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2016 College Baseball Hall of Fame inductees announced

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The winningest coach and the winningest pitcher in college baseball history, as well as one of the leading hitters of his era, highlight the 2016 National College Baseball Hall of Fame induction class.

This year's class, which will be inducted as a part of the annual Night of Champions celebration of college baseball on July 1-2 in Lubbock, Texas, is headlined by University of Texas coach Augie Garrido, winner of five national championships and the winningest coach in college baseball history, and Florida State's JD Drew, a two-time consensus All-American and winner of five national player of the year awards in 1997.

"We are excited to induct this class," said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. "It is remarkable that this is our 11th induction class and they are this accomplished."

Garrido entered the 2016 season with 1,950 wins and has led 15 teams to the College World Series. He has received National Coach of the Year honors six times. On March 25, 2014, he earned his 1,893rd win and passed 2009 College Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Gordie Gillespie to become the winningest coach in college baseball history.

Drew becomes the second inductee in the storied history of the Florida State program. In addition to winning five player of the year awards in 1997, he was consensus All-American in both 1996 and 1997. He was drafted fifth overall in1998 by the Cardinals and completed a 14-year major league career in 2011. In 1999, he was listed eighth in Baseball America's collegiate "Player of the Century" poll.

Also included in the class are Jackson State coach Bob Braddy, the winningest baseball coach in Southwestern Athletic Conference history with 824 wins and 12 SWAC championships; Marietta College pitcher Matt DeSalvo, whose 53 wins make him the winningest college pitcher in history; Arizona State outfielder Rick Monday, named National Player of the Year in 1965 by The Sporting News; the University of Houston's Tom Paciorek, a two-time first-team All-American who led the Cougars to the finals of the 1967 College World Series; and Valdosta State coach Tommy Thomas, who retired as the winningest coach in NCAA Division II history.

Braddy compiled an 824-546 record in 28 years at Jackson State. His teams advanced to the NCAA tournament three times and he was named NAIA District Coach of the Year twice and SWAC Coach of the Year eight times. He was the first African-American to be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003, and he also was inducted into the JSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1985 and the SWAC Hall of Fame in 2005.

DeSalvo's 53-6 career record represents the most wins by any collegiate pitcher at any level, and his 603 career strikeouts are the second most of any pitcher at any level of college baseball. He was named the Division III National Player of the Year by ABCA in 2001 and was a three-time first-team D-III All-American.

Monday made the most of his one varsity season as an Arizona State Sun Devil, earning National Player of the Year honors from The Sporting News for the 1965 National Champions. He batted .359 with a school-record 11 home runs and blasted two home runs during the College World Series to earn All-CWS team honors. Monday was drafted No. 1 overall by the Kansas City A's in the first MLB amateur draft in 1965 and played parts of 19 years in the big leagues. ASU retired his number in 1997.

Paciorek was the first University of Houston Cougar player to receive first-team All-American honors in school history. Named first-team All-American in 1967 and 1968 by both ABCA and The Sporting News, he led Houston to the championship game of the 1967 College World Series by hitting .435 with 10 home runs in 32 games played. He later became the first Cougar to play in the big leagues, where he spent a total of 16 seasons.

Thomas retired with the record for most wins in NCAA Division II history with 1,308. He graduated from Valdosta State after a four-year career where he played third base and batted .316. He was named head coach in 1967 and led the VSU baseball team to 34 winning seasons, eight trips to the national tournament and an NCAA Division II national title in 1979. He was named the National Coach of the Year by ABCA in 1979 and was inducted into Valdosta State's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

"I want thank our voting committee of over 200 strong for their time and effort in choosing this class," Gustafson said. "They represent so much history as college baseball media members, active and former coaches, retired umpires, past inductees, college baseball historians and, in several cases they are also former players, and their experiences and knowledge are reflected in this class."

Tickets for the 2016 induction are available on the Hall of Fame's website at www.collegebaseballhall.org.

For more information, contact Mike Gustafson, College Baseball Hall of Fame president and CEO, at gus@collegebaseballfoundation.org.

2016 Hall of Fame inductees

Robert Braddy
Jackson State University

Matt Desalvo
Marietta College

JD Drew
Florida State

Augie Garrido
Texas

Rick Monday
Arizona State

Tom Paciorek
University of Houston

Tommy Thomas
Valdosta State

 

2016 NCBHOF INDUCTEE EXTENDED BIOS:

Robert Braddy, Jackson State University, 1973-2000 Coach

  • • Compiled an 824-546 record in 28 years at JSU
  • • Won 12 conference championships
  • • Teams advanced to the NCAA tourna¬ment three times
  • • Named NAIA District Coach of the Year twice and SWAC Coach of the Year eight times
  • • Sent 52 players to the professional ranks including Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd, Marvin Freeman, Wes Chamberlain, Earl Sanders and Dave Clark
  • • In 2003 became the first African-American to be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
  • • Inducted into the SWAC Hall of Fame in 2005 and the JSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1985

 

Matt Desalvo, Marietta College, 1999-2003 Pitcher

  • • 53-6 career record (most career wins of any pitcher at any level of college baseball)
  • • His 603 strikeouts are the second most of any pitcher at any level of college baseball
  • • His 205 strikeouts in 2001 are most by any D-III pitcher
  • • ABCA Division III National Player of the Year in 2001
  • • National Pitcher of the Year in 2003
  • • Three-time first-team D-III All-American

