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O'Grady Nets Multiple Awards
Junior Chris O'Grady turned in a standout performance in 2012 occupying the role of the team's closer. O'Grady tied a school single-season record with 14 saves. He went 2-0 with a 1.22 ERA, striking out 51 and limiting opposing hitters to a .163 batting average over 37 innings of work.
The Congers, NY native was selected in the 10th round of the 2012 Major League Draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, becoming the 2nd highest drafted player in program history. He currently plays for the Orem Owlz, the Short Season Affiliate of the Angels.
Helgeson Slugs His Way Into Record Books
Helgeson joined Tison as the only two players to start all 57 games for the Patriots. He finished the season leading the team in slugging percentage (.605), on-base percentage (.438), RBI's (51), doubles (17), home runs (15), total bases (121) and walks (38), while standing second in runs scored (38) and third in hits (59).
Helgeson concluded his two-year career at Mason ranked 10th all-time with 30 home runs and 15th with a .572 slugging percentage.
Bill Brown is in his 34th season as the head coach of George Mason baseball, and his 38th season involved with the Patriots.
After two seasons as a Patriots catcher and two years as an assistant coach, Brown has maintained the success he inherited with the program and lifted it to new heights. George Mason's all-time leader in coaching victories with a 33 -year record of 929-823-6, Brown surpassed the program's founder, Raymond H. "Hap" Spuhler, in 1993. Spuhler was 318-169-3 in 12 seasons before George Mason entered the Division I ranks.
Brown guided the Patriots through their inaugural Atlantic 10 Conference season in 2014, and before that, left a mark as one of the most decorated coaches in Colonial Athletic Association history. Brown was honored as CAA Coach of the Year a record six times and has guided George Mason to some of its greatest accomplishments. Since 1985, the Patriots have won two CAA titles, finishing second three other times along with the program's first A-10 title in 2014, posting a 34-22 record on the season and playing in the Houston Regional. Brown has now coached to seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Lewis "Tag" Montague will begin his second season as assistant coach at George Mason at the start of the 2015 season.
Montague arrived in Fairfax following two seasons in the same role at the University of Richmond. While there, he worked with the hitters, infielders and baserunners, while also assisting in the Spiders' recruiting efforts.
"We are very excited that Tag Montague will be joining the George Mason baseball program as an assistant coach," head coach Bill Brown said at the time of his hiring. "Tag is a very accomplished coach who I am confident will have an immediate positive impact on our program. He has over 15 years of experience coaching at the college level and his abilities as a coach and recruiter are very well respected among his peers. On a personal level, I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Tag and look forward to great success as we enter into our first season in the A-10."
Brian Pugh joins Mason for the 2015 season in his first year as an assistant coach with the Patriots.
Prior to Mason, Pugh spent three years as the assistant baseball coach at Temple University under head coach Ryan Wheeler. Pugh, who now has 12 years of collegiate coaching experience, spent seven years as an assistant coach and three years as a head coach before arriving to Temple in 2011. Among his duties at Temple were coordinating the Owls' pitching program, responsibility for recruiting, coordinating the placement of players with summer teams and serving as the team's liaison with the Office of Compliance and Student Services.
Pugh spent three years as the head baseball coach at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa. before his arrival at Temple, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the program. During those three seasons, Pugh coached two Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area and three All-Commonwealth Conference players. Seven of his student-athletes were named to the Middle Atlantic Conference's Academic Honor Roll.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Justin Walker will be in his second season as volunteer assistant coach at George Mason at the start of the 2015 season.
Walker arrives in Fairfax after previous college coaching experience at Bowling Green State University in 2011, and a season working with John Carroll University.
A native of Marengo, Ohio, Walker is a graduate of Rio Grande University in Ohio, where he earned his degree in sports and exercise studies with a minor in coach leadership.