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Pat McMahon was named Florida's 20th baseball coach.

Wednesday June 13, 2001Pat McMahon Hired as Florida Baseball Coach

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Pat McMahon was named Florida's 20th baseball coach.

The University of Florida and Athletic Director Jeremy Foley announced Pat McMahon as its new baseball coach Wednesday at a news conference.

McMahon arrives at Florida after serving four years as the head baseball coach at Mississippi State where he led the Bulldogs to a College World Series appearance in 1998, two consecutive NCAA Super Regional berths (2000 and 2001), four straight NCAA Regional berths and compiled a 164-88 overall record. His 2001 squad won the SEC Tournament title, finished 39-24 and advanced to NCAA Super Regional play for the second straight season. In nine years as a head coach at both Mississippi State (1998-2001) and Old Dominion (1990-94), he has amassed a 353-174 record and .670 winning percentage. He was named the AVCA South Region Coach of the Year after guiding the Bulldogs to the College World Series in 1998, his first season at MSU.

In all, McMahon has 26 years of combined college and high school coaching experience including 21 years in the college ranks. McMahon-coached squads have advanced to the College World Series four times and competed in NCAA Regional play on 16 occasions.

"I have known Pat for a long time and have been impressed with his career," Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley said. "His knowledge of the game and his connections in the state of Florida were all important. I was also impressed with his record at Mississippi State and Old Dominion. I think he’s the perfect fit for the university and the University of Florida baseball program."

McMahon has numerous Florida ties. He grew up in Jacksonville, attended Bishop Kenny High School where he was a three-sport star and earned All State honors in baseball as a senior. He was drafted out of high school by the New York Mets but turned down a pro contract to attend St. John’s River College in Palatka where he played two seasons. After his stint at St. John’s River College, he moved on to Stetson University in Deland where he pitched two seasons (1974-1975), graduated with a physical education degree and spent a year as a student assistant coach in 1976. Following a career-ending arm injury, McMahon got his first coaching experience when he served as acting head coach for 10 games when head coach Jim Ward was sidelined with an illness. Following graduation, McMahon spent four seasons as head coach at his alma mater- Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville posting a 95-25 record and leading the school to two state final appearances. In his last four years, McMahon has signed 13 players from Florida.

McMahon began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach in 1980 at Mississippi State. He then moved on to Old Dominion as an assistant coach for two seasons before returning to Starkville as head coach Ron Polk’s chief assistant/pitching coach from 1983-89. During those seven seasons, Mississippi State enjoyed some of its more memorable moments with McMahon on staff, claiming six NCAA regional tournament berths and hosting five of those at Dudy Noble Field. The 1985 team, featuring eventual MLB standouts Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, Rafael Palmeiro and Bobby Thigpen, proved to be one of the best in college baseball history, posting MSU’s first-ever 50+ win season (50-15) en route to a tie for third place at the College World Series. The 1989 Bulldog squad set the school record with 54 wins, the school’s 10th SEC baseball crown and runner-up honors in the NCAA South Regional baseball tournament.

From 1990 to 1994, McMahon guided Old Dominion to unprecendented levels of success including two NCAA regional appearances, two school-record 40-win seasons and an outstanding 189-86 record. He was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 1990 and Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 1994 after leading the Monarchs to the CAA regular season title. During his tenture at ODU, 18 Monarchs were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft including two first round picks (Jeff Ware, Toronto, 1991 and Wayne Gomes, Philadelphia, 4th player selected in 1993 draft).

McMahon moved back to Starkville and Mississippi State as Polk’s Associate Head Coach in 1995. After Polk retired in 1997, McMahon took over the head coaching reigns. Polk is now the head coach at Georgia.

Recognized as one of college baseball’s top pitching coaches, McMahon was featured in an instructional video on pitching produced by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2000, has authored several articles and books published by the Athletic Journal and has completed work on a new instructional publication dealing with defensive play. He frequently serves as the feature speaker at baseball clinics across the nation.

This summer McMahon will serve as head coach of the USA Baseball National Team. Comprised of collegiate all stars, the team will play approximately 30 games on the USA Baseball Red, White and Blue tour which begins June 18 in Tucson, Ariz. It will be his third stint as part of the USA Baseball program after leading USA to a Pan American Games Bronze Medal as an assistant in 1991 and serving as a pitching coach on the 1997 squad.

McMahon and his wife, the former Cheri Wells of Jacksonville, Fla. are the parents of a 11-year old daughter Logan and a seven-year old son J. Wells.

THE PAT McMAHON FILE

Birthdate: May 28, 1953 in Lackawanna, N.Y.

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

Education: Bachelor of Arts- Physical Education, Stetson University, 1976; Master’s- Mississippi State, 1980.

