Head Coach: Florida Gulf Coast University
A four-time Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year, head coach Dave Tollett enters his 14th season at the helm of the four-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 made the transition into the Division I ranks by winning three straight A-Sun regular season titles from 2008-10 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 13 seasons as head coach, Tollett has accumulated a record of 463-264-3 with at least 25 wins in all 13 seasons and four conference titles. The Eagles have won 55 of the 74 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 25 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 associate coaches in collegiate baseball, Rusty McKee enters his 12th season with a Florida Gulf Coast program that has won four Atlantic Sun Regular Season Championships since 2008. A 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 389 wins, including a 153-71 mark in the A-Sun since joining Division I in 2008. The Eagles have won at least 36 games in eight of his 11 seasons.
McKee also handles the schedule of opponents, scouting and works with the hitters.
Additional Coaches: Florida Gulf Coast University
Trent Higginbothem: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Rob Pilgrim: Graduate Manager
Wes Sargent: Assistant Coach