March 28, 2006
Durham, North Carolina - USA Baseball announced today that Mark Machtolf of Gonzaga University, Jim Schlossnagle of Texas Christian University, and Tom Slater of Auburn University will serve as Assistant Coaches on the 2006 USA Baseball National Team that will represent the United States this summer internationally. They will each assist 2006 Team USA Head Coach Tim Corbin of Vanderbilt University. In addition, USA Baseball also announced that Andrew Norden of Duke University will again serve as the Team Athletic Trainer, and that Thomas Samuel of Vanderbilt University will serve as the Team Press Officer.
Machtolf is entering his third season as skipper for the Bulldogs. Machtolf, an 11-year assistant at the school, was handed the coaching reigns in the summer of 2003. Machtolf made an immediate impact on the Bulldogs program, guiding GU to a 16-11 record in West Coast Conference play while placing three players on the All-WCC first team. This season Machtolf again has the Bulldogs poised for success. The team opened the season with a 5-1 record cracking into the national rankings for the first time since the 1981 season. A 1987 graduate of Stanford University, Machtolf was a member of the Cardinal's 1987 College World Series championship team and was an All-CWS selection. A 4-year baseball letterman and 2-year football letterman, Machtolf received his B.A. in history in 1987.
Schlossnagle's presence at TCU has already been felt in just two seasons as the head of the program. In his first two seasons, Schlossnagle has led the Frogs to school record win totals of 39 and 41, TCU's first back to back NCAA Regional appearances, and two Conference USA Championships. The 2004 CUSA tournament championship was the first ever by a TCU squad. Prior to his time at TCU, Schlossnagle spent two years as head coach of the UNLV baseball program. In just two seasons, the Rebels owned a 77-47 record under Schlossnagle, including a 47-17 in 2003. For that year, he was recognized as the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Rebels to the regular season and conference tournament titles as well as the finals if the NCAA Tempe Regional. He became the first UNLV skipper ever voted league Coach of the Year, and the team's regular season championship was the first outright title in school history. In addition, the Rebels' tourney crown was their first in the MWC.
Slater enters his second season as the head coach at Auburn after guiding a team picked to finish at the bottom of the Southeastern Conference in 2005 to an NCAA Regional berth. The Tigers won two games in the Tallahassee Regional, advancing to the championship game. As an Assistant Coach at Auburn from 1995-2000, Slater helped lead the Tigers to five NCAA Regional appearances including two Regional championships in 1997 and 1999, a Super Regional berth and one appearance in the College World Series in 1997. Following those six years at Auburn, Slater returned to his alma mater, VMI, in 2001 as head coach. He led the Keydets to a school-record 25 victories and 16 league wins in 2003 while posting their first winning record in conference play since 1989. In 2003, he was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year by both the coaches and the media.
"This is a great honor to be selected to represent Team USA," stated Machtolf. "This opportunity will be great for our program and help to give Gonzaga some added national exposure."
"USA Baseball is extremely fortunate to have each one of these outstanding coaches dedicate their summer to our program," said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball General Manager of National Teams.This will be the first USA Baseball experience for all three coaches, as well as Samuel. Norden is currently in his fourth season as the Duke Baseball Athletic Trainer and worked with Team USA last summer.
In June, USA Baseball will invite 34 of the nation's top freshman and sophomore collegiate players to the USA Baseball National Team Trials. After the team is selected, Corbin will guide Team USA through their fourth summer of play at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and end the summer competing in the III FISU World University Baseball Championships in Havana, Cuba. Team USA will also compete in the 35th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series (sites TBD), and several international Friendship Series. The entire 2006 USA Baseball National Team game schedule will be announced at a later date.
USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The organization selects and trains the USA Baseball Olympic Team, the USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate), the USA Baseball Junior National Team (18-under), and the USA Baseball Youth National Team (16-under) which participate in various international competitions each year. The USA Baseball headquarters are based in Durham, North Carolina with future training facilities in Cary, North Carolina.