UCF Baseball Head Coach Terry Rooney Interview

Fresh  off  an  NCAA  Tournament  appearance  in  2011,  it  has  been  a  good  offseason  for  UCF  Head Baseball Coach Terry Rooney.  Recently  Rooney’s  latest recruiting  class  was  ranked  17th  in  the  nation  by  Baseball  America. This  week,  he  is  wrapping  up  fall  ball  practice  with the Black & Gold Series from October 26-28.

The  Knights  last season went 39-23  on  the  season making the  NCAA  Tournament for  the first time since  2004  going  1-2 in the Tallahassee Regional. One of the questions Rooney hopes to get answered by the end of the fall is who will be his starting catcher, as the Knights will have to replace last year’s starter Beau Taylor, who was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 5th Round of the 2011 MLB Draft.  Coach Rooney hopes to have a very deep pitching staff with his returning ace, Junior lefty Brian Adkins leading the way along, with newcomers Freshmen Garrett Nuss, Eric Skoglund, and Junior transfer Chris Matulis, who is transferring from LSU and was drafted  in  the 29th  round by the St Louis Cardinals in this past year MLB Draft but picked UCF over MLB.

I had a chance to Interview Rooney on the ESPN 1080 Insiders Show on Sunday to discuss his recruiting class, as well as some of the players returning from last season.  We also discussed what he hoped to accomplish before the conclusion of fall and much more.

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