Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Head baseball coach candidate: Randy Mazey

Randy Mazey has been an assistant coach at TCU for five years and last season, Mazey was promoted to Associate Head Coach. He was previously the head coach at former Conference USA-foe East Carolina for three seasons and, prior to that time, spent six seasons as the recruiting coordinator at Tennessee, East Carolina and Georgia.

Since Mazey's arrival in 2007, the Frogs have continuously progressed. In each of his previous four seasons, the Frogs have tallied 40 or more wins, been to four NCAA Regionals, including hosting two, two NCAA Super Regionals and one College World Series. The Frogs are 186-65 during his tenure and have claimed seven conference championships (four regular season and three conference tournament titles). Ten pitchers have been drafted in the last four years, three of which have already made their Major League debuts (Andrew Cashner, Chicago Cubs; Jake Arrieta, Baltimore Orioles; Sam Demel, Arizona Diamondbacks).

Under Mazey's tutelage in 2010, the Horned Frog pitching staff had one of the best season's in school history. In addition to setting new school records in innings pitched (607 2/3) and strikeouts (553), the staff produced two All-Americans in Steven Maxwell and Matt Purke.

Mazey posted a three-year record of 120-66-1 (.644) as a head coach at East Carolina, including a school-record 51-13 (.797) mark in 2004. In addition, the Pirates were 60-30 (.667) in C-USA regular-season action during that span, which included three NCAA Regional berths.

During the 2004 season, Mazey's Pirates were ranked in the top 10 for numerous weeks during the season, hosted the NCAA Regionals and advanced to the Super Regionals. For his efforts in 2004, Mazey was honored as the C-USA Keith LeClair Coach of the Year as well as ABCA East Region Coach of the Year.
Mazey spent four seasons as the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at Tennessee. His pitching staffs posted two of the top four strikeout totals in school history and he produced six Volunteer pitchers who signed professionally, including one first-round draft pick. Tennessee had the second-best ERA in the SEC in 2000. In 2001, the Vols advanced to the College World Series where they tied for third.

The appointment at ECU was the second head coaching post of Mazey's career. At the age of 27, he was named head coach at Charleston Southern University in 1994. In 1996, he led the Buccaneers to their first-ever NCAA Regional appearance and was named Big South Coach of the Year.

His success in 1996 came with a team that was picked to finish last in the preseason coaches poll but rolled through league competition with a 17-4 conference record. At 30-24-1, CSU posted its first winning season since 1988 and its second 30-win season in school history.

Mazey departed CSU to become recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at Georgia in 1997. His staff produced its lowest ERA in four years and set a season strikeout record in his lone season with the Bulldogs.
Prior to that, Mazey spent the 1998 season at ECU as an assistant. Under his tutelage, the Pirates posted the third-highest strikeout total in school history. He also served as the program's recruiting coordinator.

Mazey began his coaching career at Clemson University, his alma mater. During his four-year stint with the Tigers (1990-93), Clemson recorded a 198-67 mark, won two ACC titles, made four consecutive NCAA Regional appearances and advanced to the CWS in 1991. While at Clemson, he coached or recruited 40 players who went on to play professionally, including 19 who were drafted in the top 10 rounds.

Mazey was a three-time All-ACC selection as an outfielder/pitcher during his playing career at Clemson. The Tigers won two ACC titles and advanced to two NCAA Regionals during his stay from 1985-88. He finished with a career batting average of .331 and was 8-1 on the mound.

He was drafted in the 28th round of the 1988 draft by Cleveland and played two seasons in that organization's minor league system before returning to Clemson as an assistant coach.

Mazey earned a bachelor of science degree in administrative management from Clemson in 1988 and an MBA from Clemson in 1993. He was an 11th round pick in the amateur draft by the Baltimore Orioles following an outstanding prep career at United High School in Johnstown, Pa.

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