Staff
Head Coach
Brian O'Connor

After leading the Virginia baseball program to its first NCAA
Championship in 2015, five-time ACC Coach of the Year and three-time
national coach of the year Brian O'Connor reached yet another new level
of success with the Cavaliers. Now in his 13th season as head coach of
the Cavaliers, O'Connor has built his program into a college baseball
powerhouse and turned Virginia Baseball into a national brand.
The numbers during O'Connor's first 12 years are staggering:
• 2015 NCAA Champions

• Four College World Series appearances and two CWS Finals berths

• 12 straight NCAA tournament appearances

• Seven NCAA regional championships

• Two ACC championships

• Four 50-win seasons

• 558 wins, including a NCAA-best 342 wins since 2009
O'Connor enters the 2016 season with a career record of 558-201-2
and a 225-122-1 record in ACC play after guiding Virginia to the 2015
NCAA Championship as part of the program's 12th-consecutive NCAA
tournament appearance. Virginia is one of just six programs in the
nation to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament in each of the last 12
seasons. This success has led to record crowds, excitement and national
exposure for Virginia baseball.
O'Connor boasts the highest winning percentage of all current
head coaches in Division I baseball (74.3 percent). A three-time
National Coach of the Year, O'Connor is the second fastest ACC coach to
reach 500 career wins. His UVa teams have racked up 10 40-win seasons
and played host to eight NCAA regionals and four NCAA super regionals.
Cavalier fans have flocked to UVa's Davenport Field in
increasing, record numbers during the O'Connor tenure, prompting several
stadium expansions to push the stadium seating capacity over 5,000 in
order to meet the rapidly intensifying demand. Virginia has ranked among
the top 20 nationally in attendance in each of the last six seasons,
including a program-best 142,496 fans in 2014 as UVa finished 11th in
attendance. More than 110,000 fans have passed through the Davenport
Field turnstiles in five of the last six years since 2010.
UVa has ranked among the top 40 in the nation in total home
attendance and average home attendance in all 12 years of O'Connor's
tenure. Virginia finished a multi-million dollar stadium renovation in
the spring of 2010, pushing Davenport Field among the elite in college
baseball facilities.
O'Connor was named the National Coach of the Year in 2015 by
Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game, marking the third year he has
earned such an honor. He was tabbed the 2009 NCBWA and
CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Coach of the Year and also was named
the 2006 College Baseball Foundation Coach of the Year. He is a
five-time recipient of ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year laurels
(2004, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015) and five-time ACC Coach of the Year
honoree (2004, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014).
Sixty-six of O'Connor's Virginia players have been selected in
the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including 39 in the
last six years. Left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen was taken second
overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners, marking UVa's
highest draft pick ever. Three Cavaliers were selected in the first
round in 2014, the most of any program in the country.
Fourteen former Cavaliers have reached the major leagues after
playing for O'Connor, highlighted by Washington Nationals' all-star and
Gold Glove third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Mark Reynolds (Cleveland), Joe
Koshansky (Colorado), Brandon Guyer (Tampa Bay), Michael Schwimer
(Toronto), Mike Ballard (Baltimore), Sean Doolittle (Oakland), David
Adams (New York Yankees), Phil Gosselin (Atlanta), Kyle Crockett
(Cleveland), Chris Taylor (Seattle), Jarrett Parker (San Francisco),
Tyler Wilson (Baltimore) and John Hicks (Seattle) also have made it to
baseball's highest level after playing under O'Connor while at UVa.
In 2005 Zimmerman went on to make one of the quickest jumps ever
to the major leagues - two months - and in 2009 became the first former
Cavalier to play in the MLB All-Star Game. In 2014 Crockett became the
first player from the 2013 MLB Draft to reach the big leagues. Doolittle
became the first former Cavalier pitcher to appear in the MLB All-Star
Game in 2014.

The Cavaliers also have become a fixture in the national polls,
highlighted by UVa's first-ever No. 1 ranking in 2010. Virginia was
ranked No. 1 by Baseball America for 12 weeks during the 2010 season and
for a dozen more weeks in 2011. UVa reached the top of the polls again
in 2014, spending 13 weeks at No. 1, and in 2015.