 

JD Drew, Florida State, 1995-97 Outfield

  • • Became the only player in Division I history to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases as a junior in 1997
  • • Hit .455 that season in 67 games
  • • Only the third player in NCAA history to record a triple-triple - 100 hits, 100 runs, 100 RBIs. Broke 17 FSU and ACC records, including season batting average, career slugging percentage and ACC season and career home runs with 59
  • • Named player of the year by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, The Sporting News and the ACC
  • • Won both the Dick Howser and Golden Spikes trophies
  • • First-team Freshman All-American in 1995
  • • Named first-team All-American by ABCA, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA in 1996 and 1997. Also a first-team All-American selection by The Sporting News in 1997
  • • Also named to the College World Series All-Decade team and was eighth in Baseball America's collegiate "Player of the Century" poll
  • • Elected to FSU Hall of Fame in 2003

 

Augie Garrido, SF State/Cal Poly/Cal State Fullerton/Illinois/Texas, 1969-current, Coach**

  • • Only coach in college baseball history to win more than 1,900 games
  • • First coach to lead teams from two different schools to national titles (Cal State Fullerton and Texas), first coach to win national titles in four different decades and one of only three coaches to win five or more titles (1979, 1984, 1995, 2002, 2005)
  • • Has taken 15 teams to the College World Series and has appeared in 32 NCAA Regionals
  • • Six-time National Coach of the Year (1975, 1979, 1984, 1995, 2002, 2005), seven-time regional coach of the year and eight-time conference coach of the year
  • • Teams have won 25 conference championships
  • • Became only the second coach to appear as both player and head coach in the College World Series in 1975
  • • Named one of three coaches on 2010 College World Series Legends Team
  • • Became the all-time winningest NCAA Division I coach with his 1,428 win on June 9, 2003
  • • Passed Gordie Gillespie (2009 National College Baseball Hall of Famer) to become the winningest college baseball coach at any level on March 25, 2015, with 1,894 career wins

 

**Active coaches age 75 years or older may be considered for induction

 

Rick Monday, Arizona State, 1965, Outfield

  • • Played only one varsity season at ASU
  • • Named National Player of the Year by The Sporting News in 1965, while helping to lead the Sun Devils to a national title
  • • Hit .359 that season with a school-record 11 home runs and blasted two home runs during the College World Series to earn All-CWS team honors
  • • Also recorded 11 doubles and 12 triples that season
  • • Was the first player drafted by Major League Baseball, as he went No. 1 overall to the Kansas City A's in the first MLB amateur draft in 1965
  • • ASU retired his number in 1997

 

Tom Paciorek, University of Houston, 1966-68, Outfield

  • • Considered one of the best all-around athletes in UH history
  • • Became the first first-team All-American in school history
  • • Named first-team All-American in 1967 and 1968 by both ABCA and The Sporting News
  • • Led the Cougars to the championship game of the 1967 College World Series by hitting .435 with 10 home runs in 32 games played
  • • One of only three Cougars to be named to the NCAA College World Series All-Tournament Team
  • • Selected to College World Series All-Time Team (1947-1970) as part of the 25th CWS celebration in 1971
  • • More than 35 years after his final game as a Cougar, his single-season batting average of .435 in 1967 remains the best in school history
  • • Finished his collegiate career with seven single-season school records and 10 career marks
  • • Was drafted professionally in 1968 by both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Miami Dolphins
  • • In 1970, he became the first Cougar to play in the major leagues, where he spent a total of 16 seasons

 

Tommy Thomas, Valdosta State, 1968-2007, Coach

  • • Retired as the winningest coach in Division II history with 1,308 wins in 40 years
  • • Graduated from Valdosta State after a four-year baseball career where he played third base and batted .316
  • • Was named head coach in 1967 and led the VSU baseball team through 34 winning seasons
  • • Won the Division II national title in 1979
  • • Teams qualified for post-season play in 25 seasons
  • • Took teams to DII national tournament eight times
  • • Won Gulf South Conference titles in 1995 and 2002 and divisional titles in 1983, 2001 and 2003
  • • Coached 28 All-Americans and 76 All-Gulf South Conference honorees
  • • Named ABCA Coach of the Year in 1979 and GSC Coach of the Year in 1995 and 2002
  • • In 2006, he became the first and only active player or coach to be inducted into Valdosta State's Athletic Hall of Fame

 

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NOTES ABOUT THE 2016 HALL OF FAME CLASS

  • • Augie Garrido is one of only 10 coaches in the history of college baseball at any level with 1,500 wins.

    • Augie Garrido
    • Gordie Gillespie**
    • Gene Stephenson**
    • Mike Martin
    • Lloyd Simmons
    • Ed Cheff**
    • Wayne Graham**
    • Mark Marquess
    • Larry Hays**
    • Jim Morris

    • **National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductee

  • • Matt DeSalvo will be the second youngest inductee at 35 years, 8 months (Brooks Kieschnick was the youngest at 34 years, 1 month).

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