By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Patrick McCarthy of Faulkner (Ala.) has been named the 2013 NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association (NAIA-BCA) National Coach of the Year, the NAIA announced Tuesday. McCarthy, who competed his fourth season at Faulkner in 2013, guided the Eagle baseball program to its first-ever Avista-NAIA World Series championship this season.
“This is a great honor for our entire baseball program,” said McCarthy. “Winning the national championship was an experience none of us will ever forget, and it took everyone – players, coaches and the administration at our university – to accomplish our goal. I don’t see this as an individual award at all. I’m very appreciative, but it belongs to so many people who worked awfully hard through the entire season.”
The 2013 Eagles showcased one of the NAIA’s most prolific offenses, leading the NAIA in runs scored (549), RBI (480) and stolen bases (198). Additionally, Faulkner’s lineup ranked in the top 10 in at bats (2,110), hits (677), doubles (121), slugging percentage (.465) and triples (20). The pitching staff was third nationally in strikeouts (472), fifth in earned run average (2.64) and seventh in opponent batting average (.227).
Faulkner compiled a program-best 56-11 record en route to the national championship crown, including a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) regular season crown, SSAC tournament co-championship and a title at the Montgomery National Championship Opening Round Bracket. The Eagles won 18-of-19 games to close the season, including five-straight in Lewiston to become the first team to sweep the World Series since Cumberland (Tenn.) accomplished the feat in 2010.
During his tenure at Faulkner, McCarthy has done nothing but win, guiding the team to three-straight 40-plus win seasons. The Eagles have made four-consecutive postseason appearances, with World Series trips in 2011 and 2013. McCarthy was also named the SSAC Coach of the Year at the end of the regular season.
McCarthy has coached nine NAIA All-Americans, including four first team selections. In 2013, he mentored five NAIA All-America award winners in Zak Colby, Michael Cruz, Johnny Shuttlesworth, Sergio Sanchez and Will Dismukes.
Prior to Faulkner, McCarthy compiled a 158-108 (.594) record in five seasons at Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)