Jan. 4, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Eric DeSalvo
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Before even stepping out on to the field to coach third base on gameday, the UCF baseball team is already feeling the positive effects of assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kevin Schnall.
Thursday afternoon, Schnall was tabbed as the No. 7 vote-getter by 70 Division I head coaches in a survey that took place by Baseball America in November to identity the top assistants in the nation.
Each assistant named in the top 10 also had a quote about their work in the article by Aaron Fitt. South Carolina head coach, and ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011, Chad Holbrook shared his thoughts on Schnall:
"He's a very hard-working, diligent recruiter. He's a great catching instructor. The teams he put together at Coastal Carolina--Coastal Carolina being a national seed, that's one of the all-time great accomplishments of a team that is classified as a mid-major, and he was heavily involved in that, recruiting those players. You can't minimize what he's done. He's a very good evaluator of talent, and he's extremely energetic. When I was out recruiting and I thought nobody was around, I'd turn around, and there'd be Kevin Schnall. He got after it, for sure."
Taking the job at UCF this past summer to be UCF's recruiting coordinator and hitting coach, Schnall brought with him a decorated resume from Coastal Carolina that included trips to the NCAA Tournament in 11 out of 12 seasons, as well as appearances in the Super Regionals in 2008 and 2010. In those same seasons, Schnall aided the Chanticleers to a share of the Big South regular season or tournament title.
The Knights will get back to work on an individual basis after winter break, and will practice as a team for the first time on Jan. 25 in preparation for Opening Knight on Feb. 15 against Siena.