 in the Big Ten) during Wine’s nine-year tenure, posting four winning seasons and making four Big Ten tournaments, but no regionals. Pittsburgh associate head coach Danny Lopaze would be a good potential replacement candidate for the Lions to target, given his recruiting success in the region, but it’s unclear if he would leave Pitt right before the Panthers leave for the ACC.