July 8, 2014
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech head coach Greg Goff announced today the hiring of his former Campbell University assistant head coach, Rick McCarty, as the second assistant coach for the Bulldog Baseball coaching staff.
McCarty joins Goff's staff with former Mississippi State assistant Jake Wells, who was announced last week as an assistant/hitting coach for the Bulldogs.
McCarty comes to LA Tech after spending the last four years in charge of pitching at Campbell during Goff's tenure as head coach. The 12-year coaching veteran was named the assistant head coach prior to the 2014 season as he helped lead Campbell to new heights as a baseball program, including guiding the Fighting Camels to three straight 40-win seasons (41 in 2012; 49 in 2013; 41 in 2014) and their first NCAA Regional appearance in 24 years this past season.
"We are all very excited for Rick McCarty to join our staff here at Louisiana Tech," Goff said. "Rick is one of the best pitching coaches in the country and our program will greatly benefit from him being here. His reputation of developing pitchers is second to none and I can't wait to see him have the opportunity to work with our players and recruits here at LA Tech."
A native of Campbellsville, Ky., McCarty helped lead Campbell to the 2014 Big South Conference Tournament championship, while his team also won the Big South regular season championship in 2013 for the first time since the 1986 season. Over the course of the 2013 season, Campbell not only broke the school record for wins in a season with 49 victories, but the Camel pitchers, under the direction of McCarty, finished in the Top 10 nationally in team earned run average (2.63 - 7th).
During the 2013 record-breaking campaign, McCarty recruited and coached the first Big South Pitcher of the Year in program history as Ryan Thompson set the single-season record for ERA (0.88) for both Campbell and the Big South Conference. Following the 2013 season, Thompson became Campbell's first All-American pitcher as he broke the single-season saves record for the Camels in both 2013 and 2014, while also leading the nation in ERA.
In addition to Thompson's accolades on the mound, McCarty also recruited all four of Campbell's All-Americans and three academic All-Americans. In four seasons with the Camels, McCarty has coached 17 All-Big South Conference performers, including a school record nine honorees in 2013.
Prior to coaching at Campbell, McCarty spent two seasons at Southeast Missouri State where he was responsible for pitching and recruiting. In his first season with the Redhawks, McCarty helped SEMO finish second in the Ohio Valley Conference in team ERA, strikeouts and opposing batting average. The Redhawks' pitching staff had two members named to All-Ohio Valley Conference teams in 2010, including Shae Simmons, who was also named Freshman of the Year in the league.
McCarty was also responsible for recruiting several key position players in his first recruiting class that helped SEMO finish the regular season with the ninth highest batting average in the country (.349). In addition, Southeast Missouri's team batting average went from .316 in 2009 to .349 in 2010 with McCarty's first recruiting class.
From 2004-08, McCarty was an assistant coach at Division II powerhouse Delta State for five seasons. In McCarty's five years with the Statesmen, the team posted a combined record of 236-65 and won the Gulf South Conference regular season championship four times. In 2004, Delta State won the school's first Division II National Championship as the team set a school record with 54 wins over the course of the campaign. During McCarty's tenure at Delta State, the team finished among the nation's top-10 in ERA two times, appeared in four NCAA Regionals and totaled 19 All-Gulf South Conference honorees.
A total of six members of Delta State's pitching staff signed professional contracts during McCarty's five seasons, including Brent Leach, who was drafted in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft following the conclusion of the 2005 campaign, when the Statesmen finished fifth in the Division II World Series with a 52-10 overall record.
Prior to coaching five seasons at Delta State, McCarty began his coaching career at his alma mater, Murray State, for one season in 2003 when the Thoroughbreds won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time in 24 years and made an appearance in the NCAA Regionals.
McCarty graduated from Murray State in 2003 with his bachelor's degree and earned his master's in education from Delta State in 2005. The former pitcher spent two seasons as the closer for the Thoroughbreds, where he tallied eight saves in 2001, which tied a single season record for Murray State. Prior to his playing days at Murray State, McCarty played at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill.
McCarty is married to the former Rayna Netherland of Campbellsville, Ky. They have three children, Mya, Myles and Mia. His hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.
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