After a record-setting win total in 2017, Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell has been named the College Coach of the Year by Baseball America.
McDonnell led the Cardinals to a 53-12 season and a College World Series appearance in 2017, but the award was about more than just what McDonnell accomplished last season. Baseball America noted his selection reflects McDonnell’s impressive track record in the past decade.
“Since McDonnell took over the program in 2007, Louisville has the third-most wins of any school in the country,” wrote Michael Lananna. “In the last five years, no team has more wins. After making only one NCAA Tournament appearance previously, in 2002, the Cardinals have made 10 appearances in McDonnell’s 11 seasons. This year marked Louisville’s fourth trip to the College World Series — all under McDonnell, including his debut season.”
McDonnell has a 456-191 record at Louisville.