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Dan Roszel to be the new Pitching Coach at Kentucky

ECU pitching coach Dan Roszel is leaving Greenville and headed to Lexington to join the Kentucky Wildcats coaching staff, per

Roszel was with the Pirates for nine years and is leaving the program after a 47-18 season where they hosted a regional for the second straight year and made the program’s fifth all-time Super Regional appearance before falling to Louisville.

He will join a Kentucky team coached by Nick Mingione, who going into his fourth season at UK. In his first three seasons, Mingione holds a record of 104-84, and his Wildcats missed the SEC tournament in 2019 along with the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, which is what brought the coaching staff changes.

Last season, Kentucky’s pitching posted an ERA of 5.10 and opponents were batting .257 against the Cats in a season that saw them finish 26-29.

Roszel will look to better those numbers, and he has the resume to do it with 19 seasons under his belt.

During his time at East Carolina, he was responsible for developing the program’s highest-ever draft pick in starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman, who was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays ninth overall in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. Roszel also coached Major League Baseball All-Star Chris Sale as an assistant at Florida Gulf Coast.

Roszel’s 2019 staff led The American in eight statistical categories including wins (47), strikeouts (595), innings pitched (577.2), shutouts (six) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.79) while ranking second in the AAC in ERA (3.96) and WHIP (1.32). The Pirates also set the AAC record for league wins with 20.

For a Kentucky program that has been predicated on dominant pitchers, such as Sean Hjelle, Justin Lewis, and Zack Thompson; this hire was crucial for a Kentucky program that took a massive step back last year. Hopefully, this hire will put the Wildcats back in the right direction.

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_

5 Comments for Dan Roszel to be the new Pitching Coach at Kentucky

  1. UKGrad79
    10:35 pm July 21, 2019 Permalink

    So who is he replacing and what happened to him? Why is this not in the story?

  2. UKInsider
    10:43 pm July 21, 2019 Permalink

    KSR failed to report that Mingone made staff changes. Fanning, the recruiting coordinator, and Bellinger, the pitching coach are out. Bellinger is off to Florida State. Can’t blame Bellinger because FSU is as good as most SEC teams, but no report on Fanning yet. Doe KSR cover this? No, they are too busy fawning over HS football recruits.

    • UKGrad79
      7:31 am July 22, 2019 Permalink

      I find these so called reporters often leave important information out of their stories.

  3. tbradg
    3:54 am July 22, 2019 Permalink

    I’m confused…did Ming fire Bellinger?

  4. Walter White
    6:24 am July 22, 2019 Permalink

    Dang this is a good hire for UK. Living in Greenville now and we had some studs that he helped at ECU. Sad ECU is losing him, but happy he’s going to UK so I can still cheer for coach