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Virginia Tech Baseball Coaching Hire Looks To Right The Ship

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Does the Whit Babcock hiring magic continue with new baseball skipper, John Szefc?

Hokies Baseball Talks It Over
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Virginia Tech baseball is making some serious changes. After a mediocre season, the Hokies decided to part ways with Pat Mason. Mason never really got things going in Blacksburg after four middling seasons. Mason’s lifetime winning percentage with the Hokies was a paltry .417. Change had to be made, and Whit Babcock and company decided on Maryland coach, John Szefc. Szefc has some interesting experience, but a quick glance at the resume reveals that the guy can recruit. At Kansas, Szefc was in charge of recruiting, and later had that same role at Kansas State.

As a head coach, he has had two different helms. Early on, he was head coach at Marist, and led them to three straight N.C.A.A. appearances. At Marlyand, he produced tournament teams three out of the five seasons under his stewardship. He also advanced the Terps to the Super Regional rounds in both 2014 and ‘15. He has the skill set to compete in the A.C.C. The athletic department really understands the importance of baseball, and have committed to bringing coaching talent to Blacksburg. The facilities are getting a serious upgrade, and if Szefc can produce a winning product, look out. The next hot ticket in town just might be at the diamond.