CULLOWHEE, N.C. – For a second consecutive summer, Western Carolina head baseball coach Bobby Moranda has been selected to take part in the National Team Development Program (NTDP) and the trials for the national team spearheaded by USA Baseball. The Catamount skipper will serve as an assistant coach for the “Stars” 18-and-under team during workouts in California Aug. 13-17.
As an assistant coach, Moranda will take part in practices and workouts culminating in five total games. Two games will take place at Dodger Stadium where he’ll have the chance to catch-up with former Catamount and big-leaguer Tyler White, who was dealt to the Los Angeles-based franchise in late July. Last summer, Moranda was selected to assist with the 2018 17-and-under national team trials, traveling to Chicago, Ill., where he took part in games played at both Wrigley Field and Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Former Western Carolina and Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett – a college baseball Hall of Famer – will coach the U-18 National Team in South Korea Aug. 30 to Sept. 8 in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup.
“This is again a tremendous honor to represent the country and assist with the process of preparing the United States 18U team to bring back another gold medal this year in Korea,” said Moranda.
18U National Team Coaching Staff:
Jack Leggett, Manager
Scott Bankhead, Pitching Coach
Greg Ritchie, Assistant Coach
Gerald Laird, Assistant Coach
Todd Greene, Stripes Manager (Former MLB catcher)
Dan Peppicelli, Stripes Assistant Coach (Head Baseball Coach at Cornell)
Chris Carter, Stripes Assistant Coach (Former MLB infielder)
Jack Wilson, Stars Manager (Former MLB infielder)
Ricky Meinhold, Stars Pitching Coach (Former collegiate pitcher/coach)
Bobby Moranda, Stars Assistant Coach (Head Baseball Coach at WCU)
Frank Jagoda, General Manager
Carter Hicks, Director of Baseball Operations
Patrick Morton, Coordinator
Emily Fedewa, Press Officer
2019 18U National Team Trials / Game Schedule:
Aug. 13 – Stars vs. Stripes – Game 1 @ Orange County Great Park (Irvine, Calif.)
Aug. 14 – Stars vs. Stripes – Game 2 @ Orange County Great Park (Irvine, Calif.)
Aug. 15 – Stars vs. Stripes – Game 3 @ Orange County Great Park (Irvine, Calif.)
Aug. 16 – Stars vs. Stripes – Game 4 @ Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Aug. 17 – Stars vs. Stripes – Game 5 @ Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)