Head Coach
Joe Pennucci

On July 10, 2017, the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced that former Stony Brook associate head coach Joe Pennucci has been named the new head coach of the Buccaneers’ baseball program.

Pennucci, who replaces longtime ETSU head coach Tony Skole, served as recruiting coordinator at Stony Brook and helped guide that program to multiple NCAA Regionals over the last 12 seasons – including a trip to the College World Series in 2012. Pennucci said he’s excited to get to work.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity to be a part of this university and baseball program,” Pennucci said. “I want to thank President Noland, Dr. Sander, Scott Carter and the entire administration. I am looking forward to getting to work and I am excited to jump in with both feet.”

ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Richard Sander said Pennucci was the right fit for ETSU.

“Joe Pennucci personifies the work ethic and commitment to excellence that we have developed at ETSU,” Sander said. “He has been one of the key ingredients in developing a mid-major program that has had incredible success. Advancing to the College World Series plus numerous appearances in the NCAA Tournament demonstrates the type of success that accompanies Coach Pennucci.

“When I talked to head coaches and those who understand mid-major college baseball, they said Joe Pennucci is a star and is going to do great things. The word is he is a tireless worker, an incredible recruiter, a dynamic relationship builder and a great baseball man. When the ETSU family and the entire Northeast Tennessee community meet Coach Pennucci, they will quickly understand why ETSU baseball is in great hands. Joe is going to fit into the ETSU athletic department perfectly and I have no doubt he will take us to the next level of success in baseball.”

Pennucci just completed his 12th season at Stony Brook and his sixth as the Associate Head Coach of the Seawolves, having been promoted from assistant coach in August 2012. He also served as the team's recruiting coordinator and had been instrumental in the program's skyrocketing success.

Since Pennucci arrived prior to the 2007 season, Stony Brook has been to four NCAA Regionals in his tenure, including returning to the NCAA Regional in 2015 after claiming the America East title. Pennucci was also instrumental in the Seawolves' memorable run to the 2012 College World Series when Stony Brook won a school record and NCAA-best 52 games.

In addition to the four America East tournament titles Stony Brook has earned since Pennucci joined the staff, the team was also dominant in the conference regular season with a combined 107 wins over the past six seasons.

Pennucci has shown that he can recruit and help develop players who can play at the next level as Stony Brook has seen 32 student-athletes selected in the MLB Draft or signed professionally during his tenure, including three current Major Leaguers (Tom Koehler, Nick Tropeano and Travis Jankowski). The Seawolves also saw a record seven players drafted in 2012, which included the program's first-ever first-round selection in Jankowski.

Over his 12 years at Stony Brook, the Seawolves have had a national player of the year, seven All-Americans, and seven freshman All-Americans. Stony Brook has also taken home a combined 14 America East Player, Pitcher and Rookie of the Year awards, including five of the last seven rookies of the year.

Pennucci's recruiting class of 2009, which included Jankowski, was re-ranked by Baseball America as the fifth-best recruiting class in the entire nation.

In addition to his duties as recruiting coordinator, Pennucci also worked with hitters and was responsible for overall team defense. In 2015, Stony Brook's defense ranked among the nation's best with a .978 fielding percentage. In 2012, the Seawolves ranked in the top 10 in the nation in nine offensive categories including batting average, scoring and hits and were 10th in fielding percentage after leading the country in the category in 2011. In 2010, the team also was sixth in the nation in batting average and 30th in fielding.

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Assistant Coach
Ross Oeder

Ross Oeder joined the ETSU baseball staff on August 15, 2017, where he will serve as the team’s hitting coach heading into the 2018 season.

Prior to ETSU, Oeder spent four seasons as an assistant at Penn State working with the hitters and the infield. He also played an instrumental role in the recruiting department.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to be here working with Coach (Joe) Pennucci at ETSU,” Oeder said. “I’m also excited about getting to work with a good group of hitters and to help continue their success on that side of the baseball.”

The Nittany Lions improved their hitting over the course of four seasons under Oeder’s direction, and Oeder helped the team to a 10-game win improvement in 2016.

Oeder is a graduate of Wright State, where he played three seasons for head coach Rob Cooper before coaching under him at WSU and later at Penn State. Prior to this coming season, Oeder has spent a total of 11 seasons under Cooper as a player and coach.

