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  Rick McCarty

Rick McCarty

Player Profile

Hometown:
Campbellsville, Ky.

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
2nd Season

Alma Mater:
Murray State (2003)

Rick McCarty is in his second season as an assistant baseball coach at Southeast Missouri State.

Prior to joining the staff last season, McCarty coached for five years at perennial Division II powerhouse Delta State, where he was responsible for the pitching staff. In his five seasons as the Statesmen pitching coach, the team averaged 47 wins per year and set a school record for wins in 2004 with 54 on their way to winning the school's first national championship. In 2008, the Statesmen finished the season ranked No. 1 in the country and set a school record for consecutive wins after winning 24 straight games, including the conference regular season and tournament championships.

While at DSU, he led the pitching staff to three NCAA top 10 finishes in E.R.A. McCarty coached a pitcher to ten or more 11 times in five years and coached two American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings South-Central Region Pitchers of the Year, Brad Lightsey (2005) and Rusty Rayborn (2006), as well as five All-Americans and 19 All-Gulf South Conference selections.

Six members of the Statesmen pitching staff signed professional contracts during McCarty's tenure, including Brent Leach, who was drafted in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft following the 2005 season, in which the Statesmen finished fifth in the Division II World Series with a 52-10 record. Leach is currently on the Los Angeles Dodgers 40-man roster. McCarty also recruited several standout position players, including Jareck West, who was drafted by the Oakland A's in 2007, Chris Clark, 2007 Rawlings first-team Gold Glove All-American, and Rickey Noland, 2008 Gulf South Conference Player of the Year, ABCA All-American and St. Louis Cardinals signee.

Prior to Delta State, McCarty coached at his alma mater, Murray State, for one season in which the Thoroughbreds won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time in 24 years and participated in the NCAA Regional in Hattiesburg, Miss.

"Rick is an excellent addition to our coaching staff," Southeast head coach Mark Hogan said. "He coached several very successful pitching staffs while at Delta State, which is a perennial power in Division II. We are excited for him to work with our pitchers."

A native of Campbellsville, Ky., McCarty is a 2003 graduate of Murray State. He spent two seasons as a closer for the Thoroughbreds baseball program, where he tallied eight saves in 2001 that ties for a single-season record at Murray State. He had two career wins against Southeast, one which came in a 10-inning contest in the OVC Tournament in 2002. Prior to Murray State, McCarty played for Jerry Halstead at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill.

McCarty is married to Rayna and they have one daughter, Mya Grace, who recently turned 1-year-old in August 2008. Rick and Rayna reside in Cape Girardeau, where Rayna teaches fifth grade at Central Middle School.

 
 

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