“It’s an honor for me to have the opportunity to serve as the pitch coach for the United States Collegiate National Team 2021 and to work with some of the best student athletes in our game today,” said O’Sullivan. “I look forward to helping the players of this year’s team develop their game to the next level, and would like to thank USA Baseball for this great opportunity.”
With the announcement, O’Sullivan will make his debut in Team USA coaching from July 2 to 15, when CNT begins a stretch of 11 intrasquad games held between two 24-man lists called Stars and Stripes. Two of the players who fit the Stars and Stripes will be Florida boxers Hunter barco and Brandonspirat, which means there will be a total of three Gators in uniform for the 2021 USA CNT.
Gator skipper joins Elliot Avent (manager; NC State), Bobby Austin (Mississippi State), Dan Hartleb (Illinois), Kobe Phillips (NC Central), Josh Pike (NC State), Alex Sogard (Wright State), Troy Tulowitzki (Texas) and Jerry Weinstein (Colorado Rockies) as part of the 2021 USA CNT coaching team.
“We are honored to welcome eight tremendous coaches to assist the collegiate national team this summer,” said United States baseball general manager Eric Campbell. This year will be unique to the Collegiate program, as we welcome forty-eight athletes to represent Team USA. As we designed this season for the athletes, the need for an experienced and versatile coaching team was prioritized to enhance the overall development experience, and we “We are confident that we have done just that. These coaches provide a wealth of knowledge that will impact every athlete who wants to wear red, white and blue in a positive way now and for many years to come.”
After completing his 14th season at the helm of the Gators, O’Sullivan led Florida to seven NCAA College World Series appearances, a program record of 13 straight NCAA tournaments, and won the program’s first ever national championship in 2017. At 9 p.m. March of the 2021 campaign, O’Sullivan became the winning head coach in the history of the Florida program with victory number 557, and finally ended the year with a 585-278 record (.678), which ranks third in terms of winning percentage. among active head coaches in Division I.
O’Sullivan was named National Coach of the Year in 2017 and has won the SEC Coach of the Year on three separate occasions (2010, 2014, 2018). Also included in his coaching resume are five SEC Championships, two SEC Tournament Championships and 88 MLB Draft selections. The latter has a nationally leading 10 first-round picks dating back to 2012, including current MLB standouts Jonathan India, Brady Singer and Mike Zunino.
Under O’Sullivan’s supervision, 14 Gators have served on the US CNT: Matt den Dekker (2008), Nolan Fontana (2x, 2010-11), Brian Johnson (2x, 2010-11), Jonathon Crawford (2012), AJ Puk ( 2015), Buddy Reed (2015), JJ Schwarz (2015), Logan Shore (2015), Alex Faedo (2016), Dalton Guthrie (2016), Mike Rivera (2016), Tommy mace (2019), Hunter barco (2021) and Brandonspirat (2021).
Florida players to compete for US CNT during O’Sullivan’s period (since 2008)
2021: LHP Hunter barco, RHP Brandonspirat
2019: RHP Tommy mace
2016: RHP Alex Faedo, INF Dalton Guthrie, C Mike Rivera
2015: LHP AJ Puk, OF Buddy Reed, C / DH JJ Schwarz, RHP Logan Shore
2012: RHP Jonathon Crawford
2011: INF Nolan Fontana, LHP Brian Johnson
2010: INF Nolan Fontana, LHP Brian Johnson
2008: OF Matt den Dekker
Complete 2021 US CNT schedule
(Date; Match-Up; Location; Time [E.T.])
Friday 2. July; Stars vs. Stripes; Danville, Virginia; 19.00
Saturday, July 3; Stars vs. Stripes; Burlington, North Carolina; TBD
Sunday, July 4; Stars vs. Stripes; Cary, North Carolina; 13:30
Tuesday, July 6; Stars vs. Stripes; Greeneville, Tennessee; 19.00
Wednesday, July 7; Stars vs. Stripes; Johnson City, Tennessee; 19.00
Thursday, July 8; Stars vs. Stripes; Bristol, Virginia; 19.00
Friday 9. July; Stars vs. Stripes; Elizabethton, Virginia; 19.00
Saturday, July 10; Stars vs. Stripes; Kingsport, Tennessee; TBD
Tuesday, July 13; Stars vs. Stripes; Pulaski, Virginia; 19.00
Wednesday, July 14; Stars vs. Stripes; Princeton, West Virginia; 19.00
Thursday, July 15; Stars vs. Stripes; Bluefield, West Virginia; 18:30