“Coach Oeder brings a high level of experience to our program, and I couldn't be happier to have him become a part of Buc nation,” Pennucci said. “His playing experience at Wright State, professional baseball and working with Coach (Rob) Cooper at Penn State offers a great opportunity of knowledge to our players.”

Prior to coaching, Oeder spent two seasons playing professionally with the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He held a career on-base percentage of .300 during his two seasons in the minor leagues.

The former Wright State infielder was an All-American in college and was the first Horizon League Player of the Year in program history, which he achieved in 2007. Oeder is one of five players in WSU history to end a season batting over .400, as he finished his senior year batting .408. He ranks among the career leaders in multiple offensive categories, including batting average, doubles, total bases and runs scored.

As a coach at WSU, Oeder was instrumental in helping the Raiders advance to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. He also helped the team earn back-to-back Horizon League regular season championships in 2010 and 2011.

Oeder received his bachelor’s from Wright State in 2008 with a degree in organizational leadership and later earned his master’s degree in leadership development in 2012. He is married to Christa Oeder.

Assistant Coach
Micah Posey

Micah Posey joined the ETSU baseball staff on August 15, 2017, where he will work with the Bucs pitching staff.

Posey comes to ETSU from Elon University, where he spent four seasons as an assistant coach working with the Phoenix pitching staff. He worked under the direction of head coach Mike Kennedy.

“I’m excited about working with Coach (Joe) Pennucci and his vision of bringing conference championships to Johnson City,” Posey said.

At Elon, Posey helped guide the Phoenix to a 2013 SoCon tournament championship. In 2017, the Elon pitching staff dropped its ERA 1.43 points from the previous year and compiled two no-hitters under Posey's watch. Posey coached multiple pitchers at Elon to all-conference and all-rookie honors through his four seasons.

Last season, Posey worked directly with Kyle Brnovich, who set the Elon Division I freshman record for strikeouts (103) and matched the program Division I freshman mark for victories (six). Brnovich was named the CAA Freshman of the Year, named to the CAA first-team and was a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American while learning from Posey.

“Coach Posey is a great fit at ETSU,” said ETSU head coach Joe Pennucci. “His knowledge and experience as a college and professional pitcher will help our players develop and reach their ceiling. His father is an outstanding high school coach in Florida. Having worked for a great pitching guy in (Elon) Coach (Mike) Kennedy, he has had great tutelage.”

Posey's tutelage started early in his career, as he started his coaching career in 2009 working for his father, Mike Posey, at North Florida Christian School. In his four seasons as an assistant coach, the younger Posey helped his father's team win the 2011 3A State Championship.

In 2012, Posey took his first head coaching job with the Next Level Baseball 16U team before landing the job at Elon.

Posey has coached 20 players who were either drafted or signed to the MLB, including 15 pitchers and six players from Elon. Most notably, Posey coached Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell while working for Prospectwire as a scout and coach. Russell was the 11th overall pick for the Cubs and won a World Series in 2017.

Prior to coaching, Posey pitched professionally with the then-Anaheim Angels organization from 2002-07 and was a Mid-West all-star selection in 2004.

Posey would later graduate from Florida State University after his baseball career, where he earned a degree in marketing in 2011. He is married to Julie Posey.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Zach Murray

Zach Murray enters his first season with the ETSU baseball program as a volunteer assistant coach, joining Joe Pennucci's staff in the fall of 2018.

Murray comes to ETSU from Augusta University, a Division II baseball program in Augusta, Georgia. Prior to ETSU, the Washington, Ga. native spent three seasons as a volunteer assistant at Augusta and was a four-year letterman for the Jaguars baseball program from 2012-2015.

Murray spent most of his collegiate career as a utility player for the Jags, primarily catching while also getting playing time as a second basemen and third basemen. As a junior in 2014, Murray started 29 games and ranked fifth on the team in doubles and walks. He was also second in triples that season.

In his first year with the Augusta coaching staff in 2016, Murray was an assistant hitting coach, catchers coach and first base coach. He helped the team to a No. 19 national ranking. The 2016 Jags ranked 11th in the nation in batting average (.334) and eighth in doubles (130). The offense also had the fewest strikeouts — hitting wise — in the Peach Belt Conference.

In 2016, Murray finished his degree from Augusta University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science.