Head Coach: Florida Gulf Coast University
A three-time Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year, head coach Dave Tollett enters his 12th season at the helm of the three-time A-Sun champion Florida Gulf Coast baseball program. He was named the program's first-ever head coach in August of 2001.
Under Tollett's guidance, the Eagles have made the transition into the Division I ranks by winning three straight A-Sun regular season titles and posting 112 wins in their first three years. En route to the conference championships, FGCU went 73-20 in the A-Sun - the most conference wins by any team in the country over that span.
Tollett's blue collar coaching style has helped quickly build FGCU into one of the rising programs in the country. Over his 10 seasons as head coach, Tollett has accumulated a record of 394-216-2 with at least 25 wins in all 10 seasons and three conference titles. The Eagles have won 44 of the 59 A-Sun three-game series since joining the league in 2008, including all 10 in 2010.
Player development has also been prominent in the program's history, as 20 players have gone on to be drafted in the MLB Draft. In the summer of 2010, Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year Chris Sale and Casey Coleman became the first Eagles in the Major League - separated by just two days. Sale's accent into the majors began when he was selected by the Chicago White Sox with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Coleman, a 15th round selection by the Cubs in 2008, became the first FGCU player in the MLB on August 2, when he was called up from Triple-A Iowa.
Associate Head Coach: Florida Gulf Coast University
One of the rising assistant coaches in collegiate baseball, Rusty McKee is in his ninth season with a Florida Gulf Coast program that has won three Atlantic Sun Regular Season Championships in the last five years. A 13-year veteran of college coaching in the state of Florida, McKee has been responsible for coordinating the recruiting efforts as well as assisting head coach Dave Tollett with all aspects of the program.
During his time in Fort Myers, FGCU has compiled 283 wins, including a 104-46 mark in the A-Sun since joining Division I in 2008. The Eagles have won at least 36 games in six of his eight seasons.
McKee also handles the schedule of opponents, scouting and works with the hitters.
Assistant Coach (Pitching): Florida Gulf Coast University
Woodworth is a 2010 graduate of FGCU and is the program's all-time wins leader on the mound with 25. He will be in charge of a pitching staff that returns all four primary starting pitchers from the 2014 season, including A-Sun Pitcher of the Year and All-American Mike Murray.
Since leaving FGCU at the end of the 2010 season, Woodworth went on to sign as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Rays and pitch for the 2010 GCL Rays before returning to FGCU as a volunteer assistant coach from Aug. 2011-Feb. 2012. He then went on to serve as an area scout for the Rays for a season before joining the staff at Nova Southeastern University where he served as the pitching coach while also assisting with recruiting and scouting among other things. The Sharks pitching staff posted a 3.23 team ERA in 2014.
While at FGCU Woodworth compiled a 4.59 ERA for his career and posted a 25-9 record, making 39 starts and appearing in 61 games. In his senior season he collected a 9-2 record on a staff that included National Player of the Year and now three-time MLB All-Star Chris Sale. He struck out 67 batters that season and 261 overall while walking just 108.
Volunteer Assistant Coach: Florida Gulf Coast University
at STETSON - 2012 (Senior): Was a first team All-Conference pick ... Started 58 games ... hit .306 at the plate with 68 hits, 41 runs, 11 doubles, five homeruns and 36 RBI to go with a .397 on-base percentage and 11 stolen bases
2011 (Junior): Was a first team All-Conference pick and was also named to the A-Sun Championship All-Tournament team as well as the Columbia Regional All-Tournament team ... Started 60 games, all at shortstop ... Had 21 multiple-hit games and eight multiple RBI games ... Tied for the longest hit streak on the team at 16 games, which was during a streak in which he hit safely in 28-of-29 games and reached base in 32 straight ... Hit .403 during his 16 game streak and .415 over the 29 games ... Had a career-high four hits in two games, against Savannah State (4/15) and ETSU (5/25) ... Drove in a career-high four runs twice, in the game against Savannah State and against N.C. State (6/3) in the NCAA Regional ... Closed the season strong on defense with just one error in his final 12 games.
2010 (Sophomore): Played in 43 games with 41 starts at third base ... Had to sit out several games due to hand injury ... Was named the Lou Bazzano Outstanding Effort Award winner ... Earned A-Sun Academic All-Conference honors ... Finished fourth on the team with a .352 batting average ... Led the team, and the Atlantic Sun Conference, in triples with six ... Had 16 multiple-hit game and 11 multiple RBI games Had a team-leading three 4-hit games ... Tied for team lead in walks with 34 ... Had consecutive 4-hit games against Northwestern (3/26-27) ... Was 8-for-9 with three doubles, a triple, two stolen bases, five runs scored and four RBI in those two games ... Was 4-for-5 with two home runs, four runs scored and four RBI against Mercer (4/10) ... Was 3-for-5 with a triple and a pair of RBI against Campbell (4/1).