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Assistant Coach
Kevin McMullan

In his 13th season at Virginia and ninth as associate head coach, Kevin
McMullan serves as Virginia's recruiting coordinator and hitting coach
and works defensively with the Cavaliers' infielders and catchers. He is
known as one of the top recruiters and developers of players in the
country.
In a November 2012 poll of 70 Division I head coaches by Baseball
America, McMullan was named the top assistant coach in college baseball.
The 2009 National Assistant Coach of the Year, McMullan has
helped guide Virginia to 558 wins in his 12 seasons, an average of over
46 wins per season. Virginia is one of just six programs to reach each
of the last 12 NCAA tournaments.
Virginia advanced to its first College World Series in 2009,
setting off a remarkable stretch as UVa has recorded 342 wins in the
last six years - the most victories of any Division I program during
that time. That run culminated with the Cavaliers earning their first
NCAA national championship in 2015.
In this period UVa has made four trips to the College World
Series and won six NCAA Regional championships, two ACC tournament
titles and two ACC Coastal Division crowns. UVa has racked up four
50-win seasons since 2010 and also has reached the top of the national
polls during four of those seasons.
Virginia has led the ACC and in batting over the last seven years
combined. The Cavaliers own a .312 team batting average during that
span and led the conference in batting in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
Defensively, the Cavaliers also have shined under McMullan, and
UVa owns the highest fielding percentage in the ACC since his arrival in
2004 (.973). Eight of the 12 UVa teams have ranked among the nation's
top 40 in fielding percentage. The 2014 team set a program record with a
.981 fielding percentage, marking the ninth time in McMullan's tenure
the Cavaliers have eclipsed the .970 mark in fielding.
In 21 years as a college coach, McMullan has had over 80 players
signed by professional organizations. Thirty-six of his Virginia
position players have been selected in the Major League Baseball
First-Year Player Draft, including nine who have reached the big
leagues: Ryan Zimmerman (Washington), Mark Reynolds (Milwaukee), Joe
Koshansky (Colorado), Brandon Guyer (Tampa Bay), Sean Doolittle
(Oakland), David Adams (New York Yankees), Phil Gosselin (Atlanta),
Jarrett Parker (San Francisco) and John Hicks (Seattle).
Zimmerman took just two months to jump to the major leagues and
was selected as a National League All-Star in 2009, becoming the first
former Cavalier to appear in the MLB All-Star Game. He also earned a
Gold Glove Award in 2009 and was a Silver Slugger Award winner in 2009
and 2010. Doolittle earned an American League All-Star nod in 2014.
McMullan also was vital in development of the Washington Nationals' Chad
Tracy (1B-3B) while coaching him at East Carolina.
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Assistant Coach
Karl Kuhn

