Baseball America recently surveyed college coaches across the country in search of who is the best Assistant in the game.
To no surprise of Virginia Baseball fans, Associate Head Coach Kevin McMullan was the lead vote getter earning him the title of “Top College Baseball Assistant Coach.”
This certainly is not the first time Coach “Mac” has been recognized as the best at his craft. Following the 2009 season, and UVa’s first trip to the College World Series, Mac was named the National Assistant Coach of the Year. He was also previously named the Top Assistant Coach by Baseball America in 2012.
Prior to joining Coach O’Connor in Charlottesville before the 2004 season, Mac coached in the Atlanta Braves organization, was the acting head coach at East Carolina, and also served as an assistant coach at St. John’s and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (his alma mater).
Coach O’Connor told Baseball America “He’s excellent at the development phase. The consistent work that he does with our players and taking a player out of high school and continuing to develop their skills so that by the time he leaves here he is ready to have success at the next level is his greatest quality. That, coupled with his keen eye in recruiting to find position players that are athletic and projectable and can develop while they’re here is really special.”
Previous coaches named in the Top 10 of Baseball America’s lists have gone on to be successful head coaches including Virginia’s own Coach O’Connor, Vanderbilt’s Tim Corbin, and TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle.
Although rumors have had Coach Mac interview for head coaching jobs elsewhere, he has remained true to Coach O’Connor and the dynastic program he has helped build in Charlottesville, but the threat re-emerges every summer when new head coaching vacancies open.