DURHAM, N.C. – The Citadel head baseball coach Tony Skole has been named an assistant coach for the 2019 Collegiate National Team, it was announced by the organization on Friday.
The team will have a Citadel feel as former Bulldog standout and assistant coach, and current Louisville head coach, Dan McDonnell will serve as the head coach. Additionally, former Bulldog player and assistant coach, and current Mississippi State head coach, Chris Lemonis will serve as a taskforce member.
The remainder of the coaching staff includes South Carolina head coach Mark Kingston, St. Mary’s head coach Greg Moore and Pittsburgh Pirates coordinator of instruction Dave Turgeon.
“I am very honored and humbled to be selected as part of the USA Baseball National Collegiate Coaching Staff, said Skole. “It is such a wonderful privilege to be able to represent Team USA. I am grateful to Dan McDonnell and everyone at USA Baseball for this incredible opportunity. I look forward to working with and learning from some of the best coaches and baseball minds in our country, and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to coach the best college players our country has to offer.
“USA Baseball is an amazing organization that does an incredible job with our nation’s pastime at all levels. It has already been an amazing experience and we have not even been on the field yet. We have an extremely difficult schedule ahead of us, but everyone is excited for the challenge.
“Being a graduate of The Citadel and now having the privilege to work here makes this opportunity even more special. Every day, I walk on this campus and I am inspired as I am surrounded by past, present and future heroes of our beloved country. That is extremely special and something which I will never take for granted. I truly believe to be able to put on a uniform with USA across the front is the highest honor anyone could have.”
The 2019 Collegiate National Team will start its summer at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, competing in intrasquad Red vs. Blue games from June 27-30 before playing against the Coastal Plain League Select team on July 1.
The team will then host the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in various locations across North Carolina from July 2-6. The two teams will kick off the series at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, North Carolina, on July 2 before a July 3 matchup at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Fourth of July game between the two teams will be played in Durham, North Carolina, at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP) followed by a game at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, on July 5. The series will wrap up on July 6 when the team’s will once again meet at the DBAP in Durham.
Following the annual friendship series with Cuba, the Collegiate National Team will travel to Taipei, Taiwan, for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series from July 9-12 before heading to Matsuyama, Japan, to begin the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Stars Series from July 16-21.