The baseball program Berea College will have new management when the team finally returns to the field this spring.
Berea College Director of Athletics Ryan Hess recently announced that Frank Pufall has been hired as head coach.
Pufall was most recently at Northland College (NCAA Division III), where he served as an assistant coach. He was also the head baseball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Superior (NCAA Division III) for five seasons.
He spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA Division II). While at UMD, Pufall trained the 2016 NCAA Division II Player of the Year and Philadelphia Phillies draft pick – Alex Wojciechowski – as well as two other players who signed professional contacts – Bo Hellquist (Minnesota Twins) and Jimmy Heck (Tucson Saguaros, independent baseball)) .
“Our search committee set out to find a coach who would fully embrace this program and be committed to the development of our players both on and off the field,” said Hess. “We wanted a coach who would establish a culture and a foundation from which this program will continue to emerge and excel. Coach Pufall brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. We are so excited to wish Frank, his wife Rachel and their hearts welcome. two boys to our athletics family and the campus community, and to see our baseball players and the program grow under his leadership. “
Pufall played collegiately at Vanderbilt University, graduated in 1999, and is working toward completing a master’s degree in education from Minnesota-Duluth.
“From the start of the process, Berea seemed like a perfect fit for me and my family,” said Pufall. “Hess and the search committee quickly confirmed that this was true. I would like to thank President Roelofs, Rev. Steele, Ryan Hess and the search committee for this opportunity. I am extremely excited to start working with the student athletes and look forward to helping them take Berea College baseball program to new levels of success. “
Pufall takes over a program that has not played a game for more than two years – April 20, 2019.
Berea canceled the entire 2020 season due to problems off the field, and then had the 2021 plan canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.