The Virginia pitching staff has met unparalleled success in the past 12
seasons under pitching coach Karl Kuhn. Virginia possesses one of the
top pitching staffs in the nation year in and year out under the
13th-year pitching coach of the Cavaliers. Since 2005 Virginia owns a
3.08 cumulative earned run average, second lowest in the nation.
Kuhn was named Collegiate Baseball's 2014 National Pitching Coach of the Year after UVa reached the College World Series Finals.
In 2010, Kuhn was the recipient of Collegiate Baseball's Tom
House Teaching Professional of the Year Award. The award recognizes
excellence in teaching pitchers and acknowledges years of continued
education and study of the latest pitching techniques as identified by
scientific fact and biomechanical research.
In 12 seasons, Kuhn's pitching staff has won 558 games, an
average of more than 46 victories per season, while Virginia is one of
just six programs to reach each of the last 12 NCAA tournaments. His
staff has ranked among the top 20 teams nationally in ERA nine of the
last 12 years, including a No. 1 ranking in 2011 and a No. 2 standing in
2014 when UVa posted the lowest ERA at UVa in 40 years. The Cavaliers
also have racked up four No. 3 national ERA rankings (2005, 2006, 2007,
2009) during Kuhn's tenure.
Virginia advanced to its first College World Series in 2009,
setting off a remarkable stretch as UVa has recorded 342 wins in the
last six years - the most victories of any Division I program during
that time. That run culminated with the Cavaliers earning their first
NCAA national championship in 2015.
In this period UVa has made four trips to the College World
Series and won six NCAA Regional championships, two ACC tournament
titles and two ACC Coastal Division crowns. UVa has racked up four
50-win seasons since 2010 and also has reached the top of the national
polls during four of those seasons.
During Kuhn's tenure in Charlottesville, UVa has produced 78
shutouts, including an ACC-record 16 in 2011. The Cavaliers also have
boasted a league-high 26 ACC Pitchers of the Week during the last 11
years. Kuhn's pitchers are notorious for pounding the strike zone,
averaging just 2.8 walks per nine innings since 2004 - fewest in the
ACC.
Five of Kuhn's UVa proteges have gone on to reach the major
league level. Michael Schwimer (Philadelphia) and Mike Ballard
(Baltimore) each reached the big leagues in 2011. Sean Doolittle made
his MLB debut in 2012 with the Oakland Athletics and was named to the
2014 American League All-Star Team. Kyle Crockett ripped through the
Cleveland Indians farm system in less than a year, debuting with the
Indians in May 2014 and becoming the first player from the 2013 draft
class to reach the big leagues. Tyler Wilson made his MLB debut with the
Baltimore Orioles in May 2015.
Thirty-four of Kuhn's Virginia pitchers have been selected in the
Major League Baseball Draft, including 18 in the top 10 rounds. Three
Cavaliers have been picked in the first round of the draft: Danny
Hultzen, the second overall pick in 2011, Nick Howard, the 19th
selection in 2014, and Nathan Kirby, the 40th pick in 2015.
Kuhn has coached 13 All-Americans and 25 All-ACC honorees in his
tenure at Virginia. A three-time First-Team All-American, Hultzen was
Virginia's first-ever ACC Freshman of the Year in 2009, then followed it
up by becoming the first-ever two-time ACC Pitcher of the Year in 2010
and 2011 before being selected second overall in the 2011 MLB Draft. In
addition, Doolittle (2005-06), Jacob Thompson (2007) and Branden Kline
(2011) each earned All-America honors and played for the U.S. Collegiate
National Team.

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Assistant Coach
Matt Kirby

Matt Kirby is serving in his fifth season as an assistant coach on the Virginia baseball coaching staff.
During Kirby's tenure Virginia has advanced to four NCAA tournaments,
winning three regional championships and advancing to the 2014 and 2015
College World Series. After reaching the CWS Finals for the first time
in program history in 2014, the Cavaliers returned in 2015 and defeated
Vanderbilt in the best-of-three series to win the program's first NCAA
national championship.
Kirby's primary duties include assisting with the day-to-day
development of position players as well as camps and other
administrative duties. He serves as the Cavaliers' first-base coach
during games.
A graduate of William and Mary, Kirby spent two seasons as a coach at Georgetown before coming to Charlottesville.
After serving as the Georgetown volunteer assistant coach in
2010, Kirby was elevated to an assistant coach in 2011 and served as the
team's first base coach. While at Georgetown, he managed the travel,
equipment and camp budgets and planned and executed practice schedules
for all hitters and catchers. Kirby also helped develop student-athlete
weight lifting, nutrition and running programs and assisted with the
management of Georgetown baseball summer and fall camps.
Kirby was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at
Villanova for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He also was responsible for a
recruiting class at Villanova that was rated among the top-100 in the
country by Collegiate Baseball.
Prior to his time at Villanova, Kirby served as an assistant
coach at Brown in 2006, where he helped to oversee all areas of the
program. The Bears compiled a 12-8 record in Ivy League conference play
during the season.
Kirby was the assistant coach at William & Mary in 2005. He
worked primarily with the catchers, outfielders and hitters while at
William & Mary. Kirby got his start in coaching in 2003 as the
student assistant coach at William & Mary, and then became the
volunteer coach at Virginia Military Institute in 2004.
Kirby is a 2003 graduate of William & Mary. A four-year
letterman as a catcher and pitcher, he was the team captain as a junior
and senior and led the Tribe to the Colonial Athletic Association title
in 2002. He was voted the team MVP in 2002 when he was a Second-Team
All-CAA selection. While at W&M, he caught for future major leaguers
Chris Ray and Bill Bray.

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