Concord University Director of Athletics Kevin Garrett will replace former head baseball coach Andrew Wright as the head coach of the baseball team as Concord President Kendra Boggess appointed Garrett to the role Monday afternoon.
This will be the second stint for Garrett as the head coach of the baseball team. Previously, Garrett led the Mountain Lions from 1995-2010 where he posted a program-record 355 wins, won the 2001 WVIAC Championship and took Concord to three NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournaments.
From 2000-2010, Garrett's team won at least 20 games in all but one year, and in 2008 CU notched 35 wins.
Hitting Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Devin Smith will begin his second season as an assistant coach for the Concord University baseball team in 2015. Under head coach Andrew Wright, Smith works with all facets of the program.
After a standout playing career for the Mountain Lions, Smith began his coaching career in 2014. He helped lead Concord to a 38-16 record and the second seed in the inaugural Mountain East Conference Tournament in addition to a top-six ranking in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region through the majority of the year. The 38 wins were a school-record.
Smith coached 10 players who earned All-Mountain East Conference recognition, three all-region selections and two All-America honorees in Joey Miller and Bret Blevins.
Infield Coach/Strength & Conditioning Coach
Tim Bancells joined head coach Andrew Wright's staff as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2014 season.
Bancells is no stranger to the Concord baseball program as he played for the Mountain Lions in 2011 and 2012 under Wright.
"I am extremely excited to have Tim back in our program as an assistant coach" Wright said. "It has been a priority to surround myself with great people and Tim is no exception. His combination of character, personality, and work ethic is off the charts. Tim has a bright future as a coach and I am excited that he jumped at the chance to join our staff. "
Tim Leather, one of Concord's most outstanding relief pitchers in program history, enters his first year as pitching coach at his alma mater. In two seasons he amassed 34 appearances, logging a record of 8-2 and a 3.74 ERA on one of the Atlantic Region's strongest pitching staffs. Prior to his playing career at Concord University, Leather competed at one of the most successful junior college programs in the country in Frederick Community College. During his time at FCC, the cougars posted 97 wins along with an appearance at the NJCAA World Series.
Leather was also a Valley League Baseball veteran playing three years in one of the top summer leagues in the country, while competing for the Waynesboro Generals (2010, 2011) and the Front Royal Cardinals (2013). His playing experience in the VBL made him a highly sought after commodity in the leagues coaching circles, subsequently earning him a position as pitching coach for the New Market Rebels.
Concord head baseball coach Andrew Wright said about Leather: "Tim is an outstanding addition to our staff. Not only was he a frontline contributor on two of our programs most successful teams, he possess the knowledge and skillset to be an incredible pitching coach. Tim's future is bright and I am happy that he chose to begin his coaching career at Concord University."