Overall Head Coaching Record: 353-174 (9 seasons)

Playing Career:

Lettered two years at Stetson University (1974-1975) as a pitcher…Earned Outstanding Effort Award at Stetson in 1974 and 1975…Played for Stetson head coach Jim Ward…Drafted by the New York Mets out of high school but opted to play two seasons at St. John’s River Junior College in Palatka, Fla. for head coach John Tindall…Earned St. John’s River College MVP honors as a sophomore…Three-sport letterman at Jacksonville’s Bishop Kenny High School where he played baseball for coaches George Harrison and Clay Gooch…Earned All State honors in baseball as a senior.

Coaching Career:
Student Assistant Coach, Stetson University, 1976
Head Coach, Bishop Kenny High School (Jacksonville, Fla.), 1977-80
Graduate Assistant Coach, Mississippi State University, 1980
Assistant Coach, Old Dominion University, 1981-82
Assistant Coach, Mississippi State University, 1983-89
Head Coach, Old Dominion University, 1990-94
Associate Head Coach, Mississippi State University, 1995-97
Head Coach, Mississippi State University, 1997-2001
Head Coach, University of Florida, 2001-present

Coaching Highlights:
· 1990 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year
· 1990 Virginia Coach of the Year
· 1994 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year
· 1994 Virginia Coach of the Year
· 1998 ABCA South Region Coach of the Year
· Became just the second coach in SEC history to guide a team to the College World Series in his first season in the league (1998 Mississippi State)
· Served 11 total seasons as an assistant coach on Mississippi State coach Ron Polk’s staff.

International Coaching Experience:
Assistant Coach, 1991 (Bronze Medal in Pan American games)
Pitching Coach, 1997 (Intercontinental Cup Tournament)
Selected Head Coach, 2001

McMAHON YEAR-BY-YEAR HEAD COACHING RECORD

Year

School

Record

Pct.

League

Finish

NCAA Postseason

1990

Old Dominion

40-19

.478

11-6

!2nd-E

0-2

1991

Old Dominion

39-23

.629

10-8

!2nd-E

-

1992

Old Dominion

39-19

.672

11-7

#3rd

-

1993

Old Dominion

31-11

.738

9-3

#2nd

-

1994

Old Dominion

40-14

.741

14-4

#1st

1-2

1998

Mississippi State

42-23

.646

14-15

4th-W

5-3

1999

Mississippi State

42-21

.667

15-14

6th-W

2-2

2000

Mississippi State

41-20

.672

17-10

2nd-W

3-3

2001

Mississippi State

39-24

.619

17-13

2nd-W

3-2

 

Totals (9 years)

353-174

.670

118-80

-

14-14

!Sun Belt Conference; #Colonial Athletic Conference

SCHOOL BY SCHOOL ANALYSIS

Year

School

Record

Pct.

League

Finish

Postseason

90-94

Old Dominion (5)

189-86

.687

55-28

-

2 NCAA

98-01

Mississippi State (4)

164-88

.651

63-52

-

4 NCAA, 2 SR, 1 CWS

 

Totals (9 years)

353-174

.670

118-80

 

6 NCAA, 2 SR, 1 CWS

 

NCAA- Regional appearance; SR-Super Regional; CWS- College World Series

THE FACTS ABOUT McMAHON
· In each of the last two seasons, McMahon has guided Mississippi State into NCAA Super Regional play and two games shy of Omaha.
· Led Mississippi State to four straight NCAA Regional appearances as a head coach over the last four years.
· Helped lead 15 different teams to NCAA Regional competition, four times advancing to the College World Series (1981, 1985, 1997 and 1998).
· 26 years of combined college and high school coaching experience including 21 collegiate years.
· Five 40+ victory seasons.

FLORIDA CONNECTIONS

(Several players over the last four years who signed with Mississippi State from the state of Florida)

Tanner Brock

RHP

Longwood, Fla. (Lake Brantley)

Travis Chapman

INF

Jacksonville, Fla. (Bishop Kenny)

Steve Gendron

INF

Tampa, Fla. (Berkeley Prep)

Chad Henry

INF

Panama City, Fla. (Gulf Coast J.C./Mosley)

Jon Knott

1B/OF

Venice, Fla. (Venice)

Ty Martin

INF

West Melbourne, Fla. (Melbourne)

Brent Muhlhan

C

Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips)

Jamie Rock

OF/3B

Gulf Coast J.C.

Jonathan Papelbon

RHP/1B

Jacksonville, Fla. (Bishop Kenny)

Brian Terry

OF

Jacksonville, Fla. (Bishop Kenny)

J.B. Tucker

C

Bradenton, Fla. (St. Stephen’s Episcopal)

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