Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College Athletic Department and Head Baseball Coach Matthew McCay is pleased to announce the hiring of Kevin Allingham to fill the vacant position of Assistant Coach of the Brevard College Baseball program and welcomes the addition of Sean Walsh and Seth Williams as the duo will volunteer to help with the program.
Coach Allingham will help out the Brevard College baseball program and Coach McCay by serving as the recruiting coordinator, pitching coach, scheduling director and will assist in summer placement and grounds management. Coach Allingham will also serve as the Tornados Head JV Baseball Coach.
"Coach Allingham comes to our program with a passion and leadership that is unmatched. He will be instrumental in building our pitching staff and our recruiting base to the standards of a top-notch baseball program," commented Coach McCay.
Coach Allingham comes to the Tornados, having served as an assistant baseball coach at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. since 2002, where he was the Head JV Coach, while also serving as the pitching coach and coordinating recruiting efforts for the Monarchs. He also assisted the head coach with administrative duties, travel, all phases of camps.
Prior to Methodist, Coach Allingham served as the baseball administrative assistant from 2001-2002 at Virginia Commonwealth University where he organized and promoted camps, assisted with travel coordination, organized scouting and game charts and completed NCAA compliance paperwork.
Coach Allingham also spent four years at Catawba College as a baseball undergraduate assistant coach from 1997-2001 where he coached first base, helped design and run practice and worked with the outfielders. Allingham also helped the Indians by soliciting meal and game sponsors, scheduling games, recruiting, organizing scouting charts and designing and administering strength and conditioning programs.
"I am just ecstatic to announce Coach Allingham’s hiring," said Coach McCay. "His knowledge and personality will have a huge impact on our baseball program, Brevard College and the Brevard community."
Coach Walsh will help out the Brevard College baseball program and Coach McCay by primarily serving as the hitting coach in helping to direct the team offense. Coach Walsh will also be in charge of the infield defense, while managing team defensive positioning.
"Coach Walsh comes to Brevard after an outstanding collegiate and professional career," commented Coach McCay. "He brings a very in-depth knowledge of the game as he has been very successful at every level of baseball."
Prior to coming to Brevard, Coach Walsh served as the Head Baseball Coach of the Carolina Naturals based in Durham, N.C. where he coached high school players aspiring to play college baseball with a focus on skill development.
Walsh worked from 2007-2008 with M.V.P. Baseball in Raleigh, N.C., serving as Assistant Baseball Coach where he coached the Showcase team, working primarily with players on hitting and fielding.
Before his coaching career, Walsh was drafted in the 47th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball draft by the Philadelphia Phillies and spent four years in the Phillies program playing in the minor leagues from levels of Low-A to Double A, where he spent time on the field as an infielder, outfielder and catcher. Walsh was also named the Organizational Player of the Month for June of 2003.
"Coach Walsh’s addition to the staff is imperative to us being a good defensive and offensive team in the future," said Coach McCay. "I am very excited to see he things that our players will learn from him and see their improvements due to his efforts."
Coach Williams will help out the Brevard College baseball program and Coach McCay by serving as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the program. He will also be in charge of outfield play and positioning, offensive instruction, base-running and summer placement.
"Coach Williams will bring a level of professionalism to our program that will be a huge asset," commented Coach McCay. "He knows the area so well since his stellar high school career at North Henderson and understands the things to teach our players to help each guy take that next step in his career."
Coach Williams spent the past three years playing in the New York Mets organization, having been drafted by the Mets in June of 2008. Williams played for the Kingsport Mets Rookie League and Brooklyn Cyclones Class A teams in 2008 and played for the St. Lucie Mets in the Florida State League Advanced A League in 2009 and the Spring of 2010, before being called up to play for the Binghamton Mets AA team in 2010.
Prior to his professional baseball career, Coach Williams was a four-year letter winner at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, being named a Freshman All-American, while setting the new freshman home run record with 13 home runs. Coach Williams was also a member of the UNC Regional and Super Regional Champions in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and was a college World Series Finalist in 2006 and 2007. He also received a number of honors based on his statistics throughout his storied collegiate career, as well as summer baseball league play.
"I have known Coach Williams for several years since he was at North Carolina," said Coach McCay. "I am very happy to have him joining the staff. He will help make our program better immediately."
The 2010 Brevard College baseball team went 9-35 in their second season as full members of the NCAA Division II and the South Atlantic Conference.