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Bianco named to Team USA’s staff as pitching coach

BLOG: Ole Miss head baseball coach Mike Bianco has been named to Jim Schlossnagle‘s 2013 Collegiate National Team as the pitching coach.

Below is Team USA’s release:

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced today it has finalized the 2013 Collegiate National Team coaching staff with the addition of assistant coaches Tim Esmay, Mike Bianco and Ed Servais. Esmay, Bianco and Servais currently serve as head coaches for the Arizona State, Ole Miss and Creighton baseball teams, respectively.

“As we continue preparations for the 2013 Collegiate National Team season we are pleased to have Mike Bianco, Tim Esmay and Ed Servais join the coaching staff,” said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball General Manager, National Teams. “These coaches complete a great staff for the coming summer, and we look forward to having them represent our country in international competition.”

All three coaches will be making their debut on a USA Baseball coaching staff. They round out TCU skipper and 2013 collegiate team manager Jim Schlossnagle’s four-man staff.

Esmay, who will serve as the hitting coach in addition to coaching third base, has a 131-48 record, including 55-29 in conference, through three seasons at the helm of the Sun Devil baseball team. He has one College World Series appearance, one conference title and two NCAA tournament trips, and was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2010. Coach Esmay has mentored eight All-Americans, 25 all-conference honorees and four members of Team USA in Tempe, and 31 Sun Devils have been taken in the MLB Draft in his ASU tenure, which is the most of any Div. I school in that time span. He has guided ASU to the highest regular-season winning percentage in the Pac-12 since 2010, is the second-fastest coach in ASU history to reach 100 wins and recently led the program to its 50th consecutive 30-win season. For his career, he is 344-283-1 in 11 seasons, including eight at the University of Utah.

Serving as the pitching coach in 2013, Bianco is entering his 13th season as the head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels and has compiled a career record of 571-349-1 (471-278-1 at Ole Miss). In that time, he has helped the Rebels to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, the 2009 Southeastern Conference Championship, the 2006 SEC Tournament championship and a pair of SEC Western Division titles. Bianco has coached seven Rebels to All-America honors and 31 All-SEC selections. Seven of his Ole Miss players were active in the Major Leagues this past season. Bianco has also coached seven players who have competed internationally with USA Baseball in the past 12 seasons as the Rebel head coach.

Ed Servais, who will coach team defense as well as coaching first base, enters his 10th season leading the Creighton baseball program in 2013. He is the winningest coach in program history with 327 victories. He owns a career coaching record of 327-195. Servais has led the Jays to the NCAA Tournament in three of the past six seasons (2007, 2011 & 2012) and has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year four times in his eight years at Creighton (2004, 2005, 2007 & 2011). Servais has coached 43 players to All-MVC honors, including 19 All-MVC First Team selections. He has coached nine All-Americans and had 15 Bluejays selected in the MLB Draft. Servais’ teams have finished among the nation’s best in fielding percentage and sacrifice bunts every season, including 2012, when the Bluejays finished eighth in fielding percentage (.978).

Also announced today were the remaining members of the 2013 Collegiate National Team’s administrative staff.  TCU’s Danny Wheat will serve as the team’s certified athletic trainer and Brandie Davidson will serve as the team press officer.

Wheat enters his ninth year as an ATC for the Horned Frogs, and 2013 will mark his fifth appearance in the red, white and blue. Davidson is in her 10th year as an assistant media relations director at TCU. It will mark her second appearance with USA Baseball as she served as the press officer for the 2012 USA Baseball Women’s National Team.

The dates for the 2013 schedule and opponents will be announced in the coming weeks on USABaseball.com.

About USA Baseball: USA Baseball is the national governing body for amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, World Cup and Pan American teams (and all other USA Baseball professional teams), and the Collegiate, 18U, 15U, and Women’s National Teams, all of which participate in various domestic and international competitions each year.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.  For more information, please visit USABaseball.com and GoldenSpikesAward.com.

For more on Bianco’s new role with Team USA, checkout Wednesday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE.

 (December 18, 2012)

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