November 19, 2010
The Team USA National Collegiate Team may not finish next summer with an undefeated record, but there's no question it will have an excellent coaching staff with Missouri's Tim Jamieson serving as manager.
Jamieson, who is regarded as one of the nation's best teachers, has done a fantastic job during his tenure at Missouri. He also earned a great reputation in 2005 when he helped lead Team USA to an impressive 16-4 summer record.
We are thrilled to announce Tim Jamieson as our 2011 manager,” said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball General Manager of National Teams. “His experience from 2005 -- coaching players like David Price, Matt Wieters and Matt LaPorta -- will serve him well, and teaming him with Dave Van Horn, Scott Stricklin and Rob Walton will provide our athletes with a unique opportunity to learn from some of the best college coaches in the game. Once again, the college coaching community has rallied around the Collegiate National Team program."
While the hiring of Jamieson as head coach is impressive, the rest of the coaching staff Team USA assembled is equally impressive.
Oral Roberts' Rob Walton, Arkansas' Dave Van Horn and Kent State's Scott Stricklin will serve as assistants.
Walton managed Team USA in '08 and had a phenomenal summer, leading the team to a perfect 24-0 record and a gold medal at the FISU World Championships with a 1-0 victory over Japan.
Van Horn and Stricklin will make their first appearance at Team USA, but will do so with very impressive resumes at their respective institutions.
Van Horn guided the Razorbacks to the College World Series two seasons ago and fell just short of Omaha last season with a super regional series loss to Arizona State. Stricklin, meanwhile, has developed Kent State into one of the north's best programs and one of the most successful mid-majors.
Kudos to Eric Campbell and Team USA for assembling a fantastic staff, and may a gold medal be on the team's horizon after a tough loss to Cuba in the title match this